Counseling services works with students experiencing a wide variety of personal concerns, developmental issues, and relationship conflicts in a confidential and welcoming atmosphere.

We are providing counseling services virtually to our students currently residing in Pennsylvania and other states, as our licenses allow. 

Virtual groups will be offered this fall. Check back soon for more information. 

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To schedule a virtual counseling appointment, please call the Student Wellness Center at 717-544-9051.

Our hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

If you are experiencing an urgent issue and need immediate support, the Counseling Service is offering extended "call in" (formerly "walk in") hours from 9 - 10 am, and 1 - 2 pm Monday - Friday. Please call the Student Wellness Center and you will be connected with a counselor.

If you need immediate support when the Student Wellness Center is closed, call the main number, 717-544-9051 and you will be connected with an on-call counselor. 


Common Reasons for Visiting Counseling Services

Anxiety and stress


Loneliness and isolation

Relationship issues

Academic performance

Eating concerns

Adjustment concerns

Self injury

Substance abuse/dependence

Suicidal thoughts

Sexual Assault

Gender Identity concerns

Sexual Orientation concerns

Self Esteem


Services Offered



Intake Session

Any student interested in counseling services will meet with a counselor for an individualized assessment.  During this session, counselors explore with students their reasons for seeking assistance, their history and their goals.  The counselor will explain confidentiality and options for treatment and a plan will be identified.  Options for treatment include individual and/or group counseling at the SWC, referrals to other campus resources or referrals to off-campus providers if the services needed are beyond the scope of services on campus. 


Individual Counseling

The SWC offers individual counseling to Franklin and Marhsall students, for a variety of conerns, listed on our website.  The frequency of sessions and length of treatment varies based on treatment goals.  Counseling sessions are typically scheduled weekly or bi-weekly and last 50 minutes.  Students needing intensive outpaitent treatment (i.e. more than once a week) will be referred to an off-campus provider.   Students receive 8 individual counseling session, per academic year, without a fee.  If a student needs additional counseling, after the 8 sessions, insurance will be billed. 


Group Counseling 

The SWC offers a variety of group options, including ongoing support groups, structured time-limited groups and process groups.  Groups are listed, on this link,  and are updated each semester.  There is no charge for group counseling sessions.  Benefits of Group Counseling include: receiving support, feedback and encouragement from others;  decreased feelings of loneliness; practice social skills; learn coping skills to help manage strong emotions; increased understanding of self and others, in a safe confidential atmosphere.


Crisis Sessions

The SWC has Urgent Walk-In hours, every weekday from 1-2.  After hours, a student may reach an on-call counselor by calling our office number at 717-544-9051 and remaining on the line.  There is no charge for crisis sessions.  


Consultative Resource

Counselors are available to speak with students, faculty, professional staff and parents regarding concerns about a student.  Please be aware, under HIPAA privacy laws, Counselors are unable to share specific information about a given student, without their signed consent. 


Psychiatry Consults 


Nutrition Consults



If a student presents with concerns that are beyond the scope of  care the SWC offers, every attempt will be made to connect the student with appropriate community resources.


The following services are NOT offered by the counseling services staff:

-Intensive outpatient therapy (i.e. more than once a week)

-Mental Health evaluations for having comfort/emotional assistance animals in College residences and documentation for travel

-Psychological evaluations for learning differences including specific learning disabilities, ADHD, etc

-Mandated therapy, including Court Mandated treatment

-Comprehensive threat assessments for forensic evaluations

-Comprehensive assessment and ongoing treatment for alcohol and/or substance abuse

-Comprehensive, ongoing treatment for a diagnosed eating disorder

-Urgent psychiatric medication issues