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Counseling Services

Well-being goes beyond physical wellness at York College. The staff at York College Counseling Services works hard to help students succeed in all areas of life, through free confidential counseling, to help them feel empowered to conquer whatever life brings.

College is a challenging time. With deadlines to meet, relationships to build, and a career to plan, it can seem like a lot to juggle. York College’s Counseling Services Office assists students in finding solutions to life’s challenges by helping them manage stress and anxiety, learn new ways to deal with difficult situations, improve moods, mend relationships, and live better lives.

Whether you’d benefit from individual or group counseling, couples counseling, personal enrichment, or online mental health screenings, we’re here to guide you. Our clinical staff members provide free, confidential counseling in accordance with the American Counseling Association's Code of EthicsHIPAA, and FERPA.

Worried about another student? You can submit a concern to our CARE team.

Counseling Services
No matter how you're feeling, the therapy dogs visiting campus can bring a smile to your face!
Counseling Services Team 2016

What we offer

We can help you along the journey to improve your well-being and personal success. Counseling Services encourages all students to engage in self-development during college and beyond. Let us help you find solutions! Services include:

How Counseling Works

  • Why do students attend counseling?

    Our data suggests that the top reasons students at York College access counseling is to address:

    • Relationships
    • Anxiety/worry
    • Depression
    • Stress management
    • Self-esteem/confidence
    • Loss/grief

    When students transition into college it is important to find new resources for support. Sometimes this includes speaking with a professional counselor for listening, reflecting and problem solving.

    College can bring a number of firsts away from home that can be disruptive to one's life (e.g. loss of a loved one, relationship conflicts, changing mood and/or eating behaviors, and change in life plans, etc). Talking with a counselor will help increase a student's perspective on the status of their situation.

  • How do I schedule or cancel an appointment?
    • Fees: Tuition covers counseling and mental health services at Counseling Services for all currently enrolled students. Your health insurance is not billed for appointments or other services provided by Counseling Services.
    • To schedule an appointment: Students can call or stop by our office to schedule an appointment. Only students can schedule an appointment for themselves. Students are expected to attend all appointments scheduled, reminders are not sent.  
    • To cancel an appointment: Please contact our office as soon as you know you will not be able to attend your appointment! This will allow an opening for another student. 
    • In the event of a closure or delay: Please contact the Counseling Services office on the next business day that offices are open to reschedule your appointment if affected. For classes follow the inclement weather schedule
  • Do I see the same counselor every time and how often will I see them?

    After an (initial) intake session, students are assigned a clinical staff member for all subsequent visits. How many sessions and how often a student meets with their assigned clinical staff member varies depending on the level of need and will be re-evaluated by the clinical staff member during each session. Our goal is to work with each individual person to develop an effective treatment approach that includes goals, strategies, and a time frame to adequately address the concerns. Recommendations for additional services could be required.

  • Are there forms I have to complete?

    Yes, YCP Counseling Services has electronic forms that must be completed at the office only. All forms completed become the student’s clinical record which are saved for ten years and are separate from academic records. These records are confidential and stored on a confidential electronic filing system which is only available to Counseling Services staff members.

  • How do I make the most of counseling?
    • Attend all of your scheduled counseling sessions, or let the counselor know if you have to miss one.
    • Arrive on time and try not to miss your scheduled appointments- this maximizes the time you have with your counselor.
    • Be an active participant as you work with your counselor.
    • Clarify your goals- write down your thoughts, be specific, and prioritize your concerns.
    • Honestly and openly voice your thoughts and feelings in counseling. Ask questions and seek clarification.
    • Let your counselor know if you are feeling worse or uncomfortable over the course of counseling.
    • Be honest about safety concerns- your emotional and physical safety is our priority.
    • Make time to think about the things you have discussed in between sessions.
    • Follow through on homework assignments from your counselor- practice strategies and skills discussed in session. Consider keeping a journal to monitor progress.
    • Capitalize on what's been discussed in session by trying out new approaches, ideas, etc. when on your own.
  • Is Counseling Services confidential?

    York College Counseling Services are safe/confidential and in accordance with the American Counseling Association's Code of Ethics, HIPAA, and FERPA. Information will be released ONLY with a student's written permission by completing a Consent Form or if a student's condition indicates clear and imminent danger to themselves or to others. All records are maintained according to state and federal laws of confidentiality. Information about the student's presence in counseling or details about what has been discussed does not become part of the student's college records.

  • What happens if my mental health requires more intensive treatment?

    During counseling, your counselor will work with you to determine the most appropriate level of care. In the event more intensive treatment is needed a referral may be necessary. This could include coordinating with off campus providers such as local counselors, group sessions, physicians, psychiatrists, and or the local hospitals. (York Hospital or Memorial Hospital)

    Mental health hospitalizations can be necessary in emergency situations to help stabilize a student's emotional wellbeing. York College Counseling Services is dedicated to caring for and promoting coordination of mental health services for our students. Counseling Services will maintain confidentiality throughout the referral process and upon the student's return to our services.

  • How do I complete a BASICS assessment?

    Counseling Services offers a free BASICS assessment for students who want to investigate their behaviors related to alcohol and other substance use.  This is a confidential service we offer to all students enrolled in classes at York College.

    If you are required to complete a BASICS assessment to meet a college sanction and would like to access Counseling Services for the assessment, you can contact us by stopping by our office located in the Wellness Center, Student Union Building, Lower Level Rm 120, or by calling 717-815-6437. Students are not required to complete this requirement through Counseling Services and may choose to complete it off campus. We can provide you with alternative resources (Note:  off-campus providers charge for the assessment). 

    If there is a fine attached to your sanction, it is not paid to Counseling Services.  Your letter from Judicial Affairs should indicate where to pay the fine.

    A BASICS assessment in Counseling Services involves two sessions with a counselor. 

    • The first session will take approximately 2 hours, so please allow that much time in your schedule. 
    • The second session is scheduled directly after attending the first session.  It will be held two weeks later and will last approximately 45 minutes. 

    If you sign a consent form, the counselor can notify Judicial Affairs once you have completed the assessment.  They will not share any other information with them.  You can talk more about that with the counselor at your first scheduled BASICS assessment appointment.

Contact Us
Counseling Services
Iosue Student Union, Lower Level, Wellness Center, Room 120
Phone: 717.815.6437
Fax: 717.849.1627
Hours Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.
Summer Hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday (mid-May-August)

After Hours and Emergencies: