Counseling Services

Mental Health and Wellness for our students and community is an important part of the Community of Care.

St. Petersburg College is proud to partner with Directions for Living, a local Community Mental Health Organization, to make sure that you have access to the mental health care that you need throughout your time with St. Petersburg College.

By enrolling in our mental health services program, you will have access to counselors to address your specific mental health needs. Once you are enrolled and assigned a counselor you will have the opportunity to develop a personalized treatment plan and tools to track your progress.

St. Petersburg College will cover the cost of up to seven sessions at no-cost to you each academic year for students living in the state of Florida

If you would like to sign up, please send the following information to the Student Mental Health and Wellness Program Manager or your home campus Associate Provost:

  • Student ID Number
  • Legal Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Preferred contact (phone number or email address)
  • Accommodations needed (ex. Interpreter)

You may also reach out to the following contacts for any questions or concerns regarding mental health services.

Mental Health & Wellness Program Manager
Shanya Turner
Tarpon Springs
Damon Kuhn
Cheri DeBlaere
Dr. Lisa Borzewski
Health Education Center
Damon Kuhn
St. Petersburg/Gibbs
Denotra Showers
Brooke Janik
Dr. Yvonne Williams

SPC has provided a list of the community partners in Pinellas County who take private insurance, self-pay and when needed can offer payment solutions such as applying for benefits or a sliding scale fee for services. Please note, due to a high volume of calls many of our community partners are experiencing longer periods of wait times for appointments.

The Resources for Life Issues page provides the names and phone numbers for Pinellas County social and human services providers by topic.

If you would like to discuss available resources or have any questions, please reach out to Shanya Turner, the Student Mental Health and Wellness Program Manager at

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call one of the emergency resources below for immediate assistance:

  • Go to your local emergency department or dial 911 for urgent situations.
  • Call or text the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 to speak to a trained crisis counselor 24/7
  • Students ages 15-25 years can also contact The Mobile Crisis Response Team of Pinellas at 727-362-4424.