Counseling Services & Wellness Programs
Counseling Services & Wellness Programs (C&WP) is located in Dwight Beeson Hall (DBH) room 203. Counseling Services & Wellness Programs is open for appointments Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with some flexibility.
On-site appointments are prepaid through student fees and are no extra cost to the student. To schedule an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 205-726-4083, or stop by Dwight Beeson Hall (DBH) room 203.
We have graduate student interns who also see students.
What is Counseling?
Counseling is a relationship between someone seeking help and a trained professional. The skills of the counselor involve genuineness, empathy, and respect, creating a safe environment to explore issues. It is designed to explore your personal issues in gaining insight and clarity as well as developing a plan of action for positive change.
Protected health information may be disclosed without written permission in situations of imminent danger for the student or others, where it is required by court. Otherwise, given licensing standards for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), protected student health information (i.e. counseling content) will only be disclosed with the student’s written permission on a Release of Information Form.
Only the student can make decisions regarding reporting to State Professional Boards or other agencies regarding their use of Counseling Services & Wellness Programs. When and if specific protected health information would be shared is discussed with each student during sessions.
The mission of Counseling Services & Wellness Programs is to empower the students of Samford University to realize their academic and personal potential by promoting psychological, social, and spiritual wellness through individual counseling and outreach programming.
C&WP provides a comprehensive guidance and counseling program to assist students to define and accomplish personal and academic goals.
If you are in personal crisis, and/or you or someone else’s life is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or campus police @ (205) 726-2020.
Rape or Sexual Assault
If you or someone else are in crisis following relationship violence, sexual assault or rape, call the 24/7 Crisis Center Rape Response Line at (205) 323-7273.
If you or someone else are actively suicidal and considering taking your own life, call the 24/7 Crisis Center Crisis Line at (205) 323-7777. If the phone number is busy, please call the toll free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or immediately visit a local hospital Emergency Department.
Nature And Extent Of Services Provided
Specific functions and services of our office include, but are not limited to:
- Consultation and Triage services
- With written consent we can collaborate with faculty, staff, parents, peers, & community resources to meet treatment goals
Release of Information Form
- Evaluation & limited assessment
- Crisis intervention
- Educational campus outreach programming
- Community referrals: The office of Counseling Services & Wellness Programs is not intended to treat serious chronic psychiatric disorders. Individuals clearly requiring or requesting such treatment will be aided in obtaining services off campus. Costs of any such services will be the responsibility of the student.
- Short-term, goal-oriented, as needed exploratory psychotherapy
Counseling topics include, but are not limited to:
- Academic/study skills
- Time management
- Substance/alcohol abuse
- Eating disorders
- Depressed feelings
- Adjustment to college life
- Anxiety & stress management
- Grief due to death, or other loss (i.e. divorce, relationships)
- Sexual assault/relationship violence
Samford University Counseling Services & Wellness Programs is not designed to advocate for a student in regards expert testimony or character evaluations. The primary focus of our office is treating and facilitating the student's overall wellness and health.
Counselors do not undertake assessments of students or their family members for legal purposes. Students needing expert testimony for court related purposes can contact a professional outside of Samford University at their own expense.
Psychiatric and Psychological Assessment
Referrals for psychiatric and psychological assessment from our office are available off-campus and at the student's expense.
In the event of a crisis on campus, please contact Campus Safety at (205) 726-2020 or contact your local hospital emergency room. In the case of a sexual assault/rape incident, the Birmingham Crisis Center is available for immediate counseling via phone (205) 323-7777, or in person, as well as a physical examination to be completed by an RN. Assistance will be available through Samford’s Counseling Center during regular office hours.
Services in the Event of a Major Disaster
In the event of such an occurrence (eg. tornado), students and residents will be provided planned interventions through the Samford University Crisis Committee.
All on-site counseling services are prepaid through student fees.
*In a recent survey, half of all college students said they had been so stressed that they couldn’t get their work done or enjoy social activities during the last semester. But all of us have the power to take control of our emotional health in order to improve our moods and get the most out of college life. Be proactive and preventative by scheduling an appointment today to speak with one of our clinicians!
