COUNSELING: Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Counseling
What is Counseling?
How Do I Know if I Should Seek Counseling?
How Many Times Would I Meet With A Counselor?
What Should I Talk About in Counseling?
What Should I Expect From My Counselor?
Will My Professors or Family Members Find Out that I Am Seeing a Counselor?
How Do I Make An Appointment?
Counseling is the process of speaking with a mental health professional about your problems or concerns. The mental health professional listens with an objective ear and helps you learn more about yourself, and new ways of looking at situations. This process can help you feel more capable of identifying and solving problems on your own. The primary goal is to help you develop the skills and abilities to solve problems as they arise, in order to make the most of your academic experience.
Many students decide to pursue counseling. It doesn’t mean you aren’t “normal”. It is not a sign of weakness but of strength – if you initiate counseling, it is evidence that you are taking charge of your own well being. Your proactivity will pay off. There is no rule for when someone “should” seek counseling. You can ask yourself, simply “Is something bothering me?” There is no such thing as “not a good enough reason” or “not a big enough problem” to start counseling. If there is something that causes worry or concern, then it is important and, therefore, worth discussing with a counselor.
You may benefit from two or three sessions to address a specific area of concern, or you may find it helpful to use more sessions to address concerns that warrant more attention. Our service offers short-term counseling but referrals are often made for students who wish to consider longer-term counseling or psychotherapy.
Students seek counseling for all sorts of reasons. Some of the most common issues that bring students to Counseling Services include: low self-confidence, academic performance, depression or anxiety, confusing, distressing thoughts or feelings, difficulties adjusting to college, anger or irritability, stress, traumatic experiences, relationship problems, health-related concerns, alcohol or drug misuse, problems with eating or body image, difficulty making friends and difficulties with concentration or motivation.
Your counselor is a licensed mental health professional (clinical social worker, psychologist) who is trained to help you identify and begin to resolve the issues and problems that are of concern to you. It is perfectly common and understandable to have some anxiety about seeing a counselor - your counselor will establish a safe and structured environment in which you can feel comfortable discussing your thoughts and feelings. The approach is non-judgmental and collaborative. Counselors help clarify options, provide support and understanding, assist with setting goals, explore feelings and correct misconceptions.
Absolutely not. Counseling records are not part of your academic record. The counseling process is confidential and your counselor will strictly maintain that confidentially. Some exceptions to confidentiality do apply. Your counselor may need to share information in the event of a psychological emergency requiring hospitalization or in circumstances involving your safety or the safety of others. When these exceptions occur, you will be informed.
You can call to make an appointment at 212.772.4931 or you can come to the Counseling Services office at 1123 East Building to schedule an appointment with the Intake Coordinator. The office is open Monday and Thursday 9:00 am -7:00 pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.