Student Counseling Center
Center for Counseling and Human Development

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Emergency Resources

Tapline 1-800-222-9016
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Summer Session 2021 Update

The Student Counseling Center will be providing a limited range of services during the Summer session. Beginning Monday, May 24th, the Student Counseling Services will be available on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Services are remote ONLY. Please call 570-389-4255 for more information and to request services. Our clinical services are available through a special health protected Zoom platform for the safety of all.

During after hours, weekends or when the clinic is not open, please contact the community crisis support: TAPLINE, at 1-800-222-9016. Remember, if there is an urgent need during the clinic hours and you cannot reach the Student Counseling Center, please contact the Student Health Center at 570-389-4451 for direction and assistance.

Meet the Counselors

Darlene Garcia-Johnson
Darlene Garcia-Johnson, LPC
B.S. Social Work, California University of PA
M.S. Varying Exceptionalities, Nova Southeastern University
M.A. Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy (est. 2021), Eastern University
Sybil Holloway
Sybil Holloway, Psy.D.
B.A., Smith College
M.A., Psy.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ardie Kissinger, LCSW
B.A., Bucknell University
M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania

Steven Mehl

Steven Mehl, PhD
B.A., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., Hofstra University

Jeanie Pavlovich

Jeanie Pavlovich, PhD, MS
B.A., Wilkes University
M.S., University of Scranton
Ph.D., Warren National University,

Whitney Robenolt
Whitney Robenolt, Psy.D.
B.A., Susquehanna University
M.A., Psy.D., Marywood University


Whether you are a new or current client of the Student Counseling Center, and you want to engage in services or learn more, please give us a call at 570-389-4255. Counseling Center Information

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Kind of Services Does the Student Counseling Center Offer?

There are many reasons students reach out to obtain counseling services, some of which may include: anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, adjustment difficulties, family struggles, unhealthy eating, and exposure to trauma events. Our services are based on a short-term model of treatment, in which sessions are provided on bi-weekly basis. If you are seeking a longer-term treatment approach, or weekly session, the Student Counseling Center can assist in finding appropriate resources.

  • Individual Counseling: Typically, a student’s first scheduled appointment at The Student Counseling Center is called an Intake and involves an hour-long evaluation with one of our counselors to determine an appropriate treatment plan. If individual counseling is recommended, students will meet with their counselor on a non-weekly basis as needed throughout the semester, and work towards identified goals. ** Telepsychology services will be available to students utilizing a HIPAA compliant Zoom portal.
  • Referral: When students request, or would benefit from, more intensive forms of treatment, our counselors can assist with a referral to an appropriate provider in the community. As this process often involves helping students find providers approved by their insurance companies, we encourage students to be knowledgeable of their current insurance situation.
  • Group Counseling: The Student Counseling Center also offers a small number of group therapy options that are designed to meet the needs of students who share in similar experiences. Past groups have included: Understanding Self and Others (a more traditional therapy process group), Maintaining Gains (a coping skills experiential and psychoeducational group), and various themed workshops and support groups depending on student needs. If you are interested in current group offerings, please call or visit The Student Counseling Center as groups change each semester.
  • Emergency Services: Students experiencing an emergency situation, such as a safety concern, trauma response, or an overwhelming event requiring immediate intervention, DO NOT need to make an appointment and are encouraged to call the Student Counseling Center at 570-389-4255 to discuss their concerns with the on-call counselor during office hours. If an emergency situation occurs during or after hours, students are encouraged to call TAPLINE to speak with a mental health professional specializing in crisis response: Call TAPLINE at 1-800-222-9016, your local mental health crisis provider or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. During office hours, any student experiencing an emergency situation that requires immediate response can come to The Student Counseling Center without an appointment and meet with the On-Call counselor. These appointments help students cope with an immediate crisis and create a plan for on-going support services as needed.
  • Triage-Style Walk-Ins: We are currently in the process of developing same day appointments, which may be offered via face-to-face or telepsychology. Please reach out to the Student Counseling Center for more information.
  • Collaboration and Outreach: The Student Counseling Center counselors encourage students and their families, faculty, and staff to reach out to us when mental health issues arise across campus. At times, our counselors may collaborate with other departments to develop mental health programs, guest lectures, workshops, or participate in other wellness-related events. Please be advised that during peak times of the semester our counselors may be unable to accept some outreach requests due to high clinical demand.

What will happen when I call?

When calling the Student Counseling Center, you will typically be welcomed by the Center’s receptionist. The receptionist will assist you in scheduling a same day appointment, if needed, or schedule you for an intake with one of the counselors.

