Center for Personal and Professional Development

How to Make An Appointment

New to Center for Personal and Professional Development?

The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) is open year-round Monday-Friday. Hours of operation vary; see posted hours on our exterior door.  

There are three ways to make your first appointment:
  • Walk in to the Center for Personal and Professional Development office, located in Suite W-300 (3rd floor, West Building) of the Elkins Park campus. If the interior offices are closed, it is likely because the counselor is working with another student. You may leave a note or try at another time.
  • Call us at 215.780.1315 or 215.780.1534
  • Email us at the addresses listed here

If you or another person is at risk of serious injury or death right now, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If you think that you or another person is at risk or in danger:

  • If you are on campus, call Campus Security at 215-780-1401
  • If you are off-campus, call 911.
For non-life threatening, urgent matters during operating hours come to the Center for Personal and Professional Development office, or call and leave us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Returning for Services?

If you have received counseling services from CPPD in the past, you can make a new appointment by walking in or emailing,,, or If it has been in a previous academic year, we will ask you to update your paperwork. 

What if I Have to Cancel My Appointment?
Cancellations are best managed by emailing your counselor directly. You may also call your counselor’s extension and leave a message to reschedule. Please make every attempt to cancel AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR to your appointment, so that we may offer your time to someone else who may need it!
Is there a wait time?
Dependent on the time of year, there are usually immediate openings for new clients within a week, sometimes sooner.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
During your first appointment, a CPPD mental health professional will ask questions and listen with respect and compassion to your current situation, relevant history, and immediate concerns. They will then help you determine your goals for coming to the Center, and work with you to determine the best course for therapy, consultation or referral to outside resources.