Counseling Center - SUNY Cortland

Counseling Center

The staff at the SUNY Cortland Counseling Center provide a safe and confidential place for you to explore your concerns and find your personal path to self awareness.

The Counseling Center

  • provides short-term therapeutic services to facilitate student’s personal, social and educational adjustment.
  • recognizes that adjustment to college life can be stressful and challenging; at the same time it can be an opportunity for learning and growth.
  • assists students by providing developmentally focused programming and offering developmental support services for students.
  • serves as a resource to the SUNY Cortland community.

Parents/Guardians and Families

Parents, if you are concerned about the emotional or psychological well being of your child, please contact the SUNY Cortland Counseling Center. Although we cannot discuss confidential material with you we can talk about your concerns and describe services that are available to your child.

Scope of Services

Because of limited resources, coupled with our desire to serve as many students possible, the Counseling Center has adopted a brief treatment model.  We are committed to maintaining our ability to provide students with high quality, appropriate counseling services.  At the same time, we are also committed to providing services within the limits of our expertise, which is required by professional ethics. 

As generalist therapists, we are similar to primary care physicians; that is, we are able to address a wide variety of concerns within our office, but there are some concerns which may require treatment services that we are unable to offer.

Some of the concerns that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of the Counseling Center include:

  • A desire or need to be seen more than once a week or for long-term therapy as indicated by:
    • History of multiple hospitalizations
    • Chronic thoughts of suicide, frequent self-injury behaviors, or history of repeated suicide attempts
    • Clear indications of a need for more intensive services
    • Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial
    • Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning that requires intensive intervention
    • Exhibiting psychotic symptoms without willingness to follow treatment recommendations
    • Inability or unwillingness to provide the necessary information to thoroughly assess symptoms
  • A need for specialized services not available through the Counseling Center as indicated by:  
    • Presence of significant drug or alcohol problems such as substance dependence and/or past failed treatments;
    • Need for drug testing 
    • Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder symptoms with no period of remission or that may pose a medical danger
    • Request for formal psychological assessment (e.g., ADHD testing)
    • Request for psychological evaluation for the purpose of employment clearance or other nonacademic purpose
    • Request for services to fulfill students' court-mandated assessment or treatment requirements

The general guidelines listed above are only intended to serve as a guide to assist treatment decisions.  Cases are evaluated individually and the professional judgment of the mental health provider(s) will determine the treatment decision in a particular situation.

Even in cases where a student’s ongoing needs necessitate a referral to community resources, the Counseling Center can often assist the student in managing the presenting concerns and provide support until the student is able to connect to the appropriate community resources.

Services

Free, confidential counseling and psychiatric services for registered SUNY Cortland students.

  • Relationship Concerns
  • Feeling Lonely/Isolated
  • Difficult Roommate
  • Alcohol/Drug Concerns
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Identity
  • Grief/Loss
  • Family Issues
  • Eating Disorder

Contact Us

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44
Phone: 607-753-4728
Fax: 607-753-2367 

Monday-Friday:
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Summer hours:
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m.

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