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 General Policy & Procedures (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.
The psychiatrist on staff offers individual counseling sessions, consultation involving the use of medication, and ongoing discussions to monitor medication being used.
- Developmental Programming, Workshops, and Groups
We are available to conduct workshops and give classroom presentations on a wide variety of topics.
- Support groups are formed based on need or interest.
Free weekly yoga classes. Yoga schedule (PDF)
- NEW Therapeutic Drum Circle
Free weekly therapeutic drum circle. Drum Circle Schedule (PDF)
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.
- Wellness Advocates
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) 261-8942 or (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.