Mental Health Counseling
Free and confidential.
No matter what your concerns are, personal counseling with an LIM College counselor is a good place to start.
If you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. Call us at (212) 310-0630 or email email@example.com. We’re here to offer you the support you may need to achieve personal and academic success.
College life can be exciting -- and challenging. Handling coursework, dealing with the pressures of a job and school, living with roommates, socializing, and being exposed to new ideas and lifestyles can bring new friends, new lessons, new questions - and also new anxieties. At the same time, students frequently face pressures related to family, relationships, socio-political systems and events, and the realities of adjusting to young adulthood. These stressors can sometimes contribute to or exacerbate more significant psychological or mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, or difficulties with sleeping, eating, or attention.
Talking with a professional about these issues can be helpful and even necessary for your mental and emotional health. Counseling can help you work through painful and complex emotions, develop a different perspective, and learn new skills for coping and self-care. No matter what you’re facing, our counselors can help you determine what steps to take if you are struggling emotionally or have concerns about your mental health. You can also take our online self-assessment for an anonymous and private mental health screening. And remember, counseling is free and confidential.
Because counseling includes discussion of sensitive personal information, you should feel safe in your conversations with counselors and confident that your privacy is protected.
Our staff have a legal and ethical obligation to protect your privacy. Information about your counseling is confidential and counseling records are not part of your academic or administrative records. We won’t disclose information related to your counseling without written permission from you. This includes responding to questions from parents, friends and faculty members.
However, there are a few exceptions to the general rule of confidentiality.
We would be required to release information, and possibly contact the appropriate people, under the following circumstances:
- There is a danger you may harm yourself or someone else.
- We learn information which leads us to believe a child or elderly person is being abused or neglected.
- We receive a court order to release information (i.e. you are involved in a criminal or civil case in which your emotional or mental health is a concern).
To ensure we provide you with the best care we can, there’s another way your information might be shared. Our staff members may consult with other Counseling Services staff members (protecting your anonymity as much as possible) in order to determine the best way to help you.
If any of these circumstances occur, we’ll discuss it with you when possible.
If you would like to provide written permission for us to speak with someone about your care, you will need to fill out the Authorization to Release Protected Health Information Form.
The Office of Counseling Services offers more than just counseling. We provide a number of helpful consultative resources and educational programs.
A consultation can be very helpful for anyone worried about a particular student. Consultations are available for LIM College staff and faculty for a range of issues, including:
- How to recognize students who need help
- Strategies for helping connect a student with the Office of Counseling Services or other support services
- Crisis intervention and management
Counseling Services staff members are also available to consult with concerned family members and friends or roommates of students experiencing emotional distress.
All information about students is confidential and information regarding counseling sessions cannot be released without a student’s written permission, unless there is a threat of danger. However, we can provide general information about how to understand, provide assistance to, or get help for the person and situation you describe.
Confidentiality doesn’t limit what you can tell us. If a staff or faculty member would like to follow up on a referral to the Office Counseling Services, it’s best to speak directly with the student, who is not legally obligated by the same promise of confidentiality as the counselors.