Counseling Center

Our Services

Individual Counseling

All registered Lehman students may be seen for individual personal counseling.  Students are first seen for a brief screening and discuss their goals for treatment with a counselor. This process takes 20 minutes and can be scheduled by calling 718-960-8761 or coming into the office during regular hours (at least 20 minutes before we close).

Counselors use different counseling approaches with the following characteristics and goals:

  • Counseling time is limited. Most students choose to only see their counselor during the academic semesters, even though the center is opened all year.
  • If long-term therapy and/or medication is recommended, students will be referred to their community mental health provider.
  • Counseling is solution and relationally focused and referrals to off and on campus counseling will be provided as needed.
  • Sessions focus on specific issues that affect academic, personal and social functioning.
  • Individual counseling is an active process, with both the student and counselor participating.

Crisis Intervention and Emergency Services

The Counseling Center provides immediate screening appointments, crisis intervention, and emergency services for students who feel they need to be seen immediately.


Group sessions may run from 60 to 90 minutes, and may be held on a weekly basis for up to ten weeks. Group sessions are free, confidential, and open to all Lehman College students. The groups are supportive and educational workshops that focus on the following four areas:

  • Development of new social skills and behaviors
  • Replacement of faulty, unhelpful thinking patterns with more balanced, healthy ones
  • Understanding how thoughts and behaviors influence our feelings
  • Developing methods to cope with major life events



Personal growth workshops are one-hour sessions that focus on a topic of student-related interest. Workshops include a presentation followed by a discussion about understanding mental health, stress management, self-improvement, and wellness.



Classroom Presentations are available and you can complete your request by clicking here and submitting the form to Joel Sahadath, LMHC. You can also check out the Groups/Workshops page on the right for more information. 

LGBT Services and Outreach/ SAFE ZONE

LGBT Services and Outreach provides the Lehman College community with services to meet the needs of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender population. The College is now host to the LGBT "Safe Zone Ally" program, which enlists supportive members of the faculty and student body to act as visible allies to LGBT students. Participants first attend a training workshop on LGBT issues and violence prevention, and then by identify themselves as official allies by posting Safe Zone placards in their offices or on their desks, or by wearing Safe Zone pins and stickers.

Available Safe Zone Training Dates for the Lehman College Community

Safe Zone Intro (Introduction to Safe Zone) in the Student Life Building
March 27th, 2017 3:00 – 4:00
April 24th, 2017 3:00 – 4:00

Full Safe Zone Ally Training (Must take Intro first) in the Student Life Building
March 30th. 2017 2:00 – 4:00
April 27th, 2017 2:00 – 4:00

For more information on these services, contact us at 718-960-8761 or click here.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Stress, both personal and academic, is the most common complaint among students. To help students manage stress, the Counseling Center offers psycho-educational workshops and personal counseling. Workshops that fall under stress management are related to reducing the impact of academic stress and increasing coping capacities. A stress reduction session is available upon request.

To attend an informational session, or if you are interested in stress reduction and mindfulness workshops, call 718-960-8761.

The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)

LASSI is a ten-scale, eighty-item assessment designed to measure ten strategies necessary for academic success. LASSI is taken online at the Counseling Center, and it takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Students will have an opportunity to assess their study skills and improve them via individual one-to-one study skills counseling and on-campus resources and online study skills websites. We also facilitate academic success workshops targeting the areas assessed in the LASSI.

For more information on test-taking strategies, note-taking, and study aids, check with the Instructional Support Services or call 718-960-8175.

To learn more about LASSI, call the Counseling Center at 718-960-8761.

Program for Academic and Student Success/Coaching

PASS provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to imptove study and test-taking skills, improve motivation and reduce anxiety related to academic stress. Weekly learning skills workshops on time management, overcoming procrastination, managing academic stress, achieving exam success, and managing test anxiety, will be given throughout the semester on Wednesdays at 3:30pm and Saturdays at noon. For more information please contact us at 718-960-8761.


The Counseling Center provides in-classroom presentations in the following areas: depression and anxiety awareness; sexual assault awareness; domestic violence awareness; and in the study skills areas, including college adjustment, learning strategies, procrastination and time management, and goal setting.

In addition, the Counseling Center provides psycho-educational and personal growth workshops in mental health awareness, study skills strategies, as well as workshops that focus on increasing self-esteem, self-awareness, and improve interpersonal relationships. All of the Center's programs are multi-culturally sensitive and responsive to ethnic and sexual diversity. To request a classroom presentation, visit "classroom presentations."


The Counseling Center provides consultation to faculty and other appropriate campus personnel about individual students, while respecting the bounds of confidentiality. Consultation is also provided to parents and other family members as needed.


The Counseling Center conducts ongoing evaluations to determine the needs of our students, the effectiveness of our programs, and to improve the quality of care. Currently Lehamn Students are working with the Counseling Center and Wellness Education Departments on PAR- Participatory Action Research. For more information about PAR contact Dr. Lucinda Bratini.

In addition, the Center is involved with Penn State's Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health, which represents a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort combining the expertise of mental health treatment providers, psychological researchers, and information sciences and technology. Results from the 2008 study [PDF] are available here. For more information about the study, call Dr. Norma I. Cofresí at 718-960-8761.

Last modified: Mar 13, 2017

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