Life at college can be exciting and challenging. Handling coursework, dealing with the pressures of work and school, living with roommates, socializing, and being exposed to new ideas and lifestyles can bring new friends, new lessons, new questions - and also, at times, new anxieties. Often, talking with someone about these issues can be helpful and even necessary for your mental and emotional health.
The mission of the Office of Counseling & Accessibility Services is to promote personal growth and skills development. We’re here to help you through a variety of free and confidential services.
Do you wonder if you have a problem with alcohol use, depression/suicidality, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)? Click on our online mental health self-assessment link for anonymous and private screening. For alcohol abuse, view the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO, an interactive web-based alcohol education and private prevention program.
Because counseling includes discussion of sensitive personal information, you should feel safe in your conversations with counselors and confident that your privacy is protected.
Our staff has a legal and ethical obligation to protect your privacy. Information about your counseling is confidential and counseling records are not part of your academic or administrative records. We won’t disclose information related to your counseling without written permission. This includes responding to questions from parents, friends and faculty members.
However, there are a few exceptions to the general rule of confidentiality.
We would be required to release information, and possibly contact appropriate people, under the following circumstances:
- There is a danger you may harm yourself or someone else.
- We learn information which leads us to believe a child or elderly person is being abused or neglected.
- We receive a court order to release information (i.e. you are involved in a criminal or civil case in which your emotional or mental health is a concern).
To ensure we provide you with the best care we can, there’s another way your information might be shared. Our staff members may consult with other Counseling & Accessibility Services staff members (protecting your anonymity as much as possible) in order to determine the best way to help you.
If any of these circumstances occur, we’ll discuss it with you when possible.
If you would like to provide written permission for us to speak with someone about your care, you will need to fill out this Authorization to Release Protected Health Information Form.
Campus Location: Maxwell Hall
216 East 45th St., 14th Floor
(212) 752-1530 ext. 315
Fax: (212) 750-3466
Hours: Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.