Personal Counseling Department
What We Do
The Personal Counseling Department at Westchester Community College knows that the stress of being a college student often reaches beyond the classroom. We are here to provide all students with support, resources, and compassion they need to deal with life’s challenges that are interfering with personal and academic growth and success.
The Personal Counseling Department creates a campus environment that is safe, growth fostering, and prioritizes the psychological, social, and emotional well-being of our college community.
The Personal Counseling Department offers confidential, individual and group mental health services in addition to campus-wide programming, intended to provide support, education, and healthy ways of coping with stressors and struggles.
The Personal Counseling Department protects student privacy and confidentiality. Information from your confidential record is only released if you, the student, give written consent. Faculty, university administrators, and parents do not have access to your Personal Counseling Department record. By law, there are limited exceptions to this rule in cases of minors, health or safety emergencies, and court subpoenas. Personal Counselors are mandated to report specific information only when there is the possibility of harm to a client or another person, in cases of abuse of a child, elder or disabled person, or under court order. Information regarding confidentiality and limits to confidentiality is outlined in the Informed Consent form given to students during the first meeting.
Telehealth: Services in the Remote World
Telehealth is the delivery of health related services (eg: Personal Counseling mental health services) remotely using video/digital technology. Personal Counseling Department Telehealth services are conducted through Zoom for Healthcare. Students are eligible for Telehealth services if they are seeking short-term mental health support, are currently enrolled in courses at WCC, and are located in the state of New York.