Central Penn College - Counseling Services

Central Penn College


Counseling Services

We're Here For You.


Central Penn College offers FREE counseling services to all students presently enrolled at either the Summerdale or Lancaster campus, regardless of whether they live on campus or commute, or if they are in a face-to-face or online program. Online students who reside outside of Pennsylvania are unable to receive counseling due to licensing restrictions, but Counseling Services helps connect those student to services in their community. Counseling sessions can be scheduled for in person, or over the phone; your counselor will help you determine which option works best for you. You may seek counseling for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, anger issues, grief and loss, substance use, pregnancy, past or present trauma, difficulties with roommates, LGBTQIAA concerns, difficulties making academic progress, or family concerns. Couples and family counseling may also be recommended and can be provided in working with counseling staff. 

Counseling is confidential. Sessions and documentation are confidential. No information of any kind is given to anyone outside of the counseling staff unless you specifically request it in writing. There are limitations to confidentiality in order to protect the welfare of self and others as detailed in the confidentiality policy. Please review the confidentiality statement to understand your rights and limitations to the confidentiality.

Counseling is empowering. The goal of counseling is for you to recognize that you have the strengths within you to be able to conquer or manage the concern. The counselor will help you identify your strengths, define a plan to address the presenting concern, and build skills.

Counseling is connecting.  Part of counseling is trying new skills in the community around you. Counseling connects you to your community whether it is to continue counseling with an outside agency, to plug you into a community service organization, to connect you with a campus club or to recommend a new activity.

Counseling is embracing. The focus of counseling is maintaining an atmosphere of openness, respect and trust. Diversity is accepted and acceptance promoted. See the inclusion statement for more information.

Central Penn allocates a maximum of eleven (11) 45-60 minute long sessions for each student per term as stated in the business policy and specific policies regarding counseling services are clarified in the counseling disclaimer. Please review both.

If long-term counseling is needed, the counselor will refer you to an outside agency. There are both local resources and self-help resources available.

Tom Palmieri, MS, NCC, LBS, LPC

Tom CounselingTom is the Director of Counseling Services and joined the Central Penn College Community in July 2018. Tom earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, with minors in Psychology and Gender Studies, from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and a Master's Degree in College Counseling from Shippensburg University. Tom is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and hold licenses as a Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association and practices under their ethical guidelines.

Tom has worked with people as young as 4 and as old as 70 on managing symptoms related to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, past/present trauma, being a survivor of abuse, LGBTQIAA concerns, grief and loss, anger and physical aggression, chronic health issues, wellness and weight management, self-harming behaviors, relationship difficulties, spirituality concerns, and recovery from substance abuse and dependence.  Tom also has a background in providing couples, family, and parental counseling and has facilitated various forms of group counseling.

Tom is a native of Brooklyn, New York who enjoys cooking, music, comic books, spending time with his fiancé Stephen, and playing with his cats Moose and Bear.

Graduate Level Interns

Graduate students working towards completion of a Master's Degree in a counseling related field may provide counseling services as an intern under the clinical supervision of Counseling Services staff.  Students will be notified that they will be working with an intern when their first session is scheduled.

Counseling Services will be looking to host interns starting in May 2019 after Monica and Chloe complete their internships.  Interested candidates can email Tom directly or call Counseling Services to submit their application materials.  Application materials consist of a resume, cover letter, and unofficial graduate transcript to verify enrollment.

Monica Goodfred

MonicagoodfredMonica is completing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College and is set to graduate in May, 2019.  Monica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Campbell University in North Carolina.  With experience serving military clientele, Monica has worked with those struggling to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief/loss & trauma, anxiety, legal issues as well as those with various level of disabilities.  Currently she works as part of a therapeutic team in school settings with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum.  Monica moved to Pennsylvania in 2011, but as a native to Eastern North Carolina she enjoys spending time outdoors from early morning yoga on the beach to sailing, hiking or reading a book in the sun while relaxing on shore.  Monica will be running a grief and loss support group for students Wednesdays from 3 – 4pm in Bollinger Hall 59 starting January 16th during the Winter 2019 Term.

Chloe Pittinos

ChloepittinosChloe is finishing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Messiah College and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Psychology from Auburn University in Alabama.  She has most recently been working with individuals recovering from substance abuse and addiction in a local partial hospitalization program.  In addition to doing Tai Chi for nearly 20 years, Chloe enjoys hiking and mushroom hunting in the mountains facing Central Penn College with her husband and dog.  Chloe will be running a weekly wellness group for students and staff on Tuesdays from 12 – 1pm in the Underground Dance Studio starting January 15th during the Winter 2019 Term.

Information & Hours

Winter Term 2019 Hours


  • 10am – 8pm @ Summerdale
  • 4pm – 8pm @ Lancaster


  • 9am – 5pm @ Summerdale


  • 9am – 5pm @ Summerdale


  • 2pm – 8pm @ Summerdale


9am – 4pm @ Summerdale


Summerdale Campus

  • Director’s Office: Bollinger 57
  • Intern Office: Bollinger 59

Lancaster Campus

  • Counseling Office: Room 113

Can be made in person, by phone at (717) 728-2416, by email, or through the “Counseling Services” tab on BlackBoard.

If you are experiencing emotional distress and/or considering harm to self or others, immediately contact Central Penn Security at (717) 728-2364. The responding officer will contact Counseling Services for mental health concerns after hours and a plan will be formulated to best help you. If it is life-threatening, contact 9-1-1.

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