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Counseling Services

VCOM provides mental health counseling for students free of charge.  Each VCOM campus employs a Director for Counseling Services who has a doctoral-level degree, expertise, and experience in educational counseling.

The Director for Counseling Services on each campus provides counseling for students who are experiencing difficulty with life stressors and/or difficulty with adapting to the medical school environment.  Students commonly seek counseling services for relationship issues, anxiety, life transitions, organizational skills, difficulties with sleep, and stress management. These are the most common issues medical students tend to encounter; however, this list may include anything else that surfaces as a barrier to success in medical school like substance use, grief, and perfectionism. Sometimes students just feel overwhelmed and are unsure of the next best steps to take. VCOM's Counselors can assist with problem-solving and also provide recommendations for outside services that may be beneficial.

Counseling is confidential and information is not shared with administration, faculty, staff, or other students unless the safety of a student is in question.

No issue is too big or too small, so don’t hesitate to reach out!  Appointments may be conducted as in-person meetings or via Zoom if a student is located away from campus. To schedule an appointment, students should use the Bookings link previously provided to them or call/email their campus Director.

 

 

Dr. Edward Magalhaes

Dr. Edward Magalhaes is a clinical faculty member who specializes in behavioral medicine. He provides counseling at the VCOM - Virginia Campus, lectures on various topics in psychiatry and ethics, and serves as the humanistic expert for the Standardized Patient program. Dr. Magalhaes received his Doctoral degree in Education Curriculum & Instructional Design focused on Health Promotion & his Masters in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. He has experience working as a short term crisis counselor; working as an outpatient counselor dealing with various mood disorders, addiction, anxiety, and PTSD. Dr. Magalhaes is also the immediate-past president of the Virginia Counselors Association.

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External Counseling Services

In addition to the mental health counseling services provided on-campus, VCOM contracts with external mental health providers for student counseling services to assure that all VCOM students have readily accessible mental health services as preferred by the student.

  • By offering both on-campus and off-campus counseling services, students who are in their OMS 3 and OMS 4 years who are typically away from campus, have a variety of options for accessing mental health counseling services due to the multiple modalities of services offered.  If OMS 3 and OMS 4 students prefer to seek counseling services outside of these VCOM provided resources, they may contact VCOM’s Mental Health Counselor who can assist them in identifying a counselor in their area or the clinical site coordinator at their core rotation site who can provide information on local counseling services.
  • Students may use mental health services outside of these agencies at their own expense.

Counseling is confidential between the student and counselors of these agencies. Only in cases where the student is required by the Promotion Board, Professional and Ethics Standards Board, or Campus Dean to seek counseling for the purpose of student safety or patient safety is communication required between the counselor and VCOM administration.

Virginia - New River Valley Community Services

For VCOM–Virginia students, VCOM has contracted with New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) as the local mental health care provider (contact information below). NRVCS will provide mental health services to VCOM students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student). Upon the request of a student and/or their immediate family, NRVCS will provide the necessary number of sessions. The fee for the first four visits, per issue, is covered by the agreement between VCOM and NRVCS and is free to students and their immediate families.  Visits beyond this will be at the expense of the student (or the student’s family member). Psychiatric medication consultations are part of the services available to students and will be scheduled following an initial assessment.

New River Valley Community Services (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student)

700 University City Boulevard
Blacksburg, VA 24060

To make a non-emergency appointment, call: 540-961-8300
For 24 hour emergency care, call NRVCS ACCESS: 540-961-8400

WellConnect

For OMS-3 and OMS-4 students, VCOM has also contracted with WellConnect to offer confidential, voluntary counseling and resource referral services to ensure that they have readily available access to counseling services while on clinical rotations.  Services are available to VCOM OMS-3 and OMS-4 students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student) and is available 24 hours per day.  The program is specifically designed to help students manage and improve their mental health as they work to achieve their academic and career goals.

WellConnect provides confidential solutions to address:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Anger management
  • Substance use
  • Relationships and parenting
  • Student life balance
  • Housing and transportation issues
  • Financial and legal assistance

With WellConnect's digital platform and a library of resources, students can obtain the help they need no matter where they are. Students can take advantage of in the moment support (telephonic), local face-to-face counseling through WellConnect’s extended network of licensed mental health providers or structured telephonic counseling. VCOM students and their household members have up to 5 free sessions per issue, per year. Multiple modalities reduce barriers such as distance, complex schedules or customary time commitments. With WellConnect, students are equipped with vital resources at their fingertips, 24/7, to ensure they have the support they need.

WellConnect (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student and to provide the access code previously provided to you)

https://wellconnect.personaladvantage.com/

For 24 hour emergency care or to make a non-emergency appointment, call:  1-866-640-4777

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to talk with a Crisis Counselor. For additional resources regarding suicide prevention, please visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Dr. Natalie Fadel

Dr. Natalie Fadel is a clinical faculty member who specializes in behavioral medicine. She provides academic and student counseling at the VCOM-Carolinas Campus, lectures on various topics in psychiatry and ethics, and serves as the humanistic expert for the Standardized Patient program. She is a Clinical Psychologist and licensed to practice in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Illinois. Dr. Fadel received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. The focus of Dr. Fadel’s clinical work has included individual and group therapy for individuals dealing with acute mood disorders, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, and PTSD. She serves as the faculty champion for the Mental Health Awareness Task Force committee on the Carolinas campus.

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External Counseling Services

In addition to the mental health counseling services provided on-campus, VCOM contracts with external mental health providers for student counseling services to assure that all VCOM students have readily accessible mental health services as preferred by the student.

  • By offering both on-campus and off-campus counseling services, students who are in their OMS 3 and OMS 4 years who are typically away from campus, have a variety of options for accessing mental health counseling services due to the multiple modalities of services offered.  If OMS 3 and OMS 4 students prefer to seek counseling services outside of these VCOM provided resources, they may contact VCOM’s Mental Health Counselor who can assist them in identifying a counselor in their area or the clinical site coordinator at their core rotation site who can provide information on local counseling services.
  • Students may use mental health services outside of these agencies at their own expense.

Counseling is confidential between the student and counselors of these agencies. Only in cases where the student is required by the Promotion Board, Professional and Ethics Standards Board, or Campus Dean to seek counseling for the purpose of student safety or patient safety is communication required between the counselor and VCOM administration.

Carolinas - Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center

For VCOM–Carolinas students, VCOM has contracted with Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center as the local mental health care provider (contact information below). Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center will provide mental health services to VCOM students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student). Upon the request of a student and/or their immediate family, Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center will provide the necessary number of sessions. The fee for the first four visits, per issue, is covered by the agreement between VCOM and Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center and is free to students and their immediate families.  Visits beyond this will be at the expense of the student (or the student’s family member). Psychiatric medication consultations are part of the services available to students and will be scheduled following an initial assessment.

Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student and ask for Annette when scheduling an appointment)

250 Dewey Avenue
Spartanburg, SC 29303

To make a non-emergency appointment, call: 864-585‐0366
For 24 hour emergency care, call: 864-585‐0366 or 1‐800‐277‐1366

WellConnect

For OMS-3 and OMS-4 students, VCOM has also contracted with WellConnect to offer confidential, voluntary counseling and resource referral services to ensure that they have readily available access to counseling services while on clinical rotations.  Services are available to VCOM OMS-3 and OMS-4 students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student) and is available 24 hours per day.  The program is specifically designed to help students manage and improve their mental health as they work to achieve their academic and career goals.

WellConnect provides confidential solutions to address:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Anger management
  • Substance use
  • Relationships and parenting
  • Student life balance
  • Housing and transportation issues
  • Financial and legal assistance

With WellConnect's digital platform and a library of resources, students can obtain the help they need no matter where they are. Students can take advantage of in the moment support (telephonic), local face-to-face counseling through WellConnect’s extended network of licensed mental health providers or structured telephonic counseling. VCOM students and their household members have up to 5 free sessions per issue, per year. Multiple modalities reduce barriers such as distance, complex schedules or customary time commitments. With WellConnect, students are equipped with vital resources at their fingertips, 24/7, to ensure they have the support they need.

WellConnect (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student and to provide the access code previously provided to you)

https://wellconnect.personaladvantage.com/

For 24 hour emergency care or to make a non-emergency appointment, call:  1-866-640-4777

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to talk with a Crisis Counselor. For additional resources regarding suicide prevention, please visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Dr. Mary Ann Taylor

Dr. Mary Ann Taylor is a clinical faculty member who specializes in behavioral medicine. She provides academic and student counseling at the VCOM-Auburn campus, lectures on various topics in professionalism, ethics, and psychiatry and serves as the humanistic expert for the Standardized Patient program. Dr. Taylor holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and a BS in Education from Auburn University and an MS in Counseling and Human Development from Troy University. She has over 25 years in higher education with a focus in teaching, learning, counseling, and evaluation. She has worked in private practice counseling and her areas of interest are motivation and learning in adult student populations.

Contact

External Counseling Services

In addition to the mental health counseling services provided on-campus, VCOM contracts with external mental health providers for student counseling services to assure that all VCOM students have readily accessible mental health services as preferred by the student.

  • By offering both on-campus and off-campus counseling services, students who are in their OMS 3 and OMS 4 years who are typically away from campus, have a variety of options for accessing mental health counseling services due to the multiple modalities of services offered.  If OMS 3 and OMS 4 students prefer to seek counseling services outside of these VCOM provided resources, they may contact VCOM’s Mental Health Counselor who can assist them in identifying a counselor in their area or the clinical site coordinator at their core rotation site who can provide information on local counseling services.
  • Students may use mental health services outside of these agencies at their own expense.

Counseling is confidential between the student and counselors of these agencies. Only in cases where the student is required by the Promotion Board, Professional and Ethics Standards Board, or Campus Dean to seek counseling for the purpose of student safety or patient safety is communication required between the counselor and VCOM administration.

Auburn - Auburn Psychology Group

For VCOM–Auburn students, VCOM has contracted with Auburn Psychology Group as the local mental health care provider (contact information below). Auburn Psychology Group will provide mental health services to VCOM students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student). Upon the request of a student and/or their immediate family, Auburn Psychology Group will provide the necessary number of sessions. The fee for the first four visits, per issue, is covered by the agreement between VCOM and Auburn Psychology Group and is free to students and their immediate families.  Visits beyond this will be at the expense of the student (or the student’s family member).

Auburn Psychology Group (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student)
861-D North Dean Road
Auburn, AL 36830

To make a non-emergency appointment, call: 334-887-4343
For 24 hour emergency care, call: 334-524-5858

WellConnect

For OMS-3 and OMS-4 students, VCOM has also contracted with WellConnect to offer confidential, voluntary counseling and resource referral services to ensure that they have readily available access to counseling services while on clinical rotations.  Services are available to VCOM OMS-3 and OMS-4 students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student) and is available 24 hours per day.  The program is specifically designed to help students manage and improve their mental health as they work to achieve their academic and career goals.

WellConnect provides confidential solutions to address:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Anger management
  • Substance use
  • Relationships and parenting
  • Student life balance
  • Housing and transportation issues
  • Financial and legal assistance

With WellConnect's digital platform and a library of resources, students can obtain the help they need no matter where they are. Students can take advantage of in the moment support (telephonic), local face-to-face counseling through WellConnect’s extended network of licensed mental health providers or structured telephonic counseling. VCOM students and their household members have up to 5 free sessions per issue, per year. Multiple modalities reduce barriers such as distance, complex schedules or customary time commitments. With WellConnect, students are equipped with vital resources at their fingertips, 24/7, to ensure they have the support they need.

WellConnect (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student and to provide the access code previously provided to you)

https://wellconnect.personaladvantage.com/

For 24 hour emergency care or to make a non-emergency appointment, call:  1-866-640-4777

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to talk with a Crisis Counselor. For additional resources regarding suicide prevention, please visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Dr. David Boyle

Dr. Boyle is the Director for Student Counseling Services and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neuro-behavioral Sciences on the Louisiana Campus. He is directly involved in providing therapy to students who have anxiety (stress) and/or depressive disorders. He also lectures to first and second-year students on various topics in mental health and ethics. Dr. Boyle holds a Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University. He has extensive experience working with families with emotionally disturbed children and with inmates in correctional centers who have substance abuse issues and trauma. Moreover, he taught full time at Louisiana State University School of Medicine for 30 years as a professor of clinical family medicine.  Dr. Boyle and his father wrote a bestselling book titled, "How To Live With Yourself and Like It".  He is married to Cindy and they are the parents of five grown children and the grandparents of 14 grandchildren. 

Contact

External Counseling Services

In addition to the mental health counseling services provided on-campus, VCOM contracts with external mental health providers for student counseling services to assure that all VCOM students have readily accessible mental health services as preferred by the student.

  • By offering both on-campus and off-campus counseling services, students who are in their OMS 3 and OMS 4 years who are typically away from campus, have a variety of options for accessing mental health counseling services due to the multiple modalities of services offered.  If OMS 3 and OMS 4 students prefer to seek counseling services outside of these VCOM provided resources, they may contact VCOM’s Mental Health Counselor who can assist them in identifying a counselor in their area or the clinical site coordinator at their core rotation site who can provide information on local counseling services.
  • Students may use mental health services outside of these agencies at their own expense.

Counseling is confidential between the student and counselors of these agencies. Only in cases where the student is required by the Promotion Board, Professional and Ethics Standards Board, or Campus Dean to seek counseling for the purpose of student safety or patient safety is communication required between the counselor and VCOM administration.

Louisiana – Affinity Behavioral Health Clinic

For VCOM–Louisiana students, VCOM has contracted with the Affinity Behavioral Health Clinic as the local mental health care provider (contact information below). The Affinity Behavioral Health Clinic will provide mental health services to VCOM students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student). Upon the request of a student and/or their immediate family, Affinity Behavioral Health Clinic will provide the necessary number of sessions. The fee for the first four visits, per issue, is covered by the agreement between VCOM and the Affinity Behavioral Health Clinic and is free to students and their immediate families.  Visits beyond this will be at the expense of the student (or the student’s family member).

Affinity Behavioral Health Clinic (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student)
920 Oliver Road, Waiting Area H
Monroe, LA 71201

To make a non-emergency appointment, call: 318-807-6258
For 24 hour emergency care, call: 318-807-6281

WellConnect

For OMS-3 and OMS-4 students, VCOM has also contracted with WellConnect to offer confidential, voluntary counseling and resource referral services to ensure that they have readily available access to counseling services while on clinical rotations.  Services are available to VCOM OMS-3 and OMS-4 students and their immediate families (e.g., spouse and children who reside with the student) and is available 24 hours per day.  The program is specifically designed to help students manage and improve their mental health as they work to achieve their academic and career goals.

WellConnect provides confidential solutions to address:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Anger management
  • Substance use
  • Relationships and parenting
  • Student life balance
  • Housing and transportation issues
  • Financial and legal assistance

With WellConnect's digital platform and a library of resources, students can obtain the help they need no matter where they are. Students can take advantage of in the moment support (telephonic), local face-to-face counseling through WellConnect’s extended network of licensed mental health providers or structured telephonic counseling. VCOM students and their household members have up to 5 free sessions per issue, per year. Multiple modalities reduce barriers such as distance, complex schedules or customary time commitments. With WellConnect, students are equipped with vital resources at their fingertips, 24/7, to ensure they have the support they need.

WellConnect (be sure to identify yourself as a VCOM student and to provide the access code previously provided to you)

https://wellconnect.personaladvantage.com/

For 24 hour emergency care or to make a non-emergency appointment, call:  1-866-640-4777

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to talk with a Crisis Counselor. For additional resources regarding suicide prevention, please visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org