The Student Counseling Services team can help address problems such as adjustment and acculturative stress, depression, anxiety, identity issues, and relationship issues that interfere with living and working productively. We can also help with issues specific to the demands and expectations that go along with graduate student life, such as dissertation and thesis writing difficulties.
Our counselors seek to understand each person’s unique circumstances and needs, taking into account individual and cultural differences.
Make an appointment to speak to a counselor and determine which services will best suit your needs.
Typically 10-12 sessions of short-term counseling. Sessions are 45-50 minutes long.
Individual counseling (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “therapy”) is a process through which you work with a counselor in a non-judgmental, supportive, and confidential environment to explore your feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, to work through challenging or influential memories, to create and work towards personal goals, to learn to engage with others in a more fulfilling way, etc.
Graduate student life is rife with changes, new challenges and stressors. Our counselors integrate various interventions derived from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, family systems, and multicultural orientations of therapy.
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*We have temporarily suspended couples counseling while operating remotely, but please contact us if you would like assistance locating a couples counseling referral in your area*
Typically 10-12 sessions of short-term couples counseling. Sessions are 50-60 minutes long.
Your partner does not have to be a student at The Graduate Center in order for you to request couples counseling here. Many couples experience difficulties in communication about a range of issues. The stresses and responsibilities of graduate school can sometimes trigger or exacerbate tensions in a relationship. Our counselors integrate various interventions derived from interpersonal, emotion focused, cognitive behavioral, family systems, Gottman method, gestalt, and multicultural couples therapy.
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Group Counseling & Academic Support Groups
Typically groups of 4-8 members meeting once weekly throughout the academic year. Sessions are 60-90 minutes long.
Group counseling can be one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among graduate students. It is an opportunity to meet with one or two group co-facilitators and four to eight other students who are struggling with similar issues. It can be a powerful experience, as it allows you to see that you are not alone in your problems. Group counseling gives you a chance to tell your story in a safe space, feel supported and understood by others, hear how others have dealt with the same issues, and/or give and receive feedback to one another. Often, people find that the feedback that they get from group counseling helps them to gain perspective and be more effective in their academic and personal lives.
Academic Groups: Typically groups of 4-6 members meeting once weekly throughout the academic year. Sessions are 60-75 minutes long.
Academic groups provide graduate students, with the help of one or two co-facilitators, the opportunity to explore and address, with fellow students struggling with similar issues, specific topical areas that may be affecting their academic work, including in their roles as instructors and researchers.
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Individual Academic Consultations
Individual Academic Consultations: Typically 3-4 sessions, focused on academic issues.
We offer academic consultation, which provides graduate students the opportunity to explore and determine what may be getting in the way of their academic work. Examples of issues commonly brought to academic consultation include procrastination; time management; balancing academic and life responsibilities; writer’s block; dissertation and thesis issues; and difficulties with advisers and/or cohort and committee members.
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Workshops and Supportive Spaces
Student Counseling Services is offering a series of virtual workshops, supportive spaces, and on-demand videos on topics relevant to the pandemic, racial injustice, and other issues that affect graduate students. These have included topics such as COVID-19 grief, COVID-19 related discrimination, racial battle fatigue, self-care, and coping with loneliness, uncertainty, and change. Previous workshop and supportive space topics have also included procrastination, stress management, mindfulness, the imposter syndrome, navigating microaggressions, getting what you need from your advisor, and more. Additionally, our Mental Wellbeing Video Series may be of interest.
This workshop aims to empower students to manage their levels of procrastination in graduate school. Students will develop a better understanding of the different types of procrastination and the factors that maintain these behaviors. Students will also learn useful techniques and strategies to overcome procrastination activities.
Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Chu and Tema Watstein, M.A.
Are you feeling “burnt out” from writing your dissertation? Are you rethinking your commitment to your dissertation topic? Do you feel disconnected from the excitement you once felt about the work that you do?
If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you! Join us to rediscover your passion for and reclaim your commitment to your research. There, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your experience, meet others sharing in your struggle, and refresh your perspective.
Facilitated by Arielle Freedman, M.S. of Student Counseling Services.
