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Counseling Center

Counseling Center

Overview of Counseling Center at CCNY

In line with City College's vision of access to excellence, it is the mission of the Counseling Center to provide high quality counseling services that are accessible to all City College students.

We provide short-term, student-centered and culturally informed psychological services from a modern and integrative theoretical orientation, treating all students with respect and recognition of their unique strengths.  We are a liaison to the community, linking students to more intensive and longer term services when needed. We are committed to supporting faculty in the identification of students who may benefit from our services and reaching students in need.  We provide education to the City College community and work towards wellness and prevention in our outreach models.

Our goal is to assist students in the resolution of any barriers that may hinder their ability to achieve their highest academic potential, while ensuring their mental health needs are met, regardless of ability to pay.

Help for Students Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Earthquake in Mexico 

Our hearts are heavy for all those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and the earthquake in Mexico. Please know that the CCNY Counseling Center is here to support those who are feeling the emotional effects, as we are aware that some of our students either come from, or have family in the areas affected by the hurricanes and the earthquake. Students affected by these recent natural disasters might be experiencing a range of emotions including shock, disbelief, anger or fear.  If you are feeling impacted, we encourage you to seek confidential personal counseling services at The Counseling Center in Marshak J-15:  (212) 650-8222. Please feel free to stop by, give us a call at (212) 650-8222, or email us at

Health and Wellness Services oversees an Emergency Grant Program that coordinates small emergency grants for actively enrolled students who meet certain criteria Please stop by our office for more information.

It is not a weakness to seek out help, but a strength. We urge you to be in touch if we can serve you in any way.

Additional sources of information and support:

24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline
Talk: (800) 985-5990
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746
TTY for Deaf / Hard of Hearing: (800) 846-8517
Spanish-Speakers Text: “Hablanos” to 66746
Free Confidential 24/7 Hotline
Talk: (888) NYC-WELL / (888) 692-9355
Text: “WELL” to 65173
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline
American Red Cross
American Psychological Association

When Might Counseling Be Helpful?                 

Counseling provides students with a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental space to voice their concerns and address these concerns with a counselor. Counselors provide students with feedback, they listen, reflect, and validate students’ emotions, and they offer support and strategies for coping with challenges. Counseling has been shown to be helpful with a wide range of concerns and is effective for both chronic problems and situational difficulties. Most students learn that counseling offers tremendous benefits in helping them work through problems that are affecting their lives. The City College Counseling Center offers short-term counseling. Students who want to continue counseling beyond their allotted counseling sessions, will receive assistance connecting with a new counselor off campus who can provide them with ongoing support.

Below is a list which includes many, but not all of the reasons students come to counseling:

  • Enhancing relationships with friends and family
  • Managing stress more effectively
  • Exploring issues related to one’s sexuality
  • Improving academic performance
  • Coping with the loss of a loved one
  • Overcoming loneliness or homesickness and adjusting to a new place, lifestyle, or culture
  • Reducing alcohol and drug-related problems
  • Addressing eating/body image concerns
  • Recovering from assault or abuse
  • Coping with acts of discrimination
  • Overcoming depression
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Transitioning from high school to college life
  • Making decisions about transferring or withdrawing from college
  • Helping a friend
  • Addressing difficulty with living situations
  • Managing sleep disturbance

Services at the Counseling Center

Individual counseling
Crisis intervention
Group counseling

All services are free and confidential


Marshak Science Building
Room J-15
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
p: 212.650.8222
f: 212.650.8227

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm