All services from the counseling center are free and confidential to SRU students.

Counseling sessions are typically limited to 5. This session limit will help to serve a higher number of students and at the same time avert a wait list scenario. Sessions are defined as individual counseling sessions and will not include initial assessments, psychiatrist appointments, TAO sessions, consultations, emergency appointments and group counseling sessions. 

The SCC strives to facilitate the total development of students by reducing psychological problems and distress and by enhancing mental health, well-being, quality of life, and supporting aspirations for optimal functioning. Our primary focus is on providing brief, confidential counseling aimed at helping students to succeed academically and interpersonally. Services offered include: professional assessment, consultation, crisis support/intervention and referral services. When students require mental health services that are beyond the role and scope of the SCC, we will make appropriate referrals to campus and community resources.

All students seeking services can call or walk in. Additional appointments may be needed to determine the appropriateness of SCC services. The decision about whether or not the needs of the student fall within the role and scope of the SCC will be made either in the initial appointment or after consultation with SCC faculty. See Scope of Practice for more information for determining which students may not be appropriate for SCC services. The following are a list of services and reasons a student may contemplate seeking our services.

Individual counseling

  • Assessment
  • Alcohol & other drug education, prevention, assessment and referral
  • Crisis intervention and emergency services
  • Referral services
  • Educational and outreach activities
  • Consultation services

Group Counseling

Please contact the counseling center at 724-738-2034 if you are interested in a group! 



Courageous (Body Image and Self Esteem) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm This group will help women build their self-esteem and find their self-worth while becoming more confident, assertive, and comfortable in their own skin!


YANA (You are not alone!) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Continue your healing journey at your own pace together with other women survivors of sexual violence. Overcome isolation, support one another, and encourage healing in a confidential and safe space.


Empathize (Interpersonal and Social Skills) 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm The goal of this group is to create an environment that encourages members to learn skills and strategies to increase overall functioning, effectiveness, and comfortability within different types of interpersonal relationships and to practice these skills and strategies within the group setting.


I'm Stressed Out! (Stress Management) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm The goal of this group is to re-conceptualize the human stress response as a potentially positive source of human motivation - that when accompanied by functional and effective coping resources can lead to overall success in academics (and life)!

SANCTUARY (LGBTQIA) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm This is a confidential space for members to explore marginalized identities and LGBTQIA issues. Group members will join in discussion that promotes wellness, is non-judgmental, and is accepting of differences.


Change it! (Motivational Interviewing) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Have you ever tried to make a change in your life, from something negative to something positive? Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach for issues that have strong behavioral components. Underlying motivations and hidden ambivalence are key to changing behavior. MI is helpful in any situation in which a person is trying to make an intentional behavior change such as from an unhealthy to a healthy behavior!

Grief/Loss 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm This group provides a safe environment to process feelings around a death or loss and provide support and encouragement to group members.

Issues addressed in counseling may include but are not limited to

  • Adjustment
  • Relationship concerns (romantic, roommate, family and friends)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Communication skills
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans concerns
  • Academic or learning difficulties
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Test anxiety
  • Eating disorder
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Abuse issues
  • Victimization
  • Alcohol and Other Drug assessment and intervention

Other Reasons You Might Want to See a Counselor

  • Frequently missed classes.
  • Eating disturbances: appetite loss or compulsive eating.
  • Sleep disturbances: insomnia or excessive sleeping.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Unexplained tearfulness or emotional outbursts.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Significant behavior changes.
  • Change in academic performance.
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse.
  • Confusion or thinking disturbance.
  • Thoughts of suicide: comments and threats of suicide should always be taken seriously.

Most individuals request counseling on their own initiative. Some individuals need encouragement from friends, residence hall staff, professors, academic advisers, administrators, or parents.

Insurance Information if you are referred to an Outside Facility is available here.