"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." William James (1842-1910)

The Rutgers Newark Counseling Center provides a wide-range of counseling and consultative services to enrolled and eligible undergraduate and graduate students. We are also available to consult with faculty and staff regarding concerns they may have about their students.

For students, if you are seeking individual or group therapy, you can expect to find a safe, supportive space to collaboratively identify and begin to change the thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs that prevent you from being your best self. To learn more about psychotherapy, visit the American Psychological Association. To learn more about the psychological services offered at the Rutgers Newark Counseling Center, see below:

Counseling Services at Rutgers Newark

  1. Individual Counseling

Students seek individual counseling for a variety of reasons. Providing a safe and respectful atmosphere where students have an opportunity to explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences of themselves and others in their lives can positively impact a student’s academic experience. Individual counseling gives a student a place to organize their thoughts and learn new skills and ways of thinking that may benefit them throughout life. Our goal is to help empower students with an enhanced ability to effectively solve problems on their own. Some of the concerns that students have sought therapy for include:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship concerns
  • Academic stress
  • Time management
  • Trauma
  • Family conflict
  • Identity concerns
  • Sexual concerns
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Social skill building

If you believe counseling may be helpful, or if you have questions about our services, please stop by the counseling center. Still unsure whether you would like to pursue counseling? Why not take a few minutes and complete the "Booze, Food & Mood Screening" to learn if your behavior and the way you have been feeling are consistent with the symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, an alcohol problem, an eating disorder, or an anxiety disorder. To login to the screenings please use the Password: rutgersunivnewark. We are here to help!

  1. Group Counseling

The Counseling Center has offered a variety of groups over the years. Groups are a helpful way to address concerns while gaining the support of your peers.

Group counseling involves a counselor working with several students who share the same experiences in a safe, supportive environment. Groups may be integrated as part of a comprehensive treatment plan along with individual therapy and/or medication management. Groups offer students the opportunity for validation, peer understanding and support, interpersonal learning, hope, information sharing, and building up of self-confidence and self-esteem. Groups may be ongoing or time limited. Currently we are offering: 

  • Mothers' Support Group - An ongoing, skill building support group for student mothers to collaborate, share experiences and ideas, and learn healthy ways of coping with the various stressors and responsibilities that come with the dual role of parent and student. Meetings are held once a month at the Counseling Center, Blumenthal Hall, room 101. 
  • Adult Female Sexual Abuse and Assault Survivor Group - A therapeutic support group that provides a safe environment to share experiences, find acceptance, and validation. This group will allow members to address such topics as trauma, emotions, self-esteem, coping mechanisms, relationships and trust. This group is short term over eight weekly sessions. Meetings are held at the Counseling Center, Blumenthal Hall, room 101.
  • Mood Management – This skills-based group focuses on managing painful emotions that lead to behavioral and interpersonal problems. It is an 8-week program that will help members to name, understand, and change unwanted emotions. Members will learn to how to make nonjudgmental observations of their emotions and increase self-control and care. This program is based on a modified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) protocol.
  • Mindfulness for Stress – This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to improve their overall sense of well-being. Mindfulness has been shown to help with life challenges such as stress, anxiety and depression. Practice can also help improve focus and concentration. People will be offered guided practice of a variety of mindfulness-based techniques designed to increase clarity and awareness as well as build strength and positivity.
  • Our Story: A Multicultural Space - This group will offer students the opportunity to grow their self-awareness beyond visible identities and difference. We hope to move our students from judgments to curiosity about themselves, their peers in and out of the group, and the world around them. We will do this in a small group of up to 10 students for at least 8 weeks with processing and modeling of growth promoting questions and behavior.
  • Anxiety Process Group - Many students struggle with worry, fear, and anxiety. This process group will provide a safe space for students to talk about their anxiety, gain peer support, and learn healthy ways to cope.

If there is a group you would like to see offered at the Counseling Center, let us know. If you are interested in attending one of the above groups, come down to the Counseling Center to sign up.

  1. Racism and Bias Recovery Support

Racism and other biases related to gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion, and disability continue to exist despite claims of a more progressive America. Many people with these marginalized identities struggle to process their reactions to both personal experiences of biases and vicarious ones (i.e., witnessing bias).

Biases can happen unexpectedly and at interpersonal and institutional levels. People who have experienced biases commonly feel anger, sadness, helplessness, exhaustion, rage, and fear. Continuous exposure to these incidents can result in headaches, trouble sleeping, body aches, memory difficulties, self-blame, shame, confusion, and guilt.

We are offering recovery support for those who have experienced biases and/or have made bias incident reports on campus.

This intervention was adapted from Jernigan et al.’s Racism Recovery Plan, which includes:

  • A wellness toolbox
  • Daily maintenance of centeredness in the face of bias
  • Racism/bias trauma triggers and response plan
  • Racism/bias trauma early warning signs and response plan
  • Acute racial/bias trauma and response plan
  • Crisis planning
  • Post crisis planning

Taken from Jernigan, M.M., Green, C.E., Perez-Gualdron, L., Liu, M., Henze, K.T., Chen, C., Basezlais, K.N., Satiani, A., Mereish, E.H., and Helms, J.E. (2016). Institution for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture.