Office of Counseling open house spreads word about services

Photo by Junon Jean

FAMU’s Office of Counseling Services held an open house Tuesday morning for new and returning students.


The open house was mainly a meet and greet, with additional but concise explanations of services being offered for this school year, as well statistics on the success of the counseling services from the 2017-2018 school year.

With the motto of “Here For You From Orientation to Graduation,” the office of counseling provides individual counseling, as well as group and couples counseling. According to director Anika Fields, as long as you are fully enrolled in school, the office of counseling is free of charge, as the fee is already covered through tuition.

Myisha Bruner, a junior physical therapy student, shared her hesitation yet excitement for counseling services.

“I’ve never been to the office of counseling, but I think it is a great initiative and something this campus needs. As an HBCU, we do not talk about mental health as much as we should. So hopefully everybody can utilize this service,” said Bruner.

The office of counseling services also has several branches outside of the physical office. There is a well track interactive self-help therapy which is an app students can use, and “Wind Down Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. at 640 Gamble St. starting Oct. 11.

There is also a group called active minds, that raises awareness among college students about mental health. The interest meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Treo building.

Chanc’e Moody, a FAMU grad student getting her master’s in social work, also expressed her excitement for her upcoming appointment.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to go to something like this because this is very important. Mental health care is very important and prevalent, especially for college students,” Moody said.

For more information about the office of counseling services or to make an appointment, students can go to the office at 636 Gamble St., or contact the office at (850) 599-3145.