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Wellness Appointments

The CSW offers appointments for free, confidential, solution-based conversations to address a variety of personal, academic, professional and administrative issues and concerns.

frequently asked questions

What is a Wellness Appointment?

Students access the Center for Student Wellness (CSW) for a variety of personal and academic reasons. A Wellness Appointment at CSW can provide you with a solution-based approach to address personal concerns. It is not psychotherapy nor is it about giving advice. CSW staff will help you strategize, prioritize, troubleshoot, problem solve, and develop an action plan targeted toward your individual concerns and stressors. Students may schedule an appointment by emailing studentwellness@columbia.edu or calling 212-304-5560 or by stopping by the CSW during our walk-in hours (M-F 11am – 2 pm and M-T 5-7 pm).

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What to expect during a Wellness Appointment?

  • A welcoming, confidential atmosphere. The Center for Student Wellness (CSW) will not report the names of visitors and will not act without permission, except in cases of imminent serious risk to individual safety, or if required by law.
  • A skilled and qualified professional who will help you talk through your concerns.
  • An environment free of judgment or retribution.
  • To leave with a personalized action plan detailing a menu of options for making the changes you desire, including the option for follow-up with CSW or other resources.

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What issues can the CSW help with? Academic concerns...Administrative issues...Alcohol & drug questions ...Anxiety & panic ...Career questions ...Concerns about a friend ...Conflict with faculty & supervisors ...Depression ...Eating concerns ...Family issues & illness ...Fear of public speaking ...Interpersonal issues ...Interviewing concerns ...Loneliness ...Nutrition questions ...Personal health & safety ...Procrastination ...Relationship issues ...Roommate conflict ...Sexuality ...Sexual misconduct/abuse ...Sleep disturbances ...Stress ...Study skills questions...Substance abuse ...Test anxiety ...Time management troubles...or any other concern or problem that interferes with your ability to be a successful student

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Who provides Wellness Appointments? Center for Student Wellness staff members have backgrounds in health promotion, health education, social work, and public health.  They are also trained in exercise science, human nutrition, health psychology, addiction and substance use, and complementary care.  Our wellness counselors are Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES), licensed through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, have Doctorates in Health Education, and/or are fully credentialed Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).

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When are Wellness Appointments available? There are two ways to consult with someone at the Center for Student Wellness:

  • By appointment: Wellness Appointments are available during business hours (M-Th 10 am - 6 pm; F 10 am - 5 pm. Simply call (212-304-5560 or 5564) or email (studentwellness@columbia.edu) to schedule an appointment.
  • During walk-in hours: Wellness walk-in hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Walk-in appointments are on a first-come, first served basis. Because of this, we cannot guarantee availability. Walk-in appointments should generally be used for brief consultations and are generally limited to 30 minutes. If additional time is needed to address the concern, CSW staff will schedule a follow-up appointment.
  • All services provided by the CSW are free to CUMC students.
  • By SKYPE.

    NEW! Skype Wellness Appointments are available for CUMC students who are away on Clinical Rotations or studying abroad. To schedule a Skype Wellness Appointment:

    ·         Email studentwellness@columbia.edu and provide your Skype username and availability (please give us several options).

    ·         CSW will reply within 24 hours to confirm your appointment time and provide our Skype username. 

    Please note: CSW has no control over Skype and thus cannot guarantee the security of Wellness Appointments conducted via Skype. You can read more about Skype Security including what you can do to protect your privacy here

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What to expect at a Wellness Counseling session? You should expect:

  • A welcoming, confidential atmosphere. The CSW will not report the names of visitors to the office and will not act without permission, except in cases of imminent serious risk to individual safety, or if required by law.
  • A skilled and qualified professional who will help you talk through your concerns.
  • An environment free of judgment or retribution.
  • To leave with a personalized action plan detailing a menu of options for making the changes you desire, including the option of returning to the CSW for follow-up.

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How are appointments scheduled? To schedule an appointment with someone at the Center for Student Wellness, you may call, email, or simply stop by the Center for Student Wellness: 212-304-5560 or 5564 / studentwellness@columbia.edu

    NEW! Skype Wellness Appointments are available for CUMC students who are away on Clinical Rotations or studying abroad. To schedule a Skype Wellness Appointment:

    ·         Email studentwellness@columbia.edu and provide your Skype username and availability (please give us several options).

    ·         CSW will reply within 24 hours to confirm your appointment time and provide our Skype username. 

    Please note: CSW has no control over Skype and thus cannot guarantee the security of Wellness Appointments conducted via Skype. You can read more about Skype Security including what you can do to protect your privacy here

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Does the CSW offer group counseling? No, not formally, but we are available to meet with groups of students to talk about a variety of issues, including group conflict, concerns about a friend, relationship troubles, etc. Based on the nature of the concern, we will assist the group in developing consensus on a plan of action to address the concern. We can also help students connect to other professional University and community resources should that nature of the concern require additional assistance.

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What if I am concerned about a friend? We are available to meet with students who have concerns about troubled friends or family members. Based on the nature of the concern (addition issues, disordered eating, depression, illness, divorce, sexuality, etc.), we can help in the development of an action plan that assists the student identify an appropriate role they could take in assisting the friend, as well as identify specific options available to render assistance to the troubled friend or family member.

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Center for Student Wellness - 107 Bard Hall - 212.304.5564 - studentwellness@columbia.edu

 
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