Tiered Levels of Campus Engagement
All campus events and opportunities for engagement sponsored by Counseling Services & Wellness Programs, or in partnership with other campus offices and labeled as a Wellness Program, are intended to promote wellness of heart, mind and body among Samford students. Every opportunity is designed to foster understanding, personal development, growth and healing. Our office utilizes 5 different levels of engagement in addressing mental health and wellness to meet the diverse needs and accessibility of our student population.
The number of visits or sessions each semester depends on the given situation, identified need, client/counselor goals, and resource availability. Counselors may exercise discretion in this matter, making referrals to providers in the community to best support the student. Students are encouraged to remain in therapy with the same counselor throughout the course of their academic career, for various therapeutic reasons and benefits. If after an initial intake session a student is concerned with the therapeutic compatibility, that is the ideal time we encourage students to request another counselor.
These therapeutic small groups are developed around specific topics and led by licensed professionals from the community. For this reason, there is usually a small fee related to involvement. They usually meet for eight sessions, gathering weekly in the course of a semester, each session lasting ninety minutes. If you have an interest in a group on a particular topic, please contact Counseling Services & Wellness Programs. Available workshops are listed and advertised on campus at the beginning of each semester.
These small groups are developed as need dictates, typically lasting throughout a semester and focused on a specific topic. Example of support groups offered in the past include Anxiety, Grief, Addiction Recovery and Divorce Support (for students with broken families). If you have an interest in a group on a particular topic, please contact Counseling Services & Wellness Programs. If no group is available on campus at the time of a request, Counseling Services & Wellness Programs will assist in trying to locate one in the community. Available groups are listed and advertised on campus at the beginning of each semester.
These small group studies are discussion driven and often center around a topic or book. They are advertised through that Office of Spiritual Life and listed online each semester under Banner, indicated as a Wellness Program sponsored cadre given its relation to psychosocial and spiritual health. Faculty, staff, students and individuals from the community lead hour long discussions for eight weeks in a semester on a given topic. Direct all questions to the Office of Spiritual Life concerning groups and convocation credit.
Seminars, Lectures and Presentations
These are usually single events offered in conjunction with other community or campus organizations and offices, around a specific topic. Often community experts or panels are utilized in addressing the relevant topic thoroughly. They are open to all eligible students, faculty, and staff, who may attend any and all they wish. Please direct requests and questions to the office of Counseling Services & Wellness Programs. These events are advertised around campus on a rolling basis throughout each semester.
What is TAO?
Therapy Assisted Online is a new website resource available to all Samford students this year. Once you create an account and log in, you will find a Resource Library where you can access articles, modules, and other interactive tools on a variety of issues and topics intended for personal growth.
Why would I use TAO?
This resource is ideal for students who have limited time in their schedules to meet with a therapist in Counseling Services, or who are looking for additional resources to assist their pursuit for mind/body/spirit wellness from the convenience of their home/dorm.
What type of issues does TAO provide resources for?
Resources in TAO are most focused to address: Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Relationship issues, Behavior Modification, and Drug & Alcohol use, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Acceptance and Commitment work, Mindfulness, and general Recovery Skills (time management, financial management, overcoming guilt & shame, understanding boundaries, and motivation).
Contact the Counseling Services & Wellness office with questions: email@example.com, or (205) 726-4083.
