Personal counseling that consists of a one-to-one experience where the focus is on resolving personal conflicts and developing strategies to cope more effectively with life’s challenges. This is our most popular service. We offer a brief therapy approach that is goal-directed and solution-focused. When more intensive help is required, counselors assist students and their families in accessing additional resources. Check our resource list for off-campus referrals.
Psychological emergencies (risk of harm to self or others) are seen immediately during regular counseling hours. Students who are in urgent need of assistance may walk into the Counseling Services Office or call 215-572-2967 and will be triaged to determine their level of need. If a psychological emergency occurs outside of regular counseling hours, Public Safety (215-572-2999) and/or Residence Life (215-572-4026) may be contacted directly.
Our part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Joe Schatz, provides students with initial medication evaluations and medication management appointments at a low cost to full-time undergraduate and full-time graduate students. Students must be in on-going, consistent treatment with a therapist at Arcadia’s Counseling Services in order to be referred to psychiatry services. It is recommended that students with pre-existing mental health conditions plan ahead, have sufficient medication refills, and identify resources prior to arriving on campus.
Every semester counseling services offers various support groups, depending on the needs of the students. Group can be a powerful experience due to the support and understanding others can provide by going through similar experiences. Many of our groups are skill-based in nature and students can learn specific strategies to help cope with issues such as anxiety and depression.
Couples counseling is an opportunity to work with your partner on issues that may be impacting your relationship. Couples counseling is available when both members of the couple are currently enrolled Arcadia students. If one or both of you are not currently Arcadia students, you may also contact us for information on community referral resources.
Alcohol and Other Drug Program
Services are available to students in need of treatment or intervention. Learn more.
Counseling services staff are available to consult with faculty, staff, students and parents about mental health concerns, how to refer a student for counseling, and referral assistance.
Outreach and Programming
Counseling Services often present workshops, trainings and educational programs on campus. In the past, topics have included stress management, how to help a troubled student, eating concerns, and assertive communication. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Counseling Services at 215-572-2967 or email Mary Alice DiFilippo at email@example.com.
Make An Appointment
Appointments can be made by calling Counseling Services at 215-572-2967 (x2967 from a campus phone). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first appointment ( Heinz Hall, lower level) to complete the computer-based Counseling Intake.
Hours and Staff Availability
Counseling Services is open Monday through Friday, mid-August to mid-June.
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m., with limited appointments Thursdays until 7 p.m.
Walk-in hours Monday 1-4 pm (arrive by 3:30 pm), Tuesday and Wednesday 1–3 pm (arrive by 2:30 pm) / Thursday and Fridays 10 am - 12 pm (arrive by 11:30 am).
NEW! Private relaxation room available to all students.
Requests for counseling services are usually accommodated within one week of the request. Please note that Counseling Services staff is not available or on-call after hours or over weekends. If a student needs off-campus support, she or he will be referred to community-based therapists, support groups, and/or given crisis line phone numbers.
Our fee for part-time undergraduate and graduate students is a flat fee of $30 per session after the first two free visits.
Heinz Hall, Ground Floor
For a Mental Health Emergency During Office Hours 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday 215-572-2967 (Counseling Services) or 215-572-2999 (Public Safety)
For All Emergencies After Office Hours and Weekends Contact Public Safety at 215-572-2999 (x2999 from campus phone)
For a Medical Emergency 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday Contact Student Health Services at 215-572-2966