Counseling Services provides a combination of telehealth and on-ground services. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call (203) 392-5475, or explore this website for more information on our services, including free and confidential online screenings, resources related to mental health emergencies, and support finding referrals to local providers
Why Consider Counseling?
College life can be challenging and stressful, and many students report feeling overwhelmed by anxious or depressed feelings or relationship problems at some point in their college careers. When this happens, getting support from others can be a sign of strength and resourcefulness. While some students who seek professional counseling have ongoing emotional difficulties, many are dealing with difficult life events and simply need an objective listener – someone unbiased who doesn’t judge and who can help them see new alternatives and further develop their coping skills and strengths.
Yes. You may request a specific counselor or a counselor of a particular gender and we will do our best to accommodate your request based on availability.
All currently enrolled SCSU students are eligible to receive a free and confidential initial consultation to clarify their treatment goals and develop a plan to address their specific needs. At times, a student's requests or treatment needs extend beyond that which can be reasonably offered at Counseling Services (such as specialized clinical services, court-mandated treatment, ongoing or long-term psychotherapy, or more than weekly individual meetings). In such instances, Counseling Services staff will assist students in identifying referrals to off-campus providers or programs that can better provide these services.
Group counseling options vary based on the semester, but usually include a mix of drop-in workshops, ongoing groups with the same students, and groups addressing particular student populations and challenges. In most cases, there is no limit to the number of group sessions students can attend
Call our office at: 203-392-5475.
SCSU Counselors share a brief, strength-based, developmentally informed approach intended to empower to students to address their own challenges with confidence and skill. Individual counselors draw on a variety of theoretical approaches to best meet the needs, preferences, and learning styles of each individual student. Your counselor will collaborate with you to determine an approach that you feel will be a good fit. To learn more about individual counselors’ approaches and areas of specialty, see Meet the Staff.
- Anxiety and stress management
- Sad or depressed feelings
- Difficulty adjusting to college
- Social anxiety or loneliness
- Relationship problems (friends, partners, families)
- Difficult experiences, losses, or traumatic events
- ,Problems with motivation, confidence, or decision-making
- Coping with mental health challenges (such as OCD, Bipolar, etc.)
- And many other unique, individual concerns!
Counseling Services adheres to all professional ethical standards, as well as all appropriate state and federal laws. Once a student has engaged in treatment, Counseling Services is not permitted to disclose any information, including the fact that they have attended counseling, without their informed consent. Records at Counseling Services are kept fully confidential and are not part of a student’s academic or medical record. The primary exception to this rule is if the student is in significant danger of causing harm to themselves or others. Additionally, there are special considerations for students who are 17 years of age or younger.
Your counselor will email you the telehealth link. If you can’t find the link, feel free to call the receptionist for assistance (203 392-5475).
Find a private location where you can speak confidentially with your counselor without being overheard or disturbed. If you live with others, ask them to respect your privacy during your appointment. To increase confidentiality, some find it helpful to wear headphones, use a fan or other form of white noise, or find a location outside of their home to talk, such as their car.