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April 18, 2014


Welcome to the PBA Counseling Center

Our Mission:

 
  The PBA Counseling Center is located at 125 Okeechobee Hall.

Our mission is to provide compassionate, professional, and ethical Christian counseling services to students in order for them to achieve the maximum benefit of the educational experience.

Who Seeks Help?
Each year, many PBA students seek support and direction from the PBA Counseling Center. They come with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, stress, disordered eating, substance abuse, and other life challenges. Our staff strives to make students feel heard and encouraged through the counseling process.

How to Make an Appointment:
Stop by our offices in 125 Okeechobee Hall to fill out an intake form. You can also log onto myPBA.edu. "Click on" Departments tab and then University Counseling Center link. From there you can download our intake form and drop it off at your convenience in our center.

 

Contact Us:
Front Desk Phone: (561) 803-2563; email: counseling_center@pba.edu

Director: Jenny L. Chien, M.A., LMHC

Email: jenny_chien@pba.edu; phone: (561) 803-2662

Physical Location: 125 Okeechobee Hall. We are located next to the Rinker Center for Experiential Learning and the Rinker Companies Office on the west side of the Okeechobee building.  

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the Counseling Center for Holiday and School Break Hours.

 

Services Offered
Individual Counseling:
    Students can receive an initial assessment and brief counseling services at the Counseling Center.

Group Counseling:
    Each year various psycho-educational groups are offered for students to obtain information and gain the support of peers.  Groups vary by semester.  Please contact the Counseling Center for more information or to request a specific group topic.  

Referral Services:
    If you would like to receive services outside of PBA, the Counseling Center maintains a network of PBA reviewed providers.  These include counselors, psychologists, psychiatrist services, and testing facilities.  We are happy to help you navigate the most cost effective options based on your insurance coverage and will do our best to provide referrals consistent with a your insurance and financial means.

Educational Programming:
    The Counseling Center Director is available to speak with your group about mental health topics.  Please contact us with specific requests.

Consultations and Training for Staff and Faculty Members:
    The Counseling Center is available to consult with faculty, staff, students, and parents regarding concerns for student well-being and to provide resources on mental health topics.  If you are interested in having the counseling staff present materials on a mental health issue, please contact the Counseling Center Director.

Internship Opportunities:
    The PBA Counseling Center provides developmental internship opportunities for graduate students within the PBA Counseling Psychology program through clinical practice, education, training, and supervision.

Eligibility and Cost:
    Counseling services are available to full-time, traditional, day-time undergraduate students. Students, who meet these criteria, will be offered 6 free sessions of counseling per semester.  If ongoing counseling after 6 sessions is desired, the student account will be charged $10 per session. Graduate, adult evening and Pharmacy students are welcome to meet with the Counseling Center Director for one free session to explore referral options and care outside of PBA.
 
 
Counseling FAQ

 

What is counseling?

Although counselors may differ somewhat in their approaches, there are certain similarities that characterize the helping relationship. In the beginning stage of counseling, your counselor will ask you about your concerns to gain a deeper understanding of you and your issues. As counseling proceeds, trust between you and your counselor builds and a working partnership is developed. Your counselor will help you to explore your feelings, make your own decisions, and resolve your concerns. As you gain an understanding of yourself and your feelings, your counselor will work with you to develop and improve your life skills. Counseling will not magically solve your problems, but as a team, you and your counselor will work together to make the positive changes you need and desire.

 Keep in mind that as you begin the counseling process your stress level may increase temporarily as you begin to address and work through potentially sensitive matters. Counseling at PBA is provided in an open, honest and supportive atmosphere. Your counselor will respect you and your difficulties and is concerned that you receive the best possible treatment. We look forward to assisting you with your personal concerns.

 

How do I know if counseling is for me?

If you are questioning whether or not it would be helpful to talk with a counselor, you are always welcome to schedule an appointment to see if counseling is a good fit for you.  Some common reasons that students seek counseling include:

  • Emotional struggles, such as sadness, anxiety, anger, etc.
  • Relationship problems
  • Sleep or eating disturbances
  • Declining academic performance
  • Traumatic event or loss
  • Substance use concerns
  • Depression and/or suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty functioning on a day-to-day basis


Is counseling confidential?
Services are available to all students and all conversations are confidential. We do not release information about you without your written permission, except in the case of imminent danger to self or others, child/adult abuse, court orders or where otherwise required by law. Counseling documents are not a part of your university record.At the PBA Counseling Center, your confidentiality is of utmost importance to use.  We do not release information about you without your written permission, except in the following cases:

  • If you are assessed to be a danger to self or others
  • If you reveal any threats of harm to self or others
  • If you reveal information about abuse or neglect of minors and/or the elderly
  • If your records are ordered by a court of law
  • Supervisory purposes

 These specific exceptions to confidentiality will be discussed with you during your first session with a counselor.  Counseling Center documents are not a part of your university record.

 

 

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