Getting Counseling

Counseling is a relationship between you and a trained professional where you can discuss concerns openly and clarify your thoughts and feelings. This leads to increased self-understanding and more effective behavior. Learn what to expect from counseling at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.


Types of Counseling We Provide

Counseling is a relationship with a person who is professionally trained to help discuss concerns in a way that clarifies one's thoughts and feelings. This helping relationship leads to increased self-understanding and more effective behavior.

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Individual counseling is available to help students address a variety of issues and concerns. Students receive individualized face-to-face or virtual short-term therapy

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We offer groups during the Fall and Spring Semesters. If you would like to suggest a group you feel would be beneficial for yourself and others, please call (850) 599-3145.



What to Expect From Counseling

  • Different Experiences for Different Needs

  • No two people are the same, and for that reason, no two counseling experiences will be the same. You can be sure, however, that our staff will do their best to tailor your experience to your needs. 

  • Students seek our services for a variety of personal reasons, ranging from time management, self-esteem, stress and social isolation to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and sexual assault. 

  • Access to Services as a FAMU Student

  • Students currently enrolled for classes are charged a student health fee (currently $6.91 per credit hour) along with their tuition. This health fee entitles students to access mental and physical health services. Students not enrolled for a summer term or recent graduates may pay a health fee (currently $103) that will allow them access to clinic services for one semester.

  • You need an appointment to see a counselor. To schedule an appointment, you can walk in or contact the office by phone at 850-599-3145.
  • Crisis/Emergency Services

  • Counselors are available to assist with crisis/emergency situations. If your concern is urgent (i.e., suicidal thoughts or attempt, experiencing hallucinations or trauma within the last seven days), you can just walk in.
  • Comprehensive Services

  • The Office of Counseling Services offers a variety of other services!  explore services

  • Confidentiality

  • As required by law, counseling sessions at the Office of Counseling Services are confidential. No information is disclosed to anyone (e.g. parents, professors, administration) in any identifiable manner without prior written consent from the student. The exceptions are when a student is under the age of 18, when the student is in danger of harming self or others, when there is suspected abuse of a child, a disabled person, an elderly person, or when a judge mandates disclosure to a court of law.
  • Quality Care During Your Appointment

  • Ordinarily, you will see a counselor for a 45- to 50-minute appointment, scheduling is done on a case-by-case basis.

  • You will meet with a counselor to discuss the situation and evaluate options for addressing your areas of concern. The role of the counselor is to listen nonjudgmentally and prompt you to examine your own thinking, rather than deciding for you or giving advice.
  • Psychiatric Services

  • The Office of Counseling Services has two consulting psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. This service is provided for students who feel they might benefit from discussing medication options.
  • As part of the policy of the Office of Counseling Services, those students who are interested in medication as an option must also meet with a counselor at least once a month.
  • After-Hours Care

  • If you are experiencing a crisis and need to speak with a counselor when our office is closed, call BetterMynd for FREE at (844) 287-6963.



Want To Schedule An Appointment To Talk To Someone? Looking For Our Office?

1735 Wahnish Way Suite 304 (CASS Building)

If you need to speak to counselor after-hours, Call BetterMynd at (844) 287-6963
In Case of Emergency, call FAMU Police Department at (850) 599-3256 or Dial 911
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