Within this workshop, graduate students will learn about the concept of race based trauma and the corresponding mental health symptoms that they might be experiencing while operating in the world with their numerous minority identities. The workshop will speak about race-based trauma in the context of current events such as the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality, and COVID-19. The facilitators will provide tools to assist in gaining awareness about the impact that race based trauma has on the mental health of BIPOC individuals, and will offer coping mechanisms as a means of reducing distress and receiving increased support within their personal and educational community. The workshop will also speak to the ways in which allies and confederates can be supportive of their friends/family members/colleagues/etc. of color who experience race-based trauma within their daily lives. Students will have the opportunity to discuss, process, and connect on their experiences within a safe space.
This workshop will be led by Dr. Ranjana Srinivasan of Nascent Consulting and Dave Cazeau, LCSW of Student Counseling Services at The Graduate Center.
COVID Got You Overdrinking?
Whether overimbibing is new for you or it’s an old habit flaring up as a result of boredom, uncertainty, anxiety, fill-in-the-blank, the good news is, you can learn to reduce your drinking to healthier levels by practicing some mindful drinking techniques.
Join Beej Christie Karpen of Insight Out Coaching in this 90-minute experiential workshop. Beej, a Certified Coach, holds a Certification in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, a modality of working with addiction and habit change that empowers the client and includes moderation as a viable goal. Beej is the creator of Conscious Drinking 101: A 4-Session Group Coaching Workshop.
(this workshop is centered on the experiences of BIPOC graduate students)
Imposter syndrome is pervasive among graduate students and characterized by students’ belief that they are undeserving of being in graduate school and a feeling that they are “a fraud.” This often leads to anxiety and depression which makes completing an advanced degree even more daunting. This is particularly salient for some BIPOC graduate students who enter graduate school already feeling that their experiences are not represented by the faculty who teach them and fearing that they will further be underestimated, misunderstood and marginalized. The presenters will discuss how race-based trauma, including racial battle fatigue, police brutality, and intergenerational trauma, compound the challenge for students from these marginalized groups. Participants will have the opportunity to personalize the information presented by discussing strategies to reduce and manage the negative impact of the Imposter Syndrome.
There is no question that we have been experiencing a pivotal, paradigm-shifting time for the world, and collectively we will be experiencing its ripple effects for years to come. The collective grief and anxiety of a global pandemic and the impacts of pre-existing conditions such as racism and systemic oppression cannot be underestimated. We have been continually called in and challenged to be in deep and radical relationship to the nature of impermanence. To meet this call, we must lean into practices that can support our moment-to-moment experience. In this experiential workshop you will learn the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation and how to work with whatever arises within your internal experience and to meet the moment with more ease and spaciousness.
This workshop is purposed to provide a safe, open space for Black-identified Graduate Center students to reflect, vent, process and discuss graduate training during intensified anti-Black racism. This workshop will be formatted as a guided discussion facilitated by Dr. Desiree Byrd, Clinical Psychologist and CUNY Professor. Join us to explore:
- Survival & self-care strategies
- Building villages within and beyond the GC
- Deciding on the rules of engagement
- Balancing program requirements with prolonged emotional labor
For many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) people, strength and healing is cultivated in community with other LGBTQ people. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are struggling with a sense of aloneness and social isolation, are coming up against challenges in our relationships, are back in our childhood homes, or are far away from those who affirm and celebrate us.
Additionally, many transgender and gender non-conforming folks are without the resources necessary to cope with increased experiences of gender dysphoria. Presented by the Director of Kip's Division of Gender and Sexuality, this workshop provides a space for LGBTQ students to connect with one another, find support and care in-community, and identify ways to cope with the unique challenges they're experiencing during this pandemic.
Each of our lives have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and most of us have had losses. These may include losing our usual ways of connecting with others, losing academic/professional plans or opportunities, losing a sense of safety and/or stability etc. Many of us have also lost loved ones. This is a workshop to learn about the many ways we react to losses and how to care for ourselves while we grieve. The format will be a discussion facilitated by Reverend Geraldine Howard, Chaplain and Dr. Arielle Shanok, Clinical Psychologist addressing the specific experiences of workshop participants.
