University Counseling Center
The Counseling Center REMAINS OPEN for services. To schedule an appointment, call 717-477-1481.
Shippensburg University is shifting to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring semester effective March 23, 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The Counseling Center is responding to these changes by updating our services. We will be posting information for the Shippensburg University community on this page as we develop our responses and additional resources for students, staff, and faculty. Please check back to this page for more information about how our services and availability may change in response to the situation.
- Counseling Appointments (Therapy and Case Management)
If you are a current client, individual counseling sessions will now take place via phone since face-to-face counseling sessions are no longer being offered for the remainder of the semester. Any student that has an appointment scheduled for counseling will be sent an email reminder specifying the date and time of the scheduled appointment. At the scheduled time, your counselor will call you at the phone number you provided. If you wish to change your contact number or wish to cancel the appointment altogether, please call us at 717-477-1481.
If you are a previous client of the Counseling Center but are not currently scheduled and would like to resume services, please call us at 717-477-1481 to make an appointment with your counselor. This counseling session will be conducted by phone.
If you are a new client and you would like assistance obtaining services, please call us at 717-477-1481 and we will assist you with connecting to resources in your area.
- Psychiatric Appointments (Medication Management)
If you have a follow-up appointment scheduled, you will receive an email reminder specifying the date and time of your scheduled appointment with Dr. Liggon. At the scheduled time, Dr. Liggon will call you at the phone number you provided. If you wish to change your contact number or wish to cancel the appointment altogether, please call us at 717-477-1481.
If you have a current prescription written by Dr. Liggon, she will continue to prescribe medication through the end of the semester, in accordance with Pennsylvania law and APA guiding principles. Students should call 717-477-1481 to schedule a phone consultation with Dr. Liggon, as needed.
To Transfer a Prescription:
1. Call your home pharmacy to ask for a transfer of any existing prescriptions you have at Shippensburg pharmacies.
2. Provide the name and dose of your medication.
3. Confirm with your home pharmacy that the transfer has been successfully completed.
In Case of Emergency:
As always, please call the Campus Police at 717-477-1444 in an emergency if you are on campus, or call 911 if you are in the United States off-campus.
Our after-hours crisis counseling service will be in effect for the duration of the acadmic year and is a resource for all students experiencing a mental health crisis. This can be accessed by calling the Campus Police at 717-477-1444 after 5:00pm on weekdays, and anytime on the weekend.
Accessing other crisis resources: you can find urgent care units, hospitals and community clinics in your immediate area who offer care for urgent mental health issues as they come up. To find the
crisis intervention #'s by county in Pennsylvania, click on the following link: https://www.cor.pa.gov/Documents/PA%20County%20Crisis%20Contacts.pdf
- National crisis hotlines and online services:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741741
Finding a Therapist in Your Home Community
Finding a therapist in the community may seem challenging, but with information and persistence, you can connect with someone who meets your needs and your schedule. There are several resources you can check out on your own, including the Psychology Today Therapist Finder tool and your insurance company’s provider search tool. You may also contact the Counseling Center for support at 717-477-1481.
Before Starting Your Search
Before starting to search, it can be helpful to answer a few questions for yourself:
- What am I looking for in a therapist?
- What do I want help with? (e.g. anxiety, sleep, mood, adjustment to college or graduation, relationship issues, trauma, family relationships, learning difficulties are common things people want help with...)
- Do I want someone with specific skills? (e.g. cognitive behavioral training, experience with trauma, etc.)
- Do I want the provider I choose to hold particular identities?
- Do I want to use my insurance?
Helpful Search Tools
Once you have a sense of what you are seeking, you can use this tool to help you find a therapist in your area: Psychology Today Therapist Finder
- Go to Psychology Today webpage:
- Click on "Find a Therapist" or scroll down to the "Find a Therapist" search bar
- Enter your zip code (or neighborhood if you are in larger place)
- Use the filter to choose your insurance (if you are using insurance)
Tips for Choosing a Therapist
If you choose, you can also filter by therapy type, gender, and many other categories. If you do not have specific requirements, it can be a good idea to start with a wide search and refine if too many results come back.
Read about therapists who interest you. Choose three or four that you are interested in exploring further.
Call or email (usually easier) the therapist using the information listed on their profile.
If you choose email, you will see a form to complete. You can write “I’m a college student looking for help with (my mood, stress around my classes, difficulty with my friends, worry about my future, etc).” You may include days that work best for you or times that will never work. Include your insurance type as well. If you call, you may want to leave similar information, and be sure to say when you might be available for a return call. Make sure your voicemail is set up and that your mailbox is not full.
You may need to follow up a second time, as many therapists are solo practitioners and handle all their email and phone calls after their workday. Be persistent. If someone does not return your call or email after two tries, consider looking for another person.
If you use your insurance website, you will see ALL therapists who accept your insurance, however these lists are updated infrequently and depending on the insurance, less information may be available about individual providers.
For more information on finding a therapist, check out these resources:
Managing Concerns and Emotions About COVID-19
News reports about the coronavirus, together with concerns that the virus could become more widespread, is raising a number of concerns and making some people worry. Learn more about taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty here.
Here are some additional tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your worry, and maintain a positive outlook.
- Seek accurate information and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information or inaccurate information. Here are some reliable sources of information:
- Keep things in perspective.Take a deep breath and stay focused on what the situation actually is, rather than the worst-case-scenario. It can be helpful to shift your focus to things within your control rather than things outside your control.
- Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties.
- Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Feel free to share useful information you find on governmental websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own worry. If your day-to-day activities are disrupted by college closings, attempt to create structure in your day by: scheduling a normal bedtime and wake up time; structuring your time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc.; scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and family.
To watch a short video on establishing a daily routine, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aKl6kGR1i_HJXjhe1_o1XdkqvYOMAHdW/view?usp=sharing
- Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as the Etter Health Center, national medical authorities, and your own medical doctor.
- Practice calming rituals. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.
To watch a short video on deep breathing, click here:
- Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family and learn about on-campus and off-campus resources that are available. If you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others, or contact the Counseling Center or the Dean of Students Office. Your campus community is here to help!
- Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing. Remember to keep in mind the kindness and empathy with which we strive to treat one another at all times as we address this challenge together. Be aware if your behavior or attitudes change towards others from another country, and avoid stigmatizing anyone who is sick as potentially having the Coronavirus. Often when there is uncertainty, our thoughts can become less compassionate and more fear-based.
Recognizing Distress - A Self-check List
- Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
- Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
- Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
- Sleep difficulties
- Excessive crying
- Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations
- Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
- A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
- Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality
It’s not unusual to experience some — or even several — of the types of distress listed above during times of uncertainly and stress. If you notice these signs in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual heathy coping strategies (e.g. moderate exercise; eating well; getting adequate sleep; practicing yoga, meditation, or some other mindfulness activity; take time for yourself; engage in a hobby or other fun activity, etc.).
If your distress continues or gets to the point that you are having difficulty managing your day-to-day activities, then seek professional help.
Adapted from: Amherst College Counseling Center's webpage
University of Indianapolis – “Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns” (https://www.uindy.edu/studentcounseling/scc-news-updates) & American Psychological Association- “Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus” (https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/bird-flu)