Counseling Center


We are here for you.

Your college years are filled with life-changing events—from leaving home and moving into your new college home to graduating and finding a job and everything in between. While exciting, these times can also challenge you in new ways and be difficult to navigate.

Florida Southern’s Counseling Center offers full-time students time-limited counseling at no cost. The Counseling Center provides a safe and nurturing environment designed to help students maintain their emotional well-being in order to achieve their educational goals.

Services include individual, couples, and group counseling. Sessions are typically 30 to 50 minutes long and are held every ten days to two weeks. Each semester is considered a course of treatment during which the student and the counselor work together on mutually agreed upon goals.

Occasionally we meet with students whose needs exceed what we can provide. These include students who require more time or more frequent sessions to meet their mental health needs, who want (or need) ongoing therapy, or who struggle to make progress on their goals for treatment. In addition, students who are unable to maintain their safety due to factors such as self-injury, active thoughts of suicide, or high risk substance use are beyond the scope of care of the Counseling Center. Counselors can assist these students in finding appropriate care within the local community whenever possible. Students are also referred to their health insurance provider and to find therapists in the area to meet their mental health needs.

When to seek help

Whether you’re making an important decision, resolving a personal issue, or working through relationship difficulties, a few sessions of confidential personal counseling are often just what you need.

Your first appointment will be scheduled promptly, usually within ten days to two weeks from the day you call. Allow approximately 50 minutes for your first session. Subsequent sessions will be 30 to 50 minutes in length. Students in crisis will be seen as quickly as possible.

Our Counselors

Our counselors offer you the opportunity to talk things over with a caring professional whose training and expertise will help you find your way through those tough times.

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Carol Ballard, Psy.D.
Director and Counselor

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Angelica Monteverde, Psy.D.

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Joshua Lee Matthews Psy.D

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Tom Norman, MS, Counselor
Riley Norman, DOG, Canine Counselor

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Meagan Scott, M.A.

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Aldra Forrester, MS

We are also active participants in the campus community providing workshops, training, teaching, and outreach to students, and consultations to administrators, faculty, staff, and parents.

It is our goal to help create and maintain a healthy and diverse community through relationship building, education, and crisis prevention.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides a safe, nurturing environment. Services include individual, couples and group sessions.


Monday - Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Us

Phone: 863.680.6236

Find Us

The Counseling Center is located in the Thrift Building, 1st floor.

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Emergency Numbers

Campus Safety: 863.680.4305

Peace River Center: 863.519.3744

Suicide/Crisis Prevention Resources

National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255

Text For crisis intervention: Connect to 741741

Suicide Prevention App:

Our Mission

FSC’s Counseling Center supports the academic mission of the College by providing services and programs that help students maintain their emotional well-being in order to achieve their educational goals. When crises do occur, it is our mission to provide timely intervention and garner community support to help alleviate any far reaching after effects.

Scope of Care Document