Individual Adult Counseling

Individual therapy offers the client one-on-one attention that allows for a more consistent and intensive focus on one's issues and struggles than in any other therapeutic context. Individual counseling provides the client with an open non-judgmental environment to explore personal distress and gain skills to improve their quality of life on their own terms. Some areas of focus may include emotion regulation, calming strategies, assertiveness skills, developing healthy definition of self, etc. Clients seeking counseling for an active addiction may not be seen by our student counselors. However, if addictions counseling is being provided at another counseling site, the CCRC counselors can assist with distress in other personal areas.

Current Partnerships

Counseling Services for Children and Families in Seminole County

The school-based mental health counseling program provides effective therapeutic services to students and their families within their own community (elementary schools), promoting their academic and personal-social development. The program is a major regional initiative that addresses the community challenge of accessible mental health services for children and families living in high poverty communities. The services provided through this partnership mirror those offered on campus at the CCRC. Counselors-in-training under direct faculty supervision provide developmentally appropriate counseling services to elementary school-aged children and their families during the fall and spring semesters. Through these services, clients are able grow and heal from a number of personal challenges such as grief and loss, behavioral concerns, anxiety, and changes in the family system. Services are offered at no cost to clients and their families.

Project 375

Project 375 is the foundation establish by UCF alums Brandon and Michi Marshall. The goal of this partnership is to promote awareness of mental health, end stigma around mental, and increase access to mental health treatment. A focus of the Project 375 is on youth mental health first aid training, which introduces individuals to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth.

Behavior Indicator Training (BIT)

The BIT project provides mental health literacy to educators, including teachers, administrators, and support staff within Seminole county Public Schools. The goal of the BIT project is to promote educators’ knowledge and efficacy relating to common mental health disorders experienced by their students. Earlier intervention for these students may contribute to improved peer-to-peer relations, overall mental health functioning, and safer schools for all students.

Future Plans

As one of several centers in the College of Community Innovation and Education – the anchor college for UCF Downtown - the CCRC aims to establish genuine collaboration and partnerships with residents, schools, and organizations in the community surrounding the downtown campus. The values of human dignity and diversity as well as advocacy for social justice and equality will guide our engagement to ensure that our efforts align with the identified outcomes that are important to the community, namely employment, health, education, safety, affordable housing.

Additionally, the CCRC would like to bring awareness of mental health and wellness to various populations within the Central Florida community, including individuals and communities that are Spanish-speaking, children and families living with critical and illnesses, and individuals and families with unique abilities.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Dr. J. Richelle Joe.

Marital/Couples Counseling

Couples counseling is designed to help people who are in committed relationships by providing a trained counselor(s) to facilitate conversations that lead to understanding, reconciliation, and/or greater intimacy. Counselor will provide the couple with tools and techniques to facilitate healthy communication with topics that may have caused disharmony within the relationship. These tools can be applied to future "road blocks" encountered within the relationship.

The counselor will not make personal judgment regarding the future of the couple. Instead, they are present to support the couple's decision and work toward the couple's goal. Counselors at the CCRC are unable to see clients that are currently a part of domestic violence. Clients may be asked to sign a "no violence" contract prior to beginning counseling.

If there is space available, couples may have the opportunity to seek individual services in addition to their scheduled couples sessions. This helps to promote personal growth and healthy relationships.

Family Counseling

Family counseling will focus on interpersonal conflict, interactional patterns, tools and techniques of appropriate communication within the family. The goal is to strengthen and promote growth within the family system as a whole. It is important to note that the counselor does not take sides, blame individuals, or provide simple answers or solutions but instead tries to understand how the difficulty arises, and assist the family in discovering its own resources for new ways of relating.

If there is space available, family members may have the opportunity to seek individual services in addition to their scheduled family sessions. This helps to promote personal growth and healthy family relationships.