I Think I Need Support
Reaching out for support is a brave step and a sign of strength!
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Lack of self-confidence and/or low self-esteem
- Suicidal thoughts
- Relationship struggles
- Concerns about your weight or body image
- Alcohol and/or Substance abuse
…Whether listed above or not, The Personal Counseling Department is here for you.
To make an appointment with a Personal Counselor:
- Call 914-606-7784 or 914-606-6721
- E-Mail: PersonalCounseling@sunywcc.edu
- Stop by our offices in rooms 225 & 226 of the Student Center
What to expect…
Before first appointment begins, you will fill out an intake form that provides the Personal Counseling Department with important information regarding your background, any mental health conditions, current struggles, and the resources you are currently supported by.
Initial intake sessions are typically 45 minutes in length. During this session, the Personal
- Explain confidentiality and limits to confidentiality
- Explain role of Personal Counselor and short-term nature of services
- Assess risk level including risk for suicide
- Discuss and identify presenting issues and areas of concern
- Discuss goals with you and develop and action plan going forward
The Personal Counselor may also:
- Discuss referrals to additional resources on and off campus
- Utilize Safety Plan
WHY WOULD A PERSONAL COUNSELOR BREAK MY CONFIDENTIALITY?
- If you are assessed to be in imminent danger
- This means, if you are planning on acting on any thoughts of suicide or homicide
- If the Personal Counselor believes there to be a minor (<18 years old), senior citizen (65+), or disabled individual who is victim of abuse or neglect.
Important Note: If a Personal Counselor assesses you to be a risk to yourself or others, the Personal Counselor is required to take the following steps to ensure your safety. These steps include:
- Contacting Campus Health Services
- Contact Campus Security
- Contacting local EMS for safe transport to emergency room
Still unsure if Personal Counseling is right for you? Not ready to take the step and make an appointment? The Interactive Screening Program (ISP) is a good place to start.