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Student Counseling Center

COMMUNITY RESOURCES CONFIDENTIALITY & CONSENT PANTHER PANTRY PANTHER'S CLOSET STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

The Student Counseling Center provides services and programs to help students maintain their emotional well-being in order to achieve their educational goals.

 


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ABOUT US

Are you facing any of these issues?

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Abuse

Please contact us for support! Counseling is available on all five campuses. Bilingual counselors are available and we offer a variety of support groups to meet students needs.

Call to schedule an appointment with one of our talented counselors now.

Phone: 561-868-3980 


After hours & need help?

Call 211 and speak to a trained professional in your area.


Confidentiality & Consent

As a client of the Counseling Center, you have the right to strict confidentiality and no information about your case will be released without your prior written authorization.

 

Students of Concern Confidentiality Exception

Confidentiality may be extended to the Dean of Students or Threat Assessment Committee under circumstances warranting such discussion for the purpose of Threat Assessment or Safety Concerns as described in the Student Handbook.

 Robin Russo

Robin Russo, LCSW

Director of Student Well Being

Robin has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker within the State of Florida for since 2000.  She has been a qualified supervisor for both student interns and post graduate interns seeking full licensure within the state of Florida for almost as long.  Over the years Robin has acted in various professional capacities including board membership of the national organization SHARE, Pregnancy and Infant Loss; Florida State Representative of the National Perinatal Social Worker Association; member of the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Board of Palm Beach County as well as the Child Fatality Review Board of Palm Beach County.  

Robin has advanced training and or certification in such modalities as EMDR, TIR, DBT, Hypnotherapy, and Clinical Sexology.  She has acted in a Clinical Director role in Substance Abuse Treatment facilities and as Program Coordinator for a specialized programming in the Hospice setting.  Robin brings a unique background to mental health care in that she also has a degree in Physical Education/Exercise Science and believes the strong connection between mind and body in maintaining optimal health.  She maintains a small private practice focused on women’s issues and supervision.

 Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson

I am currently in my clinical year at UCF’s Master’s of Social Work program. Through my counseling journey, I’ve had the privilege of counseling students here at Palm Beach State College since Fall 2018. I have counseling experience helping students through anxiety, depression, trauma, and suicidal ideation. I have attended both the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference and the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter Annual Conference this year where I’ve obtained attendance certifications in Domestic Violence, PTSD, Trauma Informed Care, Play Therapy, and Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I plan to continue my social work career as a LCSW working with children and families as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). 

I will be providing counseling services on the Loxahatchee and Belle Glade  Campuses. 


 Jerome Bradley

Jerome Bradley

I am currently a housing case manager for the Philip D. Lewis Center in West Palm Beach, as well as a graduate student in the College of Social Work at FAU in Boca Raton. I would describe myself as a people's person and enjoy interacting with others from various backgrounds. I am big sports fan as they have played a major role in my childhood in helping me understand how to work together with others as a team to accomplish a common goal. 

I will be providing counseling services on the Lake Worth and Boca Raton Campuses


 Valentina Contessa

Valentina Contessa

I'm a Human Services student at PBSC. I started with the Counseling Center as a Human Services Intern and was then hired as a student worker.  This was such a good fit for me that I soon became the Counseling Center and Panther’s Pantry Representative. I have a background in Early Childhood Education and Special Needs. As an advocate for mental health, I  encourage college students to seek counseling and explore what resources they have available to them. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.


Evan Kotler

Evan received a Master’s Degree in Education from Tel Aviv University in Israel. He has instructed courses at elementary schools, high schools, libraries, and dual diagnosis treatment centers in both Israel and Florida. He is currently a full-time Master of Social Work student and a part time group facilitator at Wellness Resource Center. He has facilitated psychoeducational groups on a wide range of topics. Evan’s main clinical interests include sex and pornography addiction, mindfulness and meditation, interpersonal neurobiology, and understanding and strengthening willpower. He educates the clients on evidence-based models of recovery such as the S.M.A.R.T. Recovery Program.


