Medical school is a particularly trying time and it is normal to feel overwhelmed at times. There is so much to learn, long hours of lectures and studying, as well as outside stressors that can impact students. Sometimes students are able to handle this stress on their own or by talking to friends and family. But, many times students need additional support. The counseling center is available to provide this support. Many of the students that come to the counseling center are ones who want to learn to cope with the demands of medical school more effectively. Others seek counseling to deal with broader life issues. Whatever the focus, students are encouraged to seek the help they need.
Counseling is available for medical students through the UCF Counseling Center. The UCF Counseling Center Health Sciences Campus office is located in the medical education building, Suite 416. For information on the counseling center located on the UCF main campus, please log on to www.counseling.sdes.ucf.edu.
Counseling services are free to all currently enrolled students.
The HSC Counseling Center Office therapist will provide the following services to enrolled UCF students: short-term individual therapy, crisis intervention services, referrals to UCF psychiatrists, group therapy, and couples therapy (if both members of the couple are enrolled UCF students). For those students needing additional services, the therapist will help students connect to community resources that might be helpful. Such resources include longer term therapy, community-based psychiatric services, and financial resources. The therapist will also be available for consultations with faculty, staff, and students, who have concerns about others in their academic community. Students can also contact the HSC Counseling Center or Health Services Office (Suite 416) or Counseling and Psychological Services on the main campus at (407) 823-2811.
As common College of Medicine student needs and interests are identified, the therapist will also be able to provide workshops or presentations on these topics.
Hours and Staff
All counseling services at the HSC Counseling Center Office are provided by a licensed psychologist, Katherine Daly, Ph.D. Her hours of availability for Fall 2015 are as follows:
- Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
On an as-needed basis, Dr. Daly will offer appointments at the Gore Street Office (70 W. Gore Street). To make an appointment, please call (407) 823-2811.
In addition, Dr. John Blankemeier and Dr. Andrew Kleiman are available to provide psychiatric services. Both physicians maintain private practices in Winter Park.
- To schedule a New Client Initial Assessment appointment, call (407) 823-2811.
- If you have only completed an Initial Assessment at the main campus office, call (407) 823-2811 to schedule ongoing appointments.
- If you have been participating in ongoing therapy at the main campus office and wish to transfer to the HSC office, please call to speak to your current therapist to discuss the best option.
- Dr. John Blankemeier – (407) 629-6440 (located in Winter Park)
- Dr. Andrew Kleiman – (407) 339-3338 (located in Winter Park, limited number of openings for new patients at the present)
Counseling services – Bay Pine Students
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. When a UCF medical student wants to access mental health services, they will speak with one of USF’s Counseling Center clinicians for more information and to potentially schedule an in person initial assessment. For more information, please contact USF’s Counseling Center at (813) 974-2831.
After Hours Crisis Line
The University Counseling Center knows 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.
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 Counseling Center’s main 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
- you 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
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