- Campus Resource List
- Relationship Violence Report Form
- Care Team Submission Form
- Q & A: How to Use My Health Insurance in the Community
Providers with Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counselors on Staff
- Personal Relationships, (205) 979-6822
- Wellspring Christian Clinic, (205) 977-3003
- Adult and Child Development Professionals, (205) 933-9276
- Pitts and Associates, (205) 870-3520
- Psychiatry South, (205) 987-0724
- Grayson & Associates, (205) 871-6926
- Alabama Psychiatric Services, (205) 968-8360
- Dr. Ted Reveley (205) 870-8415
- Dr. Mark Westfall (205) 623-2171
Providers with Psychologists and/or Counselors on Staff
- Bair, Peacock, McDonald, &McMullan (205) 822-7348
- Covenant Counseling (205) 879-7500
- Drake Denton, LPC (205) 422-0683
- Sara Dungan, Sparrow Counseling, (205) 538-3978
- Dr. Judith Harrington, LPC (205) 226-2400
- Paul Johnson, LMFT (205) 807-6645
- Joan Leary, LPC (205) 529-5565
- Pathways Professional Counseling (866) 991-6864
- Relationships Incorporated (205) 991-3683
- Restore Ministries (205) 440-2909
- Gary Williams, LPC (205) 410-3582
Eating Disorder Treatment
- Alsana (205) 552-0417
- Covenant Counseling Re-vive Program (205) 879-7500
- Maggie Klyce (205) 379-7872 (sliding scale fees if uninsured)
- Magnolia Creek (888) 494-4213
- Kelly Neilson (Online Dietician Nutritionist)
- Jessica-Lauren Newby (Online Dietician Nutritionist), (334) 245-1855
- Leslie Reagan Plaia, Alexander Counseling (205) 538-3099
- Oasis Counseling (205) 933-0338
- Gateway Counseling (205) 510-2600
- UAB (205) 996-2414
- Pathways Professional Counseling (866) 991-6864
- Alabama Department of Human Resources
2001 12th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35234
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- City of Birmingham Department of Community Development (205) 254-2483
- Alabama Housing Finance Authority (334) 244-9200
Rehabilitation Services (Job and Educational Accommodations)
- Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
236 Goodwin Crest Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
Substance Abuse Treatment
- Addiction Center - (877) 655-5116
- Bradford Health Services - (888) 577-0012
- Recovery Resource Center (205) 458-3377 - free consultation and evaluative bridge services
- Start Your Recovery: Understanding Addiction
- Transitioning from Service: Advice and Resources for Veterans
- Succeeding in School: Advice and Resources for Transitioning to Higher Education
- Social Isolation: Signs and Resources to Address Social Withdrawal
Samford University Counseling & Wellness Programs does not endorse or recommend a specific mental health service provider. This list is simply for your convenience and is not intended to be a complete list of all mental health facilities in the area. If you are a provider and wish for your practice or services to be added to the list, please contact our office at (205) 726-4083.
This list is not exhaustive, and only includes a sample of available options.
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Panic Pit Stop
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Stop, Breathe & Think
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Depression and Other Mood Disorders
Depression CBT Self-Help Guide
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Leverage the power of positive thinking to improve your overall mental health. This app offers positive quotes to help you keep your mind focused on positive thoughts. An in-app tool also lets you program the positive messages to appear on your phone any time of day — the perfect pick-me-up!
Operation Reach Out
Many veterans and people in the military deal with depression that can interfere with their quality of life. Operation Reach Out is designed specifically for veterans and includes links to hotlines for support, as well as videos on the benefits of getting help for depression. This is also a great app if you’re looking for resources to help a loved one who you think may be dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts.
Fight Depression Naturally
Fight Depression Naturally helps you by providing a variety of tools for healthier eating, journaling, and sleep improvement. Check out yoga techniques, inspirational quotes, and nature sounds — all aimed at helping users manage their depression using natural techniques.
Daylio is a micro-diary app that lets you keep track of your moods without having to write down your feelings. Just select videos and icons that correspond with your mood to track how your feelings ebb and flow.
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Identifying your feelings can go a long way to helping you deal with depression and other mental health conditions — or just improve your overall mental health. This app draws upon principles of CBT and acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) to help people improve their internal dialogue.
Once you know what you’re dealing with, it can be easier to deploy the best coping method. This app will give you your mood mission, which can motivate you to use therapeutic techniques to boost your mood and reactions.
Pacifica for Stress and Anxiety
the Pacifica app brings together a range of mental health tools that are ideal for anyone, even if your condition is severe. It includes guided mindful meditation programs, a journaling space, and a mood and health tracker. The tools are aimed at helping you recognize your feelings and taking positive steps so you don’t get caught up in your emotions.