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Young Harris College Welcomes New Counselor Nerissa Baker 

As of March 20, the YHC Counseling Center has a new counselor: Nerissa Baker. Nerissa brings over twenty years of mental health counseling and consultation experience to YHC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of North Carolina, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCTS-I). Her master’s degree in Community Counseling and an Educational Specialist Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling are both from UNC-Greensboro.

Nerissa has always relished the opportunity to guide her clients in developing the skills, strategies, and knowledge that enable them to improve their individual mental health and the health of their relationships. Her education and experience have equipped her to work with clients in multiple modalities according to their needs (individually, in groups and families, etc.), and her flexibility and skill set will allow the YHC Counseling Center to more effectively meet the needs of our campus community.

“I am excited to welcome Nerissa Baker to the Student Development Division and the YHC family,” said Dr. Karen Pruett, Vice President of Student Development. “Nerissa’s extensive counseling background make her an excellent resource for developing and expanding the mental health resources available to our students.”

Nerissa lives right around the corner in Blairsville with her husband Andy, and she has three young adult/teenage sons. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with extended family, attending her sons’ sporting events, volunteering at her church, and spending time outdoors hiking or paddle boarding in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Please welcome her to the YHC community when you get the chance! We are thrilled to have her join us.

About Young Harris College 

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit