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Private Therapy Referrals

Some students prefer to be referred to a therapist outside of the university rather than seek counseling at Fordham. If you would like help finding a therapist off campus, please make an appointment to speak with one of our counselors, and we will be happy to help you. 

We understand that finding a therapist with whom you feel comfortable can be challenging, and even a little scary. Here are some tips for finding the right therapist for you:

  • If possible, get a recommendation from someone. Talk with professionals at CPS or with your private doctors about therapists or agencies in your area that come highly recommended. If you are seeking therapy out-of-state and do not know who to seek out for referral information, consider contacting local graduate schools in psychology to ask for referral recommendations.
  • Ask potential therapists about meeting for an “initial consultation” appointment. During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask the therapist any questions you might have about their education, experience, or therapy style.
  •  When you meet with a therapist for the first time, feel free to ask questions. It’s perfectly reasonable to want to know about how your therapist works and what her/his therapy style is. You may want to talk about what kind of therapeutic approach s/he uses and what that approach looks like in a therapy session. You may also want to know whether or not this therapist has experience working with the particular issue(s) you want to focus on.
  • Don’t forget to talk about logistics. Ask potential therapists about their fees and about whether or not they accept insurance or are willing to “slide” their fees down for students. Ask about their cancellation policies and find out what to do if you are ever in crisis.
  •  Come to your session prepared with your insurance information. Call your insurance company to find out whether or not you have mental health coverage with your insurance, and if you can see an “out-of-network provider” for therapy. If you are not from NY, be sure to ask your insurance company if you can see therapists who are not working in your home state. If you don’t have insurance, consider applying for Health First insurance (see for details) or for Emergency Medicaid (1.877.472.8411).
  • Remember, it often takes several sessions before clients feel really comfortable with their therapists; it’s okay if things don’t feel “perfect” right away! That said, it’s important that you feel comfortable with your therapist, so take the time to find a therapist who feels like a good “fit” for you.

Listed below are several low-fee referral resources in the area. Feel free to contact us with any questions about these facilities:

The New York Counseling Center
Individual therapy helping you to accomplish your individual goals through self-understanding/awareness. Medication consultation/follow-up also available.
160 West End Avenue (at 66th Street), New York, NY

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Individual therapy helping you to accomplish your individual goals through self-understanding/awareness.  Eating issues, specialized therapy for eating disorders, groups, specialized program for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered clients
1841 Broadway (at 60th Street), New York, NY

National Institute for Psychotherapies
Individual therapy helping you to accomplish your individual goals through self-understanding/awareness. 
330 W. 58th St., New York, NY

Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services
Individual therapy helping you to accomplish your individual goals through self-understanding/awareness. Medication consultation/follow-up also available.
160 West End Avenue (at 66th Street), New York, NY

St. Vincent's Walk-In Psychiatric Clinic (appointments also available)
Medication consultation/follow-up
(212) 604-8220
144 West 12th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York, NY

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Emergency Room
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-6204

Psychiatry Department
(212) 305-6001

Columbia Presbyterian Therapy Services
Twice weekly individual psychotherapy for at least one year
Contact: Margaret Hamilton (212) 543-5631

DBT Program
Five-day per week outpatient program specializing in treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
Contact: Jack Tuckman (212) 326-8441

Rape Crisis Intervention Program
24 hour/7 day ER for rape and domestic violence victims and survivors
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY
(212) 305-9060

Columbia Psychopharmacology Center
Medication consultation/follow-up
180 Fort Washington Avenue (at 167th Street)

STARS (Substance Treatment and Research Service)
Substance Use/Abuse Treatment at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
600 West 168th Street

Montefiore Medical Center

111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467

Emergency Room
(718) 920-7460

Psychiatry Department
Adult Outpatient Clinic
(718) 920-4295

DBT Program
Skills training program
Contact: Kore Nissenson (718) 920-7667

St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center
Roosevelt Division
428 West 59th Street (& 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019
General Information: (212) 523-4000

Emergency Room
(212) 523-3335/6800

Psychiatric Emergency
(212) 523-6773/6775

DBT Program
Contact: Christine Foertsch (212) 523-7865

Crime Victims Treatment Center
(212) 523-4728

COPE (College Outreach and Prevention Education)
Substance Use/Abuse Treatment at St. Luke’s/ Roosevelt Hospital
1000 Tenth Avenue

Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Individual therapy focusing on how erroneous thoughts can negatively affect feelings and behavior
137 East 36th Street, New York, NY

Parnes Clinic
Individual adult, child and adolescent therapy, couples and family therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy
1165 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY

The Renfrew Center
Eating Disorders Treatment
11 East 36th Street, New York, NY

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