College can be a very exciting and positive experience in a person's life. Individuals from all walks of life come to Delaware Valley College with academic, financial and personal goals. However, there are times when a student can experience personal and emotional hardships that may interfere with the realization of these goals. Because of this, Delaware Valley College offers students free confidential counseling through Student Support Services.
Through counseling, you can be assisted by an objective, caring professional to discuss issues that feel unmanageable or overwhelming, learn how to resolve personal issues, and develop new ways of coping. Counseling can also enrich your life by learning more about yourself. Some reasons students seek counseling are:
Our counselors adhere to professional and ethical standards, as well as state and federal laws designed to protect student confidentiality. In addition, your counseling record is kept separate from your academic record. Information that a student shares with a counselor in the course of a counseling session will not be released to individuals or other entities outside the counseling environment without your written consent. Exceptions to this, however, include situations involving imminent danger to yourself or others, child abuse and neglect, or when the release of information is mandated by court order. Your counselor will be happy to address any additional questions or concerns you may have about confidentiality.
Location and Hours
We are located on the in the Student Health and Wellness Center at Elson Hall. Our regular business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. In case of emergency during these hours, please contact the security office.
Scheduling an Appointment
The best way to schedule your first appointment is to call or email Sharon Donnelly or Tiffany Stasiunas to discuss a time when it is convenient for you to come in. You do not need to discuss the reasons why you want to schedule an appointment during that process. You may also walk in during regular business hours. Keep in mind, however, that the counselors may be busy assisting other students and you may have to wait until a counselor becomes available. If you're in a crisis situation during regular business hours, come into our office and request to see a counselor as soon as possible.
Your First Appointment
For your first appointment, we ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time in order to fill out some paperwork. During your first appointment you will have an opportunity to discuss your concerns. Your counselor will ask you questions about you and your well being in order to determine a plan for future sessions. For students who require more specialized care, the most appropriate plan may require a referral to an outside agency or mental health practitioner. This may be determined during future sessions as well. In such cases, your counselor will assist you with the referral process.