Personal counseling helps students solve personal or emotional problems. Academic counseling focuses on solving problems directly related to school. These include time management, grades, studying, homework assignments and stress management. Personal counseling usually helps students function better academically, even though that is not the main focus. Both services are available free of charge to all students currently enrolled at BMCC.
Counseling helps you understand and cope with feelings, behaviors and situations. This can lead to a more satisfying life. Common reasons that students seek counseling are depression, stress, anxiety, panic, relationship or family problems, increased drug or alcohol use, mood swings, or anything that is getting in the way of functioning in school, at work or at home.
At times, everyone feels stressed out, depressed, angry, anxious, or confused. Sometimes a good friend or a relative can help. However, there are times when these problems do not go away and become overwhelming. These are the times when someone should seek personal counseling.
Your counselor will listen closely to your problems, answer your questions directly and honestly, offer support, and suggest changes that you can make to reach your personal goals. Each counselor works differently, but they are all trained mental health professionals who want to help you.
To have the best counseling experience possible, be honest, open, and willing to try new things. Ask questions if you don’t understand something. Plan ahead for what you want to talk about each week. Be on time for your sessions, and call to reschedule if you need to cancel an appointment.
Some students feel better after two or three meetings. Others choose to come every week for an entire semester.
If you need more services than the Counseling Center can provide, we recommend that you look for community-based providers. Your counselor can provide you with suggestions. You can also look at ‘in-network’ providers by calling the number or checking the website on the back of your insurance card.
It is important to come to all of your appointments. If you need to cancel or change an appointment, please let us know in advance. If you do not show for two sessions in a row without calling we may not be able to offer your preferred time slot. If you are thinking of ending your counseling, discuss it with your counselor first. Your counselor can help you find possible future options and referrals.
Because of the rules of law and of the counseling profession, no information about you will be shared with anyone else unless you give us written permission (except when your counselor believes you or someone else might be in immediate danger). Counseling records are entirely separate from your academic record.
The counselors at BMCC are licensed psychologists, mental health counselors, or social workers. They have training in the treatment of anxiety and depression. They can also help with stress reduction, academic success, and time management. The counselors are non-judgmental, supportive, and trained to help students build skills and coping strategies that will improve their lives. We offer sessions in Hindi, Punjabi and Spanish.