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Individual and Group Counseling

Counselors at the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness provide an opportunity for students to explore any personal problems or concerns that they may have. During your initial appointment, you and your counselor will discuss the issues that brought you to the Center and work on developing a treatment plan to address your concerns.

When the CCSW is unable to provide the type of service you need or request, your counselor will refer you to appropriate mental health professionals in surrounding communities and assist you in obtaining services there.

Individual counseling is offered on a time-limited basis. You and your counselor will discuss the options available and together will decide on the number of sessions depending on your needs and on availability of services.

A counseling group is a small group of people (usually 4-8) who meet weekly along with one or two CCSW staff members to talk about their concerns. Our group therapy program continues to grow as every semester students report very positive experiences in and results from group counseling. Our groups bring together students with a variety of concerns, and encourage both respect and confidentiality. With several groups each semester, there’s usually one to fit most schedules, and expressing interest early in the semester can make this even more likely. A group can be the optimal form of therapy for many people across a range of issues.

Outreach and Educational Programming

The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness (CCSW) provides campus educational programming which aspires to approach all outreach efforts with a philosophy of building solid and authentic relationships with campus constituents through preventative interventions that will support HWS students' developmental, wellness, and mental health needs, increase access to services, reduce stigma to the mental health field, and promote social justice within our greater community. 

Our staff works to connect with the Colleges by serving as liaisons to various campus departments, participating in campus-wide events and programs, conducting educational workshops, providing faculty/staff training and consultation, serving as academic instructors, and increasing our visibility and accessibility of services.

Psychiatric Referrals

Students are sometimes referred for a medical or psychiatric consultation when it appears that they might benefit from a medication. Medication in addition to counseling can be helpful when someone is experiencing depression, anxiety and other psychological issues.

In these cases, the CCSW may refer students to HWS Health Services staff or to private psychiatrists in the surrounding communities. Payment for outside psychiatric services is the responsibility of students. Contact the counseling center to learn more about the availability of private psychiatrists in the surrounding communities (ext. 3388).


The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness offers seven-day/24-hour emergency counseling services for students whenever school is in session. Examples of mental health emergencies include thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else; thoughts of suicide; intense feelings of depression, confusion or disorientation; and other disturbing thoughts or feelings.

During regular office hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday), students can secure emergency counseling services by coming directly to the center.

After office hours, students can talk to a counselor by calling Campus Safety and asking the dispatcher to page the “counselor on call.” The dispatcher at Campus Safety can be reached by calling ext. 3333 when dialing from campus or (315) 781-3333 when calling from off campus or from a mobile phone.

Here are some other steps students can take to help manage times of distress:

  • Identify the specific source of distress and write down and review positive strategies for responding to it.
  • Talk with a trusted family member, mentor or friend.
  • Engage in activities that help you feel better. Examples might include:
    • Listening to relaxing music
    • Exercising
    • Going for a walk
    • Journaling
    • Doing a relaxation exercise

If you have thoughts of harming yourself (or others), secure help right away by coming to the CCSW or contacting the counselor on call. Also consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If you feel dangerously out of control, consider going to the nearest emergency room or calling 911. The closest emergency room to campus is at Geneva General Hospital, located where North Main Street ends at North Street.


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