Academic and Developmental Counseling


During the closing of Brookdale Community College, our services will be provided via Zoom.

Go to the Distance Advising and Counseling page for details.

Academic and Developmental Counseling


Helping students put the pieces together.

Our Philosophy

1. The individual is considered as a whole.

2. Each student is a unique individual and must be treated as such.

3. The total environment of the student is educational and must be used to help the student achieve full development.

4. The major responsibility for the student’s personal and social development rests with the student and his/her personal resources.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the Corona Virus Crisis or other issues, and need immediate Mental Health Counseling Services, professionals who are equipped to help you at the following four numbers:

Monmouth Medical Center Mental Health Emergency Services (If you are in an immediate personal/psychiatric crisis. ) 732-923-6999
Monmouth County Health Department Hotline 732-845-2070
Community YMCA Family Services 166 Main St. Matawan, NJ 07747 732-290-9040
2nd floor Youth Help Line of NJ ( If you just need to talk to a professional about anything call or text.)

Are you feeling Anxious?

EFT Tapping is a method used to calm minor anxiety by some of our Counselors, in our in-person meetings. Here are two links to Tapping videos that could help you use this valuable tool to get through difficult times. The first includes a good explanation of the process and a demonstration by Margaret Lynch of New England Success Coaching. The second is a quick tapping session with Nick Ortner of The Tapping Solution.


Meet the Counselors

Eleanor Horgan, M.A.
Department Chair
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Humanities Counselor
LAH 131
(732) 224-2689
Cathleen Goode, Ed.S.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Health Sciences & STEM Counselor
MAS 120
(732) 224-2342
Don Nigro, Ed.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Social Science & Business Counselor
MAN 122
(732) 224-2808


There are periods when life, feelings, relationships and expectations can get the best of you. Talking to a Counselor can help you manage your academic load, enhance career options and bring out the best in you. Our holistic approach is student-centered. It begins by meeting student “where they are” and moving them toward resolution of their issues, concerns, and goals. We are available to discuss educational, transfer, career or personal, concerns. All counseling is private, confidential and provided free of charge.

Brookdale Counselors are highly trained credentialed professionals. We engage in continuing education to maintain excellence and currency in our services, and to satisfy requirements for state licensure and certification. All Counselors subscribe to the Ethical Standards of their licensing body. These standards and laws protect student confidentiality and safety.

Academic Counseling

Counselors are vital to the process of course selection and program planning. Any student who is enrolled full-time, pursuing a degree or certificate program, or receiving financial aid should feel free to consult with a Counselor to:

  • clarify the relationship between their personal goals and the program of study.
  • understand the program requirements and the options within programs.
  • determine the appropriate courses
  • identify ways to be successful in class and feel satisfied about school

Our objective for academic counseling is to assist students in becoming comfortable with using self-knowledge as a tool in the process of developing a career goal, and an educational track toward that goal.

Personal Counseling

The Counseling Department offers short-term personal counseling to students experiencing problems that prevent them from being successful in their academic pursuits (for example, test anxiety, stress, relationship concerns, depression, etc.) If you’re interested in learning to manage personal issues and stress, appointments are available and encouraged.

Personal information discussed with a Counselor is private and confidential, unless the student gives permission to share it with others; it involves potential danger to self or others; it involves child abuse; or it is requested by court order.

For more information or to set an appointment, call us directly, or visit us in person.

Transfer Counseling

If you’re planning on transferring to a 4-year institution the Counseling Department can assist you with your transfer plans. A Counselor will work with you to establish your transfer goals and create a plan that will help you meet those goals. We can assist you in choosing a major and in choosing transferable courses that are in line with your transfer and career plans.


  1. Start early. Planning is key to reaching your goal.
  2. Choose a transfer school and find out what the degree requirements are for your major so that you can transfer smoothly and seamlessly.
  3. Develop a plan and get organized.

Career Counseling

Career counseling involves exploring and discovering what is unique about yourself and which jobs and careers can best utilize your individual talents and strengths. Career counseling also helps you address the barriers that may be inhibiting you from pursuing a particular career. Barriers can include life situations, family considerations, self-esteem and self-efficacy, as well as economic issues.

Career counseling is crucial to picking the right major and our Counselors can help you assess your skills, interests, and values; identify barriers to decision-making and goals; explore career transition issues; and help integrate your career goals into your planning process.

At Brookdale, career counseling is free to current students and utilizes a variety of assessment inventories. A Counselor will interpret results of any assessment taken.