College can sometimes be difficult and stressful!! Wilson College Counseling Center offers short-term personal counseling to students who are struggling with a variety of issues, to include:
adjustment to college life
eating or body image concerns
stress management/time management
interpersonal relationship issues
sexual identity issues
Wilson College Counseling Center offers a range of services, including individual counseling, interest chat groups, and workshops on a variety of subjects. Counseling is done on a self-referred basis! Counseling services and psychiatric services are free to Wilson students who are currently enrolled in a degree program. Counseling is done on an appointment basis, except in cases of an emergency. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 3235 from campus. All counseling and medication management services are held in the strictest of confidence. If you have any questions about the counseling services at Wilson College, please do not hesitate to ask.
Dr. Robin Witmer-Kline, PhD, NCP, BCCP, CCTP, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Psychologist, a Board Certified Clinical Psychotherapist and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with over 20 years of experience. In addition to her desire to help people one on one, Robin enjoys helping others in the classroom, as she has been an Adjunct Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies Professor for approximately 20 years. She enjoys traveling the world, spending quality time with family and friends, reading, and is happy to be working at her alma mater, Wilson College!
Megan Cavanaugh, LPC, NCC is the Director of Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Megan received her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and her Master of Science from Shippensburg University. In addition to her love for counseling and higher education, Megan greatly enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, traveling the world, and anything and everything outdoors. Megan is thrilled to join the Wilson team.
Interns: Wilson College Counseling Center also has on-going counseling graduate interns that are working on completing their masters in clinical mental health counseling.
Counseling may be of help to you if you feel concerned about:
- Where you are going with your life...goals...future plans.
- Picking the wrong friends, or other relationship issues.
- Something you have never told anybody, but feel like now you need to.
- Studying. You do your homework, but don't seem to learn.
- Not knowing how to study. The fact that you received all "A"s and "B"s in high school and now are on academic probation.
- Deciding on a major.
- How to make responsible choices regarding alcohol and drug use.
- Feeling like you can't go on. Feeling like it might be better off to not live any more.
- Thinking that things always go wrong or not as you intended.
- The fact that you were popular back home and now don't seem to be able to meet people in college.
- Feeling sad or depressed most of the time.
- Needing some help with a physical or learning disability.
- Either eating too much or too little, or obsessive concerns about weight or body image.
- Feeling stressed out or anxious, or worrying too much.
If you feel that any one of these applies to you, you may find it helpful to come to the Counseling Center and talk it over with a counselor. Everything you share with a Counselor is kept in STRICT CONFIDENCE!
Following are some websites that might be helpful resources for drug and alcohol issues:
Following are some websites that might be helpful resources for eating disorders, including ideas and inspirations for eating disorder recovery:
Following are some websites that might be helpful resources for domestic violence and abuse issues:
Following are some websites that might be helpful resources for mental health issues:
Following are some websites that might be helpful for LGBTQA issues:
meetup.com (Find local support groups, clubs and organizations)
Following are some websites that might be helpful for issues related to self-injury:
Following is a website that might be helpful for issues related to pornography addiction:
MYTH: Only weak people need counseling.
FACT: There is nothing weak about being in counseling. In fact, entering counseling can be the first step in solving difficulties – which is a very courageous thing to do.
MYTH: The counselor will tell you what to do and how to 'fix' your problems.
FACT: Counseling is not a “quick fix” cure for your problems. The counselor is there to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and concerns, to explore your options, and to assist you in achieving the goals you have set. The counselor's main role is to empower you to be the best person you can be, as you define that.
MYTH: Counseling is only for people who have serious emotional problems.
FACT: While counseling does deal with people who have emotional challenges, it can also help:
Students trying to adjust to their new surroundings.
Students having difficulty juggling school, work, family, and other responsibilities.
Individuals having academic problems, difficulty in test-taking and/or test anxiety.
Individuals who have difficulty with self-esteem, communication, or assertion.
