Counseling Center Services
Almost all of the Counseling Center's services are free and include:
- Short-term, confidential individual and couple counseling for Cornell students.
- Educational programs to enhance human development.
- Consultations to parents, faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Referrals for long-term therapy, specialized therapy, and medication. Check out our Guide to Receiving Off-Campus Mental Health Services.
- New for the 2018-2019 year: limited tele-psychiatry 'bridge' services contracted from the UIHC for students who are in counseling and working to get connected with ongoing psychiatric services off campus. For more information, contact us at 319-895-4292, or make an appointment to talk to one of the counselors to determine if this service is right for you.
- Please note that while tele-psychiatry sessions are free, a $25 no show fee is charged for a missed session or cancellation/reschedule with less than 24 hours' notice
- Referrals for emergency and inpatient mental health services.
- A resource library of educational information and videos.
- Light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Light therapy is a free, self-service resource available during office hours in the Counseling Center lobby. Information about SAD and light therapy is located next to the light therapy box. Read about light therapy online (excerpts from this web book are available by the light therapy box). *Please note that light therapy is not recommended for individuals with bipolar disorder (aka manic depression).
- Support groups on diverse concerns. Group topics and meetings times are determined by student interest.
- Mental Health Wellness Workshops
The Counseling Center offers Mental Health Wellness Workshops to help you learn and grow by doing. Even busy students can benefit from useful, quick tools for common presenting concerns. The Mental Health Wellness Workshops now include five unique workshops, each of which is divided into 3 sessions that meet once a week for 50 minutes. Each workshop comes with a student workbook that allows you to practice new skills between sessions.
If you are interested in participating in one of the workshops (or all of them!), call or stop by the Counseling Center to schedule an initial appointment and tell your counselor. If you are already working with a counselor at the Counseling Center, tell them you are interested in the workshop(s).
You may participate in more than one workshop, and may repeat them. Typical workshop times are Mondays (weeks 2-4 of the block) and Wednesdays (weeks 1-3), from 11:10am-12pm, 12-12:50pm, 3:10-4pm, or 4-4:50pm and alternate workshop times and days may be scheduled based upon need; contact the Counseling Center for more information about current scheduling/availability. When you are registered for a Mental Health Wellness Workshop, you must come to each session on time, as the sessions build upon each other.
Keep reading for more information about each of the workshops.
Anxiety Toolbox focuses on understanding symptoms of anxiety and building skills for managing these symptoms. The three, 50-minute sessions build upon each other and include modules designed to: (1) help you understand anxiety, (2) introduce a strategy to slow down and untangle the experience of anxiety, and (3) develop alternate coping responses to anxiety. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed a personalized plan for managing anxiety.
Getting Unstuck focuses on understanding depressive symptoms and building skills for managing these symptoms. The three, 50-minute sessions build upon each other and include modules designed to: (1) help you understand depression, (2) explore how your thoughts and behaviors affect depression, and (3) identify how you can start to make changes to your thoughts and behaviors in order to better manage depression. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed a personalized plan for getting unstuck!
RAM (Recognition/Awareness/Mindful openness)
Recognition, Awareness, Mindful openness (RAM) focuses on building skills for and flexibility in responding to emotional distress. The three, 50-minute sessions build upon each other and include modules designed to: (1) help you gain a deeper understanding of your concerns, (2) develop flexibility in how you perceive and approach these issues, and (3) help you take steps toward more constructively living with a range of emotions. By the end of the workshop, you will have identified a better sense of your own values and how you want to focus your time and energy.
- Relationship Toolbox
Relationship Toolbox focuses on recognizing ways to promote healthy relationships via the skills of self-monitoring, effective communication, and conflict resolution. The three, 50-minute sessions build upon each other and include modules designed to: (1) help you understand your values and boundaries in relationships, (2) learn about styles of communication, strategies for effective communication, and the role of culture in communication, and (3) explore everyday causes of conflict and effective strategies for conflict management.
- Seeking Serenity
Seeking Serenity incorporates some principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is for students who experience overwhelming emotions that feel difficult to handle. The three, 50-minute sessions build upon each other and include modules designed to increase: (1) distress tolerance, (2) emotion regulation, and (3) mindfulness. By the end of the workshop, you will have identified strategies for more effectively coping with overwhelming emotions.
Please note that depending on the severity of your symptoms you may be required to be enrolled in concurrent individual counseling (on or off campus) in order to take part in Seeking Serenity. Your counselor will discuss this with you if needed.
To find out if one of these workshops is right for you, stop by or call the Counseling Center at 319-895-4292.
- Online Mental Health & Anxiety Screening
These free screenings are made available to all Cornell students and are taken anonymously. The screenings are provided so that you may find out--in a matter of minutes--whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you.
- Online Mental Health Screening
This link offers online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder (aka manic depression), anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD), alcohol, and eating disorders.
- Online Anxiety Screening
This online screening is for anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder, as well as depression.
- Online Mental Health Screening
- Stress Free Room
The Stress Free Room includes a biofeedback computer program, books and brochures on healthy ways to manage stress and anxiety, relaxing music CDs, a recliner chair with a back massager, weighted lap and shoulder pads, and more. You may make an appointment to use the room online, by calling the Counseling Center (319-895-4292), or in person at Ebersole.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. At the simplest, most obvious level, it appears that Reiki treatment helps lessen the impact of stress. 30-minute sessions are now available daily at the Counseling Center and the Health Center with Reiki Master Stephanie Abresch. Call 319-895-4292 or stop by Ebersole to make an appointment; the fee is $20 payable at the time of the session.
Note: The services of the Counseling Center are separate from any other student records. Information revealed in counseling sessions is confidential, except in cases of imminent danger or where otherwise mandated by law, or when permission is granted to release information.