Everyone has problems. Everyone, at times, feels down, overwhelmed, worried or confused. Fortunately, it's often possible to get through these rough periods on your own or with the support of family and friends. But sometimes problems can be too much to handle and build up until they interfere with studies or other aspects of your life. When problems leave you feeling hopeless or stuck, the wise decision is to seek out professional help.
How does just talking help? The answer is that words matter a great deal. It's enormously helpful to talk to a trained professional who will listen without judging you and keep what you say confidential. It helps to talk to someone who is understanding and supportive. It helps just to express your thoughts and feelings out loud-you can understand yourself better and gain perspective. It helps to talk to someone who can help you realize your problems aren't unique –many other students have faced the same issues. It helps to talk to someone who can help you arrive at goals and solutions.
Counseling sessions last around 45 minutes. For many students, one or two sessions are enough to get untracked. Others benefit from a course of sessions of up to 10 or 12 appointments. For students who need to see a professional for a longer period of time, CWC can help identify suitable options in the community.
All sorts of problems are appropriate to discuss in counseling. If something's troubling you and you can't seem to handle it on your own, then it's a problem worth discussing with a counselor.
Here is a partial list of concerns you can discuss with a counselor at CWC:
- Sadness or depression
- Mood swings
- Anxiety: worries, panic attacks, fears of public speaking
- Lack of motivation for studies
- Uncertainty and fears about the future
- Worries about finances
- Family problems
- Childhood abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Identity questions
- Issues related to your racial or ethnic identity
- Issues related to sexual or gender orientation
- Health concerns
- Difficulties dealing with a death
- Body image concerns and disordered eating
- Angry outbursts
- Relationship problems and breakups
- Sexual concerns
- Drinking and drug concerns
- Sleep problems
- Suicidal thoughts
221 E. 71st St.
Main Building, Room 806
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 774-0700
Fax: (212) 517-0666
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday to Friday: 3 pm – 4 pm
New York City: 911
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