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What is counseling?

Counseling is a specific time set aside for you to talk with a counselor about a concern or challenge you are experiencing that is impeding your ability to live a mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy life. It is an opportunity for you to talk about your concerns in a space where you are not judged or seen as the problem, and have access to resources that can help you creatively find solutions to the problem. Sometimes students prefer to work with a counselor individually (individual counseling) and sometimes students prefer to work with a counselor and other students experiencing similar issues (group counseling).

Who are the counselors?

A counselor is someone you can talk to about a problem or concern. They listen without judgment and work with you to help you solve the problem you may have. Counselor’s often will ask questions about your past experiences, what has been helpful and what hasn't, and your future goals. Counselors respect your privacy and keep whatever you share with them confidential unless there is a concern for your safety or the safety of someone else. If this happens, confidentiality may be broken. All members of the counseling team are passionate and knowledgeable about the diverse challenges students face.  

Why would I come to counseling?

Counselors work with clients regarding a variety of issues, including but not limited to: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions (i.e. adjusting to college, preparing to transfer to a different campus, graduating, becoming a parent, receiving a medical diagnosis, etc.)
  • Relationships
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Support and Guidance
  • Abuse

What would I do in counseling?

Counselors incorporate a variety of evidence-based therapies, selecting those which best fit the client they are meeting with. Some of the models used in counseling may include cognitive behavioral therapy, systems theory, gestalt therapy, humanistic therapy, and trauma focused therapy. In addition to dialog, counselors may incorporate the use of art, film, books, games, breathing, and other relaxation or grounding techniques in counseling.

Where are counseling services located and when can I come to counseling at Penn State Brandywine?

Our free counseling services are available for students Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To schedule an individual counseling appointment, or learn about groups or walk-in hours, please call 610-892-1270, or email bw-StuAffairs@psu.edu or stop by. The counseling team can be found on the second floor of the Commons Building on campus.


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