The Counseling Center
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
- Location: 241 Lawrence Center
- Phone: 610-436-2301
- Fall and Spring Semesters (When classes are in session): Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm, Friday: 8am-4pm
- First and Second Summer Sessions: Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm
- Counseling and Psychological Services Website
Counseling services are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. The Counseling Center is staffed by Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, and post-doctoral fellows and graduate-level trainees. Confidential information shared in the Counseling Center is protected by both state law and professional ethics. Individual and group modalities of treatment are offered. Please consult the Counseling Center’s web page for current group offerings:
Students present with a variety of concerns, so different modalities are offered to best meet the needs of the individual. Any of the following approaches may be implemented to address a student's concerns:
- Triage: Triage is the first point of contact for students interested in mental health services. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come/first served basis. During this appointment, the student will meet with a counselor for a brief assessment and discuss options moving forward for counseling. Triage hours are Monday through Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters.
- Individual psychological counseling consists of a one-to-one experience with the focus on resolving personal or interpersonal conflicts. The Counseling Center operates on a short-term basis, so students typically receive no more than one semester’s worth of individual work. Students who have already received services, can always return to the Counseling Center for re-assessment for services.
- Group counseling consists of a small number of students (6-8) who meet weekly with a leader or co-leaders. Groups are especially helpful for students who wish to share their concerns with peers and enhance their social skills in a therapeutic setting.
- Psychiatric services are provided on a limited basis. Students in need of a psychiatric assessment or medication must be in treatment with a Counseling Center therapist. There is a nominal fee for psychiatric services.
- Consultation services are provided to individuals who seek guidance, direction, or education. For example, faculty members who are concerned about the well-being of a student may consult on the best way to approach a student in distress.
- Clinical Case Manager is available by appointment only in the Counseling Center. They work to maintain a network of providers in the community and will help students get connected with a mental health provider off-campus. They also maintain a Referral Guide to provide direction to individuals who need longer-term, mental health services and can assist with creating those connections.
- Outreach presentations are given, upon request, by counselors throughout the year for students in residence halls, classes, student organizations, and special interest groups.