Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm (with some flexibility upon request)

Location

Dwight Beeson Hall (DBH) 203

Appointment Information

On-site appointments are prepaid through student fees and are no extra cost to the student.

Scheduling

Email counseling@samford.edu, call 205-726-4083, or stop by the office in person. We have graduate student interns who also see students.

Therapy at Your Fingertips

Therapy Assisted Online is a new website resource available to all Samford students. Once you create an account and log in with your Samford email, 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 and improved mental health.
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About Counseling

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.

Confidentiality

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.

Mission

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. While Samford’s professional counselors are equipped to integrate and address spiritual aspects of personal growth, the student sets the tone and chooses when and how they would like to include this dimension into their therapeutic work.

Services

Nature And Extent Of Services Provided

Specific functions and services of our office include, but are not limited to:

  • Consultation and Triage services
  • Evaluation & limited assessment
  • Short-term, goal-oriented, as needed exploratory psychotherapy
  • With written consent we can collaborate with faculty, staff, parents, peers, & community resources to meet treatment goals
    Release of Information Form
  • Crisis intervention
  • Campus-wide educational Wellness 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 and/or medication assistance will be aided in obtaining services off campus. Costs of any such services will be the responsibility of the student.

Counseling topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic/study skills
  • Time management
  • Substance/alcohol abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Depressed feelings
  • Self-confidence
  • Adjustment to college life
  • Anxiety & stress management
  • Grief due to death, or other loss (i.e. divorce, relationships)
  • Sexual assault/relationship violence

Limitations

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.

*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!

Psychiatric and Psychological Assessment

Referrals for psychiatric and psychological assessment from our office are available off-campus and at the student's expense.

Crisis Intervention

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.

Fees

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.

Individual Counseling

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.

Workshops

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.

Support Groups

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.

Cadres

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.

In Crisis?

Physical Danger

If you are in personal crisis, and/or you or someone else’s life is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1, visit a local Emergency Room, or contact campus police at 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 local Crisis Center Rape Response Line at 205-323-7273.

Get Help

Suicidal

If you or someone else are actively suicidal and considering taking your own life, call the 24/7 local 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.

Get Help

Services in the Event of a Major Disaster

In the event of such an occurrence (e.g. tornado), students and residents will be provided planned interventions through the Samford University Crisis Committee and posted on our Emergency Alerts webpage.

Resources

TAO

What is TAO?

https://thepath.taoconnect.org/

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: counseling@samford.edu, or (205) 726-4083.

iPhone Applications

This list is not exhaustive, and only includes a sample of available options.

Anxiety

  • Buddhify
  • Calm
  • Headspace
  • Relax Meditation
  • Panic Pit Stop
  • Stop, Breathe & Think
  • Simple Habit

Depression and Other Mood Disorders

  • Depression CBT Self-Help Guide
  • Positive Thinking
  • Operation Reach Out
  • Fight Depression Naturally
  • Daylio
  • TalkLife
  • Lantern Health
  • What’s Up?
  • MoodMission
  • Pacifica for Stress and Anxiety

Campus Resources

Providers with Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counselors on Staff

Psychiatrists

  • Dr. Ted Reveley (205) 870-8415
  • Dr. Mark Westfall (205) 623-2171
  • Dr. Christopher Randolph, St Vincent’s Health System (205) 733-7110

Providers with Psychologists and/or Counselors on Staff

Eating Disorder Treatment

Fixed Income

Food Assistance

Housing

Rehabilitation Services (Job and Educational Accommodations)

  • Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
    236 Goodwin Crest Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 290-4400

Substance Abuse Treatment

Veterans

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.

Our Team

Photo of Lyndsay Clark
Lyndsay Cogdill Clark, MSW/LICSW, PIP, MDiv
University Counselor
Office: Beeson Hall 203
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Tracy LaForty
University Counselor
Counseling Services & Wellness Programs
Office: Beeson Hall 203
Photo of Hunter Lovett
Hunter Lovett
Intern Counselor
Counseling Services & Wellness Programs
Photo of Jalete Nelms
Jalete Nelms
Administrative Assistant
Counseling Services & Wellness Programs
Office: Beeson Hall 203
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Richard Yoakum, M.S., LPC
Director of Counseling Services & Wellness Programs, University Counselor
Office: Beeson Hall 203