College is a time of new experiences, relationships, and growth. No one leaves college quite the same person as when s/he entered. Daily experiences all have an impact on the way we think and feel about people and the world. With much to learn about so many different things, it is essential that each person tries to maintain a clear understanding of self and 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 setting that is confidential. The process is one in which a person works to honestly clarify thoughts, feelings, and relationship issues with a non-judgmental professional. The counselor will not tell a student what to do, rather will 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 mission of the counseling center is to provide preventative and professional mental health services; counseling, psycho-educational programming, peer helping, crisis intervention, consultation and campus outreach services to our students and community. Recognizing we operate in an educational environment, we continually seek to help students to identify and address social/emotional barriers to their learning and achievement. Our emphasis within these counseling and educational services is to guide students through increased self awareness and self-esteem to higher levels of personal and interpersonal functioning.
Why Do Students Seek Counseling?
- Panic attacks
- Romantic relationship difficulties
- Sexual identity/orientation
- Substance abuse
- Sexual assault
- Body image
- Self esteem
- Eating disorder/issues
- Self injury
- Loss of a loved one
- Family conflict
- Conflict with others- professors, peers
- Connection to community resources
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 Hartwick College students and on a limited basis to Hartwick faculty and staff.
Location: Perrella Wellness Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Director of Counseling Services: Gary Robinson
Fifty-Fifty: A Peer Helping Service
Sometimes students may feel more comfortable confiding in someone their own age with similar college experiences; we offer students the option to meet with a trained 50-50 Peer Helper. NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED, just drop in during the 50-50 office hours to meet with a 50-50 Peer Helper.
The 50-50 office is located on the 3rd floor of Dewar Union
Office hours are Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm and Sun-Thurs, 6-9pm
Click here to learn more about the 50-50 Peer Helping program!