PERSONAL ADVICE AND COUNSELING

Personal Advice and Counseling

All students currently enrolled at PCOM may engage in counseling services at no cost.

The most common concerns that students bring to counseling are:

  • Relationship issues
  • Personal growth
  • Low self-confidence
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Controlling the use of alcohol and other drugs
  • Adjustment to professional school
  • Academic difficulties and career indecision

Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique, confidential helping relationship. In these relationships, counselors are facilitators who help their students understand themselves and their environments more accurately.

Students are encouraged to understand their feelings and behaviors, relationships with others and life circumstances. Discussion of issues enables growth in making healthier choices and taking responsible action with themselves, relationships, family and academics.

Counseling can feel difficult because you are coming to discuss unpleasant aspects of your life. You may feel exhausted, sad, angry and frustrated. You can be confident that all of these feelings will dissipate as you work through your issues.

COUNSELING FAQs

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

On-Campus Counseling Services - PCOM

Personal Support Counselor

Ruth Conboy, DNP, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, her office is located on the first floor of Evans Hall, the hallway between Zedeck and Ginsburg Auditoriums.

Schedule an appointment:
Phone: 215-871-6606
Email: ruthco@pcom.edu

Center for Brief Therapy

The Center for Brief Therapy (CBT) is located in Rowland Hall, Suite 530. CBT is a comprehensive outpatient clinic serving the greater Philadelphia area. Therapy is offered to PCOM students at a reduced rate of $10 per session. Please call 215-871-6847 Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. to complete a brief intake to assess your needs. 

Note: Due to a conflict of interest, the CBT cannot see PCOM psychology students for therapy services. These students may seek therapy services at no charge from Ruth Conboy, Dr. Mark or at a student rate from LaSalle University Counseling Center (215-951-1006).

Crisis Situation

If you are in a crisis situation, call the suicide and crisis intervention line at 215-686-4420, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On-Campus Counseling Services - PCOM Georgia

Personal Support Counselor

Leanne Henry-Miller, LPC, MFT, is dually licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. Her office is located in the PCOM Georgia main campus building at 625 Old Peachtree Road, behind the cafeteria and fitness room near the rear entrance in Suite 4004.

Schedule an appointment:
Phone: 678-225-7537
Email: leannehe@pcom.edu

Crisis Situation

If you are in a crisis situation, call the suicide and crisis intervention line at 800-715-4225, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Counseling and Support Services - PCOM South Georgia (Fall 2019)

The following is a partial list of counseling and support services in Moultrie and nearby areas.

Personal Counseling

Anodyne Counseling
Yvonne Cox, PhD, Margaret McDaniel
Address: LCSW 600 1st St SE, Moultrie, GA 
Phone: 229-985-8452
Services: Counseling available by appointment. Focus on chronic mental illness, emotional struggles, substance abuse and interpersonal difficulties.
Cost/Insurance: Most insurance accepted. Rates for PCOM students who self-pay is $100 per session (usually one hour).

Family Recovery of Southwest Georgia
Ben Marion, LCSW, LMFT Sam Marion, LCSW Elizabeth Marston, LCSW
Address: 719 1st St SE, Moultrie, GA 
Phone: 229-456-2022
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; appointments can be scheduled for other times if needed.
Services: Focus on trauma/PTSD, addictions, anxiety, anger management, adjustment to change, behavioral problems, family tension, depression, stress reduction, grief/loss, relational difficulties and ADHD.
Cost/Insurance: Most insurance accepted. Discounted rate of $50/hour for PCOM students who do not have insurance or do not want their insurance billed.

Mosaic Psychological Services 
Eight counselors on staff.
Address: 229 Remington Ave., Thomasville, GA
Phone: 229-233-8009
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Services: Specialized areas of counseling include autism, trauma, adolescent counseling, anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders and parental divorce adjustment
Cost/Insurance: Most insurance accepted. Rate of $150-$175 per session for self-pay.

