Here is a list of local college counseling centers and a description of the services that offered at each. I have also provided below information about adjusting to college, alcohol and other drugs, anxiety, depression and eating disorders which are the major areas that I treat in my private practice. I have worked at several college counseling centers including Temple University, University of the Sciences, Drexel, The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Florida and so I am particularly versed in the ways in which these centers operate and I work closely with them now. College counseling services and centers are an excellent resource because they are generally free and convenient for students who live on campus. However, most college counseling centers increasingly refer to private practice psychologists and therapists in the community who are more able to be flexible and accommodate student’s diverse needs in an ongoing way. There has been a trend in recent years for college counseling centers to refer out as demand for counseling exceeds staff capacity and issues of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and eating disorders require ongoing support instead of the 6-12 session model of short term therapy which prevails at most college counselling centers.
Local College Counseling Centers
Arcadia University Counseling Center
Arcadia University offers free counseling services for full-time undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in full-time graduate programs. Part-time students are eligible for 2 free sessions; 6 sessions at $25 each; subsequent sessions are $40 each. Appointments can be made by calling Student Health Services at x2967 (215-572-2967 for off campus callers). The counseling center is located in Heinz Hall, Ground Floor.
Bryn Mawr College Counseling Services
Bryn Mawr College Counseling Services provides services to promote the academic, personal, and social growth of students struggling with a variety of issues. These issues include: procrastination, loneliness, body image concerns, anxiety, self-confidence issues, roommate issues, family concerns, relationship issues, gender and sexuality questions, depression, culture issues, alcohol and other drug concerns, and more. Bryn Mawr students can call 610-526-7360 or come to the Health Center 24 hours a day while school is in session; a nurse is available on-site, and a physician and a counselor are on-call after office hours. The Health Center is located on 101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pa 19010.
Chestnut Hill College Counseling Center
The Chestnut Hill College counseling center is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing studies students. Counseling is provided through September to May, Monday to Friday and the hours are 9:00am – 5:30pm. The Counseling Center is located in Rooms 53, 54, 55, & 56 on the third floor of St. Joseph Hall, in the North Corridor. Appointments can be made by calling 215-248-7104, ext. 1.
Community College of Philadelphia Counseling Department
The Community College of Philadelphia offers free comprehensive counseling services (both educational and personal) to all its students. The Counseling Center offers Drop-In counseling services to students who need quick answers or help with immediate concerns. Students without an appointment can see a counselor on a first come, first served basis for a brief (fifteen minutes) session. Students who need more time with a counselor can arrange an appointment at the reception desk or by calling 215-751-8169. The Counseling Center is located in West Building, Second Floor, Room W2-2. Hours are 8:45 A.M. – 7:30 P.M. Monday through Thursday and 8:45 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. on Friday. Please call for summer hours.
Drexel University Counseling Center
The Counseling Center offers free, confidential counseling services provided by mental health professionals to currently enrolled, University City Campus, full-time undergraduate or graduate students. The Counseling Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am untill 5:00 pm. Students on co-op can arrange for an evening appointment. To make an appointment call (215) 895-1415, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Counseling Center located at 201 Creese Student Center.
Eastern University Cushing Center for Counseling and Academic Support
The Cushing Center for Counseling and Academic Support at Eastern University is committed to helping students who need academic or psychological support and services are free of charge. Most services are directed at students in traditional undergraduate programs but some may be appropriate for students in other programs. Services are dependent upon demand and staff availability. For more information please contact the CCAS office located in 210 Walton Hall by phone at 610-341-5837 or by email at email@example.com.
Haverford College Counseling & Psychological Services
Haverford College Counseling & Psychological Services provides services without charge to all full-time Haverford students. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM and is located at Room 317 in Founders Hall. Appointments can be made in person or by calling 610-896-1290.
Holy Family University Counseling Center
The Holy Family University Counseling Center is available to all students. The Counseling Center website provides a list of some of the most common concerns or problems that students have. The Counseling Center & Disability Services Office is located on the second floor of the Campus Center in Rooms 220-223. To schedule an appointment, call the Counseling Center and Disability Services office at 215-637-7700, ext. 3232 or ext. 3231, or stop in to make an appointment.
Immaculata University Counseling Services
Immaculata University Counseling Services is committed to student success by providing services which promote intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Counseling Services offers day and evening appointments and after hours coverage in collaboration with Safety and Protection and Residence and Commuter Life staff. Students are encouraged to call (610)647-4400 ext. 3478 or drop in to schedule an appointment. Counseling Services is located in the Bruder Center. Check their website for hours and available services.
