Student Handbook 2020-2021

Counseling Services

Location: Keuka Commons 1st Floor Suite, #115
Phone: (315)279-5368

The Counseling Center at Keuka College provides short-term/brief supportive individual counseling free of charge for full-time residential and commuter students of the College.

These services are provided by licensed mental health professionals and supervised graduate student interns. Services are designed to assist students with a number of concerns and to enhance their ability to be more effective and successful in their academic and personal lives.

Due to limited resources, a model of brief, goals-oriented counseling is used by Counseling Services. On average, a student is seen for five sessions per semester. Students who need long-term or more intensive services will be referred to community resources. Students are responsible for the cost of these off-campus services. Referrals will be made with student's’ needs in mind, after meeting with a Keuka College counselor.

Counseling Services provides the following:

  • Crisis intervention.
  • Short-term counseling for such matters as: anxiety, depression, loneliness, identity, stress management, time management, eating concerns, alcohol/drug use/abuse, relationship concerns, grief and loss, family growth development.
  • Skills development for academic success, such as coping skills, self-esteem work, stress management, time management, motivational skills, and reduction of performance-related anxiety (such as test anxiety).
  • Support and brief counseling for students recovering from sexual assault and/or domestic violence and referral to Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes as appropriate.
  • Brief intervention services for alcohol and drug use/abuse through the Yates County Office of Addictions and per the College disciplinary process.
  • Support and brief counseling for students with eating disorders and referral to eating disorder specialists as needed.
  • Assessment and referral to other campus resources, such as health services and the Office of Student Success, and referral to community resources, particularly for students whose presenting concerns are beyond counseling services’ scope of practice.
  • Mental health consultation, and education, for students, faculty, and staff.

Limited Service

The counseling center does not provide long-term intensive counseling and psychotherapy. It is beyond counseling services’ scope of practice to provide ongoing counseling and psychotherapy for students who may be diagnosed with a variety of serious, long-term psychiatric conditions, and individuals who appear to be a recurring high risk to self or to the Keuka College community. Each student is eligible for up to 8 sessions each semester to meet with a counselor.

The counseling center does not prescribe psychotropic or any other medications. At students’ request, counselors will make a referral to the College health services for medication evaluation.