The Setting at Temple


Temple University's history began in 1884, when a young working man asked Russell Conwell if he could tutor him at night. A well-known Philadelphia minister, Conwell quickly said yes. It wasn't long before he was teaching several dozen students—working people who could only attend class at night but had a strong desire to make something of themselves.  From this start Temple continued to grow, adding programs and students.  Today, Temple has more than 35,000 students and the university offers more than 400 degree programs at 17 schools and colleges and five professional schools, including programs in art, business, communications, education, engineering, liberal arts, music, science, and the health professions.

Tuttleman Counseling Services

Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) is an office within the Temple Health and Well-Being Division. Its mission includes providing counseling-related services for a broad spectrum of emotional, interpersonal, educational and vocational concerns.  Services are typically short-term.  TCS employs a multidisciplinary team, comprised of licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and psychiatrists.  The TCS staff is diverse in terms of theoretical approach, training, and areas of expertise.  In addition to doctoral interns, there are post-graduate fellows and doctoral and master’s students in counseling, clinical psychology, social work or related programs completing their training at TCS. The University’s diverse population provides our trainees with a rich multicultural counseling experience.  Tuttleman Counseling Services is comprised of units, (Psychological Services, Psychiatric Services, Sexual Assault Counseling and Education, Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness, Resiliency Resource Center, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Groups) each of which has its own specific focus and area of expertise.

The Psychological Services staff provides psychotherapy, referral, consultation, and educational services for a wide range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and developmental concerns related to career and interpersonal maturation. Clinicians in Psychological Services also provide education on conflict resolution and anger management.

Psychiatric Services provides psychiatric evaluations, medication consultations, and short-term individual psychotherapy. The psychiatrists also respond to referrals from other TCS units and serve as liaisons to the Health Sciences Center.

The Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) staff offer counseling to survivors of all types of sexual violence and abuse (rape, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, battering and interpersonal violence). The SACE program coordinates services to survivors in the areas of crisis intervention, systems advocacy and health care within the Temple University community.

The Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA) staff provides safe, supportive counseling and educational services for alcohol and other drug-related problems (recovery, problem identification, codependency, ACOA issues, substance abuse cessation, relapse prevention and risk reduction).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) staff provide individual and group counseling to help students learn specific skills related to distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.

The Group Concentration staff provides a range of process-oriented, skill-based, and support groups to the Temple University student community. The Group Program emphasizes the importance of inter- and intra-personal group process and skill-building to enhance students’ understanding of themselves and others.

The Resiliency Reseource Center offers resources for Temple students who are both new to Tuttleman Counseling Services and to those who are in therapy and wish to build on skills that they have begun to develop in their individual or group therapy.  Resources include on-line materials (i.e. Headspace, MUSE, VIA Character Strengths), workbooks, meditation and relaxation exercises, biofeedback and bright light therapy among others. Undergraduate psychology interns are available to assist with location and operation of materials.

The Center is located on Temple’s main campus ( Bldg #2.  Digital recording equipment is available to enhance supervision of work with clients.  Each intern has a private office that is equipped with a personal computer and furnishings.  


Philadelphia, the second-largest city on the East Coast, is a vibrant, diverse city and main campus is less than two miles from center city Philadelphia.  A short subway ride takes you to all Philadelphia has to offer including the Phillies’ ballpark, world-class museums, buzzed-about restaurants, progressive art galleries, independent shops, live music venues, plentiful parks and year-round events.   Philadelphia is a city of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive personality and the city was ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation.