About Counseling Services
Enrollment in college involves numerous transitions and adjustments that can be exciting, stimulating, and challenging, but also stressful. It is not uncommon for students to feel overwhelmed by stressors and have difficulty coping. Some students may experience significant problems with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse or other issues that interfere with their academic performance. The mission of Penn State Berks Counseling Services is to provide short-term counseling services that are available free of charge to all students at the Berks campus. These services promote the mental health of students, improve the quality of their lives, and aid in their academic success.
All services are provided by experienced and qualified therapists. Our staff includes licensed psychologists and licensed professional counselors, and certified addictions counselors.
Students can be assured that what is said during counseling sessions will be held in the strictest of confidence. Information will not be released to anyone outside the Counseling Center, including faculty and staff without written permission from the student. The only exceptions would occur when a student is considered to be in danger of harming him or herself or others.
- Initial student interviews and assessments
- Screening services for depression and other mental health problems
- Short-term individual therapy
- Short-term drug and alcohol counseling
- Crisis intervention assistance and referral
- Consultation services for faculty and staff
- Educational programs and activities including classroom presentations
- Referrals for medication, community services and therapy
Services are offered on the Berks Campus as follows:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
How to Access Services
Short-term counseling is provided FREE OF CHARGE to all current Penn State Berks students. To set up an appointment, simply call or stop by the office. You may also contact staff in the offices of Health Services or Residence Life or a member of the faculty for assistance in setting up an appointment.
Adjusting to College
- Penn State website
- General College website
- Mental Health websites
- National Institute of Mental Health
- My Student Body is a website that will allow college students to access Health and Wellness issues on line. The website helps students examine personal beliefs, behaviors and consequences in the areas of Alcohol, Tobacco, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Stress. Student user name is Berks.