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 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 Counseling Services staff.  Students will be notified that they will be working with an intern when their first session is scheduled.

There are presently no interns working in Counseling Services as of the Fall 2018 Term, but interested candidates can email Tom directly or call Counseling Services to inquire about placement in future semesters.

Information & Hours

Fall Term 2018 Hours
Monday: 10am – 8pm @ Summerdale
Tuesday: 9am – 5pm @ Summerdale
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm @ Summerdale
Thursday: 3pm – 8pm @ Lancaster
Friday: 9am – 5pm @ Summerdale

Bollinger Hall 57 @ Summerdale Campus
Room 115 @ Lancaster Campus

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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