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Counseling Center

Counseling Services


Individual and Group Counseling

The Counseling Center Staff is available to discuss any personal or emotional difficulties in complete confidentiality. Services include individual and group counseling and range from counseling for personal and professional problems to crisis intervention. The concerns that students discuss with us include relationship and family issues, roommate problems, drug or alcohol use, self-esteem, and problems with eating, to name a few.


Educational Counseling

Educational counseling helps people strengthen skills needed to succeed in the classroom. Counseling Center staff offer expertise in the areas of study skills, time-management, test-taking strategies and stress-management techniques.


Vocational Counseling

Vocational Counseling can help people appraise their interests, attitudes, and personality traits. The Counseling Center staff frequently use tests to reveal these characteristics. By gaining self awareness, people become better equipped to make decisions vital to their educational and professional future. This may include decisions about what major or future career to choose.


Psychological Assessment

Psychological assessment can help provide insight about an individual’s personality characteristics and can help clarify therapeutic goals. Counseling center staff provide psychological assessment to help determine appropriate counseling treatment and/or as an adjunct to ongoing counseling.

If you are concerned that ADHD or a learning disability may be interfering with your academic success, we can provide you with a referral to an outside practitioner or agency for evaluation. Pace University does not offer ADHD or learning disability assessments. If you have further questions about disability issues, go to Resources and Support Services for Students with Disabilities.


Referrals to Community and Other Programs

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 judgement of the Counseling Center staff.