Counseling Services

Counseling services are available for our students through phone or video conferencing. For more information on how to contact us, please see below.


The Counseling Center staff facilitate students' personal, social, and intellectual growth, as well as adjustment to and engagement within the university community. Students are assisted with identifying and working through personal barriers, normal developmental issues and stressors, and clinical problems which could impede academic success.

The Counseling Center is staffed with psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist consultant, and supervised graduate students.

  1. The CHWC will continue to make counseling accessible to students via phone/video appointments.  For more information on how to contact us, please see below.

    1. Schedule a Phone or Video Counseling Appointment or Speak with a Counseling Staff Member

    • Please call 973-720-2257 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and leave your contact information. 
    • Staff will return all phone and email message requests between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Emails received after 4:30 p.m. or on weekends will be responded to by the next business day. 
    • Complete Consent for TeleHealth (Counseling) via the Student Health Portal. 

2. Mental Health Emergency

    • To report a mental health emergency for yourself or someone you care about, please call our On-Call number, 973-720-2257 (24 hours, 7 days a week) and ask to be connected to a counselor. 
    • Emergency assistance is also available confidentially through the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

      1. 3. Emotional Well-Being and Self Care
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      1. Services

        Individual Counseling

        Group Therapy

        Psychiatric Services

        Crisis Management


        Alcohol & Drug Assessment

      2. Examples of concerns for which students visit the Counseling Center

GROUP THERAPY is a confidential, unique experience that allows members to practice communication skills, experiment with new behaviors, and strengthen social peer connections. Group size is typically 8-10 members and 1-2 CHWC Professionals will be leading the group. Members listen, identify, and provide effective and supportive feedback on a variety of topics.

GROUP REFERRAL:  If a student shows interest in joining one or more of the groups listed below, please check off the group(s) that might be of interest and refer the student to CHWC. The student may also contact us directly at 973-720-2557 or visit CHWC located on the first level of Overlook South. The student will be given a consultation appointment with the group’s facilitator(s)

Group Offerings – Fall 2019

Interpersonal Group- Fridays: 10:15 am – 11:30 am -  Facilitated by Dr. Karen Nadel
A group of students (usually 6 – 8 people) who meet together weekly with one or two counselors to work through relational and interpersonal issues. This group aims to increase self-knowledge and effectiveness in interpersonal relationships, decrease shame and isolation, and develop self-compassion and self-acceptance in a safe and confidential environment. Each group session typically lasts for 75 minutes.

 Men’s Process and Support Group- Mondays: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm - Facilitated by Dr. Richard Khan
Men's Process and Support Group specifically designed for men seeking greater self-understanding and satisfying personal relationships. The format includes education, discussion about men's issues and psychological distress, within the context of mutual support and interpersonal process (i.e., what is happening right here and right now in this immediate moment). Each group session typically lasts for 60 - 75 minutes

 Seeking Safety: A Drop-in Trauma Focused Coping Skills Group- Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 11:30 am - Facilitated by Elizabeth Battiston, MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC
Seeking Safety is a present-focused drop-in group that is open to individuals who identifies as female that are interested in healing from trauma, self-harming behaviors, and/or healing from substances abuse. Members should expect to learn how to integrate specific coping skills, grounding techniques, and education into their daily functioning that may help members attain safety. Individuals will also be able to learn ways to detach from emotional pain.

 Workshop for Managing Academic Stress-Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm - Facilitated by Kristen Pena, LCSW
This workshop is to help WPU students manage common academic, emotional, and social challenges that may interfere with their academic performance.  The workshop offer strategies for improving study skills, coping with time management and procrastination, managing stress and test anxiety, increasing assertiveness and managing social anxiety. The workshop is open to all students and is an important part of CHWC outreach and education efforts.

FAQ's About Counseling

  • How do I make an appointment?
  • Is there a cost?
  • What happens when I come in for the first appointment?
  • What can I expect from counseling?
  • What happens if I have an emergency and need to reach a counselor?
  • Is information about my counseling appointments shared with anyone else?
  • I received a call or message from a counselor asking to speak with me. Why did this happen?