GUIDELINES FOR ON-CAMPUS COUNSELING
1. Scheduling Appointments
If you are new to on campus counseling, please fill out the 4 intake forms on the table to the left of Ms. Teresa Heyer’s window in Scheide Hall. If you are returning to on campus counseling please fill out ALL but the blue form. Appointments are usually made by email or phone.
2. Fee, Number of Sessions, & Cancellation Policy
There is no cost for the first 2 sessions which focus on assessment, referrals, or emergency management. If on campus counseling continues, the fee is $10 and increases to $15 at session #11. Fees rise to $25 at 20 sessions. To ensure greater access on campus resources, referrals will be provided if counseling must continue beyond 25-30 sessions. On campus resources are limited, so most students and spouses will be referred to Trinity or into the SHBP Specialty Counseling Network sooner rather than later. It is not guaranteed that a person who began on-campus counseling one year can continue on-campus beyond that year. Fees are charged to student accounts and apply without 24 hours notice of cancellation except for illness and emergencies. This policy encourages good stewardship of time and discourages forgetting! While termination of counseling is best done intentionally and collaboratively, one can withdraw from treatment at any time without consequences. The Director of Student Counseling helps with new or additional referrals for therapy, groups, spiritual direction and wellness life coaching. No one will be denied services for lack of funds.
3. Punctuality and Protocol:
If you arrive early, please make yourself comfortable in the waiting area. If you are meeting with the Director of Student Counseling, Nancy Schongalla-Bowman, and her door is closed at the time your session is to begin, please knock to let her know you are there, as she may be on the phone. Those seeing Whitney Ross or Julie Collins will meet in the Miller Chapel basement waiting area. We value your time and try to be punctual. However, on occasion a session will need to start a few minutes late or have to be rescheduled due to an emergency. We will give as much notice as possible of such changes. Most sessions last 45 – 50 minutes.
4. What You Can Expect From Counseling:
Counseling provides a safe setting in which to explore many things including emotions, needs, hopes, wounds, strengths, experiences, challenges, relationships, issues of faith and call, etc. Initially, the healing process may bring more pain as feelings and memories surface. The goal is self-understanding and an increased experience of life’s “abundance” through the resolution of feelings, issues, and patterns which have limited one’s joy, flexibility, efficacy and positive relationships. Therapy is a collaborative process requiring a deepening trust between the client and the therapist. It is important to address anything that hinders the development of that trust. The therapist-client relationship, the client and therapist’s wisdom, the client’s motivation, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit are among the many elements that contribute to the benefit of counseling.
Information shared in counseling is confidential. However, in the rare event that injury to self or to others is an “imminent danger,” therapists take appropriate steps to insure safety, which may require breaking confidence. In non-emergencies, if you would like your therapist to speak with another therapist, a psychiatrist, or a PTS administrator, you will sign an authorization form. Referrals from the Director of Student Counseling to on or off campus therapists usually include a release of information form to facilitate a good therapeutic match.
Nancy Schongalla-Bowman has provided pastoral counseling at Princeton Seminary since 1995. A Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Nancy is a 1979 alumnus of this seminary and brings experience as an ordained minister, clergy spouse, parent, stepparent and grandparent. Her orientation in counseling is holistic and eclectic with a “family systems” base. She integrates many approaches in her work with individuals and couples and has advanced training in a variety of traditional and less traditional therapies such as Hakomi Therapy, EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Nancy was trained at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia where she worked as a clinician and taught and supervised in the clergy program. Nancy is open to praying with students and often recommends group or individual spiritual direction as an adjunct to counseling. She organizes many workshops, retreats and support groups, and serves as the staff editor for the PTS Student Health 101 online magazine. Nancy makes referrals to the on-campus therapists below and to providers in the SHBP Specialty Counseling Network. She can assist with referrals to Trinity Counseling Service although a referral is not required. Nancy is licensed in New Jersey as a marriage and family therapist.
Whitney Ross has been a practicing clinician for more than 20 years. She has an Ed.M. in counseling psychology from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from City University of New York, and completed training in organizational consultation and development at The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York. Whitney is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Center for Leadership Training, an organization devoted to youth leadership development and serves on the board of Religions Ministries at the University Medical Center at Princeton. In addition to her work at Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitney is a staff therapist at Princeton Psychological Partners. Whitney’s approach to counseling is psychodynamic with a focus on examining how struggles and conflicts manifest in everyday life. She believes in the importance of exploring the root causes of one’s conflicts and how therapeutic intervention can alleviate problematic symptoms, facilitate greater self-awareness, and promote healthier life choices. Whitney sees students and spouses in the Counseling/Spiritual Direction Office in the basement of Miller Chapel.
Julie Collins has a BA and MA in Somatic and Holistic Health and Wellness Education. She is trained in body-centered psychotherapy by The Hakomi Institute, as well as the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute for the treatment of trauma. Her work as a Wellness and Integrative Lifestyle Coach is a collaborative, dynamic self-discovery and self-study process. It is designed to assist individuals in cultivating deeper self-awareness around automatic and habitual behaviors that foster health concerns, increased stress or distress, or other obstacles to positive, balanced, life affirming choices, behavioral freedom, and genuine whole-person well-being. Julie’s unique approach is rooted in a broad foundation that, for 30 years, has included the fields of mindful movement, somatic/mind-body and expressive art processes; mental health and behavioral change; contemporary neuropsychology; transformative organizational theory and practice; and whole-food nutrition. In addition to her private practice, Julie has worked with health and mental health organizations as consultant, educator, facilitator, and presenter. Julie sees students and spouses in the Counseling/Spiritual Direction Office in the basement of Miller Chapel.