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Student Development Center

College students may experience many personal and academic stressors. It can be very challenging to do well if you are having difficulty adjusting. At the Counseling Center, it is our mission to enhance your opportunity to succeed in achieving academic goals, and to support you in getting the most of your overall college experience.

The staff of Counseling Center strives to advance the personal and social development of our students. We provide a variety of counseling, therapeutic, and assessment services including:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Alcohol and Substance Use/ Abuse Programming and Treatment
  • Diagnostic Evaluations/ Referrals
  • Vocational Evaluations/ Referrals
  • Mental Health Workshops
  • Referrals for Psychiatric Consultations

The Center is located in the trailer across from the baseball field. Qualified mental health professionals provide counseling and evaluations. This service is FREE of charge to students of Florida Memorial University.


Candace Gaiefsky, MS, LMHC –

Office Manager
Nelda Nunez-Cortes –


The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Appointments may be made by phone at (305) 626-3138 or in person.


Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of Florida are required by law to maintain confidentiality under state statute 491.0147:

Confidentiality and privileged communications: Any communication between any person licensed or certified under this chapter and her or his patient or client shall be confidential. This secrecy may be waived under the following conditions:

(1) When the person licensed or certified under this chapter is a party defendant to a civil, criminal, or disciplinary action arising from a complaint filed by the patient or client, in which case the waiver shall be limited to that action.

(2) When the patient or client agrees to the waiver, in writing, or, when more than one person in a family is receiving therapy, when each family member agrees to the waiver, in writing.

(3) When there is a clear and immediate probability of physical harm to the patient or client, to other individuals, or to society and the person licensed or certified under this chapter communicates the information only to the potential victim, appropriate family member, or law enforcement or other appropriate authorities.