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The Elmira College Office of Counseling Services offers full-time students confidential mental health counseling to support personal development and academic success. Counselors help students accomplish personal, academic and career goals. Counseling enables students to overcome barriers to learning such as mental illness, challenging issues, confusion and indecision. Through counseling students acquire behavior, skills, attitudes and resources necessary for: 1) success during college and 2) a lifetime of productivity, personal growth and responsible citizenship.

All students enrolled at Elmira College are provided free, confidential counseling services as need arises or they desire to seek support. The scope of service provision is individualized to each specific student's stated needs, but the counseling process as a whole is built on some universality applied tenets as follows:

  • The counseling process is driven by student identified needs and goals
  • The counseling process is action oriented and task driven; the intent of the process in not to merely promote catharsis but is intended to add to the student's knowledge base, skill set, and ability to overcome whatever obstacles they are facing
  • The emphasis in the work is on proactive development of tools and problem identification so as to intervene and eradicate challenges or issues before they impede student performance
  • Ultimately the process is intended to literally teach students how to be their own therapist, and as such foster independence for life through knowledge acquisition and skill building

Beyond the provision of individual clinical services, the Counseling Department also provides the following resources:

  • Referral and advocacy services
  • Group psychoeducation
  • Assessment and evaluation services with appropriate follow up referrals
  • Trainings to various departments and student groups on campus
  • External trainings to community partners and the general public

To schedule a counseling appointment please call the Clarke Health Center at (607) 735-1750 or visit the CHC Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In event of an afterhours emergency or mental health crisis please contact: the Residence Life Coordinator on duty or Campus Security at (607) 735-1777.

Also consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If you are concerned about the emotional wellbeing of a student, share your concern with that person by giving specific feedback about the concerning behaviors. If the student agrees that there is a problem and wants to address it, mention that counseling services are available. Consider offering to accompany the student to an initial appointment if doubt or discomfort about counseling is expressed.

If the problem is critical or involves safety issues, contact the Clarke Health Center during business hours, or Campus Security or the duty RLC on weeknights and weekends.