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Counseling and Assessment

Individual and Group Counseling

Short-term counseling is available to Susquehanna University students free of charge. Eighty-seven percent of our clients are seen 15 sessions or fewer. Group counseling may also be available. We believe that effective counseling focuses not only on helping clients feel better, but also on developing strengths and skills needed for a satisfying and happy life.

Clients requiring longer-term counseling and clients who wish to pursue counseling outside of the university are offered referrals to local clinicians. Students who seek private counseling outside of the university will be responsible for the charges.

Crisis Services

Counseling Center staff is available in an emergency by calling 570-372-4751 or visiting the Counseling Center and requesting a same-day appointment.

During evenings and weekends, an on-call counselor can be reached by calling 570-374-9164 and asking to speak to the on-call counselor.

The Sexual Assault Student Support Advocates are an important resource for students who may have experienced sexual violence. For more information about this program, contact Anna Beth Payne at 570-372-4238. 

Alcohol and Other Drugs

The most common risk that college students typically take is around the use of alcohol and other drugs. Therefore, our primary goal when we address the use or abuse of alcohol and other drugs is the reduction of risk and improving the quality of life for students. While we don’t condone or encourage these types of risky behaviors, we do recognize that these are the choices some students will make. We have several strategies to help students make an informed decision about those choices, including alcohol and other drug assessment, referrals to off-campus providers, Think About It, an online interactive tool for self-assessment and education, and the Alcohol and Skills Training class (AST) for students mandated by the Student Conduct Board. For more information, contact Cheryl Stumpf at 570-372-4751.

Who Seeks Counseling?

Susquehanna students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Academic Performance
  • Alcohol 
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Disordered Eating
  • Grief
  • Homesickness
  • Personal Crises
  • Relationship Problems
  • Sexuality
  • Stress

Students also come because they are concerned about a friend and would like to know how to be more helpful.

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