Counseling Center Policies, Procedures and Confidentiality Statements
We offer short-term biweekly individual counseling, psychiatric medication management, workshops and programming to all full-time undergraduate and ADP students who are enrolled in a degreed program. Psychiatric services with our consulting psychiatrist are also free during the academic year for students who have been evaluated by a staff member of the campus counseling center. In order to get an appointment to see the consulting psychiatrist, you must have an intake session with one of the Wilson College Counseling staff. In the case of a graduate intern making the referral, such referrals will be reviewed and approved by the Director of Counseling. The Director of Counseling will make the determination if an outside specialty referral might be in the best interest of the student. In some cases (ADHD testing, complicated medication management, students who are at high risk for repeated crisis management), the student might be referred to an off-campus resource. In order to receive continuing services with the consulting psychiatrist, you MUST commit to regular sessions with a counselor. If you chose to have your counseling appointments off campus, you will be asked to provide verification from the counselor that you attended appointments.
Wilson College Counseling Center does NOT accept court mandated counseling orders for our students. Information from a student's counseling file is not intended for the purposes of employment or forensic evaluations. Counselors do not attest to the suitability of a client for a particular position or work environment or make judgments whether the client is a security risk.
Counseling and psychiatric services are done on an appointment basis, except in cases of an emergency. To make an appointment, email email@example.com or call 717-264-2630.
Counseling sessions are 50 minutes in duration, unless previous arrangements have been made for longer sessions. Appointments with the consulting psychiatrist are typically 20 minutes. Psychriatric evaluations are 1 hour appointments.
At your first appointment, you will be asked to complete some initial paperwork which requests relevant background information. This helps the Director of Counseling to assess the services that will help serve your needs the best.
All counseling and medication management services are held in the strictest of confidence. Wilson College Counseling supports and maintains confidentiality to the limits provided by Pennsylvania law and the professional ethics set forth by the National Board for Certification, the American Counseling Association, and the state board for licensing. The Counseling Center maintains a separate confidential file which is NOT part of a student’s academic record. Information is released only when requested by the student in writing, except in rare instances, such as if a student poses a threat of serious harm to self or others, in accordance with professional ethics and state laws. The Dean of Students may request verification that a student is being seen at the Counseling Center. Those requests will be answered ONLY whether or not a student is being seen; no information about the student’s issues or their counseling sessions will be disclosed.
At no time will the college counselor provide a written excuse for a student to be out of class. Students should not pursue services at the Wilson College Counseling Center for the sole
purpose of obtaining a letter of support for missing classes or for a medical withdrawal from classes. Counseling Center staff does not provide letters at the time of an initial consultation and cannot provide documentation regarding a student's mental health without a history of services at the Counseling Center during the specified time period. If necessary, students are encouraged to seek letters of support from professionals directly involved in their care such as past or present psychological / psychiatric providers, or medical health providers. In the case that a student would be unable to attend class due to a health or mental health issue or in the situation of an approved Medical Leave of Absence, this information would be passed along to faculty via the Dean of Students or Registrar.
If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, or need to change a scheduled appointment, please give the Counseling Center a 24 hour notice (via email or phone), if possible. If you do not show up for a scheduled appointment 2 times within a semester, you may lose the privilege of using the counseling services for the remainder of that semester. If you commit to weekly sessions on a particular time and day of the week, and do not show up for one of these appointments, it might jeopardize you losing your weekly time. If you are more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled appointment, the counselor reserves the right to use the remaining time of that hour for other duties. If you do not give a 24 hour notice that you will not be keeping your appointment with the consulting psychiatrist, or if you do not show up, the Counseling Center reserves the right to charge you a fee of $20.00. That fee must be paid by cash or check to the Counseling Center before you will be allowed to schedule another appointment with the consulting psychiatrist. In addition, if you miss a scheduled appointment with the consulting psychiatrist, and you need a prescription written before the psychiatrist is on campus again, there will be a $10.00 fee, payable by cash or check to the Counseling Center.
Counselors will not accept a "friend" request on any social media networking site. Counselors will only look on FB in the presence of a student. Email will never be used for exchange of "interventions" from a counselor.
If you have any questions about the counseling services, the above policies, or in regards to the services you will be receiving, please do not hesitate to ask.
