Why Seek Counseling?
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.
“When you ask for help, it gets better!”
Reasons why students seek counseling include:
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 patterns and issues
Counseling Center Hours & Contact Information
The Student Counseling Center will be offering appointments in-person and virtually. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mercy College has also partnered with BetterMynd, an online therapy platform for college students, with services available 7 days a week with evening and weekend appointments available.
Student 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.
If you are having any thoughts of hurting yourself or dying, there is hope. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline