Delays in Tuttleman’s Counseling Services have caused students to have to wait longer to meet with a therapist.
Temple Senior, Mary Watts says “Last year I had a walk-in appointment and I didn’t really know how long it was going to take but it took them about a month to assign me a counselor”.
Because of an increase of over 800 students during walk-in hours, students like Mary have experienced waiting times from two weeks to over 1 month in order to schedule their intake appointment.
Dr. John DiMino, the Director of the Tuttleman Counseling Services, says he has expressed his concerns over the matter and is taking steps to fix it. One of the fixes is group therapy:
“It’s a very powerful aspect of any kind of group therapy, which is the universality that you realize you’re not alone in whatever the problem is”, DiMino stated.
Along with the group therapy option, Dr. John DiMino has asked the University for funding in order to hire three new full-time faculty members.
With the new faculty and group sessions, Tutttleman has the Temple Student Government to thank for a new location and bigger space for its resources.
Tuttleman Counseling Services will be relocated to 1700 North Broad Street this coming August.
The President of the Temple Student Government, Aron Cowen, heard about the issue and then took action.
“The part that TSG played, was really advocating for a true increase and not just a move. We saw this move as an opportunity to really get Tuttleman the space and the funding that they needed”, Cowen says.