Intake: The Intake appointment may be your first relationship with the Psychological Counseling Center (PCC). In this appointment, which takes about one hour, the PCC therapist will inquire about and discuss historical and current information with you, to assess how best to assist you. Call us at 845-257-2920 or stop by the PCC office to schedule an Intake. Students are asked to arrive about 15 minutes early for their Intake appointment, to complete secure online questionnaires about historical information and current concerns.
Following the initial appointment, and depending upon a student's needs and PCC availability, a student may be scheduled for group or individual therapy services at the PCC, directed to another campus department, or referred to a provider in the local community. If time-limited individual therapy is appropriate, a student may continue with the intake therapist, or he/she may be scheduled with another PCC therapist who may be better suited for his/her needs.
Time-limited psychotherapy: The Psychological Counseling Center (PCC) offers confidential, short-term, individual counseling to students, when clinically appropriate and available. To be eligible for services, an individual must be a currently-registered New Paltz student, and a PCC therapist must assess that the nature of the student's difficulties are appropriate for time-limited counseling. Based on PCC resources and a student's individual goals and needs, students may be referred to private or community providers for continuing care and treatment.
The focus and duration of counseling are discussed by the student and the counselor, often during the initial session. Students are encouraged to participate actively in the therapy process, for instance, therapy goals are identified collaboratively between student and counselor. Individual therapy sessions are about 45 to 50 minutes long.
The PCC does not provide counseling for mandated or court-related issues; see referrals.