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What is personal counseling?

Personal counseling offers guidance and consultation designed to provide students with support and an opportunity to talk about personal, social, and academic matters in a safe, confidential setting.

Personal counseling is designed to identify students' strengths and enhance personal growth skills in the learning environment.

What's the purpose of student counseling?

Personal counseling is designed to identify students' strengths and enhance personal growth skills in the learning environment. 

Why personal counseling? 

Frequently, there are stress factors associated with college life. You may experience challenging times when faced with the rigors of academics mixed with potential new freedoms, exciting and demanding life choices, and a variety of venues for growth and expression.

Or you simply may need to get something off your chest. 

Personal counseling can provide support for your individual concerns that might interfere with personal success and satisfaction, academic progress, and social development at Penn State. 

Some of the more common concerns include difficulty with friends, roommates, or family members; depression and anxiety; sexual identity issues; lack of motivation or difficulty relaxing, concentrating or studying; eating disorders; sexual assault and sexual abuse recovery, and uncertainties about personal values and beliefs.

Many common concerns for students include:

  • Difficulty in adjusting to college
  • Homesickness
  • Problems with friends, roommates, and/or family members
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation 
  • Difficulty in relaxing
  • Concerns about your major, career, and/or future
  • Difficulty in concentrating or studying
  • Trouble coping with academic pressures
  • Uncertainties about personal values and beliefs

Please give strong consideration to seeing our personal counselor if you experience or deal with any of these issues or any other stressors.

What services are provided?

Personal counseling offers a variety of confidential and free services for currently-enrolled students, including:
  • Individual counseling
  • Community referrals
  • Programs on topics of well-being
  • Additional counseling and support services as needed 

How is student confidentiality protected?

  • All information shared between the student and the counselor is strictly confidential
  • All calls and requests for information are strictly confidential
  • No contacts are made within or outside the student's written permission, unless they are a risk to self or others

How do I make an appointment for personal counseling?

To schedule a personal, confidential appointment, please contact a staff assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, 724-773-3959 or 724-773-3951 or stop by the Student Development Office in 101 Student Union Building.

Crisis Intervention

If you're afraid you can't avoid hurting yourself or someone else, get help immediately, no matter the time of day or night. Call Penn State Beaver Police Services at 724-773-3888.

Students who experience a psychological and/or emotional crisis often need immediate help and intervention. Examples of serious crises include: 

  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts or impulses
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Hearing voices and/or misperceiving reality in some way
  • Overwhelming loss, such as a death in the family

The student or referring faculty or staff member should alert the personnel to the crisis nature of the situation. MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT YOU ARE IN CRISIS. Every effort will be made to respond immediately

If you can’t reach someone immediately, contact Dr. Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs, 724-773-3957, or Ms. Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs, 724-773-3956 or 724-773-3950. In addition, residents of Harmony Hall are provided with after-hours crisis assistance.

In the event of an after-hours crisis, please call Penn State Beaver Police Services immediately at 724-773-3888.

Additional Counseling Services

Heritage Valley, Stauton Clinic/Community Crisis Counseling Services
176 Virginia Ave.
Rochester, PA 15074

If you feel you need more professional counseling assistance, the Heritage Valley Health System, Stauton Clinic Rochester has an assigned licensed Social Worker Liaison with Penn State Beaver.

You may meet with the assigned licensed Social Worker liaison for an on-campus (up to 3 visits) by calling 724-770-8222 or by contacting the Penn State Beaver Student Personal and Career Counselor, Brenda Schultz to coordinate the appointment.

Students can also meet with the assigned licensed Social Worker liaison at the Heritage Valley Stauton Clinic-Rochester office. Close to campus, this consulting resource partnership is provided to Penn State Beaver. Students may receive 6-8 sessions at no charge for services and no insurance is required when you show your current PSU ID.

The clinic can provide confidential mental health outpatient crisis services for students using best practice standards.

Outpatient and Specialty Programs include:

  • Clinical evaluations
  • Psychiatric evaluations and medication management
  • Individual, marital, family and group therapy

To make an appointment at the Heritage Valley Health System location, contact Lori Thomas, support staff, at 724-770-8290.

TRANSPORTATION: If you require transportation to the clinic the campus shuttle may be arranged. For the campus shuttle contact a staff assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, 724-773-3959 or 724-773-3951 or stop by the Student Development Office in 101 Student Union Building.


For appointments call
Brenda Schultz, MA
724-773-3959 or 

Student Personal & Career Counselor
101-C Student Union Building