Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling Services

How does psychotherapy work?

There are different techniques of psychotherapy, but they all share some common elements. Therapy provides the opportunity to talk in confidence with a skilled and empathic listener who can help to identify and understand the problem and then seek out ways to approach it. Through this process, people can come to recognize a greater range of possibilities in their lives, and feel more effective and fulfilled in love and work.

Who provides the Student Counseling Services?

The Wellness Center Student Counseling Services is staffed by licensed psychologists, postdoctoral fellows and advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology.

Who uses Student Counseling Services?

The Wellness Center offers Student Counseling Services to all matriculated graduate students registered at the Graduate Center. We see several hundred students each year for consultations, individual counseling and/or groups and workshops. Students who seek our services represent the rich diversity of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds that exist at the Graduate Center. We welcome all students, including international students and veterans, and we are LGBTQ-friendly. We are also available to individual departments, to participate in workshops on topics such as dissertation completion.

Why counseling for graduate students?

Over many years of offering counseling services to graduate students, we have found that counseling can help significantly in addressing a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems and work-related problems. We are experienced in recognizing the unique challenges that graduate students can face at this phase in their lives.

What counseling services are available through the Wellness Center?

Student Counseling Services offers short-term individual counseling, psychotherapy, couples counseling, consultations and referrals. We also offer three ongoing groups, Challenges of Graduate Student Life, the Dissertation Completion Group and the LGBTQ Graduate Student Support Group, which meet weekly throughout the academic year. In addition to counseling services, we offer dissertation support through a series of individual consultations to help identify problems in moving forward on the dissertation and find solutions to obstacles. We also provide a workshop series on a variety of topics relevant to graduate student life.

Are the Student Counseling Services confidential?

All services offered through the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services are strictly confidential. We believe that confidentiality is essential to establishing an atmosphere of safety and trust. Information about you or your participation in our services is not shared with academic departments or other administrative offices. In rare situations in which there is the potential for harm to self or others, appropriate steps are taken to maintain safety for all concerned. A full confidentiality statement is available in the Wellness Center, Room 6422.

Does Student Counseling Services charge for its services?

All services are free of charge to matriculated students registered at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Does Student Counseling Services provide medications?

Student Counsleing Services does not provide medications for psychiatric or psychological difficulties at this time. However, we ensure that students who may need medication are referred to the appropriate psychiatric services outside the Graduate Center.