HELPFUL RESOURCES OFF CAMPUS
CRISIS INTERVENTION – STAFFED 24/7
For an emergency that requires immediate attention, call Crisis Intervention 717-264-2555 or go to the Emergency Room at the Chambersburg Hospital and ask for a Crisis worker on duty. Walk-in hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm. www.keystonehealth.org
DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING/ASSESSMENT/GROUPS
Pyramid Healthcare (717) 261-9100
455 Phoenix Drive, Chambersburg. They participate with Highmark Blue Shield; accept Access, and county funding. In addition, they offer a sliding scale fee based on income.
Pathways Counseling Services (717-263-7758) Ask for Deb Schooley.
Franklin/Fulton County Drug and Alcohol (717) 263-1256
425 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Call for rates, insurances, eligibility, etc.
Roxbury Treatment Center 1-800-648-4673
25 Penncraft Ave. Room 314, Shippensburg, PA. All levels of D&A care, including individual counseling, groups, inpatient, intensive outpatient.
Offices in Carlisle and Chambersburg for IOP and outpatient services.
1-800-296-9289 helpline and ride assistance (Cindy has schedule of all meetings)
Al-ANON AND AL-ATEEN MEETINGS
1-866-711-3359 (Cindy has schedule of all meetings) www.pa-al-anon.org
SEXUAL ASSAULT, RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE ISSUES
Women in Need (717) 264-3056
156 E. Queen Street, Chambersburg (office to make an appointment for counseling).
Counseling services limited to domestic violence issues or sexual assault issues. All services are free. Children: ages 5 and up.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
Women in Need 24 HOUR Hotline (717) 264-4444
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
COUNSELORS FOR ADULTS - CHAMBERSBURG AREA
Cumberland Franklin Counseling Services (717) 532-2196
67 W. King St. Shippensburg, PA. Kelly Dryzel, LPC. Accepts most insurances, including medical assistance.
Barbara Dickey, LMFT (717-660-2114)
761 Fifth Avenue Chambersburg. Christian based counselor.
Michael Flood Counseling and Testing Services, LPC (717) 267-4357
550 Cleveland Ave. Chambersburg. Individual, couples, and group counseling. The office does not accept insurances at this point. www.michaelflood.org
Franklin Family Services (717) 267-1515
131 E. McKinley St. Chambersburg. Accepts Access and Highmark Blue Shield.
Ellen Gigliotti, LMFT (717) 377-0869
145 E. King Street Chambersburg. She specialize in couples therapy, but also sees individuals 16 and above of both genders. Self pay sliding scale is $50.00-75.00. firstname.lastname@example.org
Greencastle Family Practice (717) 597-3151
50 Eastern Ave., Suite 115 Greencastle, PA 17225. Accepts most insurances, not medical Access, self-pay $65/hour. Counseling for children, adolescents and adults, individual and couples. http://www.gfppc.com
Kevin Harney, LPC (717) 263-8339
38 Black Ave, Suite 1, Chambersburg. Counseling for adolescents and adults, couples, and families. Accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Laurel Life Counseling (717) 261-9833
426 Phoenix Dr. Chambersburg. Ten clinicians on staff with a variety of degrees and specialties. They participate with most insurance. www.manito-inc.com
Lutheran Counseling Services (717) 263-9093 (You do not have to be Lutheran)
43 W. Washington Street, Chambersburg. Accept Access Card. They have a sliding scale which starts at $35.00 per session. They accept Blue Cross, Highmark Blue Shield, UBH, Quest, and Value Options, and Signa. They have 4 therapists on staff with a variety of degrees and specialties.
Pathways Counseling Services (717) 263-7758
19 S. Main Street, Chambersburg, They have 8 therapists on staff with a variety of degrees and specialties, including play therapy. They participate with most insurances, including Access. They have a sliding scale which ranges from $70.00 to $120.00.
