Individual counseling is an opportunity for you to talk about personal issues and concerns of any kind. It can help you understand yourself better, learn strategies to cope with stress, and improve all different aspects of your life.
Why do students come for counseling?
Students come to the Counseling Center because they want to improve their lives and achieve their goals.
Some issues addressed in counseling include:
- Adjusting to College
- Managing Depression and Anxiety
- Coping with Stress
- Enhancing Self-Esteem
- Surviving Grief and Loss
- Improving Relationships
- Improving Substance Misuse and Eating Problems
- Coping with Family Issues
- Dealing with Emotional Trauma (ex. sexual assault, childhood abuse, relationship violence)
- Understanding Sexual Orientation and Identity
We offer a variety of services in English and Spanish, including:
- Individual and group counseling
- Crisis intervention
- Campus wide educational events
- Referrals to on- and off-campus resources
- Anonymous online screening evaluations for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder and alcohol abuse
See our Services page for more details.
Faculty can consult with Counseling Center staff or request a class presentation by contacting our office.
Who does the counseling?
All counseling sessions are conducted by licensed clinical counselors.s
When is counseling available?
|Counseling is available at various times from Monday through Saturday. Contact us for scheduling details.|
|Old Gym Building (next to the library), First Floor – Room 114 or within Student Health Center, room B008.
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468-1589
To make an initial appointment with a counselor, call 718-960-8761, email us at email@example.com, or call our virtual office.
- Please include your name, Lehman email, EMPL ID, and availability.
- Once in-person services resume, you can stop by the Counseling Center, located next to the Library in the Old Gym Building, room 114 on the first floor.
What happens during the first appointment?
At your initial intake appointment, you will be asked a few questions related to your present concerns. It will probably take a few sessions to get to know you and understand your priorities. During these sessions, your counselor should be able to offer you initial impressions of what the work will include and establish goals for counseling. These sessions will help both you and the counselor decide how the Counseling Center services can best help you, or if an outside referral to a community agency would better fit your needs.
How many times do I need to see a counselor?
This depends on your individual needs and the counseling plan you have developed with your counselor. Although we do not limit the number of sessions a student can have during an academic year, we primarily provide short-term treatment. Sessions are typically scheduled weekly , and range from 40-45 minutes. Much of our focus is on helping you reach your academic goals and working through the challenges you are facing.
If you require additional services, we will refer you to other resources within the community.
You must participate regularly in sessions to keep your services active, so it is best to reschedule when possible and communicate with your counselor if you’re having scheduling difficulties. If you miss two or more sessions within a semester, you may lose your reserved time. If you are thinking of ending your counseling, it is always best to discuss this decision with your counselor before you stop. Your counselor can help identify alternative treatment options and coordinate referrals.
Will what I say be kept confidential?
The Lehman College Counseling Center offers confidential counseling services and takes every reasonable precaution to protect the privacy of clients. The identity of those using our counseling services along with the disclosures made in the course of the counseling relationship are confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Counseling Center without your express (usually written) consent, except under conditions involving the potential for serious physical harm to yourself or others.
Is there a charge for counseling?
There is NO COST for the services at the Counseling Center. We offer free self-help handouts, booklets, and other types of mental health literature on a wide variety of topics. You may check this website for mental health links and information on our personal growth groups. Follow our Instagram @lehman_counseling for mental health tips and Counseling Center updates!