If you’ve experienced discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. Numerous incidents of anti-Asian discrimination, such as verbal harassment, physical assaults, or shunning, have been reported nationally and globally. This workshop aims to provide a safe space for Asian students to share their personal experiences, support one another, and discuss ways to manage different forms of discrimination during and after this pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and limited our access to many of the things and people that help us feel supported and secure in our everyday lives. Adjusting to our "new normal" is a challenge we all face in unique ways, and an ongoing process of self-compassion and care. This workshop aims to provide a safe space for students to share their experiences, support and connect with one another, and discuss ways to manage the changes we are facing and the emotional stress that may accompany them.
Despite early research showing that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting communities of color, it often feels like our mental and physical wellbeing is not a priority within the healthcare system. Due to historical trauma and ongoing discrimination and marginalization, we have long faced structural systems that have failed us. Now we find ourselves again navigating additional barriers during this pandemic and in our fight to address a broken criminal justice system. This workshop will create a safe space for participants to examine the impact of the current global pandemic and racial battle fatigue on our mental wellbeing and discuss ways to care for ourselves during this difficult time.
It’s been a rough year for international students! This workshop addresses some of the recent challenges many international students face as a result of COVID-19, including impact of remote learning, time management, and social isolation. Coping strategies as well as a space for international students to share their experiences while connecting with one another will be provided.
Vivi Wei-Chun Hua, Psy.D. is an international student success coach and a clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in Bronx, NY. Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Hua is particularly insightful about the unique challenges of studying in the U.S. as a foreign student. She is the founder of Dr. Vivi Coaching, a practice dedicated to the academic, professional, and personal success of international students. Students are welcome to join Dr. Hua’s new Facebook group where resources and a series of programs will be provided - https://www.facebook.com/groups/internationalstudentsuccess. She can also be reached directly at DrVivi@DrViviCoaching.com
Shruthi Jayashankar, M.A. is a Clinical Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center's Student Counseling Service. She is a 2nd year doctoral student at the Counseling Psychology program at Seton Hall University. Her approach is rooted in dynamic and relational therapies, while also building in other facets of treatment based on the needs of her clients. Shruthi also believes in incorporating nontraditional approaches such as creative and artistic coping strategies when working with her clients. Prior to her doctoral degree, Shruthi obtained her BA in Psychology from Baruch College and her MA in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
This workshop is a collaboration between the GC International Student's Program and The GC Student Counseling Service. For more information, please email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a parent or caregiver and struggling to manage your and your child’s stress during COVID?
Join us for an hour long workshop with others in the same boat! You will learn strategies for self care, identify strategies for increasing positive relationships and behavior with your children and create a plan to implement skills.
A discussion for CUNY Graduate Center students on navigating relationships during covid-19. We will explore relationship challenges unique to the global pandemic as well as tips for identifying and building healthy relationships.
Is stress getting you down, making you irritable, anxious, affecting your sleep? In this workshop, participants will learn and share techniques for self-care, including strategies for alleviating stress and creating a work-life environment that is balanced and sustainable especially during these difficult times. Presented by Eva Jo Meyers, M.A.
The Student Counseling Center is offering a series of virtual workshops to address topics relating to mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include:
- You're Not Alone: Managing Anti-Asian Discrimination as a Result of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Grief Workshop
- Connection and Care: A Healing Space for LGBTQ Students during COVID-19
- Navigating the "New Normal": Coping with Loneliness, Uncertainty, and Change in the Time of COVID-19
- Our Wellbeing is a Priority: COVID19 and Communities of Color
See above for upcoming scheduled workshops on these issues.
Stress, Worry and Anxiety Amid COVID-19
Nicole Elden, Psy.D., Assistant Director of Student Counseling Services, discusses how feelings of stress, worry and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting you in new and challenging ways, and provides some strategies which may help you cope.
Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Does it feel like you’re always somewhere else, ruminating about the past or worrying about the future? Are you engaging in behaviors to manage stress that you would like to change?
Mindfulness is a practice of learning to attend to the present moment with more acceptance. It is a systematic way of slowing down, observing one’s reactions, and relating to experiences with greater ease and compassion. Mindfulness has been shown to enhance well-being by reducing the impact of stress and helping people cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, mindfulness can be applied to managing urges and cravings to use substances or other problematic behaviors such as self-injury and overeating.
