Where is the Counseling Center?
The Counseling Center is located in deChantal Hall, Room 121. The
phone number is (352) 588-8199.
What are the hours the Center is open?
The Counseling Center hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Extended hours are available upon
What services are available at the Counseling
The Counseling Center supports the intrapersonal and interpersonal
development of SLU students by providing individual, group,
couples, and crisis counseling. The Center also offers outreach and
presentation services to the campus community, psychiatric
referrals for medication and evaluation, and consultation services
for faculty, staff, students, and parents.
Who is eligible for services at the Center, and what is
Counseling services are free to those persons currently enrolled
in Saint Leo University as full time students.
With what kinds of concerns do the counselors help
Students seek out counseling for a number of reasons. Some
students may have issues related to their normal development, such
as identity or relationship concerns. Others are dealing with more
specific concerns, such as depression, anxiety, stress, childhood
or adult trauma, grieving and loss, substance abuse, and/or eating
disorders or body-image concerns. Some students aren't sure what
the problem might be. They just know they are experiencing
difficulty studying, concentrating, eating, sleeping, adjusting, or
getting along with others. A counselor can help a student sort out
what might be going on and suggest ways he/she might get back on
Who provides the counseling services?
The Center is staffed by certified mental health
How do I make an appointment to see a
A student, or students, may stop by the Center to make an
appointment, or they may call the Center at (352) 588-8199. If the
counselor is in session, just leave a note under the door or a
message on the machine with information on where you can be
reached. Every effort will be made to contact you within 24
How long and how often are the counseling
Counseling sessions are typically 50 minutes long, and are
normally scheduled on a weekly basis. Some people are satisfied
with single-session therapy while others, experiencing more
difficult issues, seek counseling for a longer period of time.
Who will know what I talk about in my counseling
Without your written permission, no one will know. Everything you
say in a counseling session is considered confidential information.
There are specific instances, however, when a counselor is
required, by law, to break confidentiality in order to protect you
or someone else from serious harm.
Won't it be hard to talk about what's bothering me with
a person I don't even know?
This may be true, especially in the beginning of therapy, when you
may feel anxious or awkward or a bit self-conscious. Counselors
understand how normal it is to feel uncomfortable and cautious at
first. They are trained to create an accepting and encouraging
environment that will help put you at ease and enable you to feel
more comfortable. Hopefully, as you gradually become more trusting
of your counselor, it will become easier to feel relaxed and open
when talking to him/her.
Don't only "crazy" people go to
No way. In fact, students who utilize the services of the
Counseling Center are interested primarily in their personal growth
or in resolving a particular concern. It is common for students to
experience developmental struggles, academic and relationship
pressures, and overwhelming stress at times during their academic
career. The fact that so many students seek the services provided
by the Counseling Center reflects how common these issues are to
Can the Counseling Center staff prescribe
No. Only medical doctors, like psychiatrists and family
physicians, can prescribe medication. The Center refers students to
outside facilities where proper assessment regarding the use of
medication can be made.
What if I am feeling suicidal?
If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, tell
someone. Call the Center at (352) 588-8199 or come over to
the Counseling Center. In the evenings or on weekends, tell your RA
or Hall Director, call Campus Security at (352) 588-8432, or simply
dial 911 for help. Students attending Saint Leo University Centers
are urged to dial 911 for help wherever they live.
What if a parent, student or faculty/staff member is
concerned about a particular student?
The Counseling Center staff is available during business hours for
consultation about concerns that a third party person might have
about a student. Strategies for helping the student and, if
appropriate, for encouraging the student to see a counselor may be
Can a parent, friend or faculty/staff member be kept
informed of a student's progress in counseling?
Information about one's counseling is kept strictly confidential
except in rare legal circumstances (e.g. there is a belief that
there will be harm to the client or to someone else due to the
client's behavior or lack of it.) No information can be released,
including whether or not a student is attending counseling
sessions, without written consent from the student.
How do I know I've finished with the counseling
Sometimes people just stop coming to counseling. Hopefully,
though, you and your counselor will have set a mutually agreed upon
number of visits that will enable you to work through the issues
that are bothering you. Some students come for one session, while
others want to spend more time on the issues that concern them.