How We Help Students
The Counseling Center at Drexel University offers a variety of services to support your student and enhance their academic success and emotional health. Our services are free to currently-enrolled, full-time students on the University City Campus. Services include:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Alcohol and Drug Counseling
- Workshops and Outreach Programming
- Referrals to Community Mental Health Resources
- Internet-Based Self-Help Materials and Links to Other Resources
We do not provide psychiatric (medication) services for students. However, we have a list of community resources available upon request.
About Counseling Sessions
The Counseling Center provides services at no charge to all full-time students enrolled in the University on the UC Campus. Students are permitted 15 individual sessions per academic year. Individual sessions are usually scheduled to begin on the hour, and last up to 50 minutes. Group sessions may vary, and typically last anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes; they do not count against the 15 session limit. The goal of counseling is to provide your student with an opportunity to explore issues of concern with a mental health professional and to develop skills and perspectives that will assist them with effectively managing life’s challenges in the future.
Scheduling an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, we prefer that your student contact the Counseling Center themselves. We prefer this because he or she is more likely to keep the appointment if they schedule it themselves. A counselor is available to consult with you if you would like to determine how to best encourage your student to set up an appointment and to talk about the counseling process.
Helping Students in Crisis
On occasion a student may request to meet with a counselor immediately due to an emergency situation. There is an on-call counselor available 24 hours-a-day to help your student through this crisis. If the crisis occurs during normal business hours, the student may call the Counseling Center at (215) 895-1415 and request to be seen as soon as possible. He or she may also come directly to the Counseling Center, located in Room 201 of the Creese Student Center. If a crisis occurs after normal business hours or on a weekend or holiday, the student may call the on-call counselor at (215) 416-3337.
Sessions with your student are confidential. This means that we will not discuss any details of their counseling experience with you, including confirming that they have attended a scheduled session. This may be difficult, in particular because you are concerned for your student’s welfare. However, our goal is to provide a safe environment for him or her to talk about their concerns in private.
Please be aware that we are obligated to break confidentiality if there is any concern about your student’s safety or the safety of others, or in cases of ongoing child or elder abuse.
Limitations of Services
Occasionally, a student may have mental health needs that are beyond what the Counseling Center is able to offer. This may include chronic or severe psychological concerns, or those that require more intensive care and observation. In these cases, the Counseling Center will help to facilitate an appropriate referral to community resources. In addition, if a student has reached his or her session limit for the year but requires additional counseling, we will work with him or her to find an appropriate referral.