Subsidized counseling is available for PTS students at Trinity Counseling Service. Trinity Counseling Service (TCS) is a non-profit pastoral counseling service begun in 1968 and licensed by the state of New Jersey. Trinity Counseling Service believes each person is a creature of God and worthy of love and healing. Its mission is to provide quality, individualized clinical and wellness services in a caring environment to the community— regardless of a client’s ability to pay.
Location and Accessibility
Trinity Counseling Service is located on the grounds of Trinity Church, at 22 Stockton Street in Princeton, next to Speer Library. TCS is handicapped accessible.
Eligibility and Fees
Students who have paid the comprehensive fee are eligible for 10 counseling sessions at Trinity Counseling Service while enrolled at PTS with a copayment of $10 per session. This 10-session benefit does not apply to marital or premarital counseling, or medical visits to TCS psychiatrists. After 10 sessions TCS bills the student’s insurance company, and the student’s copayment increases to $25. The Student Health Benefits Plan covers up to 24 counseling sessions (no limit for biologically based conditions). The Seminary subsidizes these sessions but never sees the names of students in counseling at TCS.
Spouses and children are not eligible for Seminary-subsidized counseling, but TCS works with all insurance companies and has a sliding scale, which makes counseling affordable for anyone.
Psychiatrist visits for medication consultation or management can only be scheduled with a referral from a TCS counselor. The cost for psychiatrist visits, except for counseling sessions, is the sole responsibility of the student. Please review the SHBP coverage (refer to page 12) or your personal health insurance coverage for mental health care coverage for psychiatry and for counseling services beyond the 10 sessions provided at TCS under the Seminary’s comprehensive fee.
TCS’s professional staff is composed of 19 experienced and licensed therapists including three psychiatrists, four clergy, five psychologists, five social workers, and two professional counselors. Some have been at TCS and have worked with seminarians for many years. The clinicians are interdisciplinary and ecumenical, representing many religious denominations within the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Hours of Service, Appointments, and Contact Information
Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday until 5:00 p.m. To make a first appointment, call 609.924.0060 and mention that you are a seminarian from PTS.
TCS clinicians are prepared to address a range of issues, including attention deficit disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety and stress, compulsive behavior and certain eating disorders, bereavement, depression, divorce, domestic violence, marital problems, parenting problems, school problems, and spiritual issues. They also provide cognitive, academic, and personality assessment of children and adolescents. For adults, TCS offers vocational and career counseling, consultations for families in transition periods, and psychological evaluations of candidates for the ordained ministry.
Confidentiality and Informed Consent
The TCS confidentiality and HIPAA compliance statement is provided to all clients at the time of their first appointment. Counseling is confidential, and the Seminary is not told who is being seen at TCS. However, in the event of a psychological crisis where there is risk of injury to the client or others, the director of student counseling may be informed by the TCS clinician to help ensure safety and an appropriate level of support and response from the Seminary community.
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This information may not be construed to convey an obligation on the part of Trinity Counseling Service to provide specific services to students of Princeton Theological Seminary. Service arrangements are subject to change and students are responsible for complying with all aspects of the patient rights and responsibility policies of Trinity Counseling Service. At the Seminary, inquiries regarding the services provided by Trinity Counseling Service should be directed to the director of student counseling.
More information about Trinity can be found online at www.trinitycounseling.org