Education and Human Development

Grainger Community Counseling and Wellness Clinic

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The Grainger Community Counseling and Wellness Clinic is a FREE mental health clinic open to the public and designed to meet the needs of the 207,000 adults in Alabama who do not receive mental health care because of cost.* It was created by the University of Montevallo, partnering with the city of Montevallo and Shelby County, with funding provided by the Grainger family. It also serves as a training facility for graduate students in the final clinical phase of their studies in the College of Education and Human Development counseling program.

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Clinic Information

  • Four therapy rooms available. Besides two general therapy rooms, one room is wholly dedicated to group therapy for those who’ve lost their spouse, children or parents, and another room is dedicated to play therapy, which is counseling primarily used for children to help them process emotions in a safe way using something that comes naturally to them, play.
  • Telemental health, which is virtual counseling through a virtual video platform.
  • Graduate students specializing in clinical mental health, school counseling and couples and family counseling provide the clinic’s counseling services.
  • Counseling services are offered to individuals age 5 and older. Sessions generally last between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • Childcare is available during counseling sessions for those who need it if scheduled ahead of time.
  • The clinic offers modified hours Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., to meet the needs of the community.

Did you know?

A young girl has psychotherapy session with her therapist via video call. She is sitting on her bed and talking with her therapist.1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year

In Alabama, 794,000 adults have a mental health condition

Since January 2021, 43 percent of adults in Alabama have reported anxiety or depression with 23 percent being unable to get needed counseling or therapy

44,000 Alabamians ages 12 to 17 have depression

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency or other urgent need, contact a primary care physician, call 911, and/or go to your local hospital emergency room for immediate assistance. You may also find helpful support by calling one of the numbers listed below. Someone will be available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

The Crisis Center – (205) 323-7777
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1 (800) 273-TALK or 1 (800) 273-8255

*Information provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness