If you are not sure if you want counseling, call us and together we will explore what would make sense for you.
If your first contact with us is by phone, please tell the receptionist that you would like to speak with a counselor. You will then briefly speak with one of our Triage Counselors. You will need to have enough time and privacy, so that you can share with the counselor whatever it is that you are experiencing. It is really important to be as open and honest as possible in this conversation so that we can get a clear understanding of how we can help. Please make sure to ask any questions you might have.
If your first contact with us is by walking in, tell our receptionist that you would like to speak with a counselor. You will be asked to complete paper work that takes about 15 minutes. The paper work helps us to understand your unique situation. You will then briefly meet with our Triage Counselor who will assess your needs and help you formulate a plan.
Whether you call or walk in, together we will decide what should be the next step. This may include a full intake assessment with a CAPS counselor. The intake session usually lasts about one hour. You will be asked to complete our paper work if you have not previously completed it. During this session, you and the Intake Counselor will speak at length about what you are experiencing and what your needs are. The Intake Counselor will then make recommendations. These might include:
- Short term individual counseling with a counselor at the CAPS.
- A therapy, support, or meditation group.
- A consultation with one of our psychiatrists or our nurse practitioner in psychiatry.
- A referral to another on-campus service.
Sometimes, the best course of action is a referral to a local private therapist we know who works with Stony Brook students.