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Counseling & Psychological Services

Address:
Lawrence Center, Second Level
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


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


Email: wcucc@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

Walk-in Hours

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

Crisis Reponse

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

 

The Counseling Center has a new home!  We are back on the 2nd Floor of Lawrence Center -- Room 241. Come see us :)

NEW PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS:  The WCU Counseling Center has a new, unique online service, designed to enhance student well-being.  Our goal is to help students identify and actually do something about their stress, anxiety, depression and other issues that can interfere with their academic, social, and personal functioning.  If you are a current WCU student, please keep reading!

By clicking this link (https://wcu.caresforyou.org) you will be directed to a secure website where you can complete a brief, online questionnaire.  Then, you will submit your questionnaire anonymously, using a self-assigned User ID.

Once you’ve done that, a WCU Counselor will review it and send a personal response over the same secure website.  This process allows you to exchange online messages with the counselor through the anonymous dialogue feature, using only your User ID.  Recommendations for follow-up will be provided as well as an opportunity to set up a face-to-face meeting to talk with the counselor in more detail.

We urge all students to take advantage of this secure and easy way to find out if stress, anxiety, etc. are negatively affecting you but to also find treatments that are available right here in the WCU Community!

 

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Dog Therapy Requests:  If you are with a Residence Hall and you would like the therapy dogs to attend an event, here are the guildelines.  Email Dr. Rachel Daltry (rdaltry@wcupa.edu) at least 2 weeks prior to the event.  You must include:  1) the requested date, 2) the requested time, and 3) the nature of your request.  In other words, what is the program you are presenting?  [Sorry but it cannot just be a visit with the therapy dogs :)]  Because the therapy dogs book up quickly and already have PR commitments with us, requests will be filled when possible!


Dog Therapy

DOG THERAPY OUTREACH

Sykes Student Union

  • December 5th -- 5:30 until 7:30pm:  Lola/Gem
  • December 7th -- 6:15 until 8:00pm:  Zeus
  • Dog Extravaganza!  December 12th from 11am until 2pm - Sykes
  • December 13th -- 11am until 1pm:  Darla

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


NAVIGATING RELATIONSHIP GROUPS

  • Groups for Fall Semester 2017 are now posted on the Group Counseling link -- At the very bottom of this page "See all of our Services Offered."

Student Activism: In light of recent events, we provide the following suggestions.

SELF-CARE FOR ACTIVISTS

The Most IMPORTANT way to care for yourself, is to: TAKE BREAKS

Activism is emotionally and physically exhausting. Give yourself permission to take breaks –you need to recharge!

Ways to take breaks:

Disengage from Social Media

  • The onslaught of negative messages online can feel overwhelming. Disconnecting regularly is a good way to take a break and come back to the issues another time.

Disengage entirely

  • You are such an important resource. Sometimes giving it your all means saying, “no.” This does not mean you don’t care about the issue – you just need some time to yourself.

Emotion check-in

  • Your mental health is very important. Check in with yourself to see how you are feeling – remember that your emotions are valid. Make sure to be kind to yourself. If your emotions are intense, this may be a sign to take a step back.

Physical health

  • Make sure you are tending to your physical needs. This means eating well, staying hydrated, exercising, limiting substance use, and treating illness.

Social Needs  

  • Tend to your relationships. Spend time with friends. Call your family members. Share time with like-minded individuals.

Self-care looks different for everyone. Take some time to create a personal plan of how to take care of yourself and tend to your needs.

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As a member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, we post their statement here regarding the recent activity in Charlottesville, VA. 

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), a professional association for the higher education leaders for college student mental health representing over 800 institutions in the United States and internationally, seeks to advance the cause of collegiate mental health through innovation, education, and advocacy. As an organization committed to inclusive excellence and the promotion of social justice, AUCCCD strongly speaks out against racism, discrimination, oppression, and violence in its many forms. On Friday, August 11, 2017, and Saturday, August 12, 2017, several White supremacist hate groups gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia and elsewhere in Charlottesville, purportedly to protest the removal of a Confederate general’s statue. The weekend was marked with violent clashes between various hate groups and anti-racism groups, leading to property destruction and the needless death of a young woman who was there to protest against racism and bear witness. Several other people were injured, some seriously. Two law enforcement officers who were there to keep the peace also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed.

As college mental health professionals, we have long known that hatred and bigotry and the perpetration of racial and bias-motivated violence are harmful to EVERYONE’S mental and physical health, including those who espouse it and those who are hurt by it. AUCCCD condemns language and behaviors that aim to harm and divide people. We also view college mental health professionals as having a responsibility to facilitate greater self-understanding, value individual and group differences, encourage and model respectful dialogue, and support the right of all people to live in communities that are safe and promote emotional well-being. As the University of Virginia and college campuses all over the country prepare for the start of a new academic year that is filled with much promise, there is much work to be done. The provision of counseling or therapy in the aftermath of harm is but one service that we provide to our campuses. We also must be educators, role models, and advocates who seek to create healthy learning and living environments that reflect the diversity of our campuses and our society and who seek to eliminate the harm that comes from hatred and violence.

Association for University and College Counseling Centers Governing Board

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HOW TO DEAL WITH HATE SPEECH

There are times you may read or hear something bigoted, offensive, deplorable, or hateful. There are many ways to respond to this. Sometimes, it is most powerful to make your voice heard by speaking out. You can do this by addressing the source, posting online, joining a group/cause, talking to a government official or law officer, or speaking with family/friends. There are other times when your safety may feel threatened by speaking out. This is an important time to do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Never act violently – you may harm yourself or others. Instead, seek support from people you trust.

Remember that the work you do as an activist is courageous, empathic, and valuable. Be good to yourself while you be good to the world.


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!

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