Making An Appointment
Making an appointment is very simple. You can either:
- Call (203) 576-4454 and ask to set up an appointment.
- E-mail email@example.com to request an appointment.
- Come to Carstensen Hall, 2nd floor and set up an appointment in person.
- Speak with your R.A., R.D., or another UB staff or faculty member and ask for assistance in making an appointment.
Counseling Services provides short term personal counseling free of charge to all students. Counseling sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in duration. There is a 12 session limit per student for the academic year. Most students have their needs met in 1 to 4 sessions. It is important to attend all scheduled counseling sessions and to arrive on time. Please contact CS if you know you will be late or unable to attend an appointment. If you are more than 10 minutes late for a session, you may need to reschedule.
What to Expect on Your First Appointment
Students who are seeking counseling for the first time will need to complete an intake form prior to the initial appointment. The intake form will provide your counselor with contact information, identified issues of concern, and information about our privacy practices. Before arriving for your appointment, please download and complete our Intake Form (PDF) here, then bring your completed form to the appointment.
During the initial session, you will have a chance to describe why you are seeking counseling. Counselors will typically ask how long you have been troubled by the presenting problem, what you have tried to do to solve it, if you have faced these problems in the past, etc. You will not be pressured to discuss topics that you are unwilling to talk about. At the end of the session, the counselor will help you plan a course of action which may include:
- Deciding on a counselor
- Developing strategies and/or an action plan to address the problem(s)
- Referring you to another counselor outside of UB if needed
We look forward to the opportunity to assist you in any way we can.
UB's Counseling Services staff consists of two clinical social workers, a psychologist, an APRN, and an anticipated licensed professional counselor. Our staff has several years of combined professional experience working with adolescents, individuals, families, and groups providing crisis and short-term intervention to address women’s issues, eating disorders, autism spectrum issues, men’s issues, gender identity issues, veteran’s affairs, addictions, sexual assault, traumas, anxiety, and depressive disorders. Counseling Services staff have years of diverse experience working in community agency settings, hospitals, day treatment facilities, school systems, private practice, and in-home family counseling.
In addition to our counseling staff, we also have two clinical mental health counseling interns who provide brief individual therapy for students as well as assist in our outreach, prevention, and education efforts during the academic year.
Our staff also have extensive experience in educational and prevention programming focused on addressing such issues as suicide prevention, depression, anti-bullying, LGBT, gender identity, smoking cessation, problem gambling, health relationships, safe sex, anxiety, stress reduction, anxiety, and promotion of healthy and safe lifestyles through random acts of kindness and general wellness practices.