How Can I Make an Appointment?

Fall and spring semester hours are: Monday- Thursday: 10am-6pm and Friday: 8am-4:30pm (face to face or telepsychology), with limited evening hours by appointment only. Students may schedule appointments in-person or via phone by calling 570-389-4255. If you're seeking services during a Summer Session, please call our office as our summer hours of availability are limited.

How soon can I get an appointment?

The receptionist will work to schedule your intake as soon as there is availability with a counselor. However, if you are seeking to better understand services or get a sense of what the Student Counseling Center has to offer, please feel free to schedule a same day appointment.

Do I see someone every week or just drop in?

If you are already established with a counselor at the Student Counseling Center, typically sessions will occur on a bi-weekly basis, utilizing a short-term therapy model (8 sessions within a semester).

How many sessions do I get with a counselor?

Within a short-term therapy model, on average, we provide 8 sessions per semester, up to 16 sessions over 4 years. If you are interested in longer term treatment options, please reach out to the Student Counseling Center for additional resources.

Are Services Confidential?

The Student Counseling Center is considered a confidential space. This means that personal and identifying information cannot be shared outside of the Student Counseling Center faculty without specific consent from the student seeking services. Limited exceptions to this rule include:

  • danger of immediate harm to self or others
  • active child abuse or neglect
  • active elder abuse or neglect
  • court subpoena
  • quality review

Who's Eligible for Services?

All students who have paid the Student Health Fee (fall and spring semesters) are eligible for short-term counseling services at The Student Counseling Center. All students are able to access same day emergency services during business hours. If you are seeking counseling services during a summer session, you must be enrolled in classes at that time. However, ALL enrolled students are eligible for an unlimited number of emergency consultations with a counselor at the Student Counseling Center.

What's My Right to Confidentiality

The CCHD is considered a confidential space. This means that personal and identifying information cannot be shared outside the CCHD faculty without specific consent from the student seeking services.  Limited exceptions to this rule include:

  • danger of immediate harm to self or others
  • active child abuse or neglect
  • active elder abuse or neglect
  • court subpoena

Can the Counseling Center assist me in getting approval for an assistance animal?

Due to the legal, ethical, and procedural issues involved, it is the policy of the Student Counseling Center not to write letters of support for this particular classroom or residence accommodation. Students wishing to be approved for an assistance animal (service animal or emotional support animal) for use on or off campus are asked to obtain this documentation from their primary care provider. Please contact University Disabilities Services for the necessary paperwork to be completed.

Self Help

"These resources are a few of the many resources available on the internet you may find helpful. BU does not control these sites or take responsibility for their content, and we do not endorse these as a replacement for therapy when needed. If you feel you're in a psychological emergency and need to speak with someone urgently, please come speak with the on-call counselor if it's during office hours (Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or call TAPLINE at 1-800-222-9016 after hours.”

  • MoodGym is a cognitive-behavioral interactive website designed to prevent and decrease symptoms of depression.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is a self help organization dedicated to providing assistance for alcohol abuse issues.
  • Narcotics Anonymous provides assistance for other substance abuse issues.
  • Smart Recovery is a resource for addictive behaviors.
  • The Jed Foundation is dedicated to reducing suicide rate of college and university students.
  • Ulifeline is a resource center for college student mental health.
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
  • Coping with COVID - resources are located on our university Healthy Husky page.

In accordance with the mission of Bloomsburg University and the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Counseling Center/Center for Counseling and Human Development is committed to assisting students in learning about themselves, others, their communities, and broader social justice issues. This commitment is founded on the belief that we as a Counseling and Human Development Center share in the University’s goals to develop each student’s unique potential and to enhance the ability of students to relate to self and others, develop multicultural appreciation, think critically, creatively, and in socially and ethically responsible ways.

To achieve these goals, the Student Counseling Center/Center for Counseling and Human Development works in partnership with the academic community as well as the community-at-large to provide a variety of services in a manner consistent with professional practice standards.

Each year, nearly 700 students consult with one of our five psychological counselors for a variety of concerns, and the number of students served continues to grow. Typical reasons for seeking counseling include: anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, adjustment difficulties, family issues, substance use concerns, eating concerns, and responses to traumatic events.  While most students receive short-term psychotherapy, our clinicians also offer assistance with referrals to community providers when more intensive or longer-term services are appropriate.

At the Student Counseling Center/Center for Counseling and Human Development, we are committed to providing BU students with professional quality mental health services within a brief-treatment model. We understand that social barriers and stigma against mental health exist, so we invite students of ALL identities to consult with us as needed. We look forward to meeting each and every student who comes through our door!