Contact Counseling Services
Counseling Services during Covid-19 Appointment Only:
Students are seen by appointment only except in cases of emergency. Call 484-365-7244 to schedule your appointment.
Scheduling an Appointment:
To initiate or continue services at the Counseling Center, you will need to schedule an appointment by calling 484 365-7244. You will be scheduled via telehealth format a brief (20-30 minutes) and asked to complete paperwork prior to the appointment. During the appointment, a clinician will review your concerns as well as the paperwork, consider your goals, discuss resources and therapy options, and collaboratively develop a plan to provide you with the support you need.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call 484 365-7244 during our business hours of Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday
Mental Health Emergencies:
Students experiencing a mental health emergency can access crisis mental health support by calling 484 365-7244. During daytime hours a clinician from the Counseling Center will first attempt to meet your needs via a telehealth format, but a clinician will be available to meet with you face to face if telehealth is not sufficient. Examples of crisis that may require a face-to-face meeting are experiencing a risk of self-harm or harm to others, or a recent trauma or assault. Facial coverings are required for all in-person meetings.
Resources during COVID-19
- How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
- How Do I Know Someone is Experiencing Anxiety or Depression?
- How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Crisis-students of color: The StevenFund: Text STEVE to 741741
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1.800.273.8255
- National Association of Mental Health (NAMI)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender National Hotline: 1.800.246.PRIDE (7743)
- Trans Lifeline: 1.877.565.8860
Counseling Services are free for students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program and include the following:
- Counseling for such matters as anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, relationship concerns, sexual assault, grief and loss, family stress, gender identity, college-related transition, and other developmental issues.
- Individual Counseling and Therapy provides students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a professional counselor to address concerns they may be confronted with that could impede their ability to achieve academically.
- Group Counseling is offered to provide students with support and encouragement through a shared group experience. Groups allow students to learn new ways of relating to people or issues and to gain self-awareness and self-confidence.
- Assessment and referral to other campus resources, such as Health Services, Student Services, Office of The Chaplain, and referrals to community resources when the presenting concerns are beyond Counseling Services’ scope of practice.
- Mental health consultation, education, and outreach programs are available to students, faculty, and staff. Counseling Services presents workshops and training sessions to meet the needs of the university community.
- Crisis intervention: Same-day crisis appointments are available during business hours from 9 to 5 p.m. After business hours and on weekends, students can contact Chester County Crisis Intervention at 1-877-918-2100 or 610-918-2100.
- Substance Abuse Consultation and Counseling: Assessment and referrals are provided. Counseling Services partners with local outpatient drug and alcohol agency where students can access drug and alcohol treatment.
In 1996 the United States Congress passed a law called The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA. This law protects your privacy and controls how your health information is accessed and disclosed. This mean that information shared in counseling sessions cannot be released to professors, other university offices, family members, friends, or anyone without your written permission.
There are some exceptions to confidentiality involving imminent risk of self-harm or abuse of others.
Faculty and staff can access counseling services through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-800-343-2186.
Counseling Services does not prescribe or monitor psychotropic or any other medications. At a student’s request, counselors will make a referral to Health Services or a community physician for medication evaluation.