Student Counseling Center
Center for Counseling and Human Development


Professional… Confidential… Compassionate…

A message from the Student Counseling Center

Sybil Holloway, Psy.D., Whitney Robenolt, Psy.D., Steven Mehl, Ph.D., Margarete Hahn, LCSW, CAADC, Ardie Kissinger, LSCW (student athletes only); Janet Rarig, Psy.D. Executive Director Health and Wellness

***An Important Update Regarding Services***

With the university’s announcement that academic instruction will be completed online/remotely through the end of the semester, starting March 23 the Student Counseling Center will no longer be seeing students at the center and will begin to transition to remote services.

Counselors will be working to transition services for those students who are currently receiving services to remote services and assist them by making referrals to providers in the students’ community, whichever works best for the student’s plan of care.

Questions?

If you're a current client of the Student Counseling Center with questions, please leave a message for your counselors by calling 570-389- 4255.

If you're not a current client and have questions about the transitions of our service, please leave a voice message for Janet Rarig, Psy.D., executive director of health and wellness, at 4255.

We anticipate by March 30 the counselors will be set up to provide a broader range of services to all students. In the interim, counselors are available for support via phone consults. Just call the Student Counseling Center at 570-389-4255. We understand the concerns and difficult feelings you may be experiencing at this time as a result of all these changes. These feelings are normal. We're doing our best to determine the best course of action for your welfare and within the counselors ethical and legal guidelines.

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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 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

How to find us

The Student Counseling Center/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 and the Global and Multicultural Education Office.

Making appointments

Fall and spring semester hours are: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, 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.

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

Who's eligible?

All students who have paid the Student Health Fee and are currently enrolled in at least nine 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.

Counseling Services

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 Student Counseling Center offers daily walk-in appointments each afternoon starting at 1pm on a first-come-first-served basis. We recommend you call to check on the schedule for this clinic as some days it open until 2:30 and other days until 4 p.m. These 20-30 min appointments allow students who are new to the center, 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.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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 to Friday, 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.

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!