Syracuse UniversityCounseling Center

Individual Therapy

Consistent with its mission to support and enhance student health and wellness, the Counseling Center has staff available to counsel students who voluntarily seek assistance in dealing with alcohol and/or drug abuse and/or may be required to come to the Counseling Center as a result of drinking or drug related consequences. The Options Program is a unit within the Counseling Center, which primarily addresses alcohol and other drug issues.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

All currently enrolled, full-time Syracuse University undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for services.

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Schedule an appointment online. CLICK HERE to schedule.

  • If you were referred to the Options Program by another university department, such as the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities (OSRR) or the Athletics Department, please indicate this when scheduling. An Options Intake Appointment will be scheduled for you.

  • If you are setting up an appointment as a self-referral, you will be a scheduled 15-minute telephone appointment with a staff therapist to discuss your concerns and our services.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE INDIVIDUAL INTAKE APPOINTMENT?

A therapist from the Options Program will conduct a full assessment including alcohol and drug use, anxiety, depression, and other mental health related issues. You should arrive at the Counseling Center 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete the initial paperwork. After your paperwork has been reviewed, you will meet with a therapist for approximately an hour. Based on the results of this assessment, your therapist will discuss recommendations with you.  These may include further individual meetings, participating in the Options Groups, or a referral to an outside provider for a more thorough substance abuse assessment.  As with all Counseling Center Services, involvement with our Program is confidential.

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In addition, the Counseling Center is a resource for other drug and alcohol related concerns.  For example, students who have concerns about a family member’s or friend’s use of drugs or alcohol can come to the Center to discuss their concerns with someone familiar with these problems.  Also, students who are in recovery or are trying to maintain abstinence from drugs or alcohol can take advantage of services to get additional support to maintain that lifestyle.

IN ADDITION TO MY SUBSTANCE USE, WHAT ELSE MIGHT BE ADDRESSED IN THERAPY?

  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Transitions in Life
  • Diversity issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Identity Exploration
  • LGBTQ
  • Eating Concerns
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Academic Adjustment
  • Trauma

DOES THE COUNSELING CENTER PROVIDE EVALUATION FOR COURT ORDERED TREATMENT?

The Counseling Center does not provide evaluation or treatment services for court-ordered treatment.  We will, however, help you find appropriate treatment resources in your area.