Counseling Services

On Campus Counseling Services

Students with psychological or emotional challenges can experience disruptive thinking, feelings, moods, inability to relate to others, and overall incapacity or inability to cope with the demands of college life and society as a whole. Counseling services to students are available free of charge by State of Florida licensed clinicians either on campus or off campus. 

On campus: Contact Madelyn Ballard, LMHC 352-854-2322, ext. 1760, Building 42, Room 106. 

Psychological Rehabilitation Education Program

The purpose of the College of Central Florida's (CF) Psychological Rehabilitation Education Program (P.R.E.P.) is to help students with psychological challenges achieve their academic goals. P.R.E.P. assists with college retention and focuses on setting goals, motivational techniques, and leadership skills. The P.R.E.P. Club engages all CF students to accomplish their endeavors.

Services include:

  • Weekly P.R.E.P. group meetings
  • Assistance with enrollment and registration
  • Career counseling
  • Accompanies 

The P.R.E.P. support group, “A MEETING OF THE MINDS,” meets every Tuesday at 2–3:30 p.m., Building 42, Room 106.
For more information, contact Madelyn Ballard (ballardm@cf.edu) at 352-854-2322, ext. 1760. 

Online Mental Health Screening

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 from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. Click here to get started.

Off Campus Counseling Services

Bay Care Behavioral Health is a confidential, free of charge, resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work, home lives. It provides early intervention and professional assessment and counseling to best meet the needs of the student. A student may call the toll free number, 1-800-878-5470 (twenty four hours per day, seven days per week) for assistance or visit Baycare.org/sap.

Once the student makes the phone call, the student will be given phone numbers of several State of Florida licensed clinicians in the student’s local community that the student may call and arrange an appointment. Professional help and counseling is available to students that address a broad spectrum of issues: behavioral, emotional, psychological, substance abuse, relationships, grief, and many other life problems. Monitoring and follow-up services are also included.

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