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"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
Nazareth College Counseling Services is located in the Student Wellness Center. Appointments can be made during business hours by calling extension 2887 on-campus, calling 585-389-2887 off-campus, or going to the Student Wellness Center reception area.
Students come to Counseling Services for a variety of reasons, ranging from difficulty adjusting to college life, loneliness, difficulty making friends and roommate conflicts, to more significant mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Nazareth College offers a variety of mental health, educational, and consultative services. For specifics, please see the tabs below.
The following are some concerns addressed in counseling:
- ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
- Anxiety, Panic, Stress
- Decision Making
- Eating Disorders
- Family issues
- Grief, Loss
- Gender identity questions
- Identity exploration
- Emotional Abuse
- Hallucinations, Delusions, Paranoia
- Life Goals
- Rape, Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse
- Relationship issues
- Self-confidence, Self-understanding, Self-esteem
- Sexual orientation questions
- Physical Abuse
- Substance Abuse
- Suicidality and Homicidality
- Test Anxiety, Time Management
- Veteran Issues
Individual and Couples Counseling
Counseling Services offers confidential, time-limited individual and couples counseling. Students will work collaboratively with their individual or couples therapist to determine the frequency of visits. Sessions last for 45-50 minutes and are free to students currently enrolled at Nazareth College.
Groups are a wonderful way to learn more about yourself in relation to others and to try out new interpersonal behaviors. Counseling Services offers relationship-oriented groups that provide a safe space for individuals to connect to others in a meaningful way. If you are interested in learning more about how these groups work, please click on this: Groups in College Counseling
Counseling Services also offers anxiety management and depression management groups. These groups provide students with a variety of concrete techniques they can use to cope with their emotional reactions.
Counseling Services also hosts a weekly substance-free support group and a weekly studio art therapy group for stress reduction.
All groups are free to students currently enrolled at Nazareth College.
Counseling Services staff are available to all faculty, staff, administrators and students for consultation. Consultation aims at helping the person contacting Counseling Services to effectively deal with the situation at hand.
A crisis is defined as a situation in which a person's usual coping patterns and mechanisms are inadequate to effectively deal with the level of stress experienced, or a situation which requires an immediate response to safeguard the well-being of the individual and/or the community.
Individuals responding to a crisis may consider the following suggestions:
- Remain calm
- Convey respect
- Protect privacy
- Assume a non-judgmental attitude
- Provide reassurance
- Utilize community resources
Counseling Services staff are available for both consultation and crisis management.
Counseling Services: ext. 2887 on-campus or 585-389-2887 off-campus. Campus Safety: ext. 2850 or ext. 3333 on-campus or 585-389-2850 or 585-389-3333 off-campus.
The college also has a Crisis Response Team under the auspices of the President and senior staff of the College, which is activated as necessary.
Counseling Services staff offers a variety of workshops to the student body. In the past, we have offered workshops on the following topics: stress management, anxiety management, depression management, conflict resolution, assertiveness, and healthy relationships. If you have an interest in any of these topics, or would like a workshop on a different topic, please contact us and we will design a program that fits your needs.
Counseling Services strives to reach students in a variety of ways. In addition to providing mental health and substance abuse services, we offer many outreach programs to the campus community.
We offer workshops and classroom presentations, organize screening days for depression, anxiety and alcoholism, and provide support at campus events that are likely to elicit intense emotions (ex: Take Back The Night). We also offer programs in residence halls, invite speakers to campus, write articles for campus publications, and provide comprehensive training for RAs, peer mentors, and orientation leaders.
Counseling Services staff are also available to do classroom presentations on topics related to psychological/mental health and substance use and abuse. These topics may include but are not limited to:
- Managing Anxiety
- Eating Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Substance Use and Abuse
Counseling Services works closely with their consulting psychiatric provider, who is typically on campus 4 hours per week. Students in need of psychiatric evaluation and medication management are welcome to work with our consulting psychiatric provider in addition to receiving individual or group counseling. Psychiatric services are free for currently enrolled students.