Discussing Tragedy

Dr. Stevie Falk discusses the effect tragedies may have on our campus community.

Counseling Services

Students seek short term counseling for a variety of issues, some of which include: anxiety, depression, adjustment to college, sexual assault, academic difficulties, alcohol/drug concerns, anger management, crisis intervention, difficulty concentrating, eating disorders, family problems, group counseling, lack of assertiveness, relationship issues, Brave Zone for LGBTQ, and stress.

 

Appointments & Fees

Counseling Services are located on the second floor of the Shroyer Health Center. 

Appointments can be made by calling 717-867-6232 or walking in Monday-Friday 9 am - 3 pm during the academic year.  There is no charge for full-time students to use Counseling Services. Most appointments are 45 minutes long. 

 

After Hours Contact

For Students Experiencing Emergencies after hours: call 911 with life threatening event or Public Safety at 717-867-6111. You may also seek out your RA who can get further assistance. If it is not an emergency, you can email counselingservices@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6232 and leave a detailed phone message. Our secretary, Jennifer, will return your call or email the next business day.

For Parents, Faculty and Staff concerned about a student after hours: call Public Safety at 717-867-6111 and report the concern. Shroyer Health Center is closed evenings and weekends and will reopen the next business day.

Outreach

In addition, the counseling staff periodically offers outreach programs to discuss issues that have an impact on the lives of college students. Some of these programs address the following topics: healthy relationships, sexual assault education, stress management, eating disorders, depression and the college student, anxiety and the college student, alcohol and drug education, and suicide prevention and education.

Can’t make it to the Shroyer Health Center?

Good news! Counseling Services staff can visit your team, residence hall, or club in person. Contact us if you would like us to talk about any of the following topics, or check with us if your concern is not on this list. 

  • College student mental health
  • Title IX and sexual assault
  • Healthy sex lives
  • Healthy relationships
  • Handling anxiety
  • Handling depression
  • College students and their families
  • Alcohol & drugs
  • Improving your performance (athletes & performers)
  • Eating & body image
  • The importance of self-care in college (sleep, eating, exercise)
  • Suicide prevention
  • Other

Please request a topic and time that’s convenient for your group or department; we will let you know whether or not we will be able to accommodate your request depending on our availability. We look forward to talking with you!

Staff

The counseling center has a licensed full-time psychologist, a full licensed full-time professional counselor, and 2 licensed part-time counselors on staff that are able to provide individual, couples, and group therapy to full-time students using a short term model.  We partner with a local licensed psychiatrist to prescribe psychotropic medications if recommended.

I was initially very nervous to try out Counseling Services, but after I went, I immediately knew that it was the right choice. I feel very strongly that these services have helped me in important ways, and I have felt comfortable and welcome at every visit. I am very grateful for their presence on this campus.

FAQs

What is counseling?

Counseling is a process in which a student enters into a relationship with a trained professional in order to gain deeper self-understanding and to identify more effective ways of responding to life's stresses.

When should a student seek counseling?

A student usually seeks counseling when the problem interferes with your ability to focus on your schoolwork or enjoy daily activities. Don't suffer needlessly; counseling is an expression of self-caring.

How does a student make an appointment at counseling services?

An appointment can be made by calling 717-867-6232. In the case of an emergency or crisis after hours, call Public Safety at extension 6111 or dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Is there a fee for counseling services?

There is no charge for full-time students to see a counselor.

Are counseling services confidential?

All appointments are confidential, meaning information is not shared with a student's parents, faculty or staff at the college. However, there are limits to that confidentiality. If a student is at risk of harming themselves or others, steps will be taken to keep them and others safe. Counseling Services are HIPAA compliant, considered confidential and information shall not be shared without the student's permission.

May I just walk in to see a counselor?

Open Hours are available daily, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the academic year, we offer non-appointment open hours for students who do not wish to wait for an appointment. These sessions are brief but long enough to make a safety assessment and offer recommendations for treatment. The amount of time spent with a student depends on how urgent their issue is and the number of students who show up during the open time. There are rare instances when Open Hours may change due to outreach programming.

What kinds of problems are addressed in counseling?

  • Relationship issues
  • Stress issues
  • Adjustment to college
  • Family problems
  • Academic issues
  • Eating issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity development
  • Sexual assault

 

I only have a small problem with my roommate; do I still need to set up an appointment with a counselor?

No, you can contact our 5050 Peer Helpers to talk over the phone or choose to be seen in person to discuss any “low level” issue you might have. They are trained to handle many relationship problems, roommate trouble, or general difficulties in adjusting to college. Our peer helpers can be reached by walking in, calling 717-868-5050, emailing 5050@lvc.edu or being involved in one of the weekend groups, O.A.S.I.S. or 60 Minutes.

Are there limits to the amount of counseling I can get?

Due to the high demand for services and limited staff, we only offer short term treatment. The average number of sessions per year/per student seen is 5.

What if I need more sessions than is offered?

We can refer you to off-campus providers that are within a few miles of campus and are easily accessible by walking, car, bike, or bus.