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Counseling & Psychological Services


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Counseling & Psychological Services

Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2301
Fax: 610-436-3114

Julie Perone, Ph.D.

Emergency Response

Public Safety: 610-436-3311 for safety concerns
Counseling Services:
610-436-2301 for behavior or mental health concerns
Emergency Medical Services:
610-436-3311 (will link to 911)

Crisis Intervention (Exton) for community help: 610-918-2100
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Crisis Response

Crisis Text Line

Text START to 741-741

This is a free, crisis text line. A trained crisis counselor will receive the text and respond quickly. This service is not sponsored nor supported by the University; this is a free nationwide crisis text line for anyone to use. For additional information see

Semester and Triage Hours

Students must walk in during Triage hours to begin counseling appointments.

The Counseling Center

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Open when classes are in session
  • Any after-hours emergencies must go through Public Safety (610-436-3311)

Triage Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm (during Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • It is first-come/first-served, so allow enough time to complete computerized "paperwork" and then meet face-to-face with a psychologist for a brief assessment
  • There is no charge for a triage assessment or counseling with a psychologist at the Counseling Center

If faculty are on strike, direct all administrative questions to Dr. Kim Chestnut 610-436-3086 or the Counseling Center 610-436-2301

Off-Campus Counseling Resources


NEW PROGRAM: Feeling homesick? Struggling with the adjustment to WCU? You may be interested in coming to the Counseling Center for LUNCH WITH MUDD! Yes, this semester, we are offering a lunchtime group with our Therapy Dog, Mudd, and Dr. Rachel Daltry (his handler). Come meet other students who are struggling with similar experiences in their transision to campus. Bring your own lunch, join the group, and learn some techniques that can help you adjust!

WHEN? Wednesdays at noon during September and October! We are in the lower level of Commonwealth Hall!

Therapy Dog Tucker

The Counseling Center is sad to announce that Tucker left this world on May 10, 2016. There are not enough words to thank him and Don for the years they visited the WCU campus to bring joy and healing hugs to so many. These photos are just a few that capture the agility, grace, love and devotion of such a great dog – a friend and true companion to Don. Thank you for sharing his life and spirit with us!

Rest in peace, Tucker.

Sykes Student Union

Upcoming Dog Therapy dates --as promised, here are the first dog therapy dates! Come see us in Sykes!

Darla --Tuesday, October 18th from Noon until 2pm; Wednesday, November 9th from 11am until 1pm; Tuesday, November 29th from Noon until 2pm; and Wednesday, December 14th from 11am until 1pm

The Goldens -- Tuesdays -- October 25th, November 15th, and December 13th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Zeus -- Thursdays -- October 20th, November 10th, & December 8th from 6 - 8 pm

And don't forget our Dog Therapy Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 13th from 11am until 1pm.... So many dogs to cuddle (plus the Goldens that evening, too)!

Missing your furry little friends at home? Visit them on Twitter @WCUDogTherapy.

  • Groups for Fall 2016 are now listed. Please go to Counseling Services -- Group Counseling for details.

We realize that acts of massive violence are hard to understand and grasp. It is more widespread and you may feel afraid and traumatized just looking at the media coverage. The shootings may challenge your sense of safety, equilibrium, and hope for the future. For some, it will trigger memories and feelings that are difficult to process. These occurrences do elicit many different emotions, such as shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, and anger. You may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and continuing with your coursework.

Here are some tips on managing your emotions and recovering your sense of balance:

  • Talk about it and ask for support from friends, faculty, and staff.
  • Be sensitive to your colleague’s feelings and reactions along with your own emotions.
  • Turn off the social media. Give your brain a chance to recuperate and decrease your stress.
  • Take care of yourself, exercise, eat normally and try to sleep.
  • Use the LiveSafe app to report any unusual activity.
  • If you feel unsafe, be around friends, have someone walk with you across campus and connect with others. Usually these tips are helpful during the crisis.

  • For more information on how to cope and deepen your resilience, the following are good resources:

Counseling Services

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Consultation
  • Outreach
  • Alcohol Awareness Education
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling

See all of our Services Offered!