Counseling Services

The Counseling Center serves the needs of Coker College students. Our certified and professional mental health professionals can assist with problems or needs of almost any nature. Students are especially encouraged to call for help in dealing with such common problems as homesickness, depression, sleep disturbances or inability to concentrate, as well as more urgent needs. Special workshops and group sessions devoted to specific topics will be scheduled.

Counseling services are free of charge to students, and there is no limit to the number of sessions a student may have with the counselors. Appointments are encouraged, but drop-in services are available.

The Counseling Center is open for walk-ins on the following days/times:

Monday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Wednesday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

If a student is unable to access The Counseling Center during the days/times listed, they are encourage to contact The Counseling Center to make an appointment.

The Counseling Center Phone Number: 843-383-8040

Counselor Bios

Brook Norris, MS, LPC-I

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Brook Norris is an alumna of Coker College and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2002. Prior to becoming a counselor, she was a teacher for nine years. She received her master’s degree in Counseling from Grand Canyon University in January of 2014. She is currently working at Palmetto Counseling of Hartsville. She is married with three children and resides in Cheraw, SC.

Jill Kelley, MA, LPC-I, CAC1, ES

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Jill Kelley received her undergraduate degree from Coker College and graduate degree from Webster University. Jill was in the counseling profession for 18 years prior to becoming co-owner of Palmetto Counseling. Jill is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, a Certified Addictions Counselor via SCAADAC and an Equine Specialist certified through EAGALA. Married with two children, Jill currently resides in Hartsville.

Debby Lynn, LPC, CAC II

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Debby Lynn moved to Hartsville in 1989 and is a 1999 graduate of Francis Marion University. Debby taught high school and coached girls’ basketball for seven years before returning to school and earning a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, Certified Addictions Counselor, and Certified Equine Psychotherapist. Debby has worked in outpatient substance abuse treatment, education and coaching, and has been in private practice since 2007 providing services for children, adolescents, and adults.


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Whitney Watts
Dean of Students

Darlene Small
Assistant Dean/Director of the Center for Engaged Learning

Caitlin Vance
Coordinator of Engaged Learning Programs

Tymon Graham
Director of Residence Life

Brandi Blake
Assistant Director of Residence Life & FYE

Janie Campbell
Residence Life Assistant

Caroline Carter
Director of Student Activities


Debby Lynn

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Jill Kelley


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Contact Information

Office of Student Services
Email: studentservices@coker.edu
Phone: 843.383.8035

Residence Life
Email: reslife@coker.edu
Phone: 843.383.8360

Office of Academic Records
Email: registrar@coker.edu
Phone: 843.383.8022

Center for Engaged Learning
Email: cel@coker.edu
Phone: 843.383.8058

Coker College
300 East College Ave.
Hartsville, SC 29550