Emergency Response

Public Safety & Emergency Medical Services :610-436-3311

Counseling Services: 610-436-2301 for behavior or mental health concerns during business hours

Crisis Intervention (Exton) for community help: 610-918-2100

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
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 http://www.crisistextline.org

TransLifeline.org: 1-877-565-8860

The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc:

More information

610-692-7273 (sexual assault)
610-692-7420 (other crimes)

Crisis Reponse



 ***Updated Information Regarding Services***

Click here for Resources for Coping with the impact of COVID-19.

With the University’s announcement that academic instruction will be conducted remotely for the summer (meaning in-person, face-to-face instruction will not occur on campus)  - the Counseling Center will not be seeing students in the Counseling Center.  The Counseling Center faculty and staff will be working remotely during the Summer. Counselors will be available starting May 26th and for the duration of Summer Session 1 and 2 (ending July 31st).  We will provide phone consultation to students and determine next steps for services, this could include teletherapy with a WCU counselor or assistance connecting with your local mental health providers and resources.

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Counseling Center will continue to provide teletherapy services and will not be seeing students in person in the Counseling Center. Stay tuned for further information.

The Counseling Center understands the concerns and difficult feelings you may be experiencing at this time as a result of these changes. These feelings are normal. We are doing our best to determine the best course of action for the welfare of our students and within our ethical and legal guidelines.


 In Response to Race-Related Violence

The WCU Counseling Center grieves the violent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and George Floyd, who represent the latest of many who have lost their lives in a relentless series of violence toward Black individuals and communities. We condemn the systemic intolerance and injustice experienced by individuals such as Christian Cooper, who suffered from harmful stereotyping and discrimination. We strongly oppose discrimination, hate, and intolerance and stand in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, and staff.

We recognize the relentless impact that prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination have on mental health and well-being, and we are here if you need to talk. Our department feels and understands the many reactions that can ensue from these events, such as fear, anger, and grief. We can join you in processing how systems of oppression and traumatic events impact your feelings, beliefs, and identities, and we can also help you connect to resources that feel safe and that resonate with you.  

Though supporting our students who feel directly impacted by racism is paramount, we also strongly advocate for the antiracist education and allyship of all students, faculty, and staff. We hope that the resources on our Resoures page resonate with the WCU community as ways in which we can both support those who are hurting and join together to facilitate a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.



The mission of the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (The Counseling Center) is to promote optimal health through the provision of quality and culturally competent mental health services for all currently enrolled West Chester University students.  We are a short-term Counseling Center, so sessions are limited; however, we also have a Clinical Case Manager to assist with off-campus services.  We are also a training site, meaning advanced doctoral students engage in the provision of therapeutic services to students under the supervision of licensed counselors.  The Counseling Center is in Lawrence Center, Suite 241 -- it is a welcoming environment that appreciates multiculturalism and diversity.

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