Students on the Pace Pleasantville Campus

Services Offered

The Counseling Center provides free and confidential services to registered Pace University students. To learn more about each of our services, click below:

Please note: All services are currently being provided remotely and ongoing telehealth services are only available to students located in New York and other states where our clinicians’ licenses are valid. If the Counseling Center is unable to provide services in the state where a student is currently located, we can provide referral information and/or consultation services to help locate local mental health providers and services where a student is currently residing.

  • The Counseling Center provides a number of support services to students struggling with alcohol and other drug use. These include:

    • Assessment and support for problematic alcohol and other drug use
    • Assistance in dealing with family members or other loved ones who may be suffering from an addiction
    • Educational and outreach programming
    • Help in dealing with pressure to drink or use more than you want to
    • Strategies and support for changing drinking or drug use patterns
    • Support for students in recovery
    • Referral information and assistance

    Self-Assessment Tools:

    Off-Campus Treatment Referrals:

    Other Alcohol and Other Drug Resources

  • Group counseling offers a safe environment in which to give and receive support regarding specific issues, explore healthy behaviors, and develop new ways of coping. It allows an opportunity to learn more about oneself and others in a climate of trust and mutual support. Like individual counseling, group counseling is confidential; information disclosed to other members is not discussed outside the group.

    The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups. See below for groups being offered this semester at each campus:

  • The Counseling Center staff is available to discuss any personal or emotional difficulties in complete confidentiality. Our services range from counseling for personal and professional problems to crisis intervention. Some of the most common reasons students seek counseling are:

    • Academic stressors
    • Adjustment to changes and transitions
    • Alcohol and other drug use
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Family
    • Relationships
    • Study skills
    • Test anxiety
    • Time-management skills
  • When students are evaluated at the Counseling Center, it is sometimes necessary to recommend an external referral based on the specific needs of the student and the resources available at the Counseling Center. This referral may be to a more specialized program at a hospital or clinic or to a therapist in private practice. Our referral list is extensive and offers students a wide range of services which are of high quality and affordable.

    All enrolled students have the opportunity to meet with a clinician to have their needs assessed. The counseling center team will determine if the student’s needs fall within the scope of clinical services that can be provided. When a student’s needs require a different level of care, the clinician will work closely with the student to ensure a smooth transition to community providers and will follow up, providing additional help with referrals, as needed.

    Referrals may occur when:

    • Students need or request to be seen more than once a week for individual therapy.
    • Students need or request uninterrupted therapy from semester to semester.
    • Students need or request long-term treatment.
    • Students have a significant history of mental health concerns, treatment, and/or psychiatric hospitalizations and have continued needs.
    • Students need or request services for active eating disorders that may require medical monitoring.
    • Students need or request services not offered, including but not limited to:
      • Intensive outpatient, inpatient treatment, or specialty services
      • Substance abuse treatment or detoxification
      • Mandated therapy
      • Documentation for an Emotional Support or Comfort Animal
      • Psychological assessment or evaluation
      • Frequent consultation after-hours that cannot be stabilized with short-term crisis interventions
      • Documentation for disability accommodations at Pace or for a national test

    If a student is currently seeing a professional, and can continue to work with them, we often encourage the student to do so, based on the value of continuity of care.

    Also, if at any time during the course of treatment at the Counseling Center, the clinician determines that a student would be better served by an external referral, one will be provided and the clinician will assist in a smooth transition. This may occur when a student’s behavior or psychological presentation changes, suggesting the need for a different kind or higher level of care.

    Once a student has been referred to an outside resource, we suggest that they reconnect with the Counseling Services once they have contacted the referral. At that time, we encourage students to provide us with feedback about their experience. If the referral does not seem to be a good fit, then we will be more than happy to meet with the student again to provide them with more resources.

    This statement is not a contract and serves only as a general statement and guide to those interested in services at the Counseling Center. Each student is evaluated individually, and treatment decisions are based upon the professional judgment of the Counseling Center staff.

  • The Counseling Center is dedicated to improving the overall well-being and resiliency of our students. One of the ways we serve the campus in this way is through our outreach programming.

