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Counseling Center Contact Information

Ori Shinar, PsyD
Director, Student Counseling Center
Main Hall 123
(914) 674-7233


Counseling Center Main Number (all campuses)
To schedule a new appointment or for general inquiries

(914) 888-5150 or counselingcenter@mercy.edu (Email is not a secure form of communication therefore confidentiality cannot be assured). 


Bronx Campus
Room 2125
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by appointment


Manhattan Campus
Room 647
Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. by appointment


Dobbs Ferry Campus
Main Hall 123
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. by appointment

Why Seek Counseling

Counseling can simply be sharing your thoughts and feelings in confidence with a trained counselor who is objective and a good listener. This often is helpful when you have a decision to make. Sometimes counseling may help you to change your behavior in order to deal more effectively with a problem. You may become aware of strengths and potentials you can use to your benefit. At other times counseling may help by giving you certain types of information or by teaching you new skills. Counseling may help you to see yourself and others in a different light.

This is not to say that counseling is always easy. Successful counseling may mean that you will become aware of feelings and behaviors that are not particularly comfortable or effective for you. But, with the help and support of a trained therapist, you can learn to confront such feelings and behaviors so that you can make changes that will lead to a more satisfying life. Generally, people come for counseling because they want to feel better about themselves or about their relationships with others. 

Some specific reasons:
  • Enhancing your ability to cope more effectively with stress
  • Overcoming feelings of depression
  • Improving your relationships with friends and family
  • Overcoming loneliness and shyness
  • Increasing self-confidence and assertiveness
  • Dealing with drug and alcohol abuse
  • Clarifying values and priorities
  • Understanding your sexuality
  • Dealing with eating issues