The Counseling Center provides personal counseling for students on an individual and group basis. Counseling is provided in a private and supportive environment in which students may focus on family problems, personal development concerns, and other matters of importance to them. The Counseling Center maintains a close collaborative relationship with the instructional faculty, who are a source of many student referrals. Counselors are available to consult with faculty on issues affecting student academic performance and retention. Registered Hostos students may make appointments by coming to the Center. A validated Student ID is necessary to secure an appointment with a counselor.
Counseling is a process in which professional skills, knowledge, and experience are applied in a collaborative effort that actively involves students in helping themselves. Students can expect counselors to promote a mutually trusting and respectful relationship in which they can discuss their concerns in a frank and open manner. They can also expect to learn new skills and ways of understanding and managing their lives. All sessions are confidential. Issues students typically may want to address with a counselor:
• Academic and social pressures of college.
• Personal trauma, loss, or unresolved personal problems.
• Feelings of anxiety or depression.
• Improving self-confidence.
• Managing stress.
• Problems in relationships.
• Problems with substance abuse.
• Thoughts about suicide.
• Parenting issues.
Referrals: Counselors may refer students to appropriate resources on campus or in the community.
Emergencies: In circumstances when a student needs to see a counselor because of serious emotional or personal problems, no appointment is necessary. Intake staff will perform a brief screening and facilitate an immediate meeting with a counselor if appropriate. In some cases, a counselor may contact Campus Safety to arrange for the City’s Emergency Services to come to the College to assist.
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