About Us

Who we are...

The Counseling Center and Disability Services is committed to providing professional services to our University Community for growth, development, health, and empowerment in life and academics. We also serve as a resource to students seeking help for a friend, and for faculty and staff seeking information on how to refer a student for assistance.

Tara C. Gutgesell, MA, LPC
Director of the Counseling Center & Disability Services
Campus Center 220
267-341-3232
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Tara received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from St. Joseph's University and her Master of Arts in clinical psychology from West Chester University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to coming to Holy Family University, she worked for Onward Behavioral Health in outpatient treatment providing individual, couples, and family therapy for late adolescence and adults. Tara also has years of experience in group therapy and psycho-education, working in an acute partial hospital. She additionally worked for a period of time as a Supervisor in case management services for community mental health. She encourages students to seek growth through experiences, increase self-awareness, and maximize strengths for balance in life.

Erin G. Leuthold, MS Ed
Coordinator of Disability Services
Campus Center 222
267-341-3231
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Erin earned her Bachelors of Science in Commerce from Niagara University and Masters of Science in Education from Nazareth College. Before moving to Philadelphia she spent over 10 years as an Urban Educator and Case Manager in Rochester, New York. While new to Holy Family University, Erin is also an adjunct professor at Camden County College for the Garden State Pathways Program. The Garden State Pathways Program is a college experience program for students with cognitive, physical, and/or intellectual disabilities. Erin is committed to supporting students in recognizing their full potential while challenging themselves in their educational pursuits.

Cynthia Brong
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life
Test Accommodation Coordination & Scheduling
Campus Center 212
267-341-3200
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Cindy has been a part of the Student Life department at Holy Family University since 2004. She is currently studying for Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at Holy Family University. Cindy is a people person, who enjoys getting involved in activities and event planning. She loves the close involvement with our students, watching them grow before her eyes and seeing them "fly away to shine as they go out into the real world." Cindy takes great pride in being a mentor; someone the students can reach out to for questions. Cindy's goal each day is to provide our students with support along with a friendly smile as they travel the road of higher education.


Where we are....

The Disability Services Office is located on the second floor of the Campus Center in Rooms 220-222. To schedule an appointment, call the Disability Services office at: 267-341-3231, or stop in to make an appointment. Office hours vary each semester. For the Spring Semester 2014, the Disability Coordinator's office hours are as follows:

  • Monday - 8 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday - 3-8 pm
  • Wednesday - 8 am - 3:30 pm
  • Friday hours vary

The office is closed on weekends, holidays, and during the summer months (June-July.) You may also email questions or request for an appointment. Please do not e-mail emergency contacts, as e-mail communications may not be reviewed daily.