Health Center
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Staff

The Counseling Center is comprised of a diverse staff of helping professionals who dedicate their time to helping Albright College students like you.  Please take a look at your counselors and what they have to offer you.

  • Dr. Brenda Ingram-Wallace, Director
  • Alex Lesko, LSW
  • Dr. Jan Sebes
  • Stephanie McDonough, MA, LPC
  • Dr. Peggy Seibert

  • Crisis: Call 911 or Security at 311
  • Need to talk? 
    • Berks Talkline 11-11 M-F/11-7 S-S 610.374.8255
    • Grief Hotline 9am – 5pm M-F: 800-260-0094
  • 24 Hour Emergency Numbers:
    • Alcohol Hotline: 800-252-6465
    • Gambling Hotline: 800-848-1880
    • Narcotics Anonymous: 610-374-5944
    • Poison Center: 800-222-1222
    • Rape/Partner Violence: 610-372-9540
    • Suicide: 911 or 610-236-0530
    • Berks Women in Crises: 610-373-1206

Mission

The Albright College Counseling Center was formed to be a place where you are helped to grow as an individual and ultimately become more effective in your everyday life.  The counseling processes provided are designed to help you address concerns that may be interfering with your personal growth, development or academic potential, including, but not limited to, adjusting to college life, stress and time management, anxiety, depression, family and relationship problems, crisis intervention and addiction.  It is important for you to realize that the counseling process involves a relationship between you and a trained counselor who has the desire and willingness to help you accomplish your individual goals, come to a greater understanding of yourself, and learn effective personal and interpersonal success and coping strategies.  It is important for you to know and understand that your counselor wants to be there for you and has your best interests in mind.


About the Counseling Center

Where is the Counseling Center located?

The Counseling Center is located in the white building behind the Gable Health Center, which is on the corner of Linden and Richmond Streets.


What type of services does the Counseling Center provide?

The Counseling Center provides a variety of free and confidential services that are available to all full-time day undergraduate, graduate, and ADP students at the Reading site.  As a student visiting the Counseling Center, you can and should feel assured that your counselor(s) have only your best interest in mind, and that they are there for YOU.  The services we provide include:

  • Individual and relationship counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Consultation for students, faculty and staff
  • Limited psychological screenings for students (such as depression, alcohol and eating disorders)
  • Referrals to community providers
  • Appointments with professional counselors to discuss personal and emotional concerns, regarding (not all are listed):
    • Family
    • Relationships
    • Substance misuse
    • Depression
    • Stress
    • Death/loss
    • Eating Problems

Does the Counseling Center do any type of awareness or programming events?

The Counseling Center provides programming relating to the mental health of the campus community. Topics include dealing with stress, creating and developing healthier relationships and lifestyles, protecting oneself from sexual assault, learning how to communicate effectively, coping with depression, stress management, among others. In the fall, there is a campus-wide mental health screening day focusing on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.  Alcohol awareness information and screenings are provided in the spring semester.  You are encouraged to contact the director with ideas for additional programming ideas.


Who can use these services?

A free and confidential consultation is available to all currently enrolled full-time day undergraduate, graduate, and ADP students at the Reading site.  The initial appointment is for screening, assessment and establishing a plan.  Our model is a brief therapy model with students receiving a maximum of eight sessions.  If your issues are determined to require a more lengthy process you will be referred to off-campus health, mental health, or substance abuse professionals. If so, you are responsible for their charges.


Will anyone find out if I use these services?

Yes, you do have to make an appointment for counseling services so that your counselor is able to give you his/her full attention.  Appointments can be made Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  During the academic year, appointments can be made by calling the Gable Health and Counseling Center secretary at 610-921-7532, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 - 5 p.m.