University of Montevallo launches free community counseling clinic

The University of Montevallo College of Education Graduate Counseling Program launched a free counseling clinic on Thursday, Sept. 1. (File)

The University of Montevallo College of Education Graduate Counseling Program launched a free counseling clinic on Thursday, Sept. 1. (File)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MONTEVALLO–The University of Montevallo College of Education Graduate Counseling Program is excited to announce the launch of its free Community Counseling Clinic.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, the University of Montevallo Community Counseling Clinic will be open every Thursday from 6-9 p.m., and will be able to serve children starting at age 5, adolescents, adults and seniors through individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and couples therapy.

The range of services will cover depression, anxiety, grief, anger, marital, recovery, extreme behaviors and other psychosocial concerns that impact individuals, couples and families.

This clinic will also serve as a teaching center for well-trained graduate counseling students, currently in their practicum. Under the supervision of experienced faculty members and licensed practitioners, counseling sessions will be recorded so that faculty can assess student professional skill development, client progress, monitor the need for medical services and evaluate clinical interventions.

“Mental health affects how we think, feel and act, and also helps determine how we handle stress and relate to others,” said University of Montevallo Counseling Program Coordinator Dr. Latofia Jackson. “Mental health problems are common and people need to know it’s OK to ask for help in dealing with these problems. This clinic will provide a safe, affordable and nonjudgmental atmosphere in which people from the community can come and effectively address their mental health concerns without worrying about cost, stigma and accessibility.”

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Parker at 665-6377 or Lparker12@montevallo.edu. Information about the clinic is also available at Montevallo.edu/partnerships.