Personal Counseling is a mental health resource for students currently enrolled in classes at Westchester Community College. Personal Counselors provide free, short-term support for students who are struggling with issues including depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, adjustment, and a range of other personal challenges.
The Personal Counseling Department provides one-on-one counseling to students enrolled at WCC. Additionally, the PCD facilitates weekly programming, educational workshops, and events around topics like Anxiety Management, Healthy Living, Sexual Violence, and more.
Whether big or small, if your struggles are affecting you personally and/or academically, it is always good to reach out for support. Reaching out is a sign of strength!
Students can make an appointment with a Personal Counselor over the phone (914-606-7784/6721, via e-mail (PersonalCounseling@sunywcc.edu), or in-person in the Personal Counseling Department offices (Student Center Rooms 225 & 226).
You may benefit from two or three sessions to address a specific area of concern, or you may find it helpful to use more sessions to address concerns that warrant more attention. Our service offers short-term counseling but referrals are often made for students who wish to consider longer-term counseling or psychotherapy. Appropriate length of services will be determined between student and Personal Counselor.
Yes. Although we are required by law to keep a record of our contact with you, these records do not become part of any other academic record. Written authorization must be obtained before disclosing confidential information about you. There are, however, important legally mandated exceptions to confidentiality. These include: (1) When a client is in immediate danger of causing harm to self or someone else (as in the case of suicide or acts of violence), relevant others may be notified to secure safety. (2) The clinician must report any incident of current child or elder abuse, neglect, or maltreatment in order to protect the individuals involved.
No. You are protected under our confidentiality policy.
If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, The Personal Counseling Department expects 24 hour notice via phone call or e-mail. If you cancel or miss a scheduled appointment, the Personal Counselor will contact you via phone and/or e-mail to re-schedule.
Yes. Personal Counselors will work with students to ensure access to support and services including scheduled appointments at extension centers and/or phone consultations.
If you have any other questions or would like more information about the Personal Counseling Department, please do not hesitate to reach out.