Psychological Counseling Services

Welcome to the Psychological Counseling Services Office at Potomac State College.

Location: Base floor of the Health Center

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Telephone number: (304) 788-6976.

Staff: Susan Kephart, a licensed psychologist, provides on-going direction for this office.

FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES:

If you or someone you know is in eminent danger to themselves or others, go to the nearest EMERGENCY room or call 911.

If you are feeling suicidal, PLEASE contact someone below who can help NOW! Call 911!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
National 24/7 Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Military Veterans Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Press 1

FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL CRISIS:

Crisis consultation is available by contacting the Potomac State College Psychological Counseling Services Office at 304-788-6976 M-F from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  You may also contact the Potomac State College University Police at 304-788-6931, (if no answer call 911) or by contacting a Residential Director at any time.

All of our services and programs are designed to contribute to your emotional well-being, in order to help you succeed in school and guide you toward a more fulfilling life.

Please note, this service is not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained counselor, nor does this service provide "on-line" counseling. Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique, confidential, helping relationship. The counselor acts as a facilitator to help clients better understand themselves and the world around them. Open and honest discussion of feelings, behaviors, relationships, life experiences, and circumstances with a trained counselor in a safe, confidential environment enables individuals to grow towards greater freedom in making healthy choices and taking appropriate actions for more satisfying relationships, self-concept, academic progress, and life goals.

If you have problems, need information, or are having difficulty with a decision, professional counselors are here for you. We will listen, care, encourage, and empower you to make decisions that are right for you. Sessions generally last 50 minutes, one time per week. If needed, a referral to a private therapist or community service will be made. Typical questions and concerns may include:

  • I'm too sensitive to what others think.
  • I get anxious about taking tests.
  • I'd like to manage my time better.
  • I don't get along well with others.
  • I'm having problems with my family.
  • I'm questioning my sexual identity.
  • I'm pregnant and I'm scared.
  • I think I need an academic tutor.
  • I can't concentrate or study.
  • Do I really want to be in college?
  • I lack confidence.
  • I'm not sure what I want to do.
  • I've had some experiences I'd like to talk to someone about.
  • I feel tense, confused, depressed.
  • Am I doing as well as I could?

Click here for more "Frequently Asked Questions."

Other On-Line Resources That College Students Find Helpful To Raise Awareness and Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being: 

Minding Your Mental Health

WellWVU

Use the links below to find out more!

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