At the USF Counseling Center, we have a passion for helping students achieve their academic, professional and personal goals through mindfulness and effective coping strategies. Our professional clinicians assist students to address psychological concerns, gain self-awareness, adjust to life in college and tackle personal challenges more easily.
We also understand how difficult sharing sensitive, personal and private information can feel. That’s why we strive to connect you with a professional therapist who has the desire and expertise to help you accomplish your individual goals.
Types of Counseling We Offer
The USF Counseling Center offers the following brief counseling services to eligible University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus students:
- Initial Evaluation
- Brief Individual Counseling
- Brief Couples Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Therapist Assisted Online (TAO)
- Crisis Intervention
The Counseling Center professional clinicians also provide counseling services to faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as well as consultation services related to student mental health.
Eligible students may meet with a professional clinician for an initial evaluation to determine how that particular student’s mental health needs can best be met. Students with presenting concerns that can be best addressed through the Counseling Center may be offered participation in brief individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, and/or TAO.
Presenting concerns typically addressed in brief counseling include stress management, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, concerns related to cultural background or identity, and concerns about family, romantic, and/or interpersonal relationships. If it is determined that the student requires longer-term counseling and their needs are best met by another agency, the professional clinician will provide the student with appropriate referral resources.
The Counseling Center also coordinates psychiatric services (should a professional clinician determine that a psychiatric evaluation is warranted) and crisis intervention to assist with emergencies and/or serious crises related to psychological concerns.
Therapy appointments are typically 45-50 minutes and are often scheduled once per week. In your first session, you will be oriented to what therapy entails and how your therapist will assist you. To learn more about the counseling services and therapy options, please visit the USF Counseling Center's website.
If you are interested in making an appointment, you may call us at (941) 359-4330 to schedule a time that works for you. We will be offering counseling services on-site at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, Mondays-Fridays, and walk-ins will also be accepted during on-site hours once available. Students with counseling appointments, as well as walk-ins, should check in at the Main Rotunda Desk prior to their session.