Welcome to Mental Health Services (MHS) at CUIMC. We are staffed by psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists experienced in the issues arising for students in the course of their professional training. All clinicians are generalists and are comfortable treating a wide range of issues. Our staff consists of mental health professionals from diverse cultural, national, and clinical backgrounds. Claire Haiman, PsyD, Director Vasiliki Torres, LCSW-R, PhD Associate Director.
As part of your Student Health Service (SHS) fee we offer a consultation service that provides assessment, short-term psychotherapy, psychopharmacotherapy, and referrals for ongoing treatment as is clinically appropriate. 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.
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.
After Hours Care
If you have a pressing medical or mental health concern we can help you determine what care you need and how best to get it. Call us 24/7 at 212-305-3400.
During business hours your call will be answered by SHS staff and directed appropriately.
When we're closed your call will be answered by our after-hours service. You will speak with a registered nurse and may be connected with an on-call medical or mental health provider from SHS.