Medical school is no easy feat. There is so much to learn, long hours of lectures and studying, as well as outside stressors that can impact students. It can be overwhelming at times. The stress and adjustment of medical school can be a catalyst for the onset of anxiety or depressive symptoms and/or feelings of psychological burnout. Old self care methods and the support of friends and family might not suffice, and often students need additional, unbiased support. Counseling & Wellness Services (CWS) at the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona is available to provide this support. Some students come to CWS to learn effective ways of coping with the demands of life and medical school, striving for greater balance and wellness in their lives. Others seek counseling to deal with broader life and relationship issues. Whatever the focus, students are encouraged to seek the support they need to be successful.


Psychiatric Services (Orlando Area)

In addition to our on site Counseling Services, Dr. John Blankemeier and Dr. Andrew Kleiman are available to provide psychiatric services. Both physicians maintain private practices in Winter Park.

To schedule with Dr. John Blankemeier, call (407) 629-6440 (located in Winter Park).

To schedule with Dr. Andrew Kleiman, call (407) 339-3338 (located in Winter Park).

*Please note unlike the counseling services provided at COM that are covered by your student fees, services with Dr. Blankemeier and Dr. Kleiman require a reduced payment of $25 per appointment.

UCF After Hours Crisis Line

We understand that emergencies and crises do not always happen during regular business hours. In fact, students often struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, family or relationship difficulties, academic pressures, concerns about friends and roommates, or worries about the future.

If you or a friend is experiencing distress and needs someone to talk with in the middle of the night or on the weekend, they can call the main campus Counseling Center’s number (407) 823-2811, press #5 and they will be immediately connected to a licensed therapist.

If you or a friend is experiencing distress and needs someone to talk with in the middle of the night or on the weekend, they can call the main campus Counseling Center’s number (407) 823-2811, press #5 and they will be immediately connected to a licensed therapist.

Common reasons students call:

  • you’re trying to get some perspective on a difficult situation or someone you know is thinking about suicide
  • you’re worried or confused about a friendship, relationship, or family situation
  • you’re feeling lonely, depressed, or discouraged
  • you’re in therapy or waiting to see a therapist, but need to talk with someone now
  • you’re an international student having difficulty adjusting to life in the United States
  • you’re having a hard time making decisions, concentrating, or studying
  • you want help with an immediate personal crisis
Counseling Services for students at Bay Pines

Counseling services are available for currently enrolled College of Medicine M.D. students who are rotating at Bay Pines. Students may utilize University of South Florida (USF) Counseling Center facilities for mental health appointments and are encouraged to review USF’s website – http://usfweb2.usf.edu/counsel/ for more information.

Students who desire access to mental health services will speak with one of USF’s Counseling Center clinicians first (at (813) 974-2831), who will do a phone triage to determine if the student’s concern fits within the brief therapy model of the center, or if the concerns are beyond the scope of the USF Counseling Center treatment model.

If the concerns are outside of the scope of the brief therapy model, then the USF Counseling Center would make recommendations for appropriate services in the St. Petersburg/Tampa community.

Counseling Services for students at Flagler

Counseling and health services are also accessible for students rotating through the St. Augustine Flagler Hospital location. Below are the services available and contact information:

  • Psychological Services of St. Augustine, (904) 824-7733
  • Flagler Family Medicine, (904) 819-4814
  • Healing Arts Urgent Care, (904) 823-3401
Counseling Services for students in Gainesville

Mental Health Services:

Emergency Mental Health Services:  352-392-1575, ask to speak with the on-call clinician.  The on-call counselor will evaluate and connect students to appropriate resources.  This service is available 24/7.  Alachua County Crisis Center also provides emergency resources.

Counseling Services for students at NCH in Naples

Mental Health Services:

  • Damian McGovern (Psychiatry):  239-624-1660
  • Dana Castro (Psychiatry):  239-430-2001
  • Terrence Kimper (Psychologist): 239-398-0009
  • Mary Ellen Frazier (Psychologist): 230-643-9889
  • Stephen Smith (Psychologist):  239-262-1721

Emergency Mental Health Services:  239-455-8500 or walk in to 6075 Bathey Road Naples, FL


Crisis Hotline

Call 407-823-2811 and dial 5 to speak to an after-hours phone counselor. If you have an immediate emergency, call 911.

For additional emergency services please visit the Counseling and Psychological services Emergency Services page by using the button below.

Emergency Services