Subsidized counseling is available for PTS students at Trinity Counseling Service. Trinity Counseling Service (TCS) is a nonprofit counseling service begun in 1968 and licensed by the state of New Jersey. Its mission is to provide quality, individualized clinical and wellness services in a caring environment to the community—regardless of a client’s ability to pay.
Location and Accessibility
Trinity Counseling Service is located on the grounds of Trinity Church, at 22 Stockton Street in Princeton, next to Speer Library. It is on the Episcopal Church property.
Eligibility and Fees
Students who have paid the comprehensive fee are eligible for 10 counseling sessions at TCS while enrolled at PTS with a copayment of $10 per session. This 10-session benefit does not apply to medication consultation or management sessions. After 10 sessions TCS bills the student’s insurance company, and the student’s copayment increases to $25. The Student Health Benefit Plan covers up to 24 counseling sessions (no limit for biologically based conditions). The Seminary subsidizes these sessions but never sees the names of students in counseling at TCS. Spouses and children are not eligible for seminary-subsidized counseling, but TCS works with all insurance companies and has a sliding scale, which makes counseling affordable for anyone. Visits for medication consultation or management can only be scheduled with a referral from a TCS counselor. The cost for medication visits, except for counseling sessions, is the sole responsibility of the student. Please review the SHBP benefits or your personal health insurance coverage for mental health care beyond the 10 sessions provided at TCS under the comprehensive fee.
TCS’s staff includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, medication providers and clergy. The clinical staff includes medication providers, psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors and clergy.
Many TCS clinicians have worked with seminarians for years. They are ecumenical and draw on different theoretical orientations and approaches to therapy.
Hours of Service, Appointments, and Contact Information
Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday until 5:00 p.m. TCS also provides some Saturday appointment times. To make a first appointment, call 609.924.0060 and mention that you are a seminarian from PTS.
TCS clinicians are prepared to address a range of concerns, including anxiety, stress and depression. They treat clients struggling with myriad issues including issues related to caregiving and loss, academic concerns, marital difficulties, domestic violence, parenting problems and spiritual discernment. There are clinicians who offer cognitive, academic and personality assessment of children and adolescents as well as vocational and career counseling for adults. Trained family therapists are available to work with couples and families at times of transition. TCS also provides psychologists who provide psychological evaluations of candidates for the ordained ministry. Premarital, couples, and family counseling are included in the 10-visit PTS student benefit as long as the student is present for the sessions.
Confidentiality and Informed Consent
The TCS confidentiality and HIPAA compliance statement is provided to all clients at the time of their first appointment. Counseling is confidential, and the Seminary is not told who is being seen at TCS. However, in the event of a psychological crisis where there is risk of injury to the client or others, the director of student counseling may be informed by the TCS clinician to help ensure safety and an appropriate level of support and response from the Seminary community.
This information may not be construed to convey an obligation on the part of Trinity Counseling Service to provide specific services to students of Princeton Theological Seminary. Service arrangements are subject to change and students are responsible for complying with all aspects of the patient rights and responsibility policies of Trinity Counseling Service. At the Seminary, inquiries regarding the services provided by Trinity Counseling Service should be directed to the director of student counseling.
More information can be found at www.trinitycounseling.org