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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

  • 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

ANNOUNCEMENT: During Winter Session, after-hours crises/mental heatlh emergencies are handled by Crisis Intervention in Exton: 610-918-2100. Call Public Safety if on campus and need assistance: 610-436-3311.

Student with a Therapy Dog

DOG THERAPY OUTREACH
Sykes Student Union

Spring Semester 2017 Dog Therapy dates are here! Enjoy your break :)

Bernese Mountain Dogs: 1/25; 2/14; 4/12 from 11am - 1 pm and on Tuesdays, 3/7 and 5/2 from noon until 2pm

Golden Retrievers: 1/31; 2/7; 2/28; 3/28; 4/18; 5/2; 5/9 all from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Mastiffs: 2/2; 3/23; 5/4 all from 6 pm - 8 pm

Wednesday, 5/10 from 11 am - 1 pm will be the ever-popular Dog Therapy Extravaganza!!!


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

NAVIGATING RELATIONSHIP GROUPS
  • Groups for Spring 2017 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!