The Counseling Center

What Is Counseling?

Counseling is a process which helps people resolve personal, academic, social, or vocational problems. Counseling is an active, collaborative effort of student and counselor. To this end, the student and counselor work together to clarify issues and concerns, to set goals, and to explore possible courses of action. The purposes of counseling are to help students make the best decisions possible and to provide support to carry out these decisions. Through this process, students often become more aware of themselves, more independent, and more effective in the pursuit of their personal goals. Counseling services are strictly confidential. The records kept by our office are not part of official University records. Our services are free of charge to currently enrolled Pace University students. While we cannot guarantee the results or outcomes of counseling, we do guarantee that our staff psychologists and counselors will behave in accordance with all applicable state laws and ethical standards established for our profession.

Personal Counseling

Many students have personal concerns that may interfere with their academic and/or social lives.

Some of the many issues that counselors and clients discuss are:

* Adjustment to college life

* Romantic relationships

* Feeling down or anxious

* Use and abuse of alcohol and drugs

* Eating concerns and body image

* Childhood and/or adult physical, sexual, and emotional abuse

* Family conflicts

* Academic concerns

Staff members at the center are prepared to help students deal with difficult life situations and crises, such as rape, loss of a loved one, traumatic experiences, thoughts of death, and sexual harassment. In addition, staff members are available for consultation and referral to outside providers of psychological services.

Group Counseling

Students in groups have the opportunity to share experiences and to help each other work out solutions to problems. There are different kinds of groups offered at the Counseling Center. Information about groups can be obtained from the Counseling Center.

Consultation, Outreach, and Wellness Services

Consultation and outreach are services provided to the University community around a variety of issues and include numerous programs aimed at enhancing the learning environment of the institution. These range from individual conferences with faculty, students, and staff to large group programs, including parent orientation, school orientations, and Residence Life training programs.

Wellness services are designed to help students become more aware of healthy choices before problems have a chance to start. Wellness programs are presented throughout the academic year.

Services for Students with Disabilities

A member of the Counseling Center staff is designated as the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities. Students with disabling conditions can receive specialized assistance to better cope with their adjustment to the University. To receive reasonable accommodation, students with disabilities must contact the coordinator before classes begin. The Admission Office has a brochure that describes how students may access these services. For more specific information, contact the Counseling Center.

Workshop Programs

During the academic year, the Counseling Center offers many workshops that focus on a variety of specific issues. Information about workshops can be obtained from the Counseling Center.

Educational Counseling

The Counseling Center provides assistance to students who have concerns about their educational plans and progress. Students who are indecisive about an academic major or are considering graduate study may find a counselor a good source of information and assistance in the decision-making process. In addition, students who feel they are not reaching their academic potential can evaluate their concerns with the help of a counselor.

Testing Services

Psychological, educational, and vocational testing is available to students in conjunction with counseling services. The information provided through testing data can be a valuable source of information about your career-related interests, your learning style, and the influence of your personality on how you learn.


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