Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment?

Counseling Services are available to all students on both campuses. To make an initial appointment at the
Counseling Center, you may call or stop by the office. To reach us, call:
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-6225
Rose Hill: (718) 817-3725

What is psychotherapy?
Students can work with a counselor to explore their concerns and work toward a better understanding and resolution of their difficulties. This short-term individual counseling will be arranged after your initial appointment. Counseling consists of private discussions that usually occur on a weekly basis for forty-five minutes per session. Conversations between students and their therapist are protected by confidentiality. Therapists help students become more aware of the feelings, thoughts, and motivations that guide their lives.  With greater self-understanding, students are often able to make better decisions and have more satisfying relationships. A therapist can help students identify unhealthy coping strategies and develop more effective ways to cope with life problems.

What are the referral services CPS offers?
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) will provide students with appropriate referrals if they would prefer to go outside the University for assistance, or if longer, more intensive, or specialized treatment is recommended. CPS staff has established relationships with a large network of mental health agencies, counseling services and private practitioners located in the New York metropolitan area. Thus, CPS staff will make every effort to provide students with referrals that meet their particular needs. Referral resources will be provided to students upon request. Please see our Referrals link on our webpage for more information.

Who may benefit?

Almost every student experiences some emotional difficulties during their college career. Often, students are able to cope with problems on their own or with the help of friends or family. Other times, an experience of distress may endure or feel particularly bad, and this can interfere with quality of life and mental health. In these situations, therapy is a good way to receive the support and guidance necessary to cope.
There are many reasons to see a therapist. These include:
• Feeling depressed or lonely
• Feeling unable to relax; frequent worrying
• Poor sleep or eating
• Confusion about the future
• Family problems
• Body image problems
• Emotional difficulties related to a learning problem or medical condition
• Feeling homesick
• Having a lack of satisfying relationships
• Concerns about a friend of family member
• Yearning for greater insight into self and others
• Bereavement
• Feeling confused or worried about sex or one’s sexual identity
• Sexual, physical or emotional abuse
• A vague sense of dissatisfaction; feeling glum
• Feeling mistrustful or fearful of people or experiences
• Concerns about substance use
• Feeling the need or actually isolating self from loved ones
• Getting into frequent conflicts with others
• Overall feeling of stress or being overwhelmed

Both subjective reports and more objective measures have shown that psychotherapy can be effective in helping people cope with a wide range of psychological problems.

What are the psychotherapy services provided by Fordham University?
Fordham University’s CPS offers short-term individual psychotherapy and ongoing group psychotherapy. We also provide outreach and consultation services to the Fordham community. We are staffed by licensed clinical psychologists, doctoral level therapists, a postdoctoral fellow, and doctoral candidates in counseling and clinical psychology. Our unlicensed staff are closely supervised by licensed professionals.

What is the process of beginning psychotherapy at Fordham University?
Initial appointments are made on a first come, first served basis by calling us during office hours Monday through Friday. There are several appointments available every day. This initial appointment allows the student and counselor to explore and evaluate the student's concerns, problems, and goals. Some problems are adequately resolved during this time. Please note that the counselor you meet with for your “exploration and assessment” appointment may not be your therapist/counselor. When additional counseling is appropriate, the student and counselor will decide which resources currently available at the Counseling Center, at other campus agencies, or in the community are best suited to the student's particular needs. Students will be assigned to their therapists as soon as possible. Assignment to a therapist may take up to one week. If waiting for a week is too difficult, your counselor will set up a follow-up appointment with you.

Does going to therapy mean that a person is "crazy" or weak?
No. While some people believe that coming to therapy means that a person is "crazy" or weak-minded, this is not true. This myth about therapy may stem from some families or cultures where stoicism is valued and the expression of feelings or discussion of family problems is viewed as a weakness or even a taboo.  While we respect people's differing views, we believe that seeking therapy shows strength of character and self-respect.  Many students we see are bright and competent young adults who want to learn better ways to cope with the complexities of college life.  The proof is in the pudding; both self-reports and more objective measures have shown that therapy can be effective in helping people cope with a wide range of psychological problems. Therefore, it may be worthy to rethink your ideas about therapy and the possible benefit it may have for you or someone you care about.
You may feel comforted to know that therapy is confidential. So, your friends and family members do not need to know that you are in counseling, if you wish to keep it private.

Why should I go to therapy?
The reasons to seek therapy are as varied as the students served. At our center, many take advantage of the free service to explore and express their thoughts and feelings, get support through difficult times like a hurtful break-up, learn how to help a friend in need, or figure out how to manage the many pressures inherent in the college experience.  Some just relish the chance to have a set time and space that is their own; think how great it is to simply be listened to without interruption and get honest feedback from someone who does not know your friends and family! Other students need help for more serious problems such as depression, severe anxiety, or experiences of trauma.  No matter how big or small the problem--we are here to help. We invite you to come in and speak with a counselor about how therapy may benefit you or someone you know.  After all, many students feel that merely taking the first step by coming to their first appointment brings a feeling of relief and hope.

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