This workshop will focus on providing a safe space for participants to examine racial microaggressions that have occurred while in graduate school and to identify and develop strategies to address ongoing interpersonal discrimination. A combination of lecture and experiential exercises will be utilized to facilitate this discussion. Participants can expect to develop a deeper understanding of racial microaggressions and microintervention strategies for addressing them.
In this workshop you’ll learn simple yet effective techniques for reducing stress, anxiety, and the sense of being overwhelmed from a whole-body perspective. We’ll look at how sleep, diet, time management, self-care, communication, meditation, and breathing practices can help improve mood and calm your nervous system. You’ll come away with easy tools to implement in daily life and to help you get through the holidays and finals season with a little (or a lot) more peace of mind.
Does your adviser seem to be avoiding you? Are your adviser’s expectations of you unclear or do they seem unrealistic? Is your adviser really the best fit for you? Your relationship with your adviser is vital to your success and well-being in grad school. This workshop will address: how to choose an adviser, how to build and maintain a working relationship with your adviser, and what to do when problems occur.
This workshop will help graduate students learn how to effectively engage with the students they teach and the audiences they encounter during workshops, conferences, and presentations. While recognizing that diversity exists in the audience is a crucial first step, all too often that is where the commitment to equity ends. This workshop will build and improve upon graduate students’ knowledge of how to “raise the room” through carefully facilitated engagements, so that we are promoting the underlying values of equity in each and every interaction. This session will help participants share and learn from each other, modeling the inclusive practices that can help us all honor and include everyone. Graduate students will walk away with a toolbox full of ideas that they can immediately implement in their next engagement!
Do you often feel like a fraud, faking your way through graduate school, just waiting for your true inadequacies to be exposed for all to see? Enduring and sometimes overwhelming feelings of fraudulence are central to a psychological experience known as imposter phenomenon. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the imposter phenomenon, and work to help students develop strategies to combat this often crippling, but very common, experience.
Writers often avoid actual writing. They may labor with the mechanics and practicalities of writing or they may struggle against hidden dread of what their written product will look like once it hits the printed page. Some writers may doubt whether they possess the knowledge to write authoritatively. Often, they avoid writing altogether, fearing exposure. This workshop will explore the reasons for avoidance and inhibition in writing. With the help of the audience (Bring your scenarios!), real-life examples, workable insights, and solutions will be presented.
This workshop will provide you with an overview of principles for effective learning and time management based on the most up-to-date research. It will teach you how to apply these strategies in order to maximize study time and improve information retention.
This is a workshop for grad parents who may be struggling with balancing their academic, work, relationship and parenting responsibilities. You are not alone!
We invite anyone who identifies as an international student and who seeks support and connection to Acclimate to New York, a workshop for international students. This workshop is designed to meet the needs of international students who are interested in working together to address some of the common difficulties facing them, such as adapting to a new culture, making new friends, learning a new language, and meeting the demands of academic life.
Where does your stress live? In your shoulders? In your impatience with loved ones? In between you and a good night of sleep? This workshop will provide strategies to help you identify and manage the unavoidable stress of graduate student life. Ways of moderating perfectionism, a common contributor to stress in grad students, will be addressed.
Are you an ingenious procrastinator? Do you spend your time working “around” your dissertation rather than working on it? Are you a more obvious procrastinator — emailing, social networking, surfing the net, watching reality TV when you should get down to the business of writing? Feeling guilty, hopeless, and helpless? You are not alone. Join us as we identify the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that lead to procrastination and discuss the techniques that will get you moving towards, rather than against, graduation!
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We help our students with referrals to outside clinicians and agencies who may be able to address and treat issues that are beyond the scope of our center (e.g., medication management, long-term challenges or chronic mental illness, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD). We have an extensive network of vetted local providers that we update on a regular basis.
You can also check our list of local mental health centers if you would rather seek out help on your own. The majority of these centers accept the NYSHIP (Beacon Health Options) insurance.
Please note that you must present your student I.D. with a validation sticker for the current semester in order to be eligible for services.
If you are ineligible for our services (e.g., temporary students, visiting scholars, non-degree/non-matriculated students, faculty and staff who are not students, and students registered at other CUNY campuses), please visit our Resources page or our Crisis/Emergency Information which may assist you.
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