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Welcome to Tuttleman Counseling Services
If you are a student of Temple University, Tuttleman Counseling Services offers support for your mental health needs. A listing of many of the issues that students come for help with can be found by looking at the self-help link on this page. The self-help page is also an informational resource for you to begin to learn more about a variety of mental health topics. educational or vocational concerns. Assistance is confidential and free of charge. We provide an atmosphere that is informal and professional, where you can feel safe and comfortable seeking help.
The Decision to Seek Counseling and What to Expect
Many college students seek professional help when the stresses of academic life exceed their ability to cope, and the help of family, friends, or partners isn’t available, or isn’t enough. When you arrive for counseling the goal of the center is to determine what services are needed to be helpful. This involves collaborating with you on setting goals and discussing how long treatment might take. The counseling center provides a full range of mental health services including initial assessment, individual, group, and couples counseling, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, assistance with referrals on and off campus when needed, educational outreach, and consultation on mental health issues. Counselors have some flexibility in determining how many sessions may be needed to help you. As a general guideline, the average number of sessions that Temple students have each year is about six, and this includes the initial contact at the walk in clinic and all subsequent visits. Some students feel greatly helped after just one or two visits, while others may be dealing with situations or conditions that require a longer commitment on the part of the center’s professional staff. Both short- and long-term treatment are offered and each counselor, after an assessment of your needs, will decide what is possible to offer you in terms of the number and the frequency of visits. This enables counselors to be thoughtful and efficient in the use of their time. For your part, it is greatly appreciated if you too are mindful of the time commitment when using counseling services. If you must miss a scheduled appointment due to illness or some other reason, please contact your counselor or call the front desk, (215) 204-7276, as soon as you know you will not be able to come in.
At the initial visit you will come to the center’s walk-in-clinic on the 5th floor of 1810 Liacouras Walk. The walk in clinic is designed to provide daily access, from Monday through Friday, to start the counseling process. The hours of the walk-in-clinic are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 1:30pm, and Wednesday from 9am to 12pm. It is best to plan to spend an hour to an hour and a half at the center during which time you will register on a dedicated computer in a room next to the waiting area (this takes about 20 minutes), and then you will speak to a counselor (this interview takes about 30 minutes). There may be a wait for the registration computer or to see the Walk-In Clinic counselor depending on how many other students come in that day. This is normal in a large counseling center at a large university throughout the fall and spring semesters. Rest assured that you will be seen as soon as possible. At that first meeting, the walk in clinic counselor will assign you to the counselor who will provide treatment, and will work with you to schedule the date and time of an intake appointment with your assigned counselor. You may also be scheduled to meet with one of our psychiatrists if medication may be needed. Meeting with a psychiatrist can only occur after registering and meeting with one of our walk in clinic counselors. In addition, sometimes a referral is given to an on-campus resource or to a higher level of care outside the university. In these cases, your counselor will discuss with you the need for the referral and will help to make the referral successful. If you have any questions throughout the process, please feel free to ask any of the staff for clarification. We look forward to working with you.
Psychology and Psychiatric Services
Licensed psychologists and counselors can provide you with individual, couple, and group counseling, as well as consultation, education and referral to other resources on campus or nearby. Some common issues that are addressed, individually or in groups, include: depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress, eating disorders, loss and grief, procrastination; shyness, self-esteem, family problems, sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, racism, sexism, academic performance, and career decisions.
Mental health needs are also cared for by Psychiatric Services, which provides psychiatric evaluations, medication consultations, and short-term individual psychotherapy. Students are seen by appointment except in emergencies when immediate care is needed.
Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA)
The CASA program staff coordinates the University’s alcohol and other drug related concerns. Certified addictions counselors offer individual and group counseling. Educational literature, seminars and workshops are available as well. Ongoing weekly support groups are offered for individuals recovering from substance dependency, and for adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families.
Creative educational programs on alcohol and other drug-related concerns are available. Topics include alcohol and other drug uses and abuses, safe drinking strategies, adult children of alcoholics, codependency, healthy relationships, surviving the holidays, and more. If you, loved ones or friends are concerned about your substance use, we can help.
Sexual Assault Counseling and education (SACE)
If you are a male or female survivor of any form of sexual violence or abuse, sexual harassment, interpersonal abuse or stalking, the SACE program staff offers counseling, assistance and comfort. We also help by coordinating service with health care, crisis intervention and systems advocacy within the Temple University community. Individual and group counseling is available. Groups are offered on occasion for: rape survivors, survivors of child sexual abuse, anger management, domestic violence, and co-victims. See support groups information on each group.
SACE staff members work to reduce the incidence of interpersonal violence on campus. Educational training and workshops are conducted to sensitize students, faculty and staff to the problems of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship abuse and other forms of sexual violence.