 Sevonte Miller

Sevonte Miller

I received my Bachelors of Art in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. I currently attend Florida Atlantic University and pursuing my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I currently work at a Rehabilitation center as a certified nursing assistant. I also interned at the Public Defender’s Office in West Palm Beach, Florida. At the Public Defender’s Office I was able to visit and assist individual clients while they were in jail and I also worked with juvenile adolescents between the ages of 13 through 17 and helped them with their sanctions so they would be able to be terminated from probation successfully.

I will be providing counseling services on the Lake Worth Campus


Deiver Perez

I was born in Ohio but raised in Florida. Some of my hobbies include listening to music, going out fishing, and going to the movies with friends and family. I have two dogs that I consider to be part of my family, not to mention my cat, Louie, he is a Russian blue breed. One of my main goals in life is to become a nurse practitioner and, as cliché as it might sound, I just want to make the world a little better.


 Ivy Phillips

Ivy Phillips

I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and am currently working on my Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. My experience includes internships with Willow Place for Women and Children of Inmates. A fun fact about me is that I spent 5 months surf instructing in Ireland and Northern Ireland with a mental health nonprofit. I am passionate about working with mindfulness, meditation, and stress reduction.

I will be providing counseling services on the Lake Worth and Boca Raton Campuses.

 

 Ana Rodriguez

Ana Rodriguez

I began working in the substance abuse treatment field in 2014 before graduating from Florida Atlantic University with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Later that year I began working at the Hanley Center Admissions Department and has since held over 4 different positions. Currently, I am the Lead Continuing Care Coordinator, managing case managers who are responsible for coordinating discharge recommendations and referrals for substance abuse and mental health treatment providers. In 2019 I earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree and is currently working on earning a Master’s degree in Social Work.

I will be providing counseling services on the Lake Worth and Belle Glade Campuses.

COUNSELING CENTER GROUPS

Fall 2019 Counseling Center Groups
Day of Week Group Name Time
Monday LGBTQ Support Group 11am - noon
Tuesday Stress Management 101 11am - noon
Tuesday Step Into Life - Step Down Group for Counseling Center Students 1:30 - 3pm
Tuesday   First Generation Support 5 - 6:30 p.m.
 Wednesday

Introduction to Therapy 

For students who've never been seen by the Counseling Center.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
 Wednesday  Sexual Assault Survivors 3:30 - 5 p.m.
 Thursday

The Guys Group

Support group for men of color experiencing difficulties in today's society.

1:30 - 3 p.m.
 Thursday

Introduction to Therapy

For students who've never been seen by the Counseling Center.

4 - 5 p.m.
Friday

Step Into Life

11 - 12:30 p.m.
Friday

Support for Single Parent Households 

(Children or Parents)

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Call to RSVP for one of our many group counseling sessions. 

Phone: 561-868-3980 

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES & ENGAGEMENT

There are a number of services and support programs for the PBSC community and students. Find resources in the following areas:

  • Addiction
  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Dating/Domestic Violence/Stalking
  • HealthCare
  • Housing/ Food Insecurity
  • LGBTQ support
  • Mental Health
  • Veteran's Services 
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MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC

Both students and staff may receive health services from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Mobile Health Clinic.

Services offered are:

  • Primary care services such as physical exams and chronic disease management treatment (diabetes, hypertension, etc.)
  • Preventative care such as colorectal and cervical cancer screenings, mammogram referrals, etc.
  • Behavioral health services such as screenings and psychiatric and addiction treatment  

Schedule

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Mobile Health Clinic will again be parked in front of the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 12.

In 2020, the clinic will come to the Lake Worth campus on the fourth Thursday of each month unless the College is closed.

How do I make an appointment?

Both students and staff may receive health services.

To make an appointment, please call the counseling center at 561-868-3980.

From there, you must visit the center in SCA 103 to fill out paperwork before going to the clinic.

 

PANTHER PANTRY

The Panther Pantry provides support to PBSC students experiencing food insecurities by supplying them with the basic food and toiletries they need.

PANTHER'S CLOSET

Panther’s Closet is a thrift shop located on the Lake Worth campus that is open to all current students, faculty and staff. Shop great bargains for only a $1 each!

 

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