Health & Wellness Center


OVERVIEW

As part of the Health & Wellness Center, we offer counseling support to Alvernia University’s students. Counseling Services is located at the Health & Wellness Center in the lower level of Veronica Hall.

Many students find that talking to an unbiased third party can help gain perspective on a current emotional problem. Students often discover that the visit to our counselor helps build confidence in dealing with the daily struggles associated with college life.

We often see students reach out to Counseling Services for reasons such as:

  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Relationship/family issues
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Loneliness, loss, or depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Substance use/abuse
  • Eating disorders

SCREENINGS

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, please contact our office for an appointment.  If you are not sure if you want/need to schedule with one of our counselors, please take a confidential online screening.  This screening will take only a few minutes to complete and will determine whether an appointment should be scheduled.  These screenings are free for Alvernia University students.

SCHEDULING

All services provided at the Health & Wellness Center are scheduled by appointment.  Students should call or stop in the Health & Wellness Center to schedule an appointment.  Also, students must schedule appointments for themselves, we cannot schedule appointments through parents, guardians, roommates or friends.

Please be considerate of your fellow students and our providers. 

  • Be punctual. Please arrive a few minutes early to your appointment in order to complete any necessary paperwork prior to your appointment
  • Call to cancel or reschedule your appointment if you are unable to attend the scheduled time

The Health & Wellness Center providers do not excuse students from class except in rare circumstances. Please discuss any concerns you have regarding attending classes with your instructors.

FAQ

How do I know if I need counseling?
Students who seek counseling do so because they are experiencing some form of discomfort or dissatisfaction in their personal lives. They may have problems in their relationships with others or concerns about their personal adequacy or competence. Many experience anxiety or depression without really knowing why. At times, students may also experience a lack of career direction. These and many other concerns are common reasons for seeking the help of a counselor.

Online screenings are available to help students determine if counseling may help. These screenings are free and confidential.

How do I make an appointment?
You can call our office at 610.568.1467, stop in and schedule an appointment with the secretary or e-mail Dr. Kreider directly.

What can I expect from counseling?
In the beginning stage of counseling, the counselor will ask you to fill out a brief questionnaire about your concerns to gain a deeper understanding of you and your life situations. As counseling proceeds, trust between you and your counselor will build and a working partnership will develop. The counselor will work with you to explore your feelings, reach your goals, and resolve your concerns. Please remember, that a successful counseling partnership is dependent on you being an active participant.

How many appointments will I need?
The number of times you meet with a counselor depends on the nature of the problem. Some issues can be dealt with in a few sessions; however some require multiple sessions. If ongoing counseling is required, the counselor will discuss options for these services with you.

What about confidentiality?
Counseling Services maintains strict standards of confidentiality. We will not release any records of your counseling or discuss your case with anyone, unless you give us your written consent. No record of counseling goes into your administrative school records, and school officials are not notified that you are receiving counseling. Family members will not be notified that you are in counseling unless you request us to, and we will not speak to them about your counseling without your permission. Under very extraordinary conditions, such as when a student's life is in danger, or when the safety of others is at risk, confidentiality may need to be broken. Feel free to discuss any concerns about confidentiality with your counselor.



 

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Health & Wellness Center
Contact Information

Phone: 610.568.1467
Fax: 610.796.8422
healthwellness@alvernia.edu


Located in Veronica Hall

Office Hours
Monday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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