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All counseling center services are provided at no cost.

Confidentiality

All mental health services are confidential. Protecting the privacy of students receiving mental health services is of utmost importance to us. In accordance with law, we do not release any information about a student to anyone outside of the counseling center without the explicit written permission from the student. If you want us to communicate with family members, faculty/staff, or other providers you can discuss this with a clinician and complete a Release of Information (ROI) Form. 

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania any individual over the age of 16 has the right to keep treatment private from his/her parents. Accordingly, we do not release confidential information to parents or family members unless a written consent has been signed. 

There are limits to confidentiality. By law we are obligated to disclose personal information without permission in emergency situations where information is needed to protect the safety of someone whose life may be at risk. You can discuss any concerns you have about the limits to confidentiality with your therapist at any time.

We offer consultation services to students. Consultations typically involve talking with a therapist about a particular issue, perhaps worry about a friend or a question about your own mental health. Students interested in services at the Counseling Center will have a consultation as their first encounter with a therapist. 

We also offer consultation services for staff, faculty, advisors, or administrators. Consultation can address such issues as campus and community services, referring a student to services, and intervening with a student in distress

The Counseling Center offers free, confidential psychotherapy to students enrolled at the Pittsburgh campus. Having a conversation with a non-judgmental, culturally-sensitive therapist is a good place to start. The sessions provide students the opportunity to speak freely and discuss private, personal issues.

Students seek therapy for a variety of reasons ranging from self-exploration to having a personal difficulty or being in distress. 

If a student is interested in specialized care or needs more intensive support or frequent visits, Counseling Center staff can help identify resources in the community.

Groups at the Counseling Center involve a small number of students meeting together, under the guidance of a therapist, to develop greater capacities to support oneself and each other. Groups can provide powerful opportunities for growth, understanding, and connection. They offer the chance to come together with others to share concerns, explore personal issues, deepen self-understanding, try out new behaviors and new ways of relating, and learn new skills.

 

Call or email us to inquire about group offerings.

 The UCC offers psychological testing services provided by doctoral trainees and supervised by Dr. Jill Thomas, a licensed clinical psychologist and Program Director of Point Park's PsyD program in Clinical-Community Psychology.
Psychological testing can be useful for many purposes, including better understanding one's struggles with mood, relationships, or job/academic performance.  Testing can also result in insights that can help guide therapy, suggestions for strategies to improve performance, or recommendations for further, more specific testing or other services. 
If you think you could benefit from testing and would like more information or to refer yourself, please email psychtesting@pointpark.edu with some brief information about why you are seeking testing.  

In cases when there is a desire or need for longer-term care, specialized care, or a higher level of care, UCC staff will help students consider resource options in the community that are accessible and affordable. These might include long-term psychotherapy, psychiatric care, psychological evaluations, or specialized care for things like eating disorders and substance abuse problems.

Students who already know they want to connect with services in the community may call the UCC for assistance and to discuss options. You will likely have to use your health insurance to pay for services. Typically, your health insurance will cover a portion of the cost per session. 

You may also find out about local resources by checking out our resources  page, going to APA’s Find a Psychologist, or checking with your health insurance website.

The Counseling Center partners with other support services in Student Affairs to offer trainings, presentations, and discussion groups on a variety of topics related to mental health, well-being and student support.

 Please call us to inquire about university community training opportunities.