A Letter from the Director

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My staff and I are aware that the continuing public health crisis associated with COVID-19 coincides with the persistent and re-acknowledged national and systemic crisis associated with racism that continues to harm all those hurt by the discrimination, unrecognized and unacknowledged biases, aggression and absence of loving respect often evident within and around us. We recognize that the challenges and traumas of this time affect individuals differently and often disproportionately because of race and other intersectional identities. We are committed to making determined efforts to assist those struggling with fear, uncertainty, and feelings of helplessness/hopelessness. We also want to help change those elements within ourselves and our local and national community that impede understanding, acceptance with respect, and social and human justice for members of our immediate and global community. We are working with one another, our university peers, and professional associations in efforts to create and support desired and necessary change.

As summer draws to an end and we all look forward to gathering once again on South Mountain, I want to remind you that the counseling center continues to remain open and counselors are available to provide assistance via regularly scheduled meetings during the week and with on-call counselors during evenings and weekends for those experiencing crisis during those often lonely hours. Although most contact at the present time is offered through phone or Zoom meetings, evidence to date suggests that benefits accrued are generally equivalent to face to face contact and we invite you to reach out to us if feeling overwhelmed, wanting to ask questions or give suggestions, or desirous of greater fulfillment or flourishing in your life. We will do our best to help with the concerns burdening you, while believing that through a caring and authentic relationship with you, goals of well-being can be attained.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ian Birky, Director
University Counseling and Psychological Services 
36 University Drive 
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3880
Fax: (610) 758-6207