Counseling is a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential setting in which to explore your feelings and thoughts, examine your options, weigh alternatives, and move toward your goals.
Your counselor will ask you questions that will help you clarify your own goals for the therapeutic process. If you are experiencing any troublesome symptoms, your counselor can discuss appropriate treatment options with you. If you and your counselor decide to consider medication as an option, we can provide a referral for a medication evaluation.
The Counseling Services staff is made up of licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, a psychiatrist, and graduate interns in these fields. As a group, we represent a wide variety of professional interests and specializations, including multicultural issues, identity, anxiety, depression and more. We are committed to providing services that recognize, respect, and value the diversity of Muhlenberg students.
Counseling Services at Muhlenberg College is governed by legal and ethical standards of confidentiality. Any and all participation at Counseling Services is strictly confidential. Any student wishing information to be released to parents, faculty, administration, etc., must sign a release of information indicating this intent.
Furthermore, your counseling records are separate from your academic or administrative records at the College. There are legal limits to confidentiality such as:
Evidence of clear and imminent danger of harm to self or others may require your counselor to report this information to the authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of yourself or others
Pennsylvania state law requires the mandatory and immediate reporting of any information pertaining to the possible physical or sexual abuse of any person under 18 years of age or in the case of elder abuse. Abuse to a person who was under the age of 18 at the time of abuse, but who is now over the age of 18 may prompt mandatory reporting depending on the situation.
A court order, issued by a judge, may require the releasing of information contained in our records or may require a counselor to testify in a court hearing. [This exception does not include judicial hearings held within the College.]
It's easy to begin working with a counselor. Appointments may be made by coming to the Counseling Services office.
The first step is figuring out what type of appointment you need. We provide two types of initial appointments.
Consultation: A 40 minute session for immediate, emergent, time sensitive or specific concerns that may or may not require a follow-up appointment.
Intake: A 50 minute session to address concerns that may require more than one session to resolve.
We always try to accommodate requests for appointments as quickly as possible, and are usually able to give students an appointment within a week of their request. At the time of scheduling, you will be asked to complete some paperwork.
Any full-time student currently enrolled at Muhlenberg College may use our services.
Personal commitment to counseling is important, and we encourage you to keep all appointments that you have scheduled. Providing 24 hour notice of your cancellation allows another student to utilize that appointment time; please be considerate of your fellow peers. If you must miss your session due to an illness or emergency, please call Counseling Services at 484-664-3178.
Counseling Services utilizes a short-term model. The average number of sessions used per year by the students who visit is approximately 4. You and your counselor may decide that you would benefit most from longer-term therapy.
We have an extensive referral network, and in these instances, we can suggest various referral options in the community. Please click here to be directed to our referral list. Depending on the situation, the College may provide transportation for first years to mental health appointment in Allentown.
Group therapy is another option for you to engage in counseling. For many students, group sessions is the best way to work on the issues that brought you to counseling.
Counseling services is offered as part of the Health Services fee that full-time, traditional students pay as part of tuition. Therefore, insurance is not necessary. For psychiatric fees, please refer here.