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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)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255
Crisis Response

Disaster Distress Hotline

Disaster Distress Helpline is a national service available 24/7 for individuals dealing with anxiety, trauma, or emotional distress. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746 for support.

Semester and Triage Hours

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

The Counseling Center

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Tuesday-Wednesday Evenings: By Appointment Only; No walk-in hours from 4:00-6:00pm
  • 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
  • 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

Announcements -- When classes are not in session, the Counseling Center is not open. This means, if there are weather emergencies and the University is closed, we are closed as well. Students who have scheduled appointments should return on their next regularly scheduled time.

Welcome back for Spring Semester 2016!!!

DOG THERAPY OUTREACH
Sykes Student Union

January 26 (6 - 8 pm) -- come play with Zeus in Sykes Student Union

Upcoming Dog Therapy dates (for those who like to plan ahead and know which furry friend is coming and when):

1/27 (11am - 1pm) -- Darla

2/2 (5:30 - 7:30pm) -- Tucker

2/10 (11am - 1pm) -- Darla

2/22 (5:30 - 7:30pm) -- Tucker

3/15 (Noon - 2pm) -- Darla

3/22 (6 - 8pm) -- Zeus


Missing your furry little friends at home? Visit them on Twitter @WCUDogTherapy and view the Fall 2015 Dog Therapy Outreach Schedule .

NAVIGATING RELATIONSHIP GROUPS
  • Now posted for Spring Semester 2016 with a new Tuesday Group Added! Check out Group Counseling.

COPING
In light of the 2015 tragedies in Paris and Colorado, 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!