How Counseling Works

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 (pdf) or‌ if a student's condition indicates clear and imminent danger to him/herself or to others. All records are maintained according to state and federal laws of confidentiality.


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.


Do I see the same counselor every time?

Typically, the first meeting with a counselor is an intake/consultation session where the counselor listens to concerns and then helps the student identify ways to address these concerns. Students who choose to engage in the counseling process will be assigned to a clinical staff member for all subsequent visits.


Are there forms I have to complete?

Yes, YCP Counseling Services has an intake packet we ask all students to complete when they initiate services.

The intake packet becomes the student's file. All files are stored securely in the Counseling Services Admin area. Only the Counseling Staff has access to counseling records.


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.
  • Honestly and openly voice your thoughts and feelings in counseling.
  • Between sessions, think through the concerns you are addressing in counseling.
  • Experiment with new and positive ways of doing things and thinking about things.
  • Make use of Counseling Services emergency assistance as needed.