Counselling & Career Development

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If you would like to see a counselor, please feel free to call or stop by the office at SDCL Department


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Counseling Services

What is Counseling?
Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a confidential professional relationship that focuses on personal problems. At Downstate, it is an opportunity to talk to a licensed counselor who is a skilled listener trained in the science of human behavior. The objective of counseling is to help you clarify issues, gain insight into your feelings and thoughts and deal effectively with problems. Nearly all students experience occasional difficulties that can interfere with their success or sense of well-being. These can include but are not limited to:
Anxieties about academics
Conflicts with friends
Family or relationship/partner problems
Career indecision or re-evaluating professional goals
Habit control problems (e.g. over/under eating, alcoholism, drug abuse)
Low self-confidence
Excessive feelings of stress
Anxiety or depression
Sleep disturbance (sleeping too much or too little)
Procrastination (putting off important tasks)
Thoughts about death or suicide
Identity issues
Sexual/gender identity concerns

How is Counseling Helpful?
The counselor works with you to help you identify your strengths, gain insight into your ways of thinking, feeling and behaving and begin a process of change and growth. Sometimes students know WHAT they need to do but they just can't get themselves to do it! Counseling can help you understand what is getting in the way of your making the changes you want in your life.
Counseling can also teach you ways of dealing with stressful life events and circumstances you can’t change. The counselor helps you analyze and respond to internal pressures and negative attitudes towards yourself or others.
Sometimes, the most helpful aspect of counseling is that the counselor is objective and is not involved in the situation you're trying to resolve. The counselor has only your best interests to consider.
It can be difficult to begin counseling due to fears or even feelings of embarrassment. But most students find that once they come in, they feel some relief and hope because they begin facing their difficulties instead of avoiding them. If you're uncertain whether counseling is right for you, come in and discuss it. The counselor will talk with you and decide together if counseling might be useful.

What services do we offer?
Individual Counseling:
Students can meet with a counselor face-to-face to discuss any personal concerns or issues that they are experiencing. The goal is to help students learn to cope with their problems so they can focus on their academics and function more effectively in their personal lives.
Group Counseling:
Many students find group counseling to be very helpful. Students who share similar problems or concerns can get together with a counselor and discuss these problems while receiving feedback from their peers.
If a student requires additional services we will make referrals and help him/her to connect with community agencies.
Crisis Intervention:
In the event of after hour emergencies pertaining to issues of mental health, we utilize a “counselor on call” to respond quickly and directly to such concerns.


We take your rights to confidentiality and privacy very seriously. Records of your visits to the Student Counseling Service are never released to anyone on or off campus without your written permission, except under unusual circumstances which are outlined below. This means that apart from these unique circumstances, no information shared by the student will be disclosed to faculty and staff members, administrators, parents, other students, or anyone else. No counseling information is included in a student’s academic record, and when students leave Downstate, their participation in counseling remains private.
Here are the most common cases in which confidentiality is not protected by law:
Psychologists and other mental health professionals have a legal and ethical duty to protect patient confidentiality; however, they also have a duty under the law to the courts and to the wider community, particularly when there is harm, threat of harm, or neglect.

•    If you make a serious threat to harm yourself or another person, the law requires your counselor to act to protect you or that other person. This could include contacting emergency personnel, a friend, a family member or appropriate University staff. In certain clinical situations this also may involve involuntary hospitalization or referral for additional clinical services.
•    If in the course of working with you the therapist learns that a child has been or will be abused or neglected, we are legally required to report this to the appropriate authorities.
•    If you are involved in a court case, either as plaintiff or defendant, the court may order the mental health professional to provide his/her records. In such cases, Student Counseling would be required to release your record, with or without your consent. A common scenario in which this occurs is divorce or child custody hearings.  Please consult your lawyer about these issues.

What Is Career Guidance ?

Career guidance consists of services that help people successfully manage their career development. Although this aspect of human development occurs on its own as we mature, everyone can benefit from assistance navigating through this process. A career counselor is a certified professional who assists people with career and life issues. Career counselors work with clients to teach them strategies on how to successfully find new or different employment. Career counselors can help clients develop strategies and skills in exploring career options, identifying jobs, applying for jobs, networking, interviewing, resume and cover letter development, and creating a balance between work and a personal life.
Since career guidance is intended to support an individual through his or her entire career, it includes the following components:

Career Choice Assistance:
Career guidance often involves assisting students and adults who are trying to choose a career. Career development professionals may administer self assessment instruments, or teach their clients how to use self-administered tools, to help them learn about their interests, values, skills and personality type. They can educate individuals about how to explore occupations that are most suitable based on that information and then ultimately teach them how to decide which one is the best choice.

Job Search Help:
Helping you choose a career would be pointless if you didn't know how to find a job in your field of choice. Therefore career guidance also consists of providing job search assistance. We generally don't learn these things in the classroom, so most people don't have these necessary skills when they begin to look for employment.

Advancement Advice:
While most people seek help with issues that occur very early in career development, such as choosing a career or securing a first job, career guidance services also include providing advice about career advancement. Individuals can also get assistance in dealing with workplace issues.

Dealing with career-related issues can be difficult. Career guidance services can push you to not give up whether you are stuck in an unsuccessful job search campaign or having trouble deciding whether to change career.