Any enrolled student can make an appointment for an initial consultation with a counselor to assess clinical needs and to identify appropriate resources in a confidential caring, one-to-one setting. At your initial consultation appointment, additional individual counseling sessions at CAPS might be one of the services recommended.
Our brief individual therapy model focuses on personal strengths and identifying solutions to challenging times. Session lengths may range from 15 minute check-ins to 30 or 45 minute appointments.
Students who want or need more frequent or longer-term therapy are referred to trusted off-campus clinicians. Our off-campus referrals has information about what to expect in this process. Occasionally, exceptions are made for clinical reasons, in consultation with staff supervisors.
Some common issues that students seek counseling for:
- Stress management
- Eating and body image concerns
- Managing the impact of cultural oppressions
- Alcohol/drug concerns
- Relationship concerns
- Grief and loss
- Family stress
- Stress or difficulties associated with sexual orientation or gender expression
- College related transition
- Personal growth and development
- Sexual assault and/or domestic violence
- Academic stress
- Motivational skills
- Reduction of performance-related anxiety (such as test anxiety and music performance anxiety)
- Assistance with campus support systems (such as academic support services, medical leave of absence)
- Consultation regarding mental health or the well-being of an Ithaca College student (available to students, faculty, and staff)