The Counseling Center provides free and confidential services to anyone who is currently enrolled and registered as an undergraduate or graduate student at Baruch College. Counseling services are focused on the mental health and well-being of the student body. Our counselors are trained to provide culturally-responsive and compassionate care to address a wide range of concerns, with a focus on the emotional, professional, and personal development of undergraduate and graduate students. Consultation services are also offered to Baruch faculty and staff in order to assist them with students of concern.
Make an Appointment
Learn more about how to make an appointment at the Counseling Center.
Your First Visit
For your first visit to the Counseling Center, you will be scheduled for an intake appointment, in which you and a counselor will discuss your reasons for seeking counseling services and establish goals for what you want to accomplish. After your visit, the counselor will collaborate with a team of licensed mental health professionals to recommend the most effective treatment plan to meet your needs. These recommendations may include individual counseling, group counseling, psychiatric medication treatment, performance enhancement consultations, substance use treatment and/or referrals to on campus or local community resources.
Short-term Individual Counseling
Individual counseling consists of weekly one-on-one counseling sessions that focus on personal issues and concerns. Our counselors offer culturally-responsive and trauma-informed therapy to help you to identify areas of growth, establish personal goals, and develop coping strategies in order to improve your mental health, well-being and provide you with the tools for making better decisions. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we offer counseling in Mandarin, Shanghainese, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean, in addition to English.
Group counseling occurs in a safe, supportive and confidential group setting of peers designed to help students better connect with themselves and others. Group counseling has been found to be just as effective as individual counseling in improving mental health. Working in a group setting promotes information sharing, provides positive feedback from peers, fosters hope in healing and boosts self-esteem and confidence. Access our Group Counseling page to learn about the groups offered at the Counseling Center.
Black Mental Health Matters Support Sessions
Weekly sessions aimed to foster and support the growth, networking, collaboration, success and well-being of Black Students.
Psychiatric medication evaluation and treatment services are available for students currently engaged in individual counseling services at the Counseling Center. It is designed for students who may benefit from medication or a psychiatric evaluation in addition to counseling.
Crisis counseling is available as a “walk-in” service for students who feel they are at imminent risk for suicide, violence or who may have experienced a traumatic event. If a student is in crisis and needs to be seen the same day, they can email the Counseling Center that they are in crisis, during the Counseling Center’s open hours, and be connected to a counselor. Crisis and Emergency Services including the Campus Intervention Team are available if you or a student is experiencing a crisis or emergency outside of walk-in hours.
Psychological Testing and Evaluation
The Counseling Center offers psychological evaluations to help determine counseling goals and accommodations for issues ranging from learning disabilities to test anxiety.
Performance Enhancement Consultations
Performance enhancement consultations are one-on-one consultations designed to reduce anxiety associated with sports, public speaking, test taking and more.
After the initial consultation, it may be determined that a referral is needed for more long-term and specialized care. If needed, one of our counselors will help coordinate referrals to accessible and affordable resources in the local community.
Consultations for Baruch faculty, staff, non-degree and non-matriculated Baruch students
Consultation sessions are offered to non-degree and non-matriculated students to assist with a referral to community resources. Consultation sessions are offered for Baruch faculty and staff in order to assist them with a student of concern.
Outreach and Presentations
Counseling Center staff members are available to partner with departments across Baruch to provide workshops, trainings, or outreach events, regarding Counseling Center services, suicide awareness and prevention, crisis intervention and other requested topics. To partner with the Counseling Center on an outreach or to request a presentation, please complete our Outreach Request form.