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Counseling

Our students face a variety of challenges. On top of juggling school, work, family and a social life, they deal with concerns such a stress, relationship issues, homesickness, loss of loved ones or depression.

Fontbonne’s Counseling and Wellness office is staffed with licensed clinical social workers and professional counselors who provide free brief mental health counseling to currently enrolled Fontbonne students, roommates and couples*. Additionally, we offer special programs for families.

Our counselors maintain confidentiality according to ethical and legal obligations mandated by the State of Missouri. We also provide referrals to off-campus counseling and other resources upon request.

*For couples counseling, both parties must be Fontbonne students in order to have couples counseling through the university. 

Schedule a Counseling Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our licensed professional counselors please do one of the following:

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

*All counseling participants must be currently enrolled Fontbonne students. Please complete the Counseling Intake Form prior to your first appointment.

Community and Online Resources

Missouri 2-1-1

A fast, free and confidential way to get help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you call, you’ll talk to a trained referral specialist. Dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-427-4626 if calling from Illinois or your cell phone) or visit the website at www.211missouri.org.

Additionally, you can locate St. Louis area resources through Google, Yahoo or other search engines. For example, if you are looking for hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri, type Hospitals + St. Louis, MO into the search window to generate relevant internet listings.

Free Online Mental Health Screening Info

ULifeline is a confidential, online resource center for college student mental health and emotional well being. Explore ULifeline to find answers to your questions about mental health, learn the signs and symptoms of emotional problems, take the mental health assessment Self E-valuator and find services on your campus.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. (Please note: if you call this number from a phone with an out-of-state number, you will be routed to a crisis support center local to that area code.)

Crisis Text Hotline

Free support at your fingertips, 24/7

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:

  1. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  2. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
  3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Following screening, you will be provided with information, resources and tools to discuss the results with a provider.

Substance Abuse Resources

StartYourRecovery.org is a tool that helps students take steps toward a more healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. SYR helps individuals learn about addiction, recognize signs of a problem, and find local support and treatment. Visitors to the site can also hear stories from their peers who have overcome substance abuse challenges

Wellness

As student health and wellness is related to academic success, Fontbonne encourages student wellness – body, mind, and spirit – by providing wellness resources and activities for students throughout the academic year. Examples include the Student Health and Wellness Fair and Fitness Classes.

Fitness Classes

Boot Camp Training

Have FUN while you improve your strength, stamina, and energy – regardless of your current fitness level.  Classes are supportive and challenging with a high degree of personal attention.  This class will use a variety of body weight exercises, suspension training, and calisthenics to shape and firm the body.

Core & More / Total Body Training

Shape and firm the entire body with this fun, supportive, and energetic workout.  This “SMALL GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING” class will focus on using a variety of techniques (plyowellsmetrics, free weights, stability balls, Bosu Ball, machines, and body weight exercises) in order to maximize your efforts in creating a stronger and more lean physique.  Each workout will incorporate all of the major muscles of the body, including the heart.  With slight variations in form, the same exercise can be appropriate for the beginner, or challenging enough for the expert.

ZUMBA Dance the pounds away

Join the party!  Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music combined with easy to follow dance-fitness moves, set to your own pace.  This mixture creates a dynamic and effective cardiovascular and muscle toning workout.

Student Health and Wellness Fair

Fontbonne Expo – Health & Wellness Fair 2017

Check out health and wellness professionals from Fontbonne and the community.

There will be multiple giveaways with a raffle prizes including flash drives, gift cards and run/walk gear.

August 23, 2017
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
DSAC Gym

 

Spiritual Wellness

Fontbonne’s Campus Ministry department provides many resources to enhance students’ spiritual wellness and to encourage spiritual growth and development. Please click here to visit the Campus Ministry Website.

Services For Families

The Counseling and Wellness department at Fontbonne offers two programs to assist student families.

First-Year Family Transitions Program

Family support can be very important to college students. Fontbonne offers the First-Year Family Transitions (FYFT) program to help families work together to ease the transition from high school to college and from home life to campus life and to promote students’ success.

While the FYFT is beneficial for all incoming freshman families, it can be especially helpful for:

  • Families who may be struggling with, or anxious about, their student beginning college and/or leaving home
  • Families of students who may be prone to homesickness
  • Families of students who may have struggled academically or socially in high school
  • Families of students who are entering with pre-existing mental health or other issues.

The program includes a free family support session with Claudia Charles, Director of Counseling & Wellness at Fontbonne University. Claudia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with sixteen years of counseling experience in higher education, and doctoral level training in family counseling. During the session families will receive referral information for family counseling providers in the community.

For more information or to schedule a session please contact Student Affairs at 314-889-4516 or counselingappts@fontbonne.edu. Sessions take place in the Student Affairs Division, located on the first floor of the Medaille Hall building. Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; evening hours may be arranged as needed.

Family Strategies and Support Program

At one time or another, most families deal with hardships and loss, and unfortunately such difficulties can hamper a student’s college performance. For any student family that is experiencing or has recently dealt with a serious hardship or loss, Fontbonne offers a free family support session to help families cope together. Sessions are with Claudia Charles, Director of Counseling & Wellness at Fontbonne University. Claudia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with thirteen years ten years of counseling experience in higher education, and doctoral level training in family counseling. During the session families will receive referral information for family counseling providers in the community.

For more information or to schedule a session please contact Student Affairs at 314-889-4516 or counselingappts@fontbonne.edu. Sessions take place in the Student Affairs Division, located on the first floor of the Medaille Hall building. Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; evening hours may be arranged as needed.

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