Counseling and Personal Development Center

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The Counseling and Personal Development Center (CPDC) provides free, individual and group counseling to currently enrolled, active students in a confidential setting. We also provide programming, outreach, and consultation services for the Allegheny College campus community.

We know the college years are a time of growth, transition, and stress. We are here to help.


Are you in need of immediate support?

Please contact the 24/7 Line at (814) 332-2105 to speak to a counselor right away.

Summer 2022

The CPDC does not offer counseling services during the summer, and there are limited office administrative hours June 1st – July 31st.

If you need immediate support, please contact Allegheny’s 24/7 Line at (814) 332-2105 or use one of the resources below or any of those listed on our webpage:

The Trevor Project:
1-866-488-7386 (24/7); The Trevor Project offers support to the LGBTQ young adult community.

Allegheny’s 24/7 Line service is available to any currently enrolled student the entire calendar year, not just during the academic year or when classes are in session. If you are a 12 month student living on campus over break, you can also contact Public Safety at (814) 332-3357 for emergencies.

CPDC Brief Therapy Services

The Counseling and Personal Development Center (CPDC) operates from a Brief Therapy lens. Brief Therapy (BT) focuses on the strengths of the client, and empowers the client to use those strengths to discover and implement tools. BT generally consists of 1-3 sessions to identify the concern, discover tools to confront the concern, and implement those tools. BT has been found to be effective in treating mild to moderate concerns.

The CPDC implements Brief Therapy in 3 ways: Drop Ins, Short Term Therapy, and Programming.

    • Drop Ins: Drop In appointments are designed for students who are not already connected to the CPDC. Appointments are 25 minutes in length and are designed for brief, one session, intervention. At the conclusion of the session, the counselor may encourage the student to try Short Term Therapy or community based-therapy as needed. Students will need to call to set up a Drop In appointment and then complete the drop-in form prior to arrival.
    • Triage Appointment: This is an initial appointment with a clinician; used to gather background information and designed to refer to the most appropriate level of care needed.
    • Short Term Therapy: On average, three individual sessions per semester (based on clinician recommendation).
    • Group Therapy: There are a variety of groups offered throughout the academic year. Group therapy generally meets weekly for the length of the semester. Students presenting concerns that fit into the topic of the group are most likely to be referred. Referral to group therapy is good for one semester. Students who are referred to group therapy are not eligible for individual sessions during their time in group therapy.
  • Crisis Support

    The CPDC provides around the clock crisis support for student who experience thought, intent, or plans to harm self and/or others, a trauma, sudden loss of family or friend, sexual assault, or other highly stressful experiences where one might have great difficulty managing their distress. We ask students to first call the 24/7 Line before directly contacting the CPDC when seeking immediate support. (814) 332-2105.

    Interested in services from our office?

    Students who are interested in services from our office should start by contacting the CPDC at or by calling (814) 332-4368.