La Salle University Student Counseling Center
The Student Counseling Center of La Salle University provides individual counseling, group counseling, psychiatric consultation, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, and outreach and referral services to La Salle University students. Students come to the Student Counseling Center for a variety of reasons including anxiety, shyness, depression, sexual issues, clarification of academic or career goals, and concerns regarding alcohol and other drugs. Hours are 8:30AM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, come to the Student Counseling Center located at Mcshain Hall or call 215-951-1355.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Student Counseling Program
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Student Counseling Program is an off-campus service led by Penn Behavioral Health. It is designed to help students effectively manage life challenges. The program is completely confidential, and is available to all students. PAFA assumes the full cost for the first five visits to this service. To use the program, simply call Penn Behavioral Health at 888-321-4433 or stop by the Student Services Office for assistance. Students may stop by anytime to talk with staff in the School Administration. The Student Services Office is located on the 3rd Floor of the Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building.
Philadelphia University Counseling Services
Philadelphia University Counseling Services provides services including individual counseling, workshops, guest lectures, consultation and training to faculty, staff and students. It is located in Suite 323 of the Kanbar Campus Center. No appointments are needed during Drop-In-Hour (4:00PM – 5:00PM Monday through Friday). If you are not able to stop by during this time you can make an appointment by calling 215-951-2868.
St. Joseph’s University Counseling and Psychological Services
St. Joseph’s University Counseling and Psychological Services provides individual and group counseling, workshops, guest lectures, referral services, consultation and training free of charge. Appointments are usually necessary and can be scheduled by phone 610-660-1090 or in person. The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located in A504 Merion Gardens with hours of 8:30AM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday. Students with urgent concerns may see one of the professional staff in the Walk-in Center, 54 LaFarge Hall daily from 11:30 to 1:00. Appointments are not needed for the Walk-in Center.
Swarthmore College Counseling and Psychological Services
Swarthmore College Counseling and Psychological Services provides psychological counseling and psychotherapy to students, and offer consultation to parents, faculty and staff. The center is open 8:30AM – 4:30PM weekdays and is is located in the North Wing of the Worth Health Center. Call 610-328-8059 for more information or to make an appointment.
Temple University Tuttleman Counseling Services
Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Services provides support for emotional, educational, and vocational concerns. All Temple undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students may use Tuttleman Counseling Services on a short-term basis free of charge. Tuttleman Counseling Services are available on the main campus at 1810 Liacouras Walk (5th floor), Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Students initially are seen for a brief assessment interview, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM (register by 1:30 PM), Monday – Friday. For more information, as well as information about services at the Ambler and Health Sciences campus, call 215-204-7276.
University of the Arts Counseling Services
The University of the Arts Counseling Center provides students with a safe place to discuss any issue that may be a concern. Students can attend counseling, free of charge, for whatever length of time seems helpful. Students may call a counselor directly, call the main counseling number, or stop by to make an appointment. The Counseling Center is located in Gershman Hall, Room 307. Hours are 9:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Friday. The main number is 215-717-6630.
University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services
The University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services offers a wide range of services including: individual and group counseling and therapy, crisis intervention, structured workshops, psychological testing, medication reviews, and consultation. Call 215-898-7021 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to receive an initial phone consultation with a counselor. Counseling and Psychological Services is located at 133 South 36th Street, 2nd Floor.
University of the Sciences Student Counseling Center
The University of the Sciences Student Counseling Center offers free and confidential services to all members of the university community. The Counseling office is open from 9:00AM to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring Semesters, and 9:00-5:00 Monday through Thursday in the summer. To schedule an appointment call 215-596-8536. The center is located on the first floor of Whitecar Hall, Suite 1200.
Villanova University Counseling Center
The Villanova University Counseling center offers a wide range of services free of charge to all students who are currently taking classes toward a degree. The center is located in Room 206 of the Health Services Building. Appointments can be scheduled by phone at 610-519-4050 or in person Monday through Friday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM. There is usually less than a 3 day wait for an appointment, and students can be seen the same day if necessary.
Widener University Counseling Center
The Widener University Counseling Center provides students with access to counseling, psychotherapy, education, assessment, and psychiatric services. All full-time undergraduate students are eligible to receive unlimited counseling services for free during the fall and spring semesters. Those receiving counseling services are also eligible to receive psychiatric services free of charge. All full-time graduate students are permitted up to 8 counseling sessions per academic year for brief targeted therapy and referrals for alternate treatment options. After the allotted 8 sessions, depending on availability and clinical judgment, a graduate student may continue to receive counseling services at the rate of $35/session. Based on availability, psychiatric services may be requested for graduate students receiving counseling services. The fees for a psychiatric evaluation is $100 and follow-up medication management is $50/session. To schedule an appointment, call 610-499-1261 or visit the Widener University Counseling Center at 301 E. 19th. Street (at the corner of Walnut and 19th Streets). During the academic year, the Center is open from 9am – 5pm. The Counseling Center is closed from the end of June through to the end of August.
Adjusting to College
This page created by the Villanova University Counseling Center gives information on how to adjust to college and some of the feelings that might develop during the transition. It includes information on what changes to expect during the first year of college and what you can do if you aren’t happy at college.
Tips for Adjusting to University Life
Tips for adjusting to university life from the University at Buffalo.