    The Counseling Center offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops, and consultation services that address topics such as career and educational decision-making, improving academic effectiveness, increasing happiness and resilience, and resolving conflict.

    We frequently collaborate with student groups, academic departments, various campus partners, and other organizations on campus who are working to promote the personal, social, and intellectual development of students.

    Topics frequently requested include:

    • Alcohol and other drug awareness
    • Assertiveness
    • Body image
    • Building self-esteem
    • Eating disorders
    • Stress management
    • Study skills
    • Time management

    Trainings provided in the past include:

    • Introduction to Counseling Center Services
    • Dealing with a Student in Crisis
    • Making a Referral to the Counseling Center
    • Suicide: Facts and Fables

    Consultation and Liaison to Staff and Faculty

    The staff at the Counseling Center is available to help University staff and faculty in the following ways:

    • Consultation regarding how to best help students presenting with psychological concerns in the classroom and office setting (also please refer to Faculty and Staff Referral Guide)
    • Participation in Counseling Center workshops offered to the University community
    • Assistance with staff and faculty around personal issues and concerns through a brief evaluation followed by referral to community resources for ongoing support and help
    • Westchester Campus Liaison Program with academic and other offices, departments and campus partners. The goal of this program is to build and strengthen the relationship between campus offices and departments and the Counseling Center. Campus departments, offices and partners are assigned a specific liaison that will serve as their contact person at the Counseling Center. This liaison can be called if and when there is a question or concern related to the mental health needs of students and other associated issues.

    Additional Staff and Faculty Resources

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How long are the presentations?
      • ​Our workshops and presentations typically require a one to two-hour time slot, though some topics require more time than this. The topics above may need to be modified or narrowed to fit certain time frames and special situations or interests.
    2. Are there other topics available?
      • The programs and workshops listed here are intended to give you an idea of the types of services we have provided in the past. Our staff is available to design programs on other topics to meet your specific needs and concerns. We will also help individuals and groups in the development and implementation of their own programs.
    3. How soon can a presentation be provided?
      • Our presentations and workshops can be provided throughout the year. Please provide at least 2-weeks’ notice so the workshop can be developed and schedules can be adjusted. However, the earlier you contact us, the more likely it is that we can meet your specific needs.
    4. How do I schedule a workshop or presentation?
      • Requests for programs, special topic presentations, workshops, and consultations can be made by:
      • Westchester: Email Dr. Mariesa Cruz-Tillery at
      • New York City: Call (212) 346-1526

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  • Please contact us to make an initial appointment. You will be given an appointment within a reasonable time period. However, if you need to see someone sooner, please inform us and we will do our best to meet your needs. In addition, we have walk-in hours (call-in during the COVID-19 pandemic) between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. each weekday when students can connect with a counselor if there is a more urgent need.

    • Westchester: (914) 773-3710
    • New York City: (212) 346-1526

    In case of an emergency, contact the Counseling Center

  • Before your initial appointment, you will be asked to complete paperwork and will then meet with one of our staff members. The purpose of this initial appointment(s) is understanding and discussing the concerns that brought you in to the Counseling Center. Following this appointment, our recommendations to you may include: additional counseling sessions at the Counseling Center, referral to a Counseling Center group, or referral to a community agency, private practitioner, or consulting psychiatrist. These recommendations are based on your needs, as well as the availability of our staff. Sometimes, the staff member you see for ongoing sessions may not be the same person who met with you for your initial appointment.

  • Our services are confidential. This means that all information shared with a staff member and all written materials remain confidential unless you authorize, in writing, that information be communicated to specific others. The staff member, however, may disclose information deemed necessary to protect you or others from imminent physical danger, in cases where child abuse is evident, or upon court order.

    The Counseling Center’s policy on confidentiality is in accordance with the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association.

  • If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you give us 24-hours notice. If you do not notify us and do not keep your appointments and/or respond to our follow up calls or emails, we may not be able to see you at the Counseling Center. However, you will have an opportunity to speak to a staff member who can provide you with an appropriate referral in the community.

  • We welcome feedback on our delivery of services to you, both on an informal basis and formally through our periodic questionnaire.