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Physician Wellness Program



The LifeBridge: Confidential Physician Counseling program is designed to address the seriousness of physician burnout in our community. Practicing medicine can be highly stressful and doctors face day-to-day challenges with emotional stress and work burnout. This can impact one's personal, practice or family life.

DCMS is dedicated to addressing the needs of its physician members and, through its Foundation, provides a resource that is voluntary and confidential. Through a private 24/7 wellness line & online direct access, six free counseling and coaching sessions are available to all DCMS members.


LifeBridge is mindful of privacy and confidentiality. No information is disclosed to others. The certified counselors are experienced in coaching healthcare professionals and are dedicated to the needs of DCMS physician members with flexible hours and availability.

DCMS maintains physician confidentiality. DCMS does not keep client specific records. As a standard practice, clinicians keep confidential records, but do not reveal physician identity to the DCMS.


Meet our Certified FL Counselors: 

James Lounsbury, LCSW, DCSW, PhD

     (904) 248-0005

     13133 Professional Drive, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL   32225-4178

  • 15+ years in practice
  • Specializes in relationship issues, emotional disturbance and anger management
  • Techniques include hypnosis/self hypnosis, cognitive behavioral "talk" therapy, meditation, mindfulness, trauma resolution
  • Practice hours are M-F (12-6 pm); Saturday (11 am-2pm)
  • For more background information, click here

Gwendolyn Allen, LMHC

     (904) 236-1599

     3955 Riverside Avenue, Suite 2F, Jacksonville, FL 32205

  • 5 years in practice
  • Specializes in anxiety, women's issues, and child and adolescent psychology
  • Approach includes cognitive-based therapies that focus on mindfulness and acceptance, mindfulness, motivational interviewing
  • For more background information, click here

Natalie Kovish, LMHC

    (904) 424-2026

    (San Jose Area)

  • 18 years in practice
  • Specializes in mental health counseling and substance abuse counseling (Dual Master's degree)
  • Experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health
  • Works with all ages and professions
  • Practice hours are Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (6 - 9 pm)
  • Clients scheduled via telephone interview


Dr. Mia R. Wilson

    (904) 891-6614

    (Westside Location)

  • Almost 20 years of counseling experience
  • Masters in Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling
  • Specializes in depression, mood, anxiety, & panic disorders, stress & anger management, etc.
  • Practice hours are Monday-Friday (9am - 7pm); Saturday (9am - 2pm)
  • For more background information, click here

PWP At-A-Glance

  • Appointments within 24 hours of request, including before or after office hours
  • Immediate emergency appointments available
  • No insurance is billed
  • Privacy and confidentiality adherence through four dedicated certified counselors
  • FREE to DCMS members - 6 sessions per member/year
  • No information disclosed to others without the physician's written consent



To make an appointment or leave a confidential message, please call our Private Wellness Line at

(904) 447-LIFE.

Urgent/Immediate Needs (24/7):

For urgent needs, please dial 911 or contact the Florida Awareness & Support Hotline:

Call 211 or
Jacksonville & Duval County
(904) 632-0600

Toll Free in Northeast Florida

Resource Library:

Videos Articles
Webinars & Podcasts Websites
Books Risk Management

Did You Know?

  • Of 15,000+ physicians from 29 specialties surveyed, 42% reported burnout in 2018.
  • Female physicians are two times at greater risk for burnout than men.
  • Physician burnout is worse than burnout for other US adults, which is much lower and not increasing.
  • Burnout is causing physicians to leave the workplace and could jeopardize quality of care.
  • In 2012, the suicide rate for the general population was estimated to be 12.5 per 100,000. The suicide rate for male physicians is 1.4 times the general population. Female physicians have a suicide rate that is 2.3 times the general population.
  • Burnout among employed versus self-employed physicians is the same.
  • 70% categorized burnout with colloquial depression (i.e., feeling down, blue, sad).
  • According to reports from the The New York Times and USA Today, approximately 400 doctors commit suicide every year.

      Stats from Medscape





Making a donation will greatly assist the DCMS Foundation in continuing this important program for our physicians in need.

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Want More Information?

Please contact Marissa Saftner at or 904-355-6561 for more information about the LifeBridge: Confidential Physician Counseling Program.