The Counseling Center recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges as students navigate their college experience this academic year. It is especially important for students to care for their emotional health and well-being during times of change and uncertainty. We strongly encourage students to stay connected to their support systems and to access the many resources available for support at Lafayette.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center offers a variety of services and resources to support students during their college experience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Counseling Center services will be provided remotely via telehealth. All scheduled appointments will be conducted by secure video call or telephone. Students can schedule an initial appointment with a counselor by calling 610-330-5005. To support the health and safety of our community, we ask that you do not come to the office to schedule an appointment.

Teletherapy Appointments

The Counseling Center offers short-term teletherapy to address a variety of issues common to college students such as ongoing concerns about relationships with friends and family, feelings of anxiety or depression, questions regarding one’s identity and values, and uncertainty about the future. Teletherapy is provided in accordance with state licensing laws based upon where the student resides.

Teleconsultation Appointments

Teleconsultations are designed to meet the needs of students who have a pressing and/or time-sensitive concern but who may not be seeking ongoing counseling. Students can request a same day appointment to speak with a counselor for a brief, solution-focused consultation Monday-Friday from 10am-11:30am and 1pm-3:30pm.

Teleconsultation appointments are provided on a first-call, first-scheduled basis each day. Typical reasons students might request a teleconsultation include seeking feedback about an important decision, getting advice about helping a friend, seeking a referral to community resources, or having the opportunity to get immediate support after having an upsetting or difficult experience.

Virtual Discussion Groups and Workshops

The Counseling Center offers a variety of discussion groups and workshops throughout the year focused on helping students enhance their mental health and increase connection and support. All workshops and discussion groups will be held via Google Meet. More information regarding our Fall Discussion Groups and Workshops will be provided soon!

Crisis Support

After-hours and weekend telephone crisis support is available to all students through the Counseling Center by calling 610-330-5005.

Coping Resources

It is important to engage in intentional practices to care for your emotional health and well-being during this time. Please consider these tips and resources.

  • Acknowledge your emotions and reactions: It is normal to experience stress, anxiety, irritability, a sense of loss, and/or fatigue in response to significant change and uncertainty. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to or coping with these feelings. Recognize what is in your control and what is not. You can choose how to respond to the challenge you are facing.
  • Think about what has worked for you in the past: Each person copes differently and it is important not to compare yourself to others. Try to remember what you did in the past that turned out to be helpful in managing your distress. For instance, consider mindfulness, journal writing, praying, listening to music, watching animal videos, or virtually visiting museums and attending concerts. Doing things that you enjoy can help you feel calmer. Healthy behaviors can make the difference between surviving and thriving during challenging times.
  • Maintain routines: It is important to have a set schedule for each day and make tweaks to your routine as needed. Whether on campus or at home, maintain regular communication with professors and peers, participate in online classes and work at scheduled times, and eat and sleep at regular times. If you are living with a roommate or family members, negotiate when you will need a private space for things like attending an online class or completing a video call. Maintain open communication and keep a shared schedule in your space to reference. It may help to dress as if you are going to class and to create a space that mimics your usual work environment to enhance your focus and concentration. Make sure to take breaks and relax too.
  • Practice self-care, self-compassion and gratitude: Given the changes this fall, it will be more important than ever to schedule time to consistently engage in self-care practices and take a break from academic responsibilities. Make sure to schedule these times consistently throughout each week, and remind yourself that this will help to increase motivation and productivity. Acknowledge that these are challenging times and practice self-compassion as you work your way through the fall semester one step at a time. It can also be helpful to focus on what you feel grateful for each day. Gratitude has the power to enhance meaning and purpose in our lives, and build resilience during times of stress.
  • Stay connected while avoiding crowds: While engaging in physical distancing, maintain connection with others through virtual platforms (audio/video calls, emails, text messages). Remember, you are not alone in navigating this novel experience. It is important to receive and provide support to get through the difficult times. When possible, think about connecting with nature by getting outside, taking walks or going for a run. Take time to engage in activities that help you ground yourself. Consider joining one of the Counseling Center’s Discussion Groups or Workshops.
  • Seek accurate information from credible sources and take media breaks: It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the abundance of news and media coverage. It is important to seek accurate and up-to-date information from credible sources such as the CDC or WHO. It is equally important to take breaks from the media coverage, and find opportunities to appropriately and periodically disconnect.
  • Avoid generalizing and help reduce stigma: Fear and anxiety can lead to bias, discrimination, and stereotyping. Enhance community support by responding to others with empathy and compassion. You can help stop stigma by knowing and sharing the facts. Read more about the Counseling Center’s statement on Xenophobia and resources available during COVID-19.

If you are seeking additional support, here is a helpful resource to find local mental health professionals in your area.

In addition, these are anonymous 24/7 crisis support resources: