counseling services

In light of recent events, GCU’s Counseling Center would like to reaffirm that we strive to be welcoming, affirming, and safe for ALL of our students. No matter where you are from, who you worship, or who you love – if you need to talk, we are here for you.

College can be exciting and challenging. Being away from home, being exposed to new ideas, and meeting new people are all part of the college experience. During this time, you may also experience stress, depression, anxiety, or other issues as you cope with academic and financial pressures. Conflicts with family, friends, and professors can make your time at college overwhelming. The Counseling Center is available to all GCU students and offers support to help you deal with any challenges you face during your time at GCU.

Counseling Center Services
Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, the GCU Counseling Center provides individually tailored services to address the following issues:

  • mental health issues
  • personal development issues
  • depression and anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • peer and relational difficulties
  • stress management
  • time management and procrastination

In talking with a counselor, you may experience many benefits such as improved relationships, solutions to problems, and a reduction in distressful feelings.

For the first session, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork. Feel free to download the Counseling Center Agreement and the New Jersey Notice Form to review prior to your appointment.

All Counseling Center records are confidential. When you visit the center, the information gathered during your visit does not become part of your permanent record or personnel file; it will not appear on your transcript or any official document. No one in the university or any other individual will be given information about a student without that person’s written consent.

During the first few sessions, the counselor will evaluate your needs and discuss a tentative treatment plan should you choose to continue counseling. We have a few counselors available, so you are free to meet with another counselor if the first one is not a good fit for you. To make an appointment, e-mail us.

For all students who are referred for a Mandated Alcohol and/or Drug Assessment:

  1. Print out and complete the Mandated Assessment Pre-test
  2. View the following Alcohol Drug Use and Abuse presentation
  3. Print out and complete the Mandated Assessment Post-test
  4. Bring both pre-test and post-test to your next Mandated Assessment appointment at the Counseling Center.

For all students who are referred for a Behavioral Assessment:

  1. View the Civility presentation
  2. Answer the questions found at the end of the presentation
  3. Bring your answers to your next Mandated Assessment appointment at the Counseling Center.

In partial compliance with New Jersey’s Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act, the following information is provided to all Georgian Court University students.

Suicide Prevention
There is no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and problems overwhelm a person’s current ability to cope. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. In New Jersey, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34. In 2013, 757 people died by suicide in New Jersey (Centers for Disease Control, 2013). It is important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.

Help Is Available
There are many resources, on and off campus, to help people struggling with stress —

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, or are having thoughts of suicide, contact a mental health professional from the GCU Counseling Center at 732-987-2680. You can also visit the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Casino, in Room 218.

After normal business hours, you can contact GCU Security at 732-987-2611, and ask them to contact the counselor on call.

If you are a resident student, you can contact the residence life director at 732-676-0951.

If you are not sure what to do about a friend, and they are not in immediate danger, talk to a counselor at the GCU Counseling Center (732-987-2680), or the GCU case manager (732-987-2315). You can share your concern, and your friend will be contacted by the appropriate resource. Please note that this option should not be used in an emergency.

Off-campus resources include:

 Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at Monmouth Medical Center-Southern Campus: 732-886-4474

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

NJ Hopeline: 855-654-6735

Georgian Court University is a community that cares. Each of us plays a role in supporting one another’s well-being.

If you have questions, please call 732-987-2680 or email kdowns@georgian.edu.

Robin Solbach, Psy.D., Director, 732-987-2680, rsolbach@georgian.edu
Robin Solbach has been the director of the Counseling Center at GCU since 1998. A New Jersey-licensed psychologist, she has extensive experience working with adolescents and adult issues. In addition to her responsibilities as director, Dr. Solbach is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court. Dr. Solbach is a member of the American Psychological Association and the president of the New Jersey Association of Counseling Centers.

Wendy Turton, Counselor, 732-987-2627, wturton@georgian.edu
Wendy Turton has been with the GCU counseling team since 2008 and is a New Jersey-licensed counselor with extensive experience in mental health counseling, addiction work and family/group dynamics. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the New Jersey Association of College Counselors, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Elizabeth Tomasulo, Psy.D., Counselor, 732-987-2625, etomasulo@georgian.edu
Elizabeth Tomasulo has experience working with a diverse college-aged population since 2012. In addition to providing services at the Counseling Center, Dr. Tomasulo is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court University. Dr. Tomasulo is a member of the American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association, and the New Jersey College Counseling Association.

+ Counseling Center

In light of recent events, GCU’s Counseling Center would like to reaffirm that we strive to be welcoming, affirming, and safe for ALL of our students. No matter where you are from, who you worship, or who you love – if you need to talk, we are here for you.

