Counseling Center

Orlando Tragedy – Coping Strategies

In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, we affirm our unequivocal support of our community, particularly our LGBTQIA+, Latino, and Muslim communities, all of which have been affected by the Orlando tragedy.

In the aftermath of these types of tragedies, it is important that we take steps to manage our emotional response, attend to our needs, take steps to feel safe and in control of our situation, and put events in perspective so that we can go on with daily life.

Click on link below to access some important strategies for managing distress in the aftermath of a tragedy such as this:

Welcome to the University Counseling Center!

We are here to ensure that you remain healthy and thriving during your college years and beyond.  As the primary mental health service for both undergraduate and graduate students, we employ a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and advanced graduate trainees in various mental health disciplines. We’re committed to promoting your overall health, empowering you to maximize your college experience and realize your fullest potential.
If you are in an emergency situation where danger is imminent and immediate help is required, call 911 or the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121

After-Hours Counseling Phone Numbers:

  • General Mental Health Crisis Response:  412-648-9004
  • Sexual Assault Response: 412-648-7856


Individual Counseling

Individual counseling provides an opportunity for students to meet individually with a mental health professional (psychologist, social worker, licensed professional counselor, advanced-level graduate trainee in psychology or social work) to explore freely a variety of problems, difficulties, or concerns.

The UCC utilizes a short-term, time-limited model for providing individual counseling and psychotherapy services. Sessions of individual counseling usually last about 45 minutes and are scheduled every two to three weeks for a specified period of time. Typically, students attend six to eight sessions of individual counseling over the course of one academic term.

In order to maintain quality of services while responding to high service demands, the UCC may limit the number and/or frequency of individual counseling sessions. When this occurs, student clients who need or express interest in long-term counseling or psychotherapy services are assisted with referrals to mental health services off-campus.

Couples Counseling

Couples counseling services are available to opposite-sex and same-sex partners who are involved in an ongoing, committed relationship. One partner must be an enrolled student who is currently registered for classes.

Group Counseling

Group counseling/therapy provides an opportunity to be part of group of six to eight students who meet regularly over the course of one academic term to share concerns, explore personal issues, and learn new skills under the guidance of one or two group leaders/facilitators.

Each term the UCC providers a variety of general therapy groups offered to all students, therapy groups for particular populations (e.g., graduate students, women, men, LGBTQ students) and therapy groups for particular issues/problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, family issues, substance abuse problems, history of sexual assault).

The UCC also offers educational workshops on a variety of topics. Students participating in group therapy are asked to commit to attending group therapy sessions regularly for the duration of the group. 

How to Make an Appointment

Triage Screening and Disposition appointments are offered daily.  Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule a triage assessment appointment, call (412-648-7930) or stop by the Wellness Center in Nordenberg Hall. More details on appointments can be found here.