As a college student in today's world, we understand that life can become challenging for a variety of reasons. We're here for you, with trusted and empathetic counselors, therapy choices to fit your needs, and a mind/body/spirit approach to wellbeing.
Our stepped care model is a holistic menu of services that aims that connect students to the most effective, yet least intensive option first. Our work also involves information, trainings, and tools to help students, staff, faculty, and family members.
We strive to help students achieve contentment, happiness and flourishment. Our goal is to provide services and resources that will enable the student to live a meaningful life based on a mind/body/spirit approach to wellbeing, an approach that honors the person's fundamental dignity of the human person by valuing him/her in his/her totality.
Free, confidential consultation is available to all enrolled Duquesne students
Visits to the University Counseling Services are private and confidential and free.
Short-term therapy is provided for a variety of reasons, like adjusting to college life, personal and/or emotional distress, homesickness, test anxiety, sleep disturbances and more. Students in need of more frequent, long-term psychotherapy will work with our case manager to find resources to meet his/her needs.
Group and Outreach Support
A variety of support groups and seminars are available for students for topics of current interest, such as time management, stress management, test anxiety, eating disorders, cultural diversity, or specific topics can be requested. Biofeedback sessions are also available.
Duquesne University is offering virtual and in person support group meetings for all Duquesne students to provide spaces where we can support each other, learn coping skills and gain insight as we all navigate stressful and uncertain cultural times.
The University Counseling Service offers Wellbeing Educational Workshops to the Duquesne staff,faculty and student organization group throughout the year. Wellbeing educational programs are free for any student group interested in having a presentation at their group, club or organization.
An interfaith meditation room is available for all students, faculty, and staff all faith traditions and meditative practices.
Freedom and space to practice one's religion is a top priority here at Duquesne University. That is why the Interfaith Meditation and Silent Prayer Room was founded as part of the Counseling Services.
Open from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday - Friday (except when offices are closed)
The room was designed as a place where people from any religious tradition or no religious tradition could go to engage in their meditative and contemplative practices.
Materials Available for prayer and Meditation
There are meditation cushions and kneelers available to help support a proper meditation posture. Fold out the legs from beneath the kneelers to use them for kneeling or use a circular, smiley, or box-shaped cushion for support of cross-legged postures.
A book shelf is filled with spiritual and philosophical texts from many traditions that have been known to guide a great number of people to a state of increased wellbeing.
Interested in learning how to meditate?
To schedule an appointment for a lesson on how to meditate or for any questions, please call (412) 396-6204. We hope to share this space with you soon.
Help As Soon As You Need It
Crisis Support is available 24/7 by calling ReSolve Crisis Service at 1.888.796.8226. You can also contact the University police emergency number, (412) 396-2677 (COPS).
Text the 24/7 Crisis Text Line:
IN EXTREME EMERGENCIES: Immediately call 911 or the University Police at (412) 396-2677, or proceed to the closest hospital emergency room.
We are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call or come by our office (636 Fisher Hall) during regular business hours. View forms ahead of time (link to DORI).
Tips for Parents
College is change, challenge, growth and exploration ... new people, ideas, values, freedoms and responsibilities. You can expect your student to fight the push to let go and the pull to return in their relationship with you. Your changing relationship will require a new balance. Communication is the key.
Try new ways of relating.
Re-evaluate your ideas and ways of doing things.
Share your ideas and thoughts, don't impose them.
Allow your student to make decisions and learn from mistakes.
We can help with free, confidential counseling to help your student in their new adult role, work through homesickness, get over the loss of a relationship, and explore majors and career paths.