Why do students come to the Counseling & Student Success office?
The following list includes typical reasons for coming to counseling:
- Managing stress more effectively
- Enhancing relationships with friends and family
- Reducing anxiety
- Improving academic performance (i.e. time management, studying, test taking, note taking, learning style, test anxiety
- Exploring ideas related to one’s sexuality or gender identity
- Coping with grief and loss
- Overcoming loneliness
- Alcohol and substance use/abuse issues
- Coping with and recovering from trauma, abuse, and/or sexual assault
- Making decisions about transferring or withdrawing from college
- Helping a friend
What services are offered by the Counseling & Student Success office?
- Individual Personal Counseling
- Educational Planning
- Career & Major Exploration & Assessment
- Non-matriculated student advisement
- Veteran Services
- Referrals to counseling professionals in the local community
- Special Events
What are my responsibilities in counseling?
To make the most of your counseling experience, it is best to attend your scheduled sessions, talk openly and honestly about what is bothering you, and challenge yourself to explore new ways of thinking, behaving, and meeting the challenges you face.
How do I make an appointment with a counselor?
Appointments may be scheduled by calling (973) 328-5140 or stopping by the Counseling & Student Success office located on the first floor of the Student Community Center (SCC) Room 118. We also offer walk-in hours during the week where students can simply walk in and meet with a counselor for fifteen minutes. Walk-ins are on a first come first serve basis, so you may have to wait before you are seen. Please note the walk-in schedule is subject to change, so make sure to call the office before coming in.
What is the cost for counseling?
All services at the Counseling & Student Success office are provided free of charge to all currently enrolled CCM students.
How long are counseling appointments?
Depending upon the need and the situation, counseling appointment sessions typically last between 30 – 50 minutes. When you make an appointment, please let the person scheduling your appointment know the reason for your visit so the appropriate amount of time can be scheduled.
How long do I have to wait once I call to schedule an appointment?
Typically you will be seen within five days of making your appointment, depending on your schedule. However, the wait may be somewhat shorter or longer during certain times of the semester. If you are having an emergency or in crisis, please let the person you are speaking to know so that you can be seen as soon as possible.
If I would like to meet with a different counselor, what should I do?
If for any reason you don’t feel that there is a good fit between you and your counselor, we are happy to arrange for you to meet with another counselor or to provide referrals to mental health professionals in the outside community. You may speak directly with your counselor regarding this, or you may inform the front desk staff that you would like to reschedule with a different counselor.
What happens if I miss my scheduled appointment?
If you are unable to keep an appointment, or if you wish to discontinue counseling, it is very important that you call the Counseling & Student Success office as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule. It is preferable to contact us within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.
What if I have concerns about a friend or another student?
The Counseling & Student Success office provides assistance for students who are concerned about friends or family members. We will work with students on how to express their concerns in a respectful and effective manner and can provide information about campus and community resources.
Is everything that I say to the counselor confidential?
Confidentiality is maintained under all circumstances except in cases when it is believed that you or someone else is at risk. These situations can include:
- Danger to self, such as potential for suicidal behavior
- Danger to others, such as potential for homicidal behavior
- Neglect and abuse of minors (under 18 years old), the elderly, disabled persons, and other potentially vulnerable populations.
In these situations, your counselor may be required to contact other people to protect you or others. Such individuals could include parents or guardians, off-campus medical and mental health professionals, certain college officials, and police and campus public safety officials. Additionally, in certain legal situations, such as court orders, your counselor may be required to disclose information in order to comply with the law.
If a situation occurs where your counselor decides that it is necessary to contact a third party, she or he will make every effort to fully discuss with you the reasons for the disclosure.
If you would like us to release information about your contact with the Counseling & Student Success office to another person or if sharing information to a third party is deemed beneficial for your treatment, your counselor will ask that you sign a consent form. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee continual confidentiality once this information is released to a third party.
Can a counselor help me choose a college major or a career?
Yes! The Counseling & Student Success office offers career counseling and can administer assessments that can help advance your understanding of your strengths, interests, personality, and values that will empower you to make more informed career /major choices.
Are counselors able to prescribe medication for mental health concerns?
No. Although counselors are not able to perform medication evaluation services or prescribe any medication, we can provide you with referrals to medical professionals in the community who can provide these services.