Office of Wellness

Office of Wellness

The mission of the Office of Wellness is to support and aid students in reaching their academic and personal goals by promoting their interpersonal and psychological well-being. We are committed to assist students in addressing any stress, conflicts, and other psycho-social factors that may be a hindrance. The Office of Wellness seeks to provide a non-judgmental space, work collaboratively, and equip students with effective strategies to use now and in the future.

We provide short-term, mental health counseling to assist students with problem-solving, adjustment issues, and other matters of personal concern that may interfere with their academic success at Guttman Community College. All counseling services are free, confidential, and voluntary. Additionally, the Office of Wellness facilitates several workshops and events throughout the year to support student growth and well-being.

To schedule an appointment, email wellness@guttman.cuny.edu, stop by Room 507, or complete the Counseling Appointment Request Form below and drop it in the secure box located outside Room 507. We are open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Counseling Appointment Request Form

Wellness Staff

Courtney Stevenson, LMHC
Wellness Clinician
Courtney.Stevenson@guttman.cuny.edu
646-313-8165

Jennifer FernandezJennifer Fernandez, MHC graduate student
Wellness Intern
Jennifer.Fernandez@guttman.cuny.edu
646-313-8143

After Hours Emergency and Crisis Contacts

  • Guttman Public Safety: (646) 313-8101
  • Police/Ambulance: 911
  • After Hours and Crisis Hotline: 888-NYC-WELL (888.692-9355)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1.800.273.8255)
  • Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE (1.800.621.4673)

When you think of counseling or therapy what comes to mind? A couch? Someone nodding politely as you talk about your dreams? Ink blots? Strait jackets and padded rooms? Someone asking you how you are feeling? We all have ideas about what counseling is and who it’s for. Many people are wary of counseling, thinking they “should” handle their problems by themselves, they don’t “need” it, or they are worried what it might be like.

So what is counseling?

Here at the Wellness Office, we view counseling as a safe, non-judgmental space where we can work together on areas in your life you want to see change. While you will experience an openness to talk about what you are thinking and feeling, –and yes, there might even be some nodding– we don’t just stop there. Most people come to counseling because they are experiencing emotions they don’t know how to handle and/or not getting the results in life they are wanting. In counseling you will identify any beliefs, behaviors, and patterns that may be holding you back or leaving your feeling stuck. Together we will explore the interactions between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and change any unhealthy patterns that may be at the core of your problems. It is our goal to give you tools to help you overcome life’s challenges, both now and in the future!

During our first session, we will get to know each other. You will share what has been going on, answer some questions, learn about the counseling process, and set goals for our work together. The following sessions will simply be working towards those goals.

Counseling at the Wellness Office is short-term, confidential, and voluntary.

People come to counseling to have a safe space to talk about what they are thinking and feeling. People deal with all types of challenges in their daily life; counseling provides an outlet to talk, as well as, learn skills to understand, manage, and cope with these challenges. Common issues that students seek counseling for are:

  • Relationship issues
  • Issues with body image
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Academic stress
  • Grief

The first session of counseling is called the intake session. During this initial session, the student will be able to talk what brings them in. A main focus, however, will be on the counselor asking the student questions to get background information that will allow the counselor to put the student’s current situation into context. The purpose of this session is for the counselor to get a full picture of the student and for the counselor and student to work collaboratively to set goals for treatment. The sessions following this intake session will focus more on the student’s presenting problem and working toward the student’s goals.

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Wellness discussion groups provide an opportunity to come together with some of your peers to share and offer support to one another. Each group is focused around a particular topic of student interest. What is discussed and who attends is completely confidential.

Social Anxiety Group – every Thursday from 3:00-4:00pm from September 28-November 2nd in Room 506A. Email wellness@guttman.cuny.edu if you are interested.

Depression:

  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore
  • Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999
  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245)
  • National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000
  • Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
  • NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632
  • Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET
  • Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357
  • Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999

Domestic Abuse:

  • National Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD): 1-800-787-32324
  • Center for the Prevention of School Violence: 1-800-299-6504
  • Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
  • Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-548-2722
  • Healing Woman Foundation (Abuse): 1-800-477-4111
  • Child Abuse Hotline Support & Information: 1-800-792-5200
  • RAINN (Rape and Incest Survivors National Network): 800-656-HOPE or Rainn.org

Alcohol & Drug Abuse:

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics: 1-888-55-4COAS (1-888-554-2627)
  • National Drug Abuse: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Al-Anon/Alateen Hope & Help for young people who are the relatives & friends of a problem drinker): 1-800-344-2666
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Be Sober Hotline: 1-800-BE-SOBER (1-800-237-6237)
  • Cocaine Help Line: 1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)
  • 24 Hour Cocaine Support Line: 1-800-992-9239
  • Ecstasy Addiction: 1-800-468-6933
  • Marijuana Anonymous: 1-800-766-6779

Youth & Teen Hotlines:

  • National Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663
  • Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)
  • Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens): 1-800-999-9999
  • Boys Town National: 1-800-448-3000
  • Teen Helpline: 1-800-400-0900
  • TeenLine: 1-800-522-8336
  • Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663 or 1-800-422-0009
  • National Runaway Hotline: (US only) 800-231-6946
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline:(US only) 800-442-442-4673

Pregnancy Hotlines:

  • Pregnancy Support: 1-800-4-OPTIONS (1-800-467-8466)
  • Pregnancy National Helpline: 1-800-356-5761
  • Young Pregnant Support: 1-800 550-4900

LGBTQ Hotlines:

  • The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems): 1-800-850-8078
  • Gay & Lesbian National Support: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line: 1-800-850-8078
  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

Other Hotlines:

  • Self-Injury Support: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288) (www.selfinjury.com)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention: 1-800-931-2237 (Hours: 8am-noon daily, PST)
  • Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
  • Help Finding a Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
  • Panic Disorder Information and Support: 1-800-64-PANIC (1-800-647-2642)
  • TalkZone (Peer Counselors): 1-800-475-TALK (1-800-475-2855)
  • Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188

People who have anxiety or struggle with talking on the phone can use a text-based app called ImAlive.org to check in with mental health experts and receive help via text message