Gavin D. Pickering, LCPC, (207) 778-7034
Gavin graduated UMF in 2008 with his B.S. in Secondary Education, and acquired his M.Ed. with concentrations in both Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from The University of Maine in 2012. During Graduate School, Gavin was the Coordinator for LGBT services as well as graduate assistant for First and Second Year Programs- providing support for at-risk college students. After graduating, Gavin worked for several years with children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral issues, providing individual, family, and group counseling across the state of Maine. Here at UMF, Gavin helps students with personal growth issues, such as college adjustment, relationships, stress management, study skills and time management, attention deficit disorder, conflict mediation, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, sexual assault and abuse, and LGBT related issues.
What You Can Expect From Counseling:
During the first appointment a student will fill out a Basic Information Form, which includes a confidentiality statement and a consent agreement. Then we will discuss the purpose of your visit, define goals and develop strategies to address your concerns. To best meet the needs of each client, Gavin will use an eclectic style of therapy, drawing from a variety of theories and practices. For many students having a safe, confidential place to sort through their concerns when going through a stressful experience is enormously helpful. Most students find they can resolve their issues within one to five sessions; others like an ongoing relationship with a counselor and return periodically throughout the year.
Call 207-778-7034 or stop by the CSD during open hours to schedule an appointment. All students with billable insurance can have up to three visits per semester without a co-pay charge. After three visits, you will be charged the co-pay amount associated with your insurance plan. Students with insurance that we cannot bill or who fail to present a health insurance card will be charged $20 for every visit. Students who have not met their annual insurance deductible or if your insurance company denies a submitted claim, will be charged $20 for the office visit. Students never have to pay up-front for services; they may have any charges added to their student account.
Any dissatisfaction or complaints may be registered by contacting the director of the Center for Human Development, Bob Pederson (207-778-7036) or the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 (207-624-8626).