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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Counseling Center

Last updated on 08/15/2013

The Counseling Center is one of several units within the Department of Student Affairs. We offer individual and group counseling to the Baruch community. Our services are all confidential and free of charge. We are located on the 9th Floor at 137 East 25th Street (Annex building-east of the library). To schedule an appointment, you can call the Counseling Center at (646) 312-2155, e-mail us at or submit an online request form. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5:00 PM.

Services offered by the Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed psychologists, supervised trainees, and psychiatrists. Our staff helps students define and achieve their personal and academic goals. Personal problems can range from common struggles such as difficulty establishing social supports, difficulty adjusting to a new country, difficulty meeting academic demands, time management, test anxiety, frequent absences, to more sever mental illnesses such as aggressive behaviors, depression with suicidal ideation, panic attacks and other anxiety disorders that can seriously impair a person's functioning. Our psychiatrics provide consultations on students who present with sever mental illness and prescribe medication to these students when necessary.   

In addition to one-on-one counseling sessions, group sessions, and psychiatric consultations, the Counseling Center offers workshops, video screenings, and discussion groups. Topics of previous workshops have included Assertiveness, Procrastination, Stress Reduction, Test Anxiety, Asian Students and Cultural Adjustment.

Who can use the Counseling Center?
The Counseling Center offers professional services to anyone who is currently enrolled and registered as an undergraduate or graduate student at Baruch College. Baruch faculty, staff and alumni may be seen for consultation and referral. Non-degree and non-matriculated Baruch students are also seen for consultation and referral.

Further Resources
If you are concerned about a student, please contact Dr. Cheng or Dr. Kasnakian at 646-312-2155 for a consultation . We will help you assess the seriousness of the student's behavior, guide you on how to approach the student to voice your concern, and explain how you can refer them to the Center. Your attention to the student can have the most favorable impact on their decision to get help. You may also go to the counseling center’s website for additional information about the Center. The Center's pamphlet, Referring Students for Counseling: A Guide for Faculty and Staff can be of further assistance as well.

In the event of an emergencywhich means that a student’s basic safety is jeopardized-concerned faculty, staff or students may fill out an Incident Communication Form if they have noticed student behavior which is perceived to be harmful to the student him/herself or to others. This behavior may include:

    • Unusual or erratic behavior in class
    • Extended absence from class by a typically engaged student
    • Written work with troubling themes or references
    • Verbal or written threats made by a student toward another student
    • Written or verbal expressions of suicidal ideation
    • Other actions which cause an alarm or call into question the safety of the student or his/her peers.
    • Messages on social media with concerning language.

All reports are confidential and will be handled by members of the Crisis Intervention Team.

For additional information, please see (or direct students to) the counseling center’s website or contact the Center using the information below.

Location: 137 East 25th Street (the Annex), Room 927
Director: Dr. David Cheng
Assistant Director: Dr. Caroline Kasnakian
Telephone: 646-312-2155
Email: counseling@baruch.cuny.