The Counseling Center

  • Counseling Center located in the Suites on Maple East

    The Counseling Center would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Walter Wallace, Jr., a black father of nine who was killed October 26 by law enforcement in Philadelphia while experiencing a mental health crisis.

    Black Americans and those who suffer mental health problems are disproportionately killed by law enforcement in the US, and each death is one more death too many.

    We believe these tragedies are a direct result of the stigmatization of mental health problems and the systemic and explicit racism in the United States today. The Counseling Center strongly condemns any use of violence against those experiencing mental health crises. Violent actions only serve to prevent those in need from trusting and seeking help when most in need.

    We recognize that this tragic death may have evoked deep-felt emotions, such as anger and grief, from those within our IUP community.

    The Counseling Center encourages any student, faculty, or staff who continue to feel impacted by these events to seek out support from family, friends, religious leaders, and other trusted sources. 

    The Counseling Center remains available for students in need of additional assistance in processing and coping with their reactions to Walter’s death.

    We get it. The transition to college can be tough! The IUP Counseling Center is here to help. 

    All counseling and consultation services will solely be online (conducted through HIPAA-compliant Zoom or phone) to keep students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy.

    The Counseling Center provides services Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Counseling Services are included in your Wellness Fee.

    Wondering how to get started? The Counseling Center is available by phone (724-357-2621) or email ( Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. In your email, write, “Hi, I’m interested in scheduling an appointment.” You will receive a response from the department secretary with scheduling options.  

    In case of an emergency, please contact the Indiana County Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470, University Police at 724-357-2141, or go to the Indiana Regional Medical Center

    We will continue to confront the traumatic and unjust impact of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.

    The IUP Counseling Center grieves the violent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, who represent the latest of many who have lost their lives in a relentless series of violence toward Black individuals and communities. We condemn the systemic intolerance and injustice experienced by individuals such as Christian Cooper, who suffered from harmful stereotyping and discrimination. We strongly oppose discrimination, hate, and intolerance and stand in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, and staff.

    We recognize the relentless impact that prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination have on mental health and well-being, and we are here if you need to talk. Our staff feels and understands the many reactions that can ensue from these events, such as fear, anger, and grief. We can join you in processing how systems of oppression and traumatic events impact your feelings, beliefs, and identities, and we can also help you connect to resources that feel safe and that resonate with you.

    The Counseling Center will continue to confront the traumatic and unjust impact of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination by joining with students and with other offices on campus to collaborate on conversations about race. We also anticipate providing more written materials online to support students who are coping with race-related stress, anger, and grief. Though supporting our students who feel directly impacted by racism is paramount, we also strongly advocate for the anti-racist education and allyship of all students, faculty, and staff. 

    Helpful Mental Health Resources related to COVID-19

    Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety

    Calming Fears about Coronavirus

    Care For Your Coronavirus Anxiety

    The American Psychological Association (APA) guide to viewing coronavirus coverage

    Podcast Released by APA: Managing Anxiety about Coronavirus 

    Faculty members and staff at the center work collaboratively with students to foster the self-knowledge and skills necessary to succeed personally, academically, and professionally. The Counseling Center allows students the opportunity to integrate their personal goals with their academic goals.

  • In case of an emergency: dial 911, go to the Indiana Regional Medical Center, contact University Police at 724-357-2141, or call the Armstrong-Indiana Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470.

  • Online Mental Health Screenings
    Take a free, anonymous screening for anxiety, depression, alcohol use, and eating disorders to determine whether professional consultation would be helpful.
  • Request an Outreach or Educational Program
    The Center for Health and Well-Being (CHWB) provides outreach and educational programs at no cost to IUP faculty, staff, and students. To submit a request for a member of the CHWB to speak to your class or organization, please fill out the form.
    Common Misperceptions About Counseling and Therapy
    Consultation and Workshops
    Information about  consultation, diversity, and workshops offered by the Counseling Center.
    Training Program for Graduate Students
    Find out more about the Graduate Student Training Program offered at the Counseling Center!
    Groups for IUP Students
    Talking with other students who have similar experiences provides support and perspective. Find out more about group counseling offered at the Counseling Center.
    Information about current groups, crisis and emergency services, outreach and consultation, on-line help, substance use and abuse, and training
    Follow the links below to find out more information about anxiety, stress, mindfulness, and more.