During this private consultation, you have the opportunity to discuss your concerns. If further services are indicated, the counselor may recommend group or individual counseling, suggest further evaluation, or refer you to other services on or off campus. Occasionally, some students find that this initial consultation meets their needs and no further services are required.
NOTE: Students should not pursue services at the Personal Counseling Office for the sole purpose of obtaining a letter of support. The Personal Counseling Office does not provide letters at the initial interview and cannot provide documentation regarding a student's mental health without a history of services at the Personal Counseling Office during the specified time period. If necessary, students are encouraged to seek letters of support from individuals directly involved in their care, such as past or present psychological/psychiatric providers, medical doctors, or family members.
Short term, individual counseling may be offered to help you gain a deeper understanding of the sources of your difficulties. These insights are then translated into plans for action that you can carry out in your daily life. For issues that would be better resolved through a longer-term individual approach, an appropriate referral to a community provider may be recommended.
At times, problems in a relationship can lead to stress and disruption in your life. Couples counseling is an option when at least one partner is a full-time student. Married, unmarried and LGBT couples are welcome.
Psychiatric services are available to those who may benefit from medication in addition to counseling. An assessment is done by a counselor before you meet with a provider via Mantra Health. Mantra Health offers telepsychiatry to full-time, enrolled Penn State Behrend students at no cost.
Sometimes crisis situations arise that require immediate intervention (e.g. sexual assault, suicidal feelings, or death of a loved one). Please alert the receptionist of your crisis situation so that you can be seen promptly.
Consultation is available by phone or by appointment for students, faculty, staff, or parents who wish to talk with a professional about a student suffering from emotional stress, counseling referrals, or other issues.