Counseling Center

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You can turn to our Counseling Center for services and support.

The Rutgers University – Newark Counseling Center provides a number of counseling and consultative services to enrolled and eligible undergraduate and graduate students. We are also available to consult with faculty and staff about concerns they may have about their students.

For students, if you are seeking individual or group therapy, you can expect to find a safe, supportive space to collaboratively identify and begin to change the thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs that prevent you from being your best self. To learn more about psychotherapy, visit the American Psychological Association. To learn more about the psychological services offered at the Rutgers University – Newark Counseling Center, please visit our website.

Still Have Questions About The Counseling Center?

Why should I visit the Counseling Center?
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Students come to the Counseling Center with a variety of concerns, such as adjusting to college life, making decisions, or working out problems in relationships. Some are dealing with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Others do not have a mental health diagnosis but feel like they need additional support in dealing with the challenges they face. Counseling can provide a safe place to discuss the issues you are dealing with and help you find healthy ways to cope.

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How do I make an appointment?
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Come visit our office, located in Blumenthal Hall, Room 101, to get started with the paperwork.

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How much does counseling cost?
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Counseling is free to all enrolled Rutgers University–Newark students.

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Do I need a referral?
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No. Come down to the Counseling Center during business hours to get the paperwork started. Your professors, resident assistants, area director, health care provider, or other faculty or staff members may recommend you make an appointment based on their interactions with you, but you do not require a referral.

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Can I come on behalf of someone else?”,
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Yes. Sometimes students have serious concerns about their peers. Our staff will talk to you about how to deal with and help your friends. Still, all information about other clients will be held in strict confidence.

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Will what I say be kept confidential?
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Any information shared during counseling sessions, in addition to the fact that you have been seen for counseling, is kept strictly confidential. Disclosure to any outside person, including friends or family, requires your prior written permission. However, confidentiality will be broken if the clinician thinks you are a threat to yourself or someone else, if you disclose information about child or elder abuse, or if legal proceedings require disclosure of your counseling sessions, per state licensing laws.

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Will receiving Counseling Center services go on my record?
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No, absolutely not. Counseling records are not part of your official record.

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Do I continue with the clinician whom I see first?
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Not always. Not all problems are appropriate for treatment here at the center, so at the first meeting, the clinician will determine how to best meet your individual needs. You may be referred to another therapist off campus or to other specialists if that is the appropriate course of action. Occasionally, the clinician may refer you to another member of the Counseling Center staff.

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Is counseling mandated?
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Our services are voluntary; however, judicial, academic, or housing administrators may mandate counseling as part of some disciplinary action.

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Key Contacts

Counseling Center

(973) 353-5805
Blumenthal HallRoom 101
249 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102

Main Contact