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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.

What's the purpose of personal counseling?

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

Why use personal counseling?

Stress factors are frequently associated with college life. You may experience challenges when faced with the rigors of academics as well as 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 any of the concerns that could interfere with your personal and/or academic 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; difficulty in relaxing, concentrating, or studying; eating disorders; sexual assault and sexual abuse recover; and uncertainties about personal values and beliefs.

Many common student concerns 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

If you experience or deal with any of these issues or any other stressors, you're urged to make an appointment to talk with our personal counselor. We're here to help you.

What services are provided?

Personal counseling offers a variety of confidential and free services for Beaver campus 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 without the student's written permission, unless the student is a risk to himself/herself or others.

How do I make an appointment for personal counseling?

To schedule a confidential, one-on-one appointment with the campus counselor, please contact Brenda Schultz, MA, student personal and career counselor, at bcs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3961. 

You may also contact the Office of Student Affairs at 724-773-3951 or 724-773-3959. Students are also welcome to schedule in person with Jill Bender, staff assistant, Office of Residence Life, 113-F SUB. 

Crisis Intervention

If you're afraid you're going to hurt yourself or someone else, get help immediately, no matter the time of day or night. For help, call Penn State Beaver Police Services at 724-773-3888. If using a campus phone, call the Beaver campus police at extension 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 a misperception of reality
  • Overwhelming loss, such as a death in the family

The student, or the faculty or staff member referring a student, should alert authorities in the event of a crisis situation. MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT YOU (or the student) 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, Harmony Hall residents are provided with after-hours crisis assistance.

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

Additional Resources

www.Ulifeline.org - ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center where college students can be comfortable searching for information about emotional health.

24 Hour Hotlines:

Beaver County Crisis

Crisis intervention services are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-400-6180 (toll-free) or 724-371-8060.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
1-800-273-TALK (FREE) (1-800-273-8255) 

The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth)                     
1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information Hotline
(Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline)
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (FREE) (1-800-273-8255), then press 1

Treatment Referral Hotline 
(Substance Abuse)  
1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
24-hour Online Hotline: 
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline  




For help or assistance, please contact:

Brenda Schultz, MA
Student Personal and
Career Counselor
115-A Student Union Building
724-773-3959 or