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.

If you are in need of immediate support please contact the 24/7  Line at 814-332-2105

For question and inquiries, please call 814-332-4368, or you can email us at

Services Provided:

NOTE: All services for the spring 2021 semester will be conducted virtually. 

At this point in the semester, we are no longer accepting new clients for ongoing counseling services. For students looking to connect with a counselor for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester, we ask that they utilize our Drop In Services, which can be accessed by completing this form. Any questions or concerns, please email

CPDC Brief Therapy Services

The Counseling and Personal Development Center (CPDC) operates from a Brief Therapy lens. Brief Therapy focuses on the strengths of the client, and empowers the client to use those strengths to discover and implement tools. Brief Therapy generally consists of 1-3 sessions to identify the concern, discover tools to confront the concern, and implement those tools. Brief Therapy 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. Drop In appointments are 25 minutes in length, and are designed for brief, one session, intervention. At the conclusion of the session, your therapist may encourage you to try Short Term Therapy or community based-therapy as needed.  Please complete this form prior to your appointment. 

Short Term Therapy:  Please Note – At this time, on going short term therapy is not available to new clients. Please use drop in hours instead. Students can request short term therapy by contacting the CPDC at or by calling 814-332-4368 or by filling out the Request for Counseling Services Form.


  • Triage Appointment: Students requesting Short Term Therapy will initially be scheduled for a triage appointment. This appointment gathers background information and is designed to refer to the most appropriate level of care.
  • Short Term Therapy: Typically 3 individual sessions a semester, (up to 5 sessions a semester, based on therapist recommendation).


  • Group Therapy: The CPDC offers a variety of groups throughout the semester. Group therapy generally meets weekly for the length of the semester. Students with 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 via our 24/7 Line (814-332-2105). We ask that students contact this line before directly contacting the CPDC when seeking immediate support.