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Counseling Center

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What is counseling?

Talking with a counselor is different than talking to a friend, relative, teacher, or other person in your everyday life. Counseling is a form of professional help in which persons have an opportunity to take a more objective look at their lives. Counselors are trained to be objective, unbiased listeners. They can help you get to the root of what is bothering you and in a way, they can help you to help yourself. Counselors are also trained to deal with a variety of crisis situations (such as suicide, rape, sexual harassment) and have an extensive referral network of mental health professionals in the New York City area to ensure students get the help they need.

Counseling tends to be focused on specific problems and concerns, and includes exploring options for problem solving. Other forms of counseling, like psychotherapy, involve these same explorations, but also try to understand the relationship between current stress, personality features, and past experience.

Q. What is psychotherapy?

  • Psychotherapy is a process of learning about yourself in order to make changes in how you experience your life and interact in the world.
  • Psychotherapy involves stretching to see yourself and others more clearly and finding more satisfying and effective ways of interacting.
  • Often psychotherapy involves learning to recognize, tolerate and respond to your emotional needs on an ongoing basis. If you have had difficult, painful and/or traumatic experiences, psychotherapy will involve working through and integrating these experiences.
  • A psychotherapy relationship is carefully structured to provide a safe space for you to explore who you are and how you view and relate to yourself and others.
  • A therapist is trained to see, and help you to see, the patterns of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that may be contributing to you feeling stuck or experiencing distressing symptoms.
  • Your role in psychotherapy will be to share openly and honestly about your life, your experiences, and what you are thinking and feeling during the session. Together we will begin to notice patterns and make connections that will help us make sense of the difficulties that led you to seek therapy.
  • Your goals and your process of reaching them will be unique to you; we will work together to identify ways for you to stretch and grow toward your goals.

Q. What does the Counseling Center do?

The Counseling Center helps students to define and achieve their personal and academic goals. The Counseling Center can help you to:

  • Recognize what is upsetting you
  • Clarify your goals
  • Focus on your studies
  • Help you find ways to deal with difficult situations
  • Make decisions about your future

Counselors work with students on a wide variety of personal problems. Some of these concerns include:

  • Problems in interpersonal relationships
  • Conflicts about sexuality
  • Time management
  • Substance abuse
  • Family problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Test anxiety
  • Difficulties with academic achievements
  • Feelings of inadequacy, depression and loneliness
  • Stress
  • AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Difficulties adjusting to a new country and/or lifestyle
  • Homesickness

In addition to one-on-one counseling sessions and group sessions, 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. Please let us know what workshops you would like to see.

Q. Who can use the Counseling Center?

The Counseling Center offers professional counseling and psychotherapy 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.

Q. What types of Counseling are offered at the Center?

Personal Counseling
This type of counseling typically deals with personal and interpersonal or relationship problems. The questions above have primarily described the personal counseling process.

Group Counseling
This type of counseling typically deals with discussing issues as a group.