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Counseling Center

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". Please review the Informed Consent for Student Counseling Services (PDF).

College Counseling Center Mission Statement

The College Counseling Center assists matriculated SUNY Potsdam students in becoming mature, healthy and thoughtful citizens within our community and those 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 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. View Counseling Center Brochure (PDF)

Services We Offer

  • Individual Counseling
    Registered students may be eligible for individual counseling with one of our licensed therapists. A consultation appointment is made to determine the students needs and if the College Counseling Center is an appropriate place for treatment, as we are a brief, solution-focused center. Our goal is to provide clients with a safe, confidential place to discuss their concerns, identify goals for treatment, and integrate healthy coping skills and interventions.  Through this process, we assist students with making changes to promote their well-being, achieve specific goals, and maximize their potential. Support groups are formed based on need or interest.
  • 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.
  • 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 via the phone number posted in residence halls, accessible by RA’s, RD’s as well as University Police. They are on call between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. while classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition, they have office hours during the day in our Satellite office, 121 Draime Hall.

Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center Staff represents a broad skill set of evidence based therapeutic modalities to address a multitude of challenges. All of our counselors are licensed in New York State as Mental Health Counselors (LMHC’s) or Master Social Workers (LMSW’s). 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.

In the aftermath of the violent and deadly events in Charlottesville the SUNY Potsdam Counseling Center wants to encourage all students affected by these horrific events to contact us for support. We will work together to take a stand with you against all forms of hate and help you develop an individualized plan to cope and strengthen your resolve. As a campus community, we hope to promote a sense of healthy unity against messages of division.


HOW CAN COUNSELING HELP?
Counseling can assist you in the following ways: 

  • Provide a safe, accepting and confidential atmosphere where you can discuss your concerns, thoughts and feelings and identify specific goals to work on.

  • Develop a trusting relationship with an objective professional who is a trained to act as an agent of change to assist individuals in improving their current well-being.

  • Assist students in identifying maladaptive behaviors and integrating healthy, positive coping skills.


CRISES 24-HOUR HOTLINES

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

Reachout:
(315) 265-2422

Renewal House:
(315) 379-9845

University Police:
(315) 267-2222