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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).
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.
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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 (315) 261-8873, between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. while classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters.
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.
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.
- 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.
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Peer Counselors (after hours):