Counseling & Personal Development Center

The Counseling and Personal Development Center (CPDC) provides free, individual and group counseling to 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.


Fall 2021 Request for
Counseling Services Form

*Please note, as of the week of October 4th, the CPDC is scheduling 2-3 weeks after receipt of request.*

Are you in need of immediate support?

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

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 this form prior to arrival.
      • Fall 2021 Drop In Hours are Mondays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (subject to change without notice)
    • 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. As of the week of October 4th, the CPDC is scheduling 2-3 weeks after receipt of request.
    • 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
    or by filling out the Fall 2021 Request for Counseling Services Form.