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Counseling Center

The staff of the College Counseling Center would like to express our concern and support for all of the students who may be affected by the alarming increase in bias behavior occurring on a national level. Incidents of racism, sexism, homophobia or discrimination based upon religion or culture can have devastating impacts on an individual's well-being. For those students who find themselves in acute crisis as a result of such behavior, we encourage you to contact the College Counseling Center to meet with a counselor. Our phone number is (315) 267-2330 and our office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The College Counseling Center provides brief solution-based psychological services to students experiencing emotional or situational difficulties. Information shared in counseling is treated with the "strictest" confidence.

Records at the Center are strictly confidential. Records are only released with the student's written consent or by a court-ordered subpoena. Information about student contacts for psychological services is not released to other campus departments, outside agencies, family, or friends. Even the fact that a student has been at the Counseling Center is confidential.

The services provided by the Counseling Center are free, with the exception of the "No-show/Late Cancellation" fee. Please review the Informed Consent for Student Counseling Services (PDF).

College Counseling Center Mission Statement

The College Counseling Center, as a unit within the greater SUNY Potsdam community, assists students in becoming mature, educated and respectful citizens within our community and the communities in which they live after graduation. To this end we believe that all students have the ability to become self-actualized, responsible and civil.

The College Counseling Center functions as clinical unit dedicated to the dual purposes of providing comprehensive psychological resources to students to help them develop as balanced and self-maintaining individuals, and to provide students with clinical services that assist them in realizing their academic goals while enriching their personal development.

The College Counseling Center is dedicated to the purposes of creating therapeutic relationships and using evidence-based treatment to empower students to utilize knowledge and skills that will provide collective psychological security to the SUNY Potsdam community and to the world they ultimately come to work and live in once they have graduated.

Who We Serve

  • Registered students are eligible for Counseling Center services.

Services We Offer

  • Individual Counseling
    Our licensed mental health counselors provide individual counseling to any registered student. Counseling may deal with a wide range of issues. Our goal is to provide clients with a safe, confidential place to discuss their concerns and to help them work towards self-empowerment. Counseling may deal with a wide range of issues, however it should not be viewed as definitive care rather as a means of augmenting the care you may be receiving elsewhere.
  • Support Groups are formed based on need or interest.
    - Freshman Transition Group
    - Eating Disorder Support Group
  • Yoga
    Free weekly yoga classes.
  • Meditation Group
  • Consultation
    We provide consultation to all members (students, faculty, and staff) of the College community. The focuses are often organizational problems, mental health issues, group dynamics, student-centered approaches, or improvement of learning environments.
  • Satellite Office - Draime 121
    Open for a trial basis Spring 2017, the Satellite office in Draime is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for walk-ins only.  No appointment necessary and no paperwork to fill out. Just stop by and if the office is open you can speak to counselor Claude Aldous on the spot!
  • Peer Counselors
    A group of trained student paraprofessionals are available to assist SUNY Potsdam students with personal concerns. These students provide peer counseling to residents and can be contacted by calling (315) 261-8873, between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. while classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters.

View Counseling Center Brochure (PDF)

Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center Staff is an eclectic group of people who utilize a wide range of therapeutic orientations which include cognitive, behavioral, wellness, Rogerian and Ericksonian approaches to change. All of our counselors are licensed Mental Health Counselors in New York State. For more information about our counseling staff, including contact info, visit the Counseling Staff in the Directory.

You are welcome to stop by or call to make an appointment!

Our offices are located at 131 Van Housen Hall.
Phone: (315) 267-2330 Hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Yoga Photo

Counseling can assist you in the following ways: 

- Provide a safe, accepting and confidential atmosphere where you can discuss your concerns, thoughts and feelings.  

- Develop a trusting relationship with an objective professional who is a trained expert listener and helper.  

- Gain new perspectives on your difficulties and plan new ways for dealing with them.  

- Engage in the process of attempting changes while learning to acknowledge ongoing experiential responses.


Suicide Hotline:
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

(315) 265-2422

Renewal House:
(315) 379-9845

University Police:
(315) 267-2222

Peer Counselors (after hours):
(315) 261-8873