Pennsylvania Counseling Services (717) 261-1426
75 S. Main St. Chambersburg. To schedule an intake (855) 272-1653. Counseling for all ages, 5 and up. They accept most insurances, including Access. www.pacounseling.com
Resolute Counseling (717) 264-0450
38 Black Avenue Chambersburg. Mike Linn, LPC Accepts most insurances. www.resolutecounseling.com
Lynda Shirar, LMFT (717) 261-7879
62 Fifth Ave. Chambersburg. Children 12 & up, adolescents, adults, and families. Accepts most insurance, self-pay clients, and sliding fee scale is from $50/hour.
Susan Stewart (717-217-9380
1140 Edgar Ave. Chambersburg (Park Ave UM Church)
Play therapy 5-12, teen girls, adults, families, couples. Sliding scale $40-$80.00
CHILD AND PLAY THERAPISTS –CHAMBERSBURG AREA
Frances Leiter Center (717) 264-8552
539 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, Specializing in play therapy, ages 2-18, and filial therapy. Accepts Access Card, or self- pay using sliding scale based on income.
Hours Monday-Thursday 8AM- 8PM.
Erin Gatrell, Part-time Child Counselor
Marcia Crider- LPC
Laurel Life Counseling (717) 261-9833
426 Phoenix Dr. Chambersburg, They participate with most insurance. http://www.manito-inc.com/domain/31
Jessica Santora, LPC children 6 and up
Heather Deutsch, LPC
Lutheran Counseling Services (717) 263-9093 or 866-319-5137 (toll free)
43 W. Washington Street, Chambersburg. Accepts Access Card. They have a sliding scale which starts at $35.00 per session with proof of income. They accept Blue Cross, Highmark Blue Shield, UBH, Quest, and Signa. http://www.lutheranscp.org/cos/counseling
Donna Roland, Certified Play Therapist ages 3 and up.
Crystal Kagarise and Mary Rebert, Limited Time Child Counselors
Pathways Counseling Services (717) 263-7758
19 S. Main Street Chambersburg, They participate with most insurance, including Access. They have a sliding scale which ranges from $70.00 to $120.00. http://www.pathwayscs.com/
Deann Blankenship-Sanders, LPC, registered play therapist (children 3 and up)
Becky Allen Mitchell, MS, NCC children ages 2 and up
Keri Goshorn, LPC children ages 10 and up
Arianna Langham, Certified Play Therapist children 2 and up (works with children with autism)
Wilson College Counseling Center Treatment Guidelines
The mission of Wilson College’s Counseling Center is to provide the best service possible to as many students as possible, adhering to all ethical codes of conduct as delineated by the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.
In order to provide this level of service, it is sometimes necessary for us to make referrals to community counseling agencies so that:
1. A student’s therapeutic needs are served in a timely and ethical way, and
2. The counseling center staff remains available and accessible to as many students as possible.
Throughout meeting with a student, the counselor will continually assess student progress to determine whether he or she would be best served by Wilson’s staff or by a therapist within the community. If the counselor determines that the student would benefit most from an outside provider, he or she would work with the student to identify a therapist and ease the transition of records to the provider, if necessary.
Students most appropriately served by Wilson’s Counseling Center typically:
- Seek assistance for situational or developmental problems
- Identify specific difficulties and goals and possess motivation for change
- Express a desire for symptomatic relief
- Do not have a prior treatment history that is severe
- Exhibit signs of growing coping ability and demonstrate the capacity for self-responsibility.
A student who may be best served by an outside agency:
- Is likely to require emergency or crisis intervention or extensive case management and/or need 24-hour coverage
- May have been hospitalized for psychiatric reasons in the last three months or is likely to require hospitalization during therapy
- Has chronic and/or present self-destructive behaviors that are potentially life-threatening, including intensive alcohol or other drug habits
- May require more than 1 session per week or would not tolerate extended breaks from therapy (e.g. semester or summer break)
- Engages frequently in behaviors that are disruptive to the Wilson College community, potentially jeopardizing the strength of an on-campus therapeutic alliance
- Is unable to meet the demands of active participation in therapy
- Requires expertise/resources that are unavailable within the Wilson College Counseling Services staff
The decision to refer a client to off-campus resources will always be made in collaboration with the Director of Counseling Services so that the final decision is made in the best interest of the client.