Helping Your Child Adjust to College Life
This article for parents from the University of Iowa gives information on what their children should know before going away to college.
Adjusting to College Life: Tips for a Smooth Transition
Gene Beresin, MD, and Steve Schlozman, MD from the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents and students on how to handle the stresses associated with college life.
Adjusting to College Life — Balancing Freedom with Responsibility
This article gives college freshman advice on how to find help on campus. The website also has other articles on adjusting such as how to build a social life, adjusting to college level academics, information on dorm life, and more.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Health Topics: Alcohol and Other Drugs
This page created by Harvard University Health Services has an alcohol screening questionnaire, guidelines for helping an intoxicated friend, warning signs of life-threatening intoxication, and a list of online resources.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Information
This page from Tennessee Tech University gives links to national organizations, including support groups.
College Drinking: Changing the Culture
This website was created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to provide a variety of research-based information on alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students. It includes information on statistics, alcohol myths, getting help, and resources for parents, students, college administrators, and more.
Alcohol and Drug Information
This page created by Fairleigh Dickinson University explains the benefits of responsible alcohol consumption and the benefits of abstaining from alcohol use. It also explains what situations to avoid and how to minimize health and safety risk.
Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse
This Villanova University website gives information on the signs and symptoms of alcoholism.
Tobacco Free U
Tobacco Free U is a comprehensive website aimed at creating tobacco-free generations starting with youth. It includes information on types of tobacco, tobacco addiction, consequences of smoking, the tobacco industry, resources on smoking cessation, self-evaluation questionnaires, how to help a friend, and more.
Campus Life 101: Staying Sober (Helliker, Kevin, The Wall Street Journal, 08/10/11)
This is an article focusing on recent efforts some colleges and universities are making to welcome and help the increasing number of students who are recovering from addiction.
A brief guide about the dangers of drinking and driving can be found here: http://www.quitalcohol.
Shyness & Social Anxiety
This page created by the Villanova University Counseling Center discusses signs Social Anxiety Disorder and types of treatment provided that can help.
This page created by the George Washington University Counseling Center describes test anxiety, which is when students experience distress while studying and thinking about taking a test. It also gives tips on how to reduce test anxiety.
This is another page discussing test anxiety by the University at Buffalo. It also gives tips on how to reduce test anxiety and deal with a series of irrational thoughts associated with it.
Anxiety: How to Cope With It
This page created by the University of Florida Counseling & Wellness Center answers many common questions about anxiety and provides a list of ways to deal with it.
Living With Anxiety: College Students
This section of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America website is devoted to providing resources specifically for college students on living with anxiety. It includes describing the differences between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder, information on types of anixety disorders, how to find on-campus help, and more.
Oral Communication / Speech Anxiety
This page from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Communication Studies Department provides information on understanding speech anxiety, managing physical and emotional responses, and planning a course of action to effectively deal with those responses.
This page from Villanova University gives a basic overview of the symptoms of depression, causes and treatment of depression, and how to cope with the disorder.
University of Michigan Depression Center
The University of Michigan Depression Center hosts the annual Depression on College Campuses Conference and has information and resources on why depression is becoming more prevalent on college campuses, the consequences of it, and the impact of stigma on campus.
Coping With Depression
This page created by the University at Buffalo gives a list of tips on how to deal with the basic symptoms of depressions.
Depression On the Rise In College Students (Neighmond, Patti, NPR, 01/17/11)
This article discusses how recent research shows that depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are far more common on college campuses than they were just a decade ago. Experts think some of this is due to an increased number of students with learning disabilities and emotional problems that were managed well at a younger age now entering college.
Universities Miss Chance to Identify Depressed Students (Paul, Maria, Northwestern University News Center, 01/10/11)
Research at Northwestern University shows that nearly one out of every four or five students who come into the student health center seeking treatment for a routine cold or other ailment are also depressed. They suggest that campus health centers should also be responsible for screening students for depression so more can get the treatment they need, but might not directly seek until the symptoms progress.
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation is the nation’s leading organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students. They have many resources for parents, students, professionals and more.
What Are Eating Disorders?
This University of Florida website gives a brief overview of several types of eating disorders.
This page created by Princeton University gives a more in-depth overview of several types of eating disorders including the signs and symptoms and what to do if you think a friend who might have an eating disorder.
Nutrition: Eating Disorders
A page created by Temple University’s Student Health Services that provides links to online screening questionnaires, how to help a friend, and national organizations for eating disorder awareness.
Understanding Eating Disturbances and Disorders
This page created by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides a guide designed for family members and friends of someone suffering from an eating disorder.
Rethinking the Freshman 15 (Cornblatt, Johannah, Newsweek, 09/15/09)
In this Newsweek article, it is suggested that efforts on college campuses to prevent obesity, such as posting calorie counts in cafeterias, combined with anxiety about gaining the “freshman 15” can actually lead to more disordered eating.