Students may call 724-458-3788, email Michelle Hummel, Staff Assistant, or stop by in person to make an appointment.If you are a student in crisis, contact the Office of Campus Safety at 724-458-3000 or your Residence Director (RD). Campus Safety and RDs will facilitate contact with counseling staff. During business hours, you may come directly to the Counseling Center. Since counselors are in sessions throughout the day, crisis intervention will be handled by an available counselor who may not be your regular counselor. Counselors are available for evening and weekend calls while students are on campus.
The Counseling Center is located in the Zerbe Health and Wellness Center (#21 on the campus map). The entrance is located on the west side of the building facing the president's house.
Counseling Center counselors practice out of a personal faith in Jesus Christ that aligns with the College’s Christian mission. The counselors incorporate Biblical truth into their work while utilizing best practices of the mental health profession in the care and treatment of students.
Students may request another counselor if they do not feel a connection or are uncomfortable with their initial counselor. The counseling team desires that you get the help you need and certainly understands that a change in clinician may be needed for the best quality of care.
Students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons. These range from stress management, organizational skills, and relationship problems to significant symptoms of mental disorders, most commonly depression and anxiety. Some students may only come once to consult on a specific problem, such as how to deal with a concern for a friend. Others may come regularly throughout their four years of schooling to manage recurrent symptoms of a disorder or ongoing stressors. Others come intermittently as problems or symptoms arise. Approximately one third of Grove City College students access counseling services at some point during their college years.
Confidentiality is our most important and foundational ethical principle. No one, either inside or outside of the College, will ever receive any information about a student - including if we even know who a student is – unless the student gives prior written consent for us to do so. Exceptions to confidentiality are only made in situations in which a student is an imminent harm to self or others. It is then our ethical obligation to keep that student safe and free from harm.
In accordance with Pennsylvania Code, records are kept for five years after the last date of service.
Counselors are not able to prescribe medications. If medication is deemed clinically appropriate, students are referred to the medical director of the Zerbe Health and Wellness Center or to an off-campus psychiatrist.