A Message from the Director, Sheryl A. Benton, Ph.D., ABPP
Welcome to the Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida.
We are the primary provider of counseling, mental health, and psychiatric services for UF students. Our goal is to help students to be maximally effective in their academic pursuits: first, by reducing or eliminating emotional, psychological, and interpersonal problems that interfere with your academic functioning. Secondly, by helping students to thrive, grow in self-understanding, self-responsibility, and optimal life functioning. Our web site is designed to provide you with an interactive way to become acquainted with who we are and what we have to offer. We have a wonderful, diverse staff of psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric providers, social workers, along with trainees on psychology and counseling, along with residents in psychiatry. We provide individual therapy, group, couples counseling, consultation, crisis services, outreach, biofeedback, and other services. We believe that the college years are an optimal time for change, growth, inquiry, and development. We find that once students achieve a state of health and balance they are better able to engage in learning in order to go on in the world to lead and contribute in meaningful ways.
The Mission of the Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida is to facilitate the total development of students by reducing psychological problems and distress and by enhancing mental health, well-being, quality of life, and optimal functioning, through the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive services to UF students and the larger campus community. Our primary focus is on providing brief, confidential counseling aimed at helping students succeed academically and interpersonally.
Multicultural Mission Statement
We value acceptance and appreciation for all differences among people, including those of national origin, race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, functional ability, socio-economic status, age, and religious affiliation. We believe that valuing cultural diversity from a global perspective maximizes human growth and development, and enhances the quality of life in our community, on our campus, and throughout the world.