Myra Jordan, LMFT 
Address: 9108 N Court St., Quitman, GA 
Phone: 229-263-1544
Hours: Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Evening appointments upon request.
Services: Focus on stress, anxiety, PTSD and relationship issues.
Cost/Insurance: Private pay only; can negotiate rates for PCOM students as needed.

Psychological Center of Thomasville 
Address: 200 Gordon Ave., Thomasville, GA
Phone: 229-226-0741
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Services: Specialized areas of counseling include depression, anxiety, PTSD, family of origin issues, abuse, autism spectrum, ADHD and impulse control, chronic pain, child and adolescent counseling, marriage and family counseling and trauma counseling. Other services include psychological evaluations, psycho-educational evaluations, developmental evaluations, vocational evaluations, ADHD evaluations, pre-surgical evaluations, disability evaluations and medication management. 
Cost/Insurance: Most insurance plans accepted. Cost for private pay is $100 for the initial session and $75 for follow ups. PCOM students should inquire about a discounted rate.

South Georgia Psychiatric and Counseling Center, LLC
Five counselors and two psychiatrists on staff. 
Address: 2704 N Oak St, Bldg. B3 Valdosta, GA 31602
Phone: 229-257-0100
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m ; Friday 8:30 a.m. - noon.
Services: Specialized areas of counseling include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger and conflict issues, marital conflict, PTSD, OCD, grief, ADD/ADHD, self-harming behaviors, and abuse victims.
Cost/Insurance: Most insurance accepted.

Turning Point Hospital
Address: 3015 Veterans Parkway, Moultrie, GA 
Phone: 229-985-4815 or 1-800-342-1075
Services: Counseling services are administered by master's level licensed mental health professionals and/or certified counselors, and medication management services are administered by board certified psychiatrists and/or advanced practice registered nurses holding a psychiatric certification. Turning Point also provides referral services if more in-depth treatment is required.
Cost/Insurance: Turning Point is in network with all major insurance carriers. Available services and fees are as follows:

  • Diagnostic assessment - $200
  • Individual counseling session with client and/or family members (30 minutes) - $105
  • Individual counseling session with client and/or family members (1 hour) - $150
  • Medication management - $130

LD Testing and Evaluation

PCOM is committed to meeting the accommodation needs of students who provide appropriate documentation to support their accommodation requests.

The following agencies advertise that they provide LD testing and evaluation. However, it is the responsibility of individual students to ensure that the agency can and will provide the appropriate documentation to support their accommodation requests. Students should email the coordinator of disability services (disabilityservices@pcom.edu) with any questions regarding appropriate documentation before securing the services of any agency.

Mosaic Psychological Services 
Address: 229 Remington Ave., Thomasville, GA
Phone: 229-233-8009
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Cost: LD testing and evaluation is $1,200 - $1,500.

Psychological Center of Thomasville 
Address: 200 Gordon Ave., Thomasville, GA 
Phone: 229-226-0741
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: 
Fee for a full LD evaluation is $500 - $800 depending on the number of sessions needed to determine a diagnosis.

Vereen Rehabilitation Center 
Speech-Language Pathology Renee Crosby, CCC-SLP
Address: 3100 S Veterans Pkwy, Moultrie, GA 
Phone: 229-890-3553
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Services: Testing and comprehensive evaluation for speech and language disorders. Must be referred by a physician.
Cost: Cost of evaluation for PCOM students is $459.

Childcare

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning sponsors a website and call center as resources to find licensed child care specific to one's location and needs. On the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning website, choose the "Find Child Care" tab on the right to search for child care by location, hours of operation, cost, number of children, etc. Only licensed childcare facilities are listed. Those facilities which have achieved "Quality Rated" status are identified. The Call Center (877-255-4254) is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Off-Campus Counseling Services - All Locations

Services Available

Carebridge Services

We recognize that it can often be difficult to manage the multiple priorities and stressors you may face as students in rigorous academic programs and in your personal lives. The Office of Student Affairs is always available to provide you with counseling and referral to outside resources. However, for those times when you would prefer to not connect with us directly; if you are away from campus and need extra support; or if it's late in the evening or over the weekend and you are in need of immediate assistance, please utilize the Student Assistance Program, provided through the Carebridge Group.

