Counseling Center

College is a time for you to have new experiences, new relationships, and to grow as a person. You won’t leave college quite the same person as when you arrived.

Your daily experiences all have an impact on the way you think and feel about people and the world. With so much to learn about so many different things, it is essential that you do your best to maintain a clear understanding of yourself and your experiences.

What is Counseling?
Counseling is a process of exploring one’s self and one’s experiences with a trained professional in a safe, supportive, confidential setting. The process is one in which a person works to honestly clarify their thoughts, feelings, and relationship issues with a non-judgmental professional. The counselor will not tell a student what to do, but will instead offer guidance toward the student’s own resolution of difficulties over a period of time. Some results of work with a counselor can be increased personal self-value, coping skills, and strength.

Counseling Center Mission
The Counseling Center provides developmental counseling, psycho-educational programming, peer helping, crisis intervention, and consultation to Hartwick College students and the community. We seek to help students identify and address social/emotional barriers to learning and achievement. We guide students through increased self-awareness and self-esteem to higher levels of personal functioning. 

Why Do Students Seek Counseling?
Students seek services at the counseling center for a wide range of reasons. Some common concerns include:

  • Anxiety
  • Body image
  • Conflict with others
  • Connection to community resources
  • Depression
  • Eating disorder/issues
  • Family conflict
  • Loss of a loved one/grief
  • Mental health disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Romantic relationship difficulties
  • Self esteem
  • Self-injury
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual identity/orientation
  • Sexuality
  • Substance abuse
  • Stress

How to Make an Appointment
Make an appointment by phone or in person. No referral is necessary, although referrals are accepted. Students are seen as soon as possible by one of the counselors and, in an emergency, seen immediately. Our services are free of charge to all current Hartwick College students.

Location: Perrella Health Center
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 607-431-4420
Fax: 607-431-4105

Director of Counseling Services: Gary Robinson

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