All currently enrolled students at USFSP are eligible for counseling and psychological services. Within ethical and legal guidelines, students can be assured of privacy and professional treatment. Staff members in the Center are licensed and experienced mental health professionals from the disciplines of counseling and clinical psychology. Psychological trainees, under the supervision of licensed professionals, also provide services in our center.
Counseling services are primarily appointment based, but we also offer some walk-in services for urgent needs or emergencies from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Individual and Couples Counseling
Students may often be faced with difficulties during their college years, which interfere with their academic, emotional, and social adjustment. The Wellness Center professional staff can help with most of these concerns through time-limited individual counseling that focuses on active engagement, increased support, and skill building.
Individual counseling can be sought for a variety of reasons including but not limited to: relationships, depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, and eating disorders. The number of visits a student receives varies, but we are able to provide up to 12 counseling sessions depending on the needs of the student.
Couples counseling is also available for students as long as both partners are currently enrolled at USFSP.
Wellness Center is pleased to offer group therapy to USFSP students. Group therapy typically consists of a small group of 4-8 students and 1-2 therapists, which meet once a week for 1.5 hours. Before joining, students complete an initial assessment with a counselor and have the opportunity to meet the group facilitators. There are no session limits for group therapy.
Groups offer an opportunity for members to meet others who have similar experiences and to create positive interactions. Students may join group for many reasons, including: enhancing support networks, pursuing personal growth, learning how to relate to others, increasing self-confidence, improving communication skills, gaining intimacy, and building trust. Group therapy is frequently the most effective method of addressing these and many other concerns as it allows students to learn about themselves and others in a supportive environment. Groups can also be utilized to learn new skills and information.
Current Groups for Fall 2018
- Understanding Self and Others Therapy Groups
- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 3-4:30p
Local community support group meetings
The Wellness Center is available to provide psychological consultation to students, faculty, staff, parents, and administrators. Mental health consultations assist University constituents in identifying and dealing effectively with students manifesting emotional and/or behavioral problems. These services also contribute to an effective learning environment by facilitating early intervention.
Psychological Testing & Screenings
The Wellness Center maintains a comprehensive library of psychological tests assessing personality characteristics, behavior patterns, coping skills, and career interests. Testing can also be used to help screen for specific problem areas (e.g., AD/HD, substance abuse, eating disorders). Services include the administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests.
These testing and assessment services enhance the effectiveness of other services in the Center by providing objective information about students. Psychological testing can help you and your clinician better understand your concerns. Psychological testing may be recommended to help focus the goals of counseling, to clarify difficulties, or to target specific problems areas. Testing may be needed during the course of your treatment or may occur as a separate service.
Free Online Screenings
Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – they are a checkup for your mental health. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. The following screenings are available:
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- eating disorders
- alcohol abuse
ULifeline provides a free, confidential self-test that screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions that college students face. This screening does not provide a diagnosis, but identifies problems that could be impacting thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The screening process also provides information on these conditions and how to reach out for help. You can also take the screening for a friend or family member that you are worried about.
Specialized Assessment Services
The Wellness Center provides access to neuropsychological testing for the assessment of ADHD. If you are interested in this service, please call to schedule an initial appointment with a counselor to determine referral needs.
However, we unable to provide other specialized assessment services (i.e., forensic matters, academic accommodations, eligibility for services, fitness for duty, etc.). If you are looking for such assessment, our staff can provide you with referrals into the community. Please come by our office or call (727) 873-4422 (option 2) to schedule a brief consultation with a counselor to receive such referrals.
The Gallup Strengths philosophy centers around the belief that focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses results in more effective and meaningful professional and personal experiences. We thrive and grow in environments that allow us to use our strengths. We are truly at our best when we engage in our strengths!
If you have taken the Strengths Finder assessment and would like to learn more about your Top 5 Strengths, you can schedule an individual coaching appointment at the Wellness Center. This one-hour session will provide you with an in-depth exploration of your strengths, how you use them, and even help you create an action plan to use your strengths to their fullest potential!
If interested, please call the Wellness Center at 727-873-4422 or email Dr. Anita Sahgal, Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, for a coaching appointment at email@example.com. You will be asked to send Dr. Sahgal a copy of your Top 5 Strengths profile report at least one week prior to your scheduled coaching session.
This service is available for USFSP faculty/staff/students only.
What to expect on your first appointment?
You will be asked to arrive 20-30 minutes before your first appointment to fill in paperwork. If you do not allow for this extra time, you will be rescheduled. A counselor will speak with you and collect information about your present concern and relevant background history. Upon completion of the initial assessment, treatment recommendations will be made based on the needs of the student and the resources of the Center. Students whose needs fall outside the scope of our services are assisted with appropriate referrals to community resources.
If you need to cancel an appointment, please notify the Center at least 24 hours in advance. If you do not arrive for an appointment or fail to cancel an appointment at least 24 hours in advance a No-Show fee may be assessed. Continued late cancellations and missed appointments may also impact eligibility for services. Please arrive on time for your appointments and check in at the scheduling desk. Arriving late may result in cancellation of the appointment. Your therapist will also convey respect by keeping appointments or notifying you if changes need to be made as soon as possible.