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Perrella Counseling Center

We know that education is about much more than what's learned in the classroom, and wellness is about much more than what you do in the gym. Our Counseling Center supports students in their transformation into thoughtful, impactful adults.

Hours of Service & Appointments

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 607-431-4420 to schedule an appointment.


Students who have a pre-established relationship with a Counselor may reach out via email to their Counselor to arrange phone or Zoom sessions.


Students experiencing a crisis situation may access a Counselor 24/7.

Students may call the main Hartwick phone number 607-431-4000/4200, a Counselor on-call will be contacted. Those students who are living back home or away from campus, of course, will be encouraged to reach out to local resources in their area (police, mental health clinics, hospitals, etc.) but can call our On-Call system for guidance and advice.

Fifty-Fifty Peer Counseling

The Counseling Center offers students who may feel more comfortable talking with a fellow student the option to meet with a trained peer.

Fifty-Fifty Peer Counselors

What is Counseling?

Counseling is a process through which clients (the student) work one-on-one with a trained professional in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. The counselor supports, guides, and helps facilitate the student in exploring their feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors; identifying aspects of their life they would like to change; working through challenging or influential memories; better understanding themselves and others; and setting personal goals to work toward a desired change.


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
  • Depression
  • Eating disorder/issues
  • Family conflict
  • Gender identity
  • Loss of a loved one/grief
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self esteem
  • Self-injury
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual identity/orientation
  • Sexuality
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Stress

Appointments & Fees

Make a counseling appointment by phone, in person, or email. Referrals for counseling are not necessary, although they are accepted. Students are seen as soon as possible by one of the counselors and, in an emergency, seen immediately. Our counseling services are free of charge to all current part- and full-time Hartwick College students.

To make an appointment with our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, students must first see one of the counselors for a referral. The fees for sessions with this provider are as follows: one hour initial visit: $20 and half-hour follow-up visits: $10.

If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment, please call the Counseling Center at least four hours in advance to cancel. Failure to provide such notice of “no showing” for your appointment may result in a fee: Counselor: $10/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: $25


The Counseling Center subscribes to the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). It is the policy of the Hartwick College Counseling Center to maintain the confidentiality of student records. Counseling Center staff members do not release personally-identifiable information to any person or agency without the prior written consent of the student involved.

Mental Health Emergencies

A mental health emergency may consist of an individual:

  • exhibiting extreme emotional disturbance or behavioral distress;
  • considering harm to self or others;
  • disoriented or out of touch with reality;
  • displaying a compromised ability to function; or
  • otherwise agitated and unable to be calmed.

During a Mental Health Emergency

If a student is experiencing an emergency during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), call the Counseling Center immediately at 607-431-4420.

After-hours and on weekends, call the College switchboard to reach a Counselor at 607-431-4200. Counselors are on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while the College is in session. Campus Safety Officers or Residential Life staff will also assist in seeking assistance from a Counselor on call.

24 Hour Community Contacts

Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (24 Hour Crisis Hotline): 844-732-6228
Oneonta Police Department: Call 607-432-1111

Medical Leave of Absence

A medical leave of absence is for those students whose emotional or psychological/psychiatric well-being would be better served by taking a semester or more away from college, for a more intensive form of treatment than the Counseling Center staff can reasonably provide.

Contact a member of the Counseling Center staff to discuss this option.

Meet the Counseling Staff

Tara Clifford

Interim Director of Counseling

Shannon France


Hannah Rama


Paige Stone


Jean Van Kingsley

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Sandy Rorick

Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Perrella Counseling Center


Fax: 607-431-4105