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.
The Wellness Center Student Counseling Services is staffed by licensed psychologists, social workers and advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology.
The Wellness Center offers Student Counseling Services to all matriculated graduate students registered at The Graduate Center and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. 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.
For those who are ineligible for our services (temporary students, visiting scholars, non-matriculated/non-degree students, students registered at CUNY schools other than GC & Journalism schools), feel free to visit our resources page.
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.
Student Counseling Services offers short-term individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling (temporarily suspended while operating remotely), academic support services, and referrals. We also provide a number of workshops and supportive spaces on a variety of topics relevant to graduate student life.
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.
All services are free of charge to matriculated students registered at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
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.
As psychologists and social workers, we are clinically and ethically expected to only offer services that are within the bounds of our clinic capabilities and therapist expertise.
After the initial meeting, the clinical team carefully assesses the clinical needs of the student and determines how and if they can benefit from short term counseling. Students who present with clinical issues that require specialized care (e.g. medication management, substance abuse, eating disorders, severe mental illness, domestic violence, child abuse, severe trauma…etc) or those who will most benefit from ongoing psychotherapeutic services will be helped through a referral.
Our referrals are carefully vetted and we are committed to helping you connect with the most appropriate treatment and provider for you.