Short-term individual counseling is an opportunity to talk with a mental health professional at Counseling and Psychological Services regarding concerns or problems, such as feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, academic concerns, substance use, issues with friends and family, or relationship concerns. Counseling sessions last approximately 45 minutes.
Individual counseling is available by appointment for students enrolled in the Columbia Health Program. Students requesting an appointment for individual counseling for the first time will be scheduled for a phone interview with a Counseling and Psychological Services clinician, usually within one to two business days. These calls are intended to facilitate access to appropriate treatment options. Check CPS Appointments to learn more about phone screenings.
Counseling and Psychological Services serves the entire Columbia student community on the Morningside campus enrolled in the Columbia Health Program.
During Scheduled Clinical Hours
During the first session or two at CPS, counselors work with students to develop a treatment plan that best meets their needs. While many students are able to achieve their treatment goals through a relatively brief course of treatment on campus, others may want or require more specialized or open-ended services and benefit from an off-campus referral.
Diverse CPS Staff
Students are welcome to request a clinician of their choice. Successful counseling depends a good deal on “personal chemistry.” If a student feels for any reason that her or his clinician is not a good match, CPS will gladly facilitate a transfer to a different clinician at any time. Students need only ask.
All counselors and psychiatrists at CPS have experience and expertise in working with a full range of student concerns. Most clinicians also have particular interest, experience and/or advanced training in specific practice areas, such as trauma support, eating disorders, LGBTQ concerns, veterans’ issues, and acculturation concerns, among many others. Read brief professional biographies of each of the CPS staff.
Acute Psychiatric Emergencies
Students experiencing acute psychiatric emergencies will be seen without an appointment whenever Counseling and Psychological Services is open.
Students can also be seen, without an appointment, in the CPS drop-in counseling offices.