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 counseling services virtually to our students residing in Pennsylvania and other states, as our licenses and state regulations allow. In additional to individual sessions, these services include a limited number of virtual groups.
This spring semester we are also hosting Let's Talk!, a series of informal outreach gatherings held online about topics such as healthy sleep, self-care, ADHD, anxiety, and the basics of CBT.
Read our weekly emails to students here!
Find a list of psychotherapy and mental health resources for international students here.
If you would like 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 offers "call in" (formerly "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.
Common Reasons for Visiting Counseling Services
Anxiety and stress
Loneliness and isolation
Gender Identity concerns
Sexual Orientation concerns
SCOPE OF SERVICES
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.
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 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.
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.
The SWC has Urgent Walk-In hours (now "call in hours") every weekday from 9-10 am and 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.
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.
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