Free and confidential.
No matter what your concerns are, personal counseling with an LIM College counselor is a good place to start.
Our professionally-trained counselors help you resolve confusing and distressing personal issues by talking with someone who is not involved in your everyday life. You receive a different perspective to learn new skills and outlooks on situations.
You may visit us at any time, but most people seek counseling when their current problem solving skills aren’t working well and result in feeling sad, depressed, confused or angry.
Some common problems we can assist you with are:
- Adjusting to college
- Depression and/or sadness
- Anxiety, stress and/or panic
- Eating problems, body image or weight concerns
- Death or loss of someone close to you
- Family problems
- Relationship issues
- Sexual identity or orientation issues
- Difficulty concentrating, performance or creative blocks
- Alcohol and/or drug use
- Struggling to become independent from parents, but also maintaining a relationship with family
- Coping with a traumatic experience such as a sexual assault or unwanted pregnancy
- Achievement and/or motivation concerns
- Worry about being unique or different (i.e., culture, race, ethnicity, religion)
If you confront an issue that’s difficult to manage on your own, don’t feel that you are alone. Call us at (212) 752-1530 Ext. 315 or email email@example.com. We’re here to offer you the support you may need to achieve personal and academic success.
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 has 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. 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 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 & Accessibility 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 and Accessibility Services offers more than just counseling. We provide a number of helpful, consultative 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 and Accessibility Services or other support services
- Crisis intervention and management
Counseling and Accessibility 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 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 and Accessibility Services, it’s best to speak directly with the student, who is not legally obligated by the same promise of confidentiality as the counselors.