What is this Program?

Carebridge Group provides you with access to top quality personalized assistance, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The professional experts from Carebridge have a proven track record for providing confidential assistance and can help you find solutions to a wide range of personal and family issues.

What services are available?

  • Stress management
  • Relationship problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Difficult emotional issues
  • Financial concerns
  • Relocation
  • Housing options
  • Child care
  • Eldercare
  • Wellness resources

How does the Carebridge Assistance Program work?

  1. You can contact* the Carebridge staff 24 hours a day, 7 days per week by calling 800-437-0911 from any place in the country. 
  2. You can connect with Carebridge through their website.

*Identify yourself as a student at PCOM. PCOM's Access Code is: R5SAF.

How much will these services cost?

These services are available at no cost to all PCOM students and their dependents.

Remember: Carebridge is not replacing the comprehensive support services you receive from Student Affairs. This is an additional resource option for those who wish to utilize confidential resources, if you are away from campus, or if you need emergency confidential assistance when PCOM is closed.

Spring Health

Spring Health offers wellness resources that are convenient (virtual), user-friendly, and confidential (your individual information is secure and not shared with PCOM).

Through Spring Health's partnership with PCOM, you receive:

Mental health screenings
The adaptive questionnaire takes just 2-5 minutes to complete and screens for signs of a variety of behavioral health conditions: depression, ADHD, eating disorders, postpartum depression, PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorders, alcohol abuse and suicide risk.

Care Navigation
Your Care Navigator is your personal guide to discuss your assessment results and walk you through your care options. They can connect you back with your established care team, help you find new local providers, or set you up with a Spring Health therapist or physician. If you are hesitant about seeing a provider, sometimes it helps to just check in with Care Navigator periodically.

Benefits

  • You will received up to one free therapy visit and one free psychiatry visit with the Spring Health virtual provider network
  • Our providers include licensed psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. We built Spring knowing that one size doesn't fit all in mental health care. Some patients respond best to therapy. Some patients respond well to medication and high quality, evidence-based medication management. Some patients need both.

Please contact careteam@springhealth.com if you have any questions.

United Healthcare Insurance Participants

Mental illness treatment and substance use disorder treatment are treated like any other sickness. Visit the student health insurance website to find an in-network mental health provider.

Other features included on our plans at no expense to those who are already enrolled:

  1. Betterhelp - this is telehealth for mental health.
    1. This is not meant to treat serious ongoing mental health issues, more for when students are stressed or home sick and need to speak to someone.
    2. Hours are 7 a.m. - .7 p.m.
    3. Free to use for all students on the plan.
    4. It is an app that allows students to text, video chat, or speak to someone on the phone.
    5. All licensed clinicians
    6. Has a language program available
  2. Student Assistance Program (SAP)
    1. Has immediate intervention available.
    2. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    3. Free to students on the plan

Additional Resources

Click the links below for additional information on the following topics:

Visit the Student Resources page on my.pcom.edu for additional resources.

Crisis Situation

Call the National Suicide and Crisis Intervention Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the United States to test a trained crisis counselor.

If your emergency is life threatening, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

For emergencies that are not life threatening, you can contact Carebridge at 1-800-437-0911. Identify yourself as a PCOM student. The access code is R5SAFE.

Types of Counseling Available

PCOM offers the following types of counseling through the Office of Student Affairs:

  • Individual counselingThis treatment modality is offered on an as needed basis to work through personal concerns. Individual therapy is generally short term.
  • Group counselingCounseling in groups offers a broad range of insight and support from peers. Some groups deal with general concerns and personal growth; others have a more specific focus such as stress, coping and loss.
  • OutreachWorkshops provide information that is appropriate to the personal and professional development of medical and graduate students. Workshops include topics such as healthy relationships, resiliency and stress management.
  • Consultation - Consultation is available for individuals including students, staff and faculty to enhance organizational and interpersonal effectiveness.