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Mental Health Services

Welcome to Mental Health Services (MHS) at CUMC. We are staffed by psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists committed to serving all of our students at CUMC. In an uncertain time, such as this, we provide informed, thoughtful, and safe spaces for care and reflection.

We offer a consultation service that provides assessment, short-term psychotherapy, psychopharmacotherapy, and referrals for ongoing treatment, as is clinically appropriate.  As part of your Student Health Service (SHS) fee, you are eligible for up to 10 Mental Health Services (MHS) visits annually without charge.  Appointments are scheduled promptly to accommodate academic, laboratory and work schedules.

Treatment modalities include short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, pharmacotherapy, and group therapy and can target a wide range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, and substance abuse.  In some instances, we can also provide couples counseling.

Contact with, and visits to, MHS are confidential, except in those rare instances of imminent risk of harm to self or others, or where otherwise required by law.

Making an Appointment

If you are not currently in treatment with MHS and would like to be seen, simply go to the online portal, log in, and select “schedule appointment” under “appointment scheduling”. After agreeing to the terms, select “mental health telephone appointment” as the reason for your appointment. You will then be able to search by day for a 20 minute appointment time. After you confirm your appointment time, you will be asked to complete a form with the telephone number where you can be reached at the time of your appointment. At that time, a mental health clinician will call you and will conduct the initial telephone appointment.

After the telephone appointment, an in-person appointment will be arranged and we will provide you with the name, office telephone number, location, and time of your appointment.

If you are currently in treatment with an MHS clinician and/or you have had a telephone appointment within the last 6 months, you may contact us via telephone at (212) 305-3400.  When contacting MHS via telephone, please be sure to include your name, your UNI and a telephone number where you can be reached.  You may also leave additional information about why you contacted MHS.

Emergencies

If you or a friend have an immediate concern about suicide, call 212-305-3400 and request to speak with the on call clinician. You may also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or walk yourself or friend to the nearest Emergency Room.