Counseling can help you identify the obstacles that prevent you from achieving your goals. It provides an empathetic and supportive environment that empowers you to gain the self confidence to better understand yourself and develop coping strategies to make positive changes in your life.

Counseling Options

Some problems lend themselves to an occasional session with a counselor, while others require a series of appointments. We offer counseling on a single session, short-term, and urgent same-day basis. If you need long-term counseling, we can make referrals for counseling resources in the community. All services except psychiatric medication services are free of charge.

Counseling appointments are available in person and virtually. For virtual appointments, you can speak to your counselor on Zoom or by phone.

Need a private space? No problem — we have space available on site! If you're having difficulty finding a private space for your CWS virtual counseling session, call us at (212) 998-4780 for more details and to reserve a spot.

Not sure which option is right for you? We can help guide you to the most appropriate service! To set up a brief 15-minute phone screening with a counselor, log in to the SHC Portal, click Appointments, and select Counseling Phone Triage — or call the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999.

Single Session Counseling

Our newest counseling option! Schedule a 30-minute counseling session online anytime you need help working through a specific concern. This is a great option for when you need occasional support, but don’t need ongoing contact with a counselor.

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Group Counseling

Group counseling is a weekly opportunity to connect with other students going through similar challenges. Groups provide a safe and confidential place to explore concerns around a range of issues. Talking to other students who have had similar experiences offers support, healing, and perspective. All groups are led by counselors.

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Short-term Counseling

Short-term counseling is for when you need to work with a counselor for a few appointments to clarify issues, identify effective strategies to cope with difficult situations, and make positive changes in your life. This is the right choice when you need more than one session to understand your current life stressors. The frequency and exact number of appointments will be decided by you and your counselor. We do not offer long-term therapy, but we can make referrals for therapists in the community.

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Urgent Counseling

Sometimes problems arise without warning – that’s what Urgent Counseling is for. We’re here for you, 24/7, when you need to speak to a counselor immediately, about a time-sensitive or urgent matter. Talk to a counselor today – no appointment needed.

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How Counseling Can Help

Counseling – or psychotherapy – is a professional relationship that empowers you to address your personal problems in a non-judgemental, supportive space.

The counseling relationship differs from friendships and patient-doctor contacts. Counselors are able to be objective because they are not involved in your daily lives.They don't give specific advice or tell you what to do. Instead, counselors serve as skilled listeners who help you clarify issues, uncover your feelings and help you develop strategies to manage problems more effectively.

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