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Counseling & Psychological Services


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Counseling & Psychological Services

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

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

Julie Perone, Ph.D.

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:
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


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


The WCU Counseling Center joins with the world in expressing our grief and sorrow at the senseless tragedy in Orlando, Florida. We extend our support to those who continue to heal, especially members of the LGBTQ community, their friends and loved ones. We recognize how this tragedy can effect a person’s sense of safety and wish to provide the following links:

From the American Psychological Association:

From the CDC:

From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

From APA on resilience:

Gatherings being organized:

During times of trauma, individuals frequently turn to friends and family for support. But the Counseling Center is here for students requesting help.

Summer Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am until 4pm. -- please call 610-436-2301 for additional information.


Therapy Dog Tucker

The Counseling Center is sad to announce that Tucker left this world on May 10, 2016. There are not enough words to thank him and Don for the years they visited the WCU campus to bring joy and healing hugs to so many. These photos are just a few that capture the agility, grace, love and devotion of such a great dog – a friend and true companion to Don. Thank you for sharing his life and spirit with us!

Rest in peace, Tucker.

New to the Counseling Center? To start the process, walk in during Triage Hours. Yes, there is paperwork to complete -- then meet with a psychologist. After that, you and the clinician will discuss the best course of action to take to meet your needs!

Sykes Student Union

Upcoming Dog Therapy dates -- as soon as we have this finalized for Fall Semester, we will post it here!

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

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




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!