Center for Counseling and Human Development

Professional… Confidential… Compassionate…

A Message From Your Counseling Center Faculty:

Sybil Holloway, Psy.D., Shell Lundahl, M.Ed., Steven Mehl, Ph.D., and Margarete Hahn, LSW

Counseling Services

In accordance with the mission of Bloomsburg University and the Division of Student Affairs, the 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 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 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!

Please review our web page and call us at 570-389-4255 if you have further questions.

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 come directly to the CCHD to meet with the on-call counselor during office hours.  If an emergency situation occurs after hours, students are encouraged to call Tapline at 1-800-222-9016 to speak with a mental health professional specializing in crisis response.

After hours emergencies, Call TAPLINE at 1-800-222-9016

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

Who Is Eligible For Our Services?

All students who have paid the Student Health Fee and are currently enrolled in at least 9 credits (Fall and Spring semesters) are eligible for short-term counseling services at the CCHD.  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 CCHD clinician.

How To Find Us

The Center for Counseling and Human Development is located on the second floor of the Warren Student Services Center, room 240.  Look for us between the DAWN Office (to the right) and the Global and Multicultural Education Office (to the left).

How To Make An Appointment

Fall and Spring semester hours are: Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm, with limited evening hours by appointment only.  Students may schedule appointments in-person or via phone by calling 570-389-4255.  If you are seeking services during a Summer Session, please call our office for information as our summer hours of availability are limited.

After hours emergencies, Call TAPLINE at 1-800-222-9016

What Services Do We Offer?

Individual Counseling:  Typically, a student’s first scheduled appointment at the CCHD 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.

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 CCHD 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 CCHD as groups change each semester.

Emergency Walk-Ins:  During office hours, any student experiencing an emergency situation that requires immediate response can come to the CCHD 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:  The CCHD offers daily walk-in appointments from typically 1-2:30 p.m. on a first-come-first-served basis.  We recommend you call to check on the schedule. These 20-30 min appointments allow students who are new to the CCHD, or who are unsure of the services they might need, to briefly speak with a counselor about a presenting concern and explore possible treatment options and resources.  Students should expect these appointments to feel like a consultation rather than a more traditional counseling session.

Psychiatry:  Short-term psychiatry services are available to students who are actively participating in counseling at the CCHD and have received a referral from their counselor.  This service is meant to help students begin or end a course of medication treatment only.  Once treatment is stabilized, longer-term medication management will need to be transitioned to a prescriber in the community or primary care provider.

Collaboration and Outreach:  CCHD 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.

Self Help Resources

"The apps and links below are a few of the many resources available on the internet that you may find helpful. Bloomsburg University 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 are in a psychological emergency and need to speak with someone urgently, please come speak with the on-call counselor if it is during office hours (Mon-Fri 8 am – 4:30 pm) or call Tapline at 1-800-222-9016 if it is 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.