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Mental Health Referrals and Resources

Community Provider Database

Sometimes seeking therapy or medication services off-campus is your best option to address a particular concern or meet your individual needs. One way to find off-campus therapy referrals is to use our Provider Database sorts local Geneseo-area provider referrals that are within walking distance. This searchable database contains names of therapists and psychiatrists near Geneseo, both within walking distance and in the Rochester to Dansville/South range. If you are unable to access or use the database, please call our office during business hours at 585-245-5716 and ask for a callback from one of our triage counselors.

NOTE: The provider database above is still in development. We thank you for your patience.

Additional Ways to Locate a Mental Health Provider
Use Psychology Today

Psychology Today provides an excellent search engine of mental health providers in the United States. Enter a zip code to search anywhere in the US.

Check with Your Health Insurance Provider

Contact your health insurance provider to obtain referrals to therapists who are covered by your insurance.

Here are some links to health insurance providers:

If you do not have health insurance, the Navigator Program, the New York State Department of Health, offers a IPA / Navigator program providing 1:1 to individuals interested in obtaining health insurance via the New York State of Health marketplace.

Insurance Provider Databases providers based on your insurance

Find a Provider through Other Sources

Here are some additional ideas for how to connect with mental health services:

  1. Ask your family doctor/primary care physician for recommendations.
  2. Contact your insurance company (number on your card) to request referrals.
  3. Call a college counseling center in the desired area and ask who they refer to (or look on their website for off-campus referrals).
  4. Solicit recommendations from family members and friends.
  5. Use a referral service for assistance. New York State is currently offering Thriving Campus, an online referral service specific to college students. Other options include (a national directory of affordable and sliding scale counseling services) or Open Path Collective (a listing of affordable in-person and online psychotherapy options).
  6. Consider teletherapy options. Two of the most popular are and; many others are available. Your health insurance provider can guide you in the process of connecting with covered services.  Also review the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), a college student specific intervention that includes multiple extended-length individual sessions per week plus a daily 90-minute CBT/DBT skills group.
  7. Visit the American Psychological Association's psychologist locator page.
  8. Visit New York State's Office of Mental Health web site to search for a mental health program in your community.
IdentifyTherapy Specific to BIPOC/People of Color

BIPOC Mental Health Provider Directories and Treatment Resources

Identify Therapy Specific to LGBTQ+
  • The Trevor Project
    (trained counselors available 24/7)
    Or, text START to 678-678
    World's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.
  • National LGBT Help Center
    This center offers free and confidential peer support and local resource database.
  • Pride Counseling
    Professional therapy for the LGBTQ community; therapists specialize in the LGBTQ community
  • Trans Lifeline

    Provides trans peer support; run by and for trans people.
  • Anti-Violence Project Hotline
Utilize Low-Cost Services

Open Path Collective offers affordable in-person and online psychotherapy options in your area based on zip code. is a national directory of affordable and sliding scale counseling services (note that there are no services in Livingston County, but other areas of NY state are available). If you are not in the United States, try the International Therapists Directory.

Connect with Virtual Services

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a college student-specific intervention that includes multiple extended-length individual sessions per week plus a daily 90-minute CBT/DBT skills group. This is an all-virtual program that is available throughout New York state (also NJ, CT, MA). Use their intake form or request more information from

Ask These Questions
  1. Availability.  When is the therapist available to meet with you?  Do they have current openings? If you do not own a vehicle, are they close to campus or accessible via the LATS bus? When could you begin?
  2. Training.  What is the therapist’s training and experience with your area of concern? Are they licensed? You may describe what you are looking for and ask how the therapist might work with you; pay attention to how comfortable you feel with the responses you receive.
  3. Fees. What is the charge per visit?  Does the therapist have a sliding fee, and if so, how does it work?  (“Sliding scale” means that fees are reduced for a certain percentage of clients who would have trouble paying the full fee.) Is the therapist eligible for payment under your current insurance plan?

NOTE: seeking off-campus mental health services will involve varied fees. Check with your health insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage.

Additional Resources
Local Geneseo-Area Support Groups

Grief Support Group
Saint Timothy's Lutheran Church
585-243-7290 (more information/confirm times)
Route 20A, Geneseo, NY
2nd & 4th Monday each month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 p.m.

AA Meetings in Livingston County

Livingston County Intergroup

Rochester Al-Anon


The following hotlines are also listed on our Mental Health Quick Resource List page. These numbers are 24/7 where noted.

  • Lifeline (24/7) - call 2-1-1
    local mental health hotline for crisis response, suicide intervention, and referrals
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7)
    800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Crisis Text Line (24/7)
    Text GOT5U (or anything) to 741-741
  • The Trevor Project (24/7)
    Text START to 678-678
    trained counselors assist with challenges faced by LGBTQ people
  • Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio (24/7)
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline (24/7)
    for general mental health and substance use issues
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (24/7)
    provided via SAMHSA; for those experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
  • RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)
  • Veterans Crisis Line (24/7)
    800-273-8255; press 1
    Text 838-255
  • Trans Lifeline
    877-565-8860 (US)
    877-330-6366 (Canada)
    as of 8/1/21, hours were 5 pm - 10 pm, 7 days a week
  • NY Hope Project/COVID Emotional Support Hotline
    8 am - 10 pm, 7 days a week
On Campus and Local Resources 
Mental Health Quick Resource List

Our Mental Health Quick Resource List provides information on Counseling Services, our Online Mental Health Screening program, Skills Groups
and Support Groups, and other on-campus support resources.

Peer-to-Peer Student Support Services

The following hotlines are also listed on our Mental Health Quick Resource List page. These numbers are 24/7 where noted.

  • SUNY Geneseo Pathways
    peer advocacy support from peer advocates who are trained student volunteers; available 8 pm-8 am Sundays-Thursdays (when SUNY Geneseo classes in session)
    CALL 585-237-8860 or EMAIL
  • SUNY Albany Middle Earth
    a peer-to-peer assistance hotline that is student-staffed via SUNY Albany's Middle Earth program; available for all SUNY students Sunday-Fridays, 1pm-midnight, and all day Saturday (when SUNY Albany classes are in session)
    CALL 518-442-5777 or EMAIL

Self-Help Library

Academic Issues
ADHD, ADD, & Learning Disabilities
Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Addiction Issues

For information on local Geneseo-area AA, ACOA, Al-Anon/Alateen, and other 12-step meetings, contact the Livingston County Council for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse at 585-991-5012.

Anxiety Issues
Athlete Specific Resources
Autism Spectrum
BIPOC/People of Color

For BIPOC/People of Color specific therapy information, see the first section of this page.

College Adjustment

Go to our Coping with College (formerly Coping with Covid) page for a comprehensive resource list.

Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Also see the section on Suicide below.

Eating Disorders and Body Image
Financial/Food Insecurity
General Mental Health
Grief and Loss
For additional LGBTQ+ specific therapy information, see the first section of this page.

Dr. Beth's Mindfulness and Yoga for All: resource page from Dr. Beth Cholette, Assistant Director for Counseling Services, includes these links:

Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Domestic Violence
Self-Injury, SIB, Cutting, Hair Pulling
  • S.A.F.E. Alternatives: SAFE = Self-Abuse Finally Ends; resources including 1-800-DONT-CUT (366-8288)
  • Secret Shame: resources and support
  • TLC: Trichotillomania Learning Center; national nonprofit organization
Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Rape

If you or someone you know need immediate help, call University Police at 585-245-5222, or call 911 or 211.