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Counseling Center

The College Counseling Center is aware that all members of our campus community are experiencing increased trauma related to worldwide and national challenges.  Although situations remain fluid, our counselors remain available throughout ongoing changes.

Common Presenting Concerns

  • Personal Concerns: stress, anger, loneliness, guilt, grief
  • Multi-cultural related Concerns: Difficulties related to experience of racial bias, micro-aggressions, or other such xenophobic related prejudice resulting in emotional distress.
  • Relationship Concerns: Romantic difficulties, interpersonal conflicts, family problems
  • Developmental Concerns: Adjustment to college, life transitions, identity (e.g., personal, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity)
  • Mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, as appropriate to brief therapy
  • Substance Use: Concerns related to mild or moderate alcohol or other drug use/abuse
  • Academic Concerns: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, or mental health issues that affect academic difficulties
  • Trauma or Interpersonal Violence: Assessment, stabilization and treatment within a brief therapy model

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

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.

Please 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)

Reachout:
(315) 265-2422

Renewal House:
(315) 379-9845

The Trevor Project:
1-866-488-7386

Tribal Support:
1-800-622-HELP (4357)

University Police:
(315) 267-2222

Ulifeline:
www.ulifeline.org

Crisis Text Line: 
Text Got5 or HOME to 741741

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Mental Health has become the second crisis of the pandemic. Gena Nelson, SUNY Potsdam’s director of counseling, provides a first-person perspective on the Counseling Center’s response to COVID-19, and their efforts to support students through tele-counseling.

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