Counseling Services and Outreaches Available to Students
Professional Counseling Staff:
Bonnie Brody, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Associate Director for Counseling
Stacey Schmitt, LSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jolanda Cook, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jessica Rhoads, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
For a Counseling appointment, please call 474-7043.
Included in the cost of the Health Center fee, students receive up to 5 free counseling sessions per semester. If a student requires more than 5 sessions, our counselors will do their best to refer them to the most appropriate community resource.
What is counseling?
Counseling is a meeting with a mental health specialist to discuss some aspect of your personal or interpersonal life. It involves talking about and working through concerns and problems. Counseling can help you clarify personal issues and emotions, help you set goals, help improve relationships and help you free yourself of disturbing thoughts and feelings.
Why do students seek counseling?
Students come to counseling for help with a wide range of personal and interpersonal concerns. Some seek help with adjustment to college. Others are looking for ways of reducing conflict in or improving personal relationships. Concerns about suicidal thoughts, depression, stress, eating and body image, alcohol or other drug abuse, or problems resulting from past or current sexual or physical abuse or assault are often issues discussed during counseling. Anyone experiencing domestic or relationship violence is strongly encouraged to talk with one of our counselors. Visit our Resources page for more information.
Depression and suicidal thoughts are serious problems. If you feel down, discouraged, tired all the time, "blue", or have trouble with your sleep or appetite, you may be depressed. Call for an appointment to see one our counselors. Talk with the counselor about how you feel and the counselor will help determine what the problem is and help you do something about it. If you feel suicidal or are thinking often about death or dying, talk with someone nearby right away (e.g. a residence hall advisor or professor) and come in to the Center immediately to get some help.
The American College Health Association recommends several on-line mental health screening instruments to assist students in recognizing mental health problems and seeking help.
Who is eligible to receive counseling at the Center?
Any student who has paid the Health Center Fee is eligible to use the counseling services. Counseling is available during Fall and Spring Semesters Monday - Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm.
We have a Counselor available during Summer Session from 8 am - 1pm Monday -Thursday. Closed on Fridays.
What are the costs/fees associated with counseling?
The Health Center Fee you paid at "fee payment" covers 5 counseling sessions per semester.
Is counseling confidential?
What you talk about with your counselor is confidential within the limits of the Center's Notice of Privacy Practices. The records maintained at the Center are accessible only to Student Health and Counseling staff except as described by the Notice of Privacy Practices.
How do I get an appointment to see a counselor?
To make an appointment, call the Center at 474-7043 and request a counseling Intake Appointment. Counselors are on-duty 8 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday. We will try to find the best match between your schedule and counselor duty hours. You will be asked to arrive early for your appointment to read the Notice of Privacy Practices and complete some paper work. **NOTE: All Counseling appointments have a $25 No-Show fee, so please call and cancel if you cannot make your appt. Any student requesting that a counselor write an academic modification letter or letter for withdrawal must be an established client at the counseling center. No exceptions will be made unless there is an emergency situation which will be determined by the counselor.
What can I do if I Have a Crisis?
During normal office hours (8 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday) call the Student Health and Counseling Center at 474-7043 and let us know that you need to be seen as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to respond very quickly. Usually a counselor can see a student within a few hours, and sometimes immediately. Please see the right hand column area that says "Help is closer than you think" for 24/7 counseling assistance.
During the summer months our hours are Monday -Thursday, (8 am- 1 pm). Closed on Fridays.
If you have a life-threatening emergency after normal office hours, you should call 911. If you have an emergency that is not life-threatening, contact your residence hall advisor or the police department. Please see the right hand column area that says "Help is closer than you think" for 24/7 counseling assistance.
The Interior Alaska Center for Non-violent Living also sponsors a community hot-line 24 hours a day at (907) 452-2293.
Click here for our Center Brochure on Helping Students in Distress.
Click here for the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Click here for the Alaska Suicide Prevention Plan
What if I'm worried about someone else?
There may be times when you have concerns abut the depressed mood or distressed feelings or behavior of someone else - perhaps a roommate, a partner, a friend, a student in one of your classes or a student with whom you come in contact through some other means. Counselors provide consultation for students, faculty and staff who are concerned about a student. Depending on the situation, we may talk with you by phone or meet in person to discuss your concerns and help you try to assess how best to respond. This may include providing you with ideas for referring the student for professional care. Please see the right hand column area that says "Help is closer than you think" for 24/7 counseling assistance.
To make a secure online gift to the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center, please go to the link below to access the form. You will receive an automatic gift confirmation and a gift receipt to follow. Thank you for your support!
AFTER-HOURS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE NOW OFFERED
The UAF Student Health and Counseling Center now offers after-hours counseling services for students who need immediate mental health care. The Center has employed a counseling service that has professional counselors on staff available to serve our students when we are closed which is evenings, weekends, and during university holidays. To access the service, the student just needs to call our Center’s phone number, 474-7043 and follow the instructions for connecting to the service.
Rural Students, click on link for instructions on how to access after hours services: http://www.uaf.edu/chc/counseling-services-1/rural-student-after-hours/
After-hours contact info for students who have Indian Health Service benefits: 907-251-6869
Fairbanks Community Counseling Resource Listing
Happy Lights Loan for students
Students can check "happy lights" out at the Student Health & Counseling Center for a limited time to see if it helps them. We usually check them out for 2 weeks. If the student finds the light beneficial, they can then purchase one for themselves. The lights are not meant be loaned out on an extended use term, but temporary.
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Counseling Service appointments and fees
We ask that you arrive on time for your session, which would be at least 15 minutes early. If you are unable to keep your appointment, we ask for a 24 hour advanced notice to cancel or reschedule. Failure to cancel or reschedule your appointment will result in a "No-Show" and there will be a charge of $25 assessed to your student account.
If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, it will be cancelled.
Being a "No-show" for 2 appointments will result in any further appointments being cancelled and removed from our schedule.
Three same day cancellations of your counseling appointment, will result in further appointments being cancelled and removed from our schedule.
Resource and Advocacy Center on Campus
The Resource and Advocacy Center at UAF provides advocacy and resource referral to students, staff and faculty survivors of power-based personal violence. The office is staffed by advocates and provides confidential resources on campus. An advocate is available 24/7 at 474-6360. http://www.uaf.edu/woodcenter/services/rac/