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New counseling center at FGCU to help community

Posted at 12:11 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 12:11:57-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Life can be stressful. Maybe you’re under a lot of pressure at work or have a big test at school. We all have something that we are dealing with and it’s good to keep your mental health in check.

There’s now a new counseling center at Florida Gulf Coast University to help those suffering with a mental illness.

The goal is to give the community access to a much need service. Plus, let FGCU students gain some experience

“The demand for these mental health services are definitely greater than what is available right now,” said FGCU student, Karli Fleitas.

The new counseling center has experts and 10 student interns who will work one on one with families, couples and children who are struggling with their mental health.

“All our students have been trained with different mental and emotional disorders,” said Dr. Alise Bartley, a FGCU counselor.

There are several counseling rooms and a play therapy room for kids.

It’s also accessible for those who speak Spanish.

Plus, it’s affordable.

“We charge $25 an hour or whatever you make per hour. Whichever is less,” said Fleitas.

The counseling center is lending a helping hand to anyone in Southwest Florida struggling with mental health.

The center will start seeing clients on Nov 4th.

They will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays but as they get more clients, more days will open up.