Psychological Services

Overview

Important:


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING ANY OF OUR COUNSELING SERVICES, PLEASE COME BY OUR OFFICE OR CALL (727) 873-4422 (OPTION 2) TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.


SERVICES

All currently enrolled students at USF 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. While the number of visits a student receives may vary based on the needs of the student and resources of the center, we do not have a specific session limit. We do, however, operate under a brief treatment model of service delivery, and referrals may be given for more intensive, specialized, and/or long-term needs. Couples counseling is also available for students as long as both partners are currently enrolled at USF.

Group Counseling

Wellness Center is pleased to offer group therapy to USF 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 triage assessment with a counselor and are referred to the group that is appropriate for them.

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, 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 are currently being offered via our telemental health online platform, TAO, and are scheduled to accommodate student availability. Please call the Wellness Center to schedule an initial triage appointment to learn more.

CURRENT GROUPS

  • Understanding Self and Others Therapy Groups
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3-4:30pm

LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Disclaimer:
USF ST. PETERSBURG WELLNESS CENTER DOES NOT REPRESENT OR ENDORSE THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH OUTSIDE ENTITIES. DO YOUR RESEARCH TO FIND THE BEST OPTIONS FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR NEEDS.

Consultations

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.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO CONSULT WITH A COUNSELOR, PLEASE COME BY OUR OFFICE OR CALL (727) 873-4422 (OPTION 2) TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A BRIEF CONSULTATION OR REQUEST TO SPEAK WITH ANY AVAILABLE COUNSELOR IF THIS IS AN URGENT MATTER.

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:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • 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.  We also offer Learning Disabilities testing and may be able to offer other more specialized types of testing upon consultation. If you are interested in this service, please call to schedule an initial appointment with a counselor to determine referral needs.

However, we are 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.

Strengths Coaching

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. 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 USF St. Petersburg faculty/staff/students only.


Workshops

The Wellness Center is pleased to offer Relax-a-Bull, a drop-in workshop teaching stress management skills, now in an online format! Through July 30th Relax-a-Bull is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3pm-4pm via Microsoft Teams.

August dates for Relax-a-Bull are August 4th, 11th, and 25th 3pm-4pm.

September dates will be announced soon.

Relax-a-Bull has a four session curriculum that rotates, and students can start the workshop at any time and/or repeat sessions if they desire. In each workshop session, students are provided education on stress management skills, guided through experiential activities, and assisted in developing a personalized plan for how to implement these stress management skills in their lives. Specific information and strategies on coping with stress during the coronavirus pandemic will be shared as well.

Students do not have to be enrolled in counseling services to attend. Students can engage in the Relax-a-Bull workshop in addition to participating in Wellness Center mental health services.

Please be aware that while substantial efforts are made to protect privacy, confidentiality and HIPAA compliance cannot be guaranteed on the Microsoft Teams platform. To abide by state licensing regulations, it is recommended that only USF students currently located within the state of Florida attend. For security purposes the Teams meeting will be locked after 10 minutes into the workshop.

Please join us!


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. 


THE CENTER CANNOT PROVIDE EXCUSED ABSENCES FOR MEDICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLNESSES.


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.