Problem-Solving/Coping Skills Drop-in
Need to talk about everyday life concerns impacting your emotional well-being or to learn coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety? Problem-Solving/Coping Skills drop-in is an opportunity to talk with a mental health professional about a specific situation that is causing emotional stress. Often a single conversation may help you gain clarity and find ways to address it.
Problem-Solving drop-in is intended to be a one-time visit with a CPS provider. When you come to a Problem-Solving drop-in, your provider will work with you to understand the situation and help you develop a plan to address the problem. This may include connecting you to other campus resources that can help you along the way.
Among the typical problems discussed in these sessions are relationship problems, adjustment to campus life, career concerns, acculturation, or anxiety about academics.
These sessions are available to Columbia students who have paid the full Columbia Health and Related Services Fee.
If you are already seeing a CPS provider, please call 212-854-2878 to determine the best course of action based on your treatment plan or visit our Coping Tools page.
Please note that Problem-Solving/Coping Skills drop-in is a supplementary support that is not intended to substitute for traditional counseling or other appropriate treatment options. If you are seeking ongoing counseling or psychiatric care, please call 212-854-2878 during regular business hours to arrange an initial phone consultation that will help guide you to the resource that is right for you.
How to access Problem-Solving/Coping Skills drop-in
Walk-in only. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for hours and locations
We are committed to maintaining our posted office hours, however options may occasionally become unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances.
As needed, your drop-in provider may refer you to individual therapy, support groups, or urgent drop-in counseling so that you get the appropriate support.
613 Jerome Greene Hall (Law School)
Mondays, 5:00 PM -7:00 PM ET
Wednesdays, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
610 IAB (International Affairs Building)
Wednesdays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET
502 Lerner Hall (multicultural concerns only)
Thursdays, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ET
CPS has a number of providers with a specialty in multicultural concerns. Visit the Multicultural Concerns page to see a list and schedule an appointment with one of these providers.
Undergraduate Residence Halls
Note: graduate students will not be able to access drop-in located in undergraduate residence halls.
100 Carman Hall
Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
102 Broadway Hall
Thursdays, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET
600 W 113th, Room 2BB
Mondays, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Sexual and Gender Identity drop-in
502 Lerner Hall
Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
Other ways to get support
Columbia University has many resources to help you have a positive university experience.
- Consider speaking with a Health Promotion Specialist at Alice! Health Promotion. Drop in virtually from 5 PM - 7 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or email [email protected] to make an appointment. We will accommodate in person appointments, if requested.
- You can discuss a variety of topics aimed at prioritizing your well-being including, but not limited to: improving sleep, managing stress, or reducing harm related to alcohol or substance use.
- For general questions about your overall health, visit Go Ask Alice!
- For resources regarding relationships and sexual respect, visit the Sexual Respect Initiative
- To discuss sexual health or to learn about HIV/STI testing, visit GHAP (Gay Health Advocacy Project) at Columbia Health Medical Services
- To learn about nutrition and eating habits, visit our Nutrition page or make an appointment to see the Nutritionist at Medical Services
- To explore your faith and spirituality, visit the Office of the University Chaplain
- To learn about your substance abuse habits, take the alcohol self-assessment or the marijuana self-assessment
- For resources to help you sleep better, visit our Sleep page
- For more resources, see Alice! Health Promotion’s Links to Success