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Counseling Services

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  If you or someone you know need immediate help,call University Police at 585-245-5222, or call 911 or 211. For other immediate assistance, text "START" to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Additional resources can be found on our Crisis and Emergency Resources page; also review The JED Foundation's Mental Health Resource Center.  If you are outside of the US, you may wish to access an International Helpline.

Fall 2020 semester

All mental health services are being provided via teletherapy.  Students can request a counseling appointment on the student health portal at  For more assistance, review this information on Accessing Teletherapy Appointments.

Use the online form above if you are either new to our office OR if you have been seen in our office in a prior year and are returning for the 2020-21 academic year.  Additional details can be found on our Our Services page.

For pandemic-specific resources, visit our Coping with Covid page.

When to Seek Counseling

Who goes to counseling?

During the 2018-19 academic year, 16% of Geneseo students were seen in Counseling Services. According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) 2018 Annual Report:
54.4% of college students reported that they had "attended counseling for mental health concerns."

Who can benefit from counseling?

Who can benefit from seeking counseling? Just about anyone--no problem is too big OR too small! Talking to a professional can be helpful whenever someone is wanting assistance in coping with life's challenges. Listed below are some common personal concerns which bring Geneseo students to Counseling Services:

  • Personal Issues: stress, anxiety, sleep difficulties, depression, hopelessness, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem
  • Trauma and Loss Issues: sexual assault, rape, harassment, grief/loss, accident victims, other crises
  • Relationship Issues: romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate problems, family conflicts
  • Developmental Issues: adjustment to college, life transitions, sexual orientation, cultural identity, and/or general identity
  • Academic Concerns: performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, procrastination, choice of major or career
  • Other Issues: alcohol/other drug (see also AOD section), weight/body image, healthy lifestyle choices, thoughts of hurting self or others

Counseling Services provides confidential behavioral health services to currently enrolled SUNY Geneseo students. As specialists in working with college students, the professionals at Counseling Services can help to address a wide variety of mental health and personal concerns. Counseling Services strives to make our services accessible and equitable to all students.  All currently enrolled students have access to triage, crisis, and consultation services.

We will do our best to ensure that your needs are met, whether through our short-term treatment services, self-help options, referrals to off-campus providers, or other resources. We also offer a satellite counseling office on the south side of campus, South Village Counseling Services, located in Onondaga 203 South, as well as an informal consultation program located throughout campus, Let's Talk.

For questions, call our office at 585-245-5716.  To request a counseling appointment, visit the student health portal at

For more info about what Counseling Services offers for students and the campus community, visit the "Our Services" page.

Our services

For resources on identifying a student in distress, referring to Counseling Services, and finding ways to help when concerned, visit the "Resources" page.


Being a college student isn't easy.  Be ready to talk to friends when things get tough. Learn more at, an initiative of the Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Link to Kognito At-Risk Program