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Counseling Center

The College Counseling Center is aware that all members of our campus community are currently being impacted by general distress related to coronavirus (COVID-19), including figuring out how to manage Governor Cuomo's 3/11/20 decision that SUNY/CUNY will go to distance learning as of Thursday, March 19, 2020.  Although the situation remains fluid and changing hour-to-hour, our plan is to respond to whatever changes occur.

Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic

Counseling Center Overview

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).

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 (PCs)
    A group of trained student paraprofessionals are available to assist SUNY Potsdam students with personal concerns. These interns provide counseling support to students during posted hours at the Counseling Center, including some evening hours. Simply walk over to the Counseling Center in Van Housen and ask to see a Peer Counselor!

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.

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)

(315) 265-2422

Renewal House:
(315) 379-9845

University Police:
(315) 267-2222


Crisis Text Line: 
Text Got5 or HOME to 741741