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Counseling Services

Hours of Operation

Our counselors are generally available Monday through Friday between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will try to accommodate your busy schedule if you need an earlier or later appointment.

Services Offered

Services offered by the School of Medicine are free and confidential. While there is no limit to the number of sessions, we believe in therapy lasting as long as it is beneficial to you. This can range from just a few sessions to longer-term therapy. Circumstances may also arise where we ethically cannot provide the care you need. We can then help you find resources in the community.

Some of the services and activities we offer:

  • Individual, couple and group mental-health counseling
  • Communication, relationship skill coaching
  • Depression and anxiety management
  • Trauma healing
  • Stress management, including Residency Match/Board exam stress
  • Support groups and book clubs
  • Referrals for psychotropic medications
  • Drop-in consultations
  • Mindfulness Meditation Training
  • Physical wellness activities (e.g., yoga, aerobic dance)
  • Wellness workshops and seminars

Psychiatry: We have relationships with several internal and external psychiatrists and other resources in the community. We are happy to connect you, if this is something you need.

Counseling is completely confidential. Brief counseling records are securely kept in an electronic medical record system by your counselor and are not part of your academic file. Information about students who are seeking counseling is never shared with faculty or administrators unless you sign a release of information and ask your counselor to do so. The only instances where confidentiality is broken is if you pose a threat to harm yourself or others, or share information about the abuse of a child, elder, or disabled person.

Emergency Services

Counseling & Wellness Services does not provide emergency services or after-hours crisis intervention. Students in crisis may contact the Forsyth County Mobile Crisis number at 888.581.9988, call 911, or go to the Emergency Department at Forsyth Hospital. If located at Innovation Quarter, students in crisis may also contact Sunstates Security at 336-713-1568.
Emergency resources include:

  • Forsyth County Mobile Crisis: 888.581.9988 
  • Sunstates Security: 336.713.1568
  • Forsyth Medical Center ED: 336.713.2001
  • Sexual Assault Response Team: 336.722.4457
  • Title IX Coordinator: 336.758.7258
  • Family Services Domestic  Violence Crisis Line: 336.723.8125
  • Family Services Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 336.722.4457
  • National Hopeline Network (Suicide Hotline) 800.784.2433
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE

Accessing Counseling Services

Students requesting counseling, coaching, and consultations are seen by appointment. You can contact us through our confidential email at

You can also contact the Counseling & Wellness Services Director, and she will set you up with an intake appointment:

Dr. Paige Bentley 
Director, Counseling & Wellness Services

We provide two crisis/triage appointments open every day at 1:00pm. Please contact the Director, Dr. Paige Bentley, if you need to be seen urgently. These appointments are not booked further than 24 hours in advance to ensure that students in crisis are able to be seen.

Quick Reference

Dr. Paige Bentley, LPC


Ryan MacLeod, LMFT
Senior Mental Health Counselor


Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Waiting Room: First Floor, Room 1213
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