College can be exciting and challenging. Being away from home, being exposed to new ideas, and meeting new people are all part of the college experience. During this time, you may also experience stress, depression, anxiety, or other issues as you cope with academic and financial pressures. Conflicts with family, friends, and professors can make your time at college overwhelming. The Counseling Center is available to all GCU students and offers support to help you deal with any challenges you face during your time at GCU.

Counseling Center Services
Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, the GCU Counseling Center provides individually tailored services to address the following issues:

  • mental health issues
  • personal development issues
  • depression and anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • peer and relational difficulties
  • stress management
  • time management and procrastination
+ Is Counseling Right for Me?

In talking with a counselor, you may experience many benefits such as improved relationships, solutions to problems, and a reduction in distressful feelings.

For the first session, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork. Feel free to download the Counseling Center Agreement and the New Jersey Notice Form to review prior to your appointment.

All Counseling Center records are confidential. When you visit the center, the information gathered during your visit does not become part of your permanent record or personnel file; it will not appear on your transcript or any official document. No one in the university or any other individual will be given information about a student without that person’s written consent.

During the first few sessions, the counselor will evaluate your needs and discuss a tentative treatment plan should you choose to continue counseling. We have a few counselors available, so you are free to meet with another counselor if the first one is not a good fit for you. To make an appointment, e-mail us.

+ Mandated Assessment

For all students who are referred for a Mandated Alcohol and/or Drug Assessment:

  1. Print out and complete the Mandated Assessment Pre-test
  2. View the following Alcohol Drug Use and Abuse presentation
  3. Print out and complete the Mandated Assessment Post-test
  4. Bring both pre-test and post-test to your next Mandated Assessment appointment at the Counseling Center.

For all students who are referred for a Behavioral Assessment:

  1. View the Civility presentation
  2. Answer the questions found at the end of the presentation
  3. Bring your answers to your next Mandated Assessment appointment at the Counseling Center.
+ Suicide Prevention

In partial compliance with New Jersey’s Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act, the following information is provided to all Georgian Court University students.

Suicide Prevention
There is no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and problems overwhelm a person’s current ability to cope. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. In New Jersey, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34. In 2013, 757 people died by suicide in New Jersey (Centers for Disease Control, 2013). It is important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.

Help Is Available
There are many resources, on and off campus, to help people struggling with stress —

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, or are having thoughts of suicide, contact a mental health professional from the GCU Counseling Center at 732-987-2680. You can also visit the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Casino, in Room 218.

After normal business hours, you can contact GCU Security at 732-987-2611, and ask them to contact the counselor on call.

If you are a resident student, you can contact the residence life director at 732-676-0951.

If you are not sure what to do about a friend, and they are not in immediate danger, talk to a counselor at the GCU Counseling Center (732-987-2680), or the GCU case manager (732-987-2315). You can share your concern, and your friend will be contacted by the appropriate resource. Please note that this option should not be used in an emergency.

Off-campus resources include:

 Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at Monmouth Medical Center-Southern Campus: 732-886-4474

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

NJ Hopeline: 855-654-6735

Georgian Court University is a community that cares. Each of us plays a role in supporting one another’s well-being.

If you have questions, please call 732-987-2680 or email kdowns@georgian.edu.

+ Meet Our Staff

Robin Solbach, Psy.D., Director, 732-987-2680, rsolbach@georgian.edu
Robin Solbach has been the director of the Counseling Center at GCU since 1998. A New Jersey-licensed psychologist, she has extensive experience working with adolescents and adult issues. In addition to her responsibilities as director, Dr. Solbach is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court. Dr. Solbach is a member of the American Psychological Association and the president of the New Jersey Association of Counseling Centers.

Wendy Turton, Counselor, 732-987-2627, wturton@georgian.edu
Wendy Turton has been with the GCU counseling team since 2008 and is a New Jersey-licensed counselor with extensive experience in mental health counseling, addiction work and family/group dynamics. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the New Jersey Association of College Counselors, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Elizabeth Tomasulo, Psy.D., Counselor, 732-987-2625, etomasulo@georgian.edu
Elizabeth Tomasulo has experience working with a diverse college-aged population since 2012. In addition to providing services at the Counseling Center, Dr. Tomasulo is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court University. Dr. Tomasulo is a member of the American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association, and the New Jersey College Counseling Association.

Connect with Us
To contact us with any questions, e-mail us, call 732-987-2680, or stop in. In the event of an emergency, call 732-886-4474 or go to the Monmouth Medical Center at 600 River Road in Lakewood. If you or a friend is struggling with mental health issues, ULifeLine can help.