Central Penn College - Counseling Services

 

Counseling Services

We're Here For You.

IF YOU HAVE A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, CONTACT 911!

Central Penn College offers counseling services to all of its students in person or through e-counseling methods. You may seek counseling for a variety of reasons - stress, relationship concerns, time management, depression, anger issues, grief and loss, substance use/abuse, pregnancy, abuse (sexual, emotional, physical), family issues, life transition, etc. When it becomes too much to handle alone, please reach out for additional help through the counseling services at Central Penn. You are not alone.

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 (link – see below for new side page).

Central Penn allocates a minimum of three (3) hour-long sessions for each student 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.

Megan Cline, LSW

Megan Cline obtained her Bachelor's Degree from York College of Pennsylvania in 2012, majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Psychology and Women & Gender's Studies, and is a recent graduate of Temple University's Master of Social Work program.  In previous years, Megan has volunteered her time and services to multiple organizations, including Access York, Family-Child Resources, and the Children's Resource Center in Harrisburg. Megan is familiar and comfortable working with a variety of issues, including but not limited to, LGBTQIAA-related issues, anxiety, grief and loss, self-harm/suicidality, emotional disturbances, relationship/family concerns, depression, and other mental health disorders.  

Megan recently obtained her social work license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists to continue practicing in the field of counseling and social work. With a non-judgmental approach, she empowers students to make positive and healthy choices when met with difficult life situations. As a social worker and member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Cline ensures that she practices within typical social work guidelines and properly abides by the Code of Ethics.

Candace Johnson, MS

Candace Johnson received her Master‘s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University and is currently working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She is known for a warm, relaxed and comfortable approach to counseling. Candace is an integrative Psychotherapist, which means that she utilizes a variety of orientation and therapies, according to the client’s needs. Her approach involves genuine caring, acceptance, and non-judgment. Candace works with students from a strengths-based, positive and affirming perspective. She works with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, other mental health disorders, unresolved emotional issues, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss, relationship/family concerns, individual counseling for personal and emotional growth, creating more meaning and purpose, in one’s life/living a more fulfilled life and multiple othe r issues.

As a clinical therapist and member of national board for certified counselors (NBCC), Mrs. Johnson ensures her therapy practice is within the guidelines of the Code of Ethics.

Master-Level Interns

Under the direction of Ms. Cline, master-level counseling interns may provide services to members of the student body. The intern will notify the student of intern status. The student has the right to refuse services by an intern.

Information & Hours

Office Hours
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Summerdale), Thursdays & Fridays 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Summerdale) Lancaster Center weeks 2,4,6,8 & 10 (specific days TBD) 2 - 6 p.m.


Location 
Bollinger Hall, Room 52B & 52C


Appointments 
Can be made in person, by phone at (717) 728-2416 or by e-mail

Emergencies 
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 Megan Cline, LSW 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.

Online Resources