The Counseling Center offers SFU students the opportunity to talk privately about personal issues and concerns in a safe, confidential setting. Support and consultation are also available to faculty and staff who have concern about the psychological and emotional well-being of a student.
evening hours by appointment
IMPORTANT NOTE: The SFU Counseling Center does not maintain 24-hour access to email correspondence and cannot guarantee that emails will be read in evenings and on weekends. If you have an emergency, please contact a mental health crisis counselor (24-hour, on-call status) at 877-268-9463.
The Counseling Center, located in Saint Francis Hall, provides confidential counseling to students, including individual, marital and group counseling. If assistance is needed in arranging for mental health services in the community, the Center staff can assist students with referral to local treatment providers.
Students in need of services are encouraged to call for an appointment during regular office hours. The Center is staffed two evenings per week. Resident students who desire to speak with a counselor after regular office hours should contact the Resident Assistant on duty. Commuter students should contact the Department of University Police at 814-472-3360.
Programming on relevant psycho-social and developmental issues is provided and sponsored by the Center throughout the year along with QPR Gatekeeper Certification. Topics include stress management and relaxation training, sexuality, eating disorders, dating, substance abuse and family issues. Resource information on mental health issues, chemical dependency and health and wellness is available at the Center and is provided to students upon request.
For current students seeking assistance, we have assembled a listing of counseling resources to help connect individuals with the support they need.
First-year students (and parents!) may be interested in browsing transitionyear.org for guidance in dealing with common issues families encounter as students embark on the college experience.
The counseling center works with many parents as well providing consultation, information, and referrals. Here are answers to few questions you may have.
The Counseling Center is part of the University's mission of helping students to develop into healthy, well-rounded individuals. Counseling Services assist students in meeting the personal and developmental challenges they face during college. Students seek counseling for a range of issues from adjustment and relationship issues to managing emotional and behavioral issues, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
When To Seek Counseling
Counselors are available for consultation with parents. We can provide additional information about the types of services available through our Center and help parents to identify off-campus resources when appropriate. We can discuss your concerns with you and help you to make decisions about the appropriateness of a referral to the Counseling Center and ways to discuss this with your son or daughter. The counselors are also very familiar with additional support resources on campus and can help you to assess ways to connect your son or daughter with those resources.
Confidentiality is an important part of establishing trust in an effective counseling relationship. confidentiality laws also prohibit us from sharing any information about a student's counseling contact without written permission. However, confidentiality considerations do not prohibit us from discussing ways in which parents can be helpful in dealing with issues their sons and daughters are confronting. In most cases these discussions are held with a counselor other than the one working with the student in question.
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