Office HoursMonday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (with some flexibility upon request)
LocationDwight Beeson Hall (DBH) 203
Appointment InformationOn-site appointments are prepaid through student fees and are no extra cost to the student.
SchedulingEmail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 205-726-4083, or stop by the office in person. We have graduate student interns who also see students.
Therapy at Your FingertipsTherapy Assisted Online (TAO) 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.
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. 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.
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
- 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.
*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!
Samford’s Counseling Services & Wellness Programs staff value the opportunity to bring wellness information and education to YOU. Everyone benefits from knowing how to better care for themselves and others, how to recognize warning signs for deteriorating mental health or potential threat from others, and knowing how to improve one’s coping skills. If you are a student, faculty or staff member, campus organization, club, or department head and you are interested in hosting a Counseling Services staff member to present on a particular topic, please let us know by contacting our office.
Topics can include, but are not limited to:
- An Introduction to Counseling Services & Wellness programs: What we do
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- Warning Signs for Students in Distress
- Recognizing Distress and Taking Proper Steps to Assess, Address, and Refer appropriately
- Healthy Boundaries
- Improving Coping Skills in College and Beyond
- What is Work/Life Balance?
- Understanding & Engaging with Students and Suicidal Ideation
Contact us today to discuss any area of interest that we may be able to help you address!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This list is not exhaustive, and only includes a sample of available options.
- 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
- Lantern Health
- What’s Up?
- Pacifica for Stress and Anxiety
- Campus Resource List
- Sexual Misconduct Report Form
- Concerned about a student? CARE Form submission
- Q & A: How to Use My Health Insurance in the Community
Providers with Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counselors on Staff
- 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
- Dr. Christopher Randolph, St Vincent’s Health System (205) 733-7110
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
Body Image Work & Eating Disorder Treatment
- Katie Reed, body image work - Present Wellness Counseling, 205-642-8386
- 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
- Grayson & Associates' Dialectical Behavior Treatment (DBT) Groups- Carolyn Kohly, 205-319-1233, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Acadia Healthcare - Tom Bennett, Higher Education Recovery Coordinator & Consultant, 615-856-1172
- Addiction Center - 877-655-5116
- Alcohol Addiction Center
- Bradford Health Services - 888-577-0012
- Recovery Resource Center - 205-458-3377 - free consultation and evaluative bridge services
- Start Your Recovery: Understanding Addiction
- UAB’s Addiction Recovery Program
- 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.