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Counseling and Psychological Services provides individual and group counseling, medication management, assessment, consultation, and referral services to the Swarthmore College community. We provide short- and long-term counseling and psychiatry services free of charge for enrolled students and consultative services to faculty and staff.

We have extensive experience counseling students with a broad range of concerns, including:

  • ADHD
  • adjustment struggles
  • anxiety
  • body image concerns
  • depression
  • eating concerns
  • grief
  • OCD
  • panic disorders
  • relationship difficulties
  • sexual abuse
  • sexual assault
  • sexuality
  • substance abuse
  • suicidal ideation
  • trauma

Our services are intended to be both preventive and therapeutic.

Urgent Care 

There are multiple types of services available for urgent mental health needs. 

View available resources

Individual Psychotherapy

Swarthmore College’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers short- and longer-term individual therapy based on student needs. Short-term therapy can focus on helping students to effectively manage a discrete challenge or to make a desired change in their life. In comparison, longer-term therapy offers the opportunity to address a student's overall development and longstanding concerns.

Group Psychotherapy

Therapy groups provide an opportunity for small groups of students to meet under the guidance of two counselors. The group works to facilitate personal growth by encouraging understanding of self and others. 

Groups are typically formed at the beginning of the semester and usually meet once a week for about 75 minutes. Group participants are expected to maintain the confidentiality of all group members.

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Medication management is available to students engaged in ongoing individual or group psychotherapy. Consultation is provided by licensed psychiatrists. A counselor must meet with a student before their first psychiatry appointment.

Referrals to Other Providers

Students who require additional resources can read our off-campus counseling referral process and list of off-campus providers or work with a counselor to locate the services outside the College.

We also recommend that you contact your insurance company for additional information about your benefits and coverage.

View Swarthmore College student insurance information

View a list of services Counseling and Psychological Services does not provide