Wellness Center Counseling Services
The college years can be extremely stressful for many students especially in the contemporary climate of competition and pressure. When that stress becomes unmanageable and interferes with learning, the Wellness Center offers a short-term treatment facility to assist students in addressing their problems.
College is stressful and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, trouble focusing and low motivation. Counseling services is ready to help.
The Wellness Center is providing all mental health services, except in the case of emergencies, using confidential tele-mental health software as part of campus-wide efforts to keep students, faculty and staff safe and healthy.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call or visit the Wellness Center to speak to a clinician. See the information about Crisis Support Services for more information. Anyone concerned about a student’s mental health is strongly encouraged to contact the Wellness Center. Please know that Wellness Center staff are unable to tell you anything specific about anyone receiving treatment but will provide general help and information if it is appropriate.
To support students needing a quiet and private space, consistent internet, or a device with a web camera for their counseling sessions, the Wellness Center has two private rooms and a laptop available. Call the Wellness Center at 607-871-2400 to set up an appointment for any of the following services or to reserve a room for an appointment. Please also reach out if you would like help connecting to counseling services closer to home or have other questions.
Confidential Services Available to Students
Informal consultation meetings with a counselor focus on answering questions about services provided at the Wellness Center. They could also include potential referrals to other departments that provide student support or to community resources, depending on the need. Students do not need to complete intake forms for a consultation.
These one-time sessions are for targeting an immediate concern. The counselor works with the student to help them use their strengths and skills to problem solve and find resolutions or ways to cope with current issues. The goal with Single Session Therapy (SST) is to complete counseling goals within one session. Students will need to complete intake forms before the session.
Crisis support services are available during business hours of the Wellness Center (M-F, 8:30-4:30). These services are for students experiencing urgent situations that require immediate support. Some examples could include acute symptoms of depression, anxiety/panic, suicidal ideation, thoughts of harming self or other people, experiencing a traumatic event, recent death/ loss of a family member or friend, or after experiencing sexual assault or sexual violence, among others. The goal is to assess immediate needs and concerns, make sure the student is safe, and work together to identify next steps for ongoing support, if needed. Students who present with non-urgent concerns will be encouraged to schedule an initial appointment for short-term or single session therapy. If a student is experiencing crisis after business hours, they should contact their RA, RD, or public safety if they are on campus, or call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
These sessions are offered by the Health & Wellness Coordinator. A holistic approach to overall wellness is utilized to explore a student’s primary goals. Wellness education is also provided to inform and resolve a student’s presenting concerns in a timely manner. Topics can include, but are not limited to, self-care routine, sleep hygiene, motivation, mindfulness practices, and stress management. Students will need to complete intake forms before the first session.
The Wellness Center provides individual counseling sessions to students throughout the semester. Counselors utilize a short-term therapy model to provide the optimal amount of support to students given the limited time within each semester. Short term therapy’s main focus is to help students effectively manage current stressors, or to make a desired change. Challenges can vary from person to person, so the duration of counseling treatment will vary depending on the student’s needs. The counselor and the student collaborate together to establish goals to accomplish within sessions. Ongoing assessment of goals helps gauge the effectiveness of treatment. Students will need to complete intake forms before the first session.
Sessions TBD/ Duration 60- 90 minutes
Group counseling is a powerful process that involves meeting with a group of individuals who all face similar problems. Sessions, facilitated by one of the counseling staff, provide a supportive environment to discuss concerns and issues, while working collectively to find resolution. Groups can range from 5 to 10 people and each session varies in length from 60-80 minutes dependent on the type of group. Though the group process may be new to some, there can be advantages to being part of a therapy group that individual counseling cannot provide. Group sessions offer additional support and an understanding that you are not alone in the issues you’re facing, as well as the opportunity to share and receive different perspectives. Students will need to complete intake forms and meet once individually with a counselor to join group counseling.
- Wellness Education Group:
Through education and discussion, group members will learn practical and positive skills to improve self-awareness and ability to create healthy changes as they move towards a life of overall wellbeing. This group is run by the Health & Wellness Coordinator. The topics for the four-week group include Self-Care; Motivation; Assertive Communication and Boundary Setting; and Relaxation Techniques.
- DBT Group:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based therapeutic approach that provides individuals with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. This six-week group will introduce tools and techniques in the areas of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and effective communication, and will offer a safe and supportive space for students to practice these skills.
- Life Skills Group:
Navigating social experiences with others can be overwhelming. In this group, students can have an open space to discuss these concerns and gain skills to feel more confident in future social situations with others. Some topics explored throughout the six-weeks of group meetings will be what assertive communication looks like, navigating new interactions, as well as what healthy boundaries are and how to establish them.
- ACT Group:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been proven to help with test anxiety, social anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, anorexia and substance abuse. Over the course of seven weeks, ACT group will focus on skills to help build a meaning-filled life and handle painful thoughts and experiences that are out of our control.
Follow-up sessions: 30 minutes
Psychiatric services are provided at the Wellness Center through an out-sourced community provider. The provider meets with students during the fall and spring semesters for evaluation and medication management. The provider is available every other week for telehealth appointments. Referrals to psychiatric services are provided by Wellness Center counselors in collaboration with ongoing counseling services.
Note: Payment for counseling services is included in tuition fees and counseling is available to all current students at no additional cost. However, since psychiatric services are offered through a community provider, there are additional fees for appointments which can be charged directly to your student account.
First visit: $45
Half-hour follow up visits: $30.
Emergencies and After Hours
If a student is experiencing a crisis after business hours, contact your RA, RD or Public Safety if you are on campus. Or, call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 or go to the closest emergency room.