Undergraduate full time students in the day school seeking a first time triage appointment or who would like to speak with a counselor they have worked with in the past should call the PCC front desk at 401.865.2343 to schedule. All counselors have first time triage appointments held in their schedules in order to avoid lengthy waiting lists and we recommend that you schedule with the first one available that matches your schedule. If you are interested in seeking services with a particular counselor for ongoing sessions, we can match you with that counselor after your first appointment.
Counseling services are provided to all full time undergraduate students free of charge. Part time undergraduates, School of Continuing Education students and graduate students are eligible for one time consultation and referral when appropriate.
*Because e-mail is not a secure method of communication, we recommend that you not use e-mail to contact us or to schedule appointments.
Office Hours & Location
The Personal Counseling Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm during the academic year. Limited evening hours are available by appointment only. We are located in Lower Bedford Hall. Our entrance is separate from the residential entrance and faces the business school.
Counseling sessions are 45 minutes long and students are encouraged to be prompt in order to take full advantage of the session. If you anticipate being late or being unable to keep your appointment, please call.
About Your Appointment
We will have some paperwork that will be sent to you electronically before your initial triage appointment to help us target the conversation for that first appointment. Counseling and assessment appointments will feel somewhat differently than your typical conversation with a peer or someone in your family, however, it is still a conversation where the counselor will try to get to know you a bit better and see how we can best be helpful to you.
Our services are generally short term. Sometimes students are only in need of one appointment based on what they are coping with or attempting to work through at that given time, sometimes more appointments are necessary. We do not have session limits. Although some students are seen all year, the average number of sessions is 6 sessions. Sessions are typically at least 2 weeks apart with some students seen weekly for short periods of time if they are in crisis. If you are in need of weekly ongoing therapy, the PCC staff may assist you in finding off campus services locally. Follow up appointments are made one at a time with your counselor at the end of each appointment.
All services are confidential within the limits of the law and professional ethics.