• The Counseling Services Staff The Counseling Services Staff

Counseling services works with students experiencing a wide variety of concerns in a confidential and welcoming atmosphere. Our diverse staff of licensed clinicians are experienced with and adept at addressing a broad range of challenges including depression, anxiety, homesickness, interpersonal problems, grief, eating concerns, and academic stress. If we cannot help you with your problem, we'll help connect you to a specialist in the community who can.

We are currently providing in person counseling services to our enrolled students. Telemedicine visits are also an option. In addition to individual sessions, our services include a limited number of groups. Every academic year, each student is entitled to eight free counseling sessions. After this has been reached, insurance is billed for visits.

The holidays can be stressful! Click here for a list of supportive resources.

Find a list of off-campus clinicians and specialists as well as online counseling resources here.

Find a list of psychotherapy and mental health resources for international students here

Read our messages to students on our Counseling Services blog here!

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If you would like to schedule a 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 offers walk in hours from 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. 

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Services Offered

SCOPE OF SERVICES 

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. 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 outpatient 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 updated each semester depending on student needs and interest.  There is no charge for group counseling sessions.  Benefits of group counseling include: receiving support, feedback and encouragement from others;  decreased feelings of loneliness; practicing social skills; learning coping skills to help manage strong emotions; increased understanding of self and others, all in a safe, confidential atmosphere.

Crisis Sessions
The SWC has Urgent Walk-In hours every weekday from 1-2 pm.  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

Referrals and Off Campus Providers
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