Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
|Laura Anderson, MSCP, LMHC
Director of Counseling
|Christina Finn, LICSW
|David Dybdal, MD, Ph.D.
|Debora Paddock, LMHC
|Monday through Thursday||9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m|
AMC offers the following helpful materials to students and families dealing with crises or trauma:> Managing Traumatic Stress
> Supporting Yourself and Others
> Important Considerations in Helping Others
About the Counseling Center
The Anna Maria College Counseling Center provides individual supportive counseling to assist students as they pursue educational and personal goals. Counseling is a collaborative process in which the student works with his or her clinician to increase academic success, as well as improve health and wellness, and navigate future plans. The student will work to acquire new skills to increase their level of self-awareness and gain new perspectives in regard to relationships with others. The ultimate goal of this work is to enhance the quality of the individual's life.
Initial assessment and evaluation are generally made in the first 2 sessions. For those students in need of more intensive on-going psychotherapy, referrals to practitioners and resources in the community are provided. Long term or intensive psychotherapy would be billed to your insurance. In those instances when referrals to outside resources are made, the cost for such therapy is done by the student or by his/her insurance carrier.
The Counseling Center also provides consultation services and outreach programs. Faculty, staff, and parents who are concerned about a student on campus, can feel free to call the Counseling Center for assistance in dealing with troublesome situations. Outreach programs are conducted on campus and include free mental health screenings as well as fun and exciting games and videos designed to raise awareness about wellness topics like alcohol, anxiety, and sleep.
Making an Appointment
The Counseling Center is located in the Health and Counseling Center in the Esther House Annex. Appointments are made in advance by calling Laura Anderson (508) 849-3308. Initial appointments are available within a week of the student's request.
AMC Counseling Center has a strong commitment to maintaining the confidentiality of the information you share. Massachusetts law requires that we provide you with our policies regarding confidentiality and informed consent. This information is provided to you before we begin our work together for your review and signature.
Students are able to download information about various mental illnesses, ask questions, make appointments, and seek help anonymously via the Internet, a medium they are comfortable using. www.ulifeline.org
Outreach - Self Help Materials
The Counseling Center offers educational programs that support student development including workshops on stress management, guided imagery and conflict resolution. Additionally, the Counseling Center offers a fully stocked library of literature and tapes that address a wide variety of topics such as relaxation training, depression, anxiety, anger management, self assertion, self esteem and substance abuse issues. This material is available to borrow on a limited time basis to A.M.C. students.
The AMC Counseling Center has a strong commitment to maintaining the confidentiality of the information you share. Massachusetts' law requires that we provide you with our policies regarding confidentiality and informed consent. This information is provided to you for your review and signature before we begin our work together.