Counseling

Frequently Asked Questions

What is counseling?
Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique, confidential, and supportive relationship. Counselors act as facilitators in helping students better understand themselves, their feelings and behaviors, and their relationships with others. 

Do I need counseling?
Everyone can benefit from counseling. Counseling assists in the development of insight and coping skills to deal with challenges such as anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Additionally, counseling provides an invaluable forum to discuss concerns, problems, and decisions with an objective professional.

If you are uncertain if you would benefit from counseling you can complete the ULifeline Self Evaluator. The Self Evaluator screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions that college students face. This screening does not provide a diagnosis, but identifies problems that could be impacting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The screening process also provides information on these conditions and how to reach out for help. 

How do I make an appointment?
We are located on the third floor of Aquinas Hall in AQ 304 and are open from 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please stop by our office, call us at 845-569-3115, or email us at counseling@msmc.edu to make an appointment.

What does it cost to attend sessions at Counseling Services?
There are no charges for sessions.

How long can I attend sessions at Counseling Services?
Our services are time-limited, but we do not put a specific limit on the number of sessions students may attend. Students usually only need between 5-6 sessions to address their concerns, but we can provide up to 10-15 counseling sessions for a student in an academic year. 

If it is determined that a student requires long-term, intensive treatment, and/or if they require services beyond the scope of our office we will assist them with connecting to appropriate treatment services off-campus. 

Are counseling sessions confidential?
All communications between students and counselors are held in confidence and will not be revealed to anyone unless a student gives written authorization to release the information. A copy of the release form is available from the Counseling Services office.

There are legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality which require that a counselor take responsible action. Your counselor will review these exceptions when you meet with him/her.

Counseling files are not part of your educational records and no one has access to them except the staff members of Counseling Services.

What do I do if I am experiencing a crisis?
If you are experiencing a crisis, or have serious reason to believe that someone you know is a danger to themselves or others, please do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Services office immediately at 845-569-3115

If, for any reason, you are unable to contact the Counseling Services office, or if a crisis or emergency situation arises after hours, students on campus are encouraged to call Campus Security at 845-569-3200 for emergency support. On-campus residents can also contact a member of the Residence Life staff.

Go to our Crisis Assistance page for more crisis resources.

Counseling Services

Aquinas 304
845-569-3115
counseling@msmc.edu