Subsidized counseling is available for PTS students at Trinity Counseling Service (TCS). Trinity Counseling Serviceis 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 at 353 Nassau Street across from the Whole Earth store at the intersection with Harrison Street within walking distance from PTS. Parking is available behind the building.
Eligibility and Fees
The comprehensive fee subsidizes counseling for students, couples (including premarital), and families as long as the student is present int he sessions. Spouses and children are not eligible for seminary-subsidized counseling but TCS works with many insurance companies and has a sliding scale. For students enrolled in the Student Benefit Health Plan (SHBP), all sessions are $15 and there is no session limit. For students not enrolled in the SHBP the first 10 visits are charged at $15, sessions 11-20 are $20, and sessions 21-30 are $25. After session 30, a student’s own insurance will need to be engaged and the fee may be different. A referral to TCS by the Director of Student Counseling is not required but may be helpful.
TCS’s clinical staff includes psychologists, social workers, and counselors. 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 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday until 4:30 p.m. Evening and weekend sessions may be available upon request. To make a first appointment, call 609.924.0060 and mention that you are a seminarian from PTS.
TCS clinicians can address a range of concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, loss, academic concerns, marital difficulties, domestic violence, parenting problems, and spiritual discernment. Some clinicians offer cognitive, academic and personality assessment of children and adolescents as well as vocational and career counseling for adults. TCS provides psychological evaluations of candidates for the ordained ministry.
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 mental health 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