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.
- 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 is now offering 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 currently include three 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. Check this page or with the reception desk for 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.
RAM (Recognition/Awareness/Mindful openness)
Mondays, 11:15am-12:05pm & 3:15pm-4:05pm (weeks 2-4 of the block)
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.
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:05pm & 3:15pm-4:05pm (weeks 1-3 of the block)
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.
Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:05pm & 3:15pm-4:05pm (weeks 1-3 of the block)
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!
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, 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.