How do I make an appointment?
It's easy to begin working with a counselor. Appointments may be made either by coming to the Counseling Center office, or by calling (212) 854-2092.
The first step is a phone screening with one of our counselors who will ask you questions about you and your concerns. If you feel your concerns are urgent please let us know right away. After the initial phone screening you may be scheduled for an in person appointment.We will arrange a first consultation for you at a time that fits your schedule. We always try to accommodate requests for appointments as quickly as possible, and are usually able to give students an appointment within a week of their request. At the time of your first session, you will be asked to complete some paperwork, after which you will visit with a counselor for about 30 minutes. After the consultation, you and your counselor can schedule additional appointments if you so decide. Subsequent appointments are usually 45 minutes in length. Students sometimes come to us wanting only a single session in which to ask a question, or get information.
The initial consultation provides you and your counselor with an opportunity to discuss present concerns and relevant background information. This session will also lead to a recommendation regarding further services, and a mutually-agreed upon decision as to how the Counseling Center can best help you. Referrals may be made to on-campus or off-campus services that are most appropriate to your needs.
Any full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled at Barnard College may use our services. Counseling services are free for Barnard students who have paid the Health Services Fee (although you will need to pay for any medication that is prescribed).
What are the procedures for subsequent visits?
The Counseling Center operates according to a short-term therapy model. The average number of sessions used per year by the students who visit us is approximately 5.8. However, you and your counselor may decide that you would benefit most from longer-term therapy. We have an extensive referral network, and in these instances, we can suggest various referral options for you in the community.
Another option for continuing your progress in counseling after your individual sessions is to become a member of a counseling group. There is no outside limit on the number of group sessions that you may attend, and a group experience is, for many students, the best way to work on the issues that brought you to Counseling.
Cancellations and No-Shows
Personal commitment to counseling is important, and we encourage you to keep all appointments that you have scheduled. If you must miss a session due to an illness or an emergency, please call the Counseling Center at (212) 854-2092 to cancel the appointment as far in advance as possible. If you miss your scheduled appointment, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to continue to hold your appointment time for you.
When is the office open, and where are you located?
The Furman Counseling Center is located on the first floor of Hewitt Hall, across from the office of disabilities. Our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We offer evening appointments between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but these are available by pre-scheduled appointment only. The Counseling Center is open to students every week during the Fall and Spring academic semesters, and you must be enrolled in school to use our services.
Our phone number is (212) 854-2092.