During your years in college, you will have many opportunities to develop your academic and career interests, examine your values and beliefs, form close relationships, and learn about yourself and the world around you.

These opportunities are exciting and engaging, but they also can be challenging and stressful. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, lost or uncertain as you navigate your college experience. At the Counseling Center, we support students in identifying changes they would like to make in their lives and help them to develop strategies to make these changes.

Our counselors strive to provide culturally-informed services that are grounded in a strengths-based approach informed by a comprehensive understanding of the psychological development of college students. You can learn more about each counselor’s approach by reviewing our staff profiles.

The Counseling Center offers primarily short-term counseling. Most students who choose individual counseling meet with a counselor between 1-10 sessions. Students who are interested in long-term psychotherapy or who require specialized treatment will be assisted in finding local mental health professionals who can meet their needs. Many students also obtain support by attending our groups and workshops. We invite you to explore the variety of services available to support your emotional health and well-being during your time at Lafayette.


All contacts are strictly confidential under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Confidentiality may not apply if a person presents an imminent danger to self or others, in cases of reported child abuse, or if a judge issues a court order).


All Counseling Center services are provided as part of tuition; no health insurance is required.


Please note that confidentiality cannot be assured when using email. While you may email counselingcenter@lafayette.edu to request an appointment, email should not be used for urgent communication. If you need to speak with a counselor during normal business hours, please call the Counseling Center at (610) 330-5005. When the Center is closed you will be connected with our after-hours crisis support service. In the case of a life-threatening emergency contact the Office of Public Safety at (610) 330-4444.

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