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Counseling & Psychological Services

Address:
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2301
Fax: 610-436-3114


Julie Perone, Ph.D.
JPerone@wcupa.edu

Emergency Response

Public Safety: 610-436-3311 for safety concerns
Counseling Services:
610-436-2301 for behavior or mental health concerns
Emergency Medical Services:
610-436-3311 (will link to 911)

Crisis Intervention (Exton) for community help: 610-918-2100
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255

Crisis Response

Crisis Text Line

Text START to 741-741

This is a free, crisis text line. A trained crisis counselor will receive the text and respond quickly. This service is not sponsored nor supported by the University; this is a free nationwide crisis text line for anyone to use. For additional information see http://www.crisistextline.org

Semester and Triage Hours

Students must walk in during Triage hours to begin counseling appointments.

The Counseling Center

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Open when classes are in session
  • Any after-hours emergencies must go through Public Safety (610-436-3311)

Triage Hours

  • NOTE: NO TRIAGE HOURS DURING FINAL EXAM WEEK -- EMERGENCIES ONLY
  • Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm (during Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • It is first-come/first-served, so allow enough time to complete computerized "paperwork" and then meet face-to-face with a psychologist for a brief assessment
  • There is no charge for a triage assessment or counseling with a psychologist at the Counseling Center

Election Aftermath

As a result of the recent Presidential Election, some may experience uncertainty, increased anxiety, worry and feel unsafe, fearing discrimination or violence.  Others may be experiencing happiness and relief. We believe it is important to acknowledge and respect this diverse range of reactions and experiences.

Of course, it is always difficult to know how others feel unless they share.   So, as we deal with recent events and look ahead to the upcoming holidays and exams, the faculty and staff in the Counseling Center hope you know that we are with you.  We are here to help those who cannot find their way, while we also turn to one another for support and understanding.

As you move through the days ahead, please recall this:

 “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Some suggested ways to cope:

  • Unplug – limit how much you are connected to social media and 24-hour news’ cycles.
  • Be aware of your feelings and be compassionate towards yourself. 
  • Connect with supportive friends and allies.  Feel free to set your boundaries when necessary because not everyone will share your perspective.
  • Take care of yourself physically – rest, eat in a healthy manner, drink fluids but limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
  • Use healthy escapes – take a walk, practice mindfulness, exercise, watch a funny movie, meditate, use an app on your phone to practice a guided meditation.

Announcements

NEW PROGRAM: Feeling stressed with the semester? Do you want to learn ways to improve your social skills? You may be interested in coming to the Counseling Center for LUNCH WITH MUDD! Yes, this semester, we are offering a lunchtime group with our Therapy Dog, Mudd, and Dr. Rachel Daltry (his handler). Come meet other students who are struggling with similar experiencess. Bring your own lunch, join the group, and learn some techniques that can help!

WHEN? Wednesdays at noon during all of Fall Semester! We are in the lower level of Commonwealth Hall!

 

DOG THERAPY OUTREACH
Sykes Student Union

Upcoming Dog Therapy dates --as promised, here are the first dog therapy dates! Come see us in Sykes!

Darla -- Tuesday, November 29th from Noon until 2pm; and Wednesday, December 14th from 11am until 1pm

The Goldens -- Tuesdays -- December 13th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Zeus -- Thursdays -- December 8th from 6 - 8 pm

And don't forget our Dog Therapy Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 13th from 11am until 1pm.... So many dogs to cuddle (plus the Goldens that evening, too)!


Missing your furry little friends at home? Visit them on Twitter @WCUDogTherapy.

NAVIGATING RELATIONSHIP GROUPS
  • Groups for Fall 2016 are now listed. Please go to Counseling Services -- Group Counseling for details.

COPING
We realize that acts of massive violence are hard to understand and grasp. It is more widespread and you may feel afraid and traumatized just looking at the media coverage. The shootings may challenge your sense of safety, equilibrium, and hope for the future. For some, it will trigger memories and feelings that are difficult to process. These occurrences do elicit many different emotions, such as shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, and anger. You may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and continuing with your coursework.

Here are some tips on managing your emotions and recovering your sense of balance:

  • Talk about it and ask for support from friends, faculty, and staff.
  • Be sensitive to your colleague’s feelings and reactions along with your own emotions.
  • Turn off the social media. Give your brain a chance to recuperate and decrease your stress.
  • Take care of yourself, exercise, eat normally and try to sleep.
  • Use the LiveSafe app to report any unusual activity.
  • If you feel unsafe, be around friends, have someone walk with you across campus and connect with others. Usually these tips are helpful during the crisis.

  • For more information on how to cope and deepen your resilience, the following are good resources:

Counseling Services

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Consultation
  • Outreach
  • Alcohol Awareness Education
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling

See all of our Services Offered!