Overview of the 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.

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Services at the Counseling Center

Individual counseling
Crisis intervention
Group counseling

All services are free and confidential

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CCNY Students

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If you are a CCNY student and would like to contact us for services, you can do so by: Emailing us at counseling@ccny.cuny.edu

  • Email is checked by a counselor during normal business hours.
  • Please make sure to include your phone number in the email - this will expedite the process of you being set up with an appointment.

Calling our office’s main number (212) 650-8222

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Faculty and Staff

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Please feel free to reach out via phone (212) 650-8222 or email counseling@ccny.cuny.edu if you would like to refer a student to counseling or if you require a consultation about a student.

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

Helpful Connections

CUNY Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line

If you would like to immediately connect with a Crisis Counselor via SMS messaging, please text CUNY to 741741. The Crisis Text Line is a free and confidential services that assists in problem solving and safety planning during moments of crisis and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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To connect with additional counseling resources, please call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for free, immediate, and confidential support for any mental health concern. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7/365 and can provide assistance in over 200 languages. Feel free to call 988, chat on their website, or send a text to 988 on your phone. 

If you are experiencing a psychiatric or medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you are currently in counseling, please contact your counselor directly via email at counseling@ccny.cuny.edu or by phone at (212) 650-8222.

Contact Information

Marshak Science Building
Room J-15
160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

p: 212.650.8222
f: 212.650.8227
e: counseling@ccny.cuny.edu

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Walk-in Hours

Monday to Friday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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