Counseling Services Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I visit the Counseling Center?

Students come with a wide range of concerns such as adjusting to college life, making decisions, orworking out problems in relationships. Some are dealing with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Others do not have a mental health diagnosis but feel like they need additional support in dealing with the challenges they face. Counseling can provide a safe place to discuss the issues you are dealing with and help you find healthy ways to cope.

  1. How much does counseling cost?

Counseling is free to all enrolled Rutgers University – Newark students.

  1. Do I need a referral?

No. Come down to the counseling center during business hours to get the paperwork started. Your professors, RA, area director, health care provider, or other faculty or staff members may recommend you make an appointment based on their interactions with you; but you do not require a referral.

  1. Can I come about someone else?

Yes. Sometimes students have serious concerns about their peers. Our staff will talk to students about how to deal with and help their friends. Still, all information about other clients will be held in strict confidence.

  1. Will what I say be kept confidential?

Any information shared during counseling sessions, in addition to the fact that the student has been seen for counseling, is kept strictly confidential. Disclosure to any outside person, including friends or family, requires the prior written permission of the student. However, confidentiality will be broken if the clinician thinks you are a threat to yourself or someone else, if you disclose information about child or elder abuse, or if legal proceedings require disclosure of your counseling sessions, in adherence with state licensing laws.

  1. Will receiving counseling center services go on my record?

No, absolutely not. Counseling records are not part of a student's official record.

  1. Do I continue with the clinician who I see first?

Not always. Not all problems are appropriate for treatment here at the center, so at the first meeting, the clinician will determine how to best meet your individual needs. A student may be referred to another therapist off campus or to other specialists if that is the appropriate course of action. Occasionally, the clinician may refer a student to another member of the Counseling Center staff as well.

  1. Is counseling mandated?

Our services are voluntary; however, judicial, academic or housing administrators may mandate counseling as part of some disciplinary action.