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Syracuse University students experiencing a mental health crisis, seeking support for sexual assault or relationship violence, or needing medical consultation can receive free confidential services 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 315.443.8000. Please note, routine consultations should hold until the next business day.

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  • Call 315.443.8000
  • Drop-in Counseling Sessions (Not available during this time.)

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Therapy Options

The counseling team has relaunched group therapy via Zoom for existing groups, and will announce new group options soon here and @BeWellSU. To participate, please call 315.443.8000.

Couple Enrichment Sessions

In partnership with the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Barnes Center at The Arch Counseling invites the campus community to participate in Spring 2021 Couple Enrichment Sessions. To learn more or to register to participate, please email Zhihan Su, MFT.

Highlights of these five free sessions include the following.

  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Intimacy
  • Stress Management

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy can provide an opportunity to talk confidentially with an objective, caring professional about your concerns and gain insights for a better understanding of one’s difficulties. These insights are then used to create a plan of action to carry out in one’s daily living.

During your initial consultation, you will provide information about your presenting concerns, relevant history and have identified possible goals for counseling. At the end of the appointment, your therapist will provide related recommendations and options that that best meet your needs. You will have the opportunity to discuss the recommendations and make a plan for how to move forward. For issues that might be better served by long-term therapy, a referral to a community provider will be explored.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diversity Issues
  • Eating Concerns
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Identity Exploration
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma

Group Therapy

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC): Releasing the Invisible Weight (Sections: Undergraduate, Graduate): Among BIPOC students, the burden of race-related stress, stereotype threat, and imposter syndrome often adds to the stress of being a college student. This group offers students of color a safe space to process the challenges of navigating the world, on campus and beyond. Students of color are also able to connect with others with similar experiences and feelings, which will help group members feel validated, supported and empowered.
  • Building Resilience Skills Workshop: This group is a skill based and process group designed to help students understand more about their own personal resilience skills and to develop additional skills related to resilience. Students will discover themes and connections in their life for the purposes of understanding their own identity and becoming more resilient. This group is a five-week interactive group that will also include participants engaging in some of the experiential activities from the group sessions.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group: DBT has been extensively researched and found to be effective at helping people to manage intense, overwhelming emotions. DBT strengthens a person’s ability to handle distress, or large emotions, without losing control or acting destructively. DBT can also be helpful for people who at times feel separate from their emotions, or have difficulty identifying what their emotions are.
  • Finding Strength in Sensitivity: Have you always been a deep thinker, or have a rich imagination? Do you feel great empathy for others or sometimes feel like you absorb other people's moods and emotions? Do you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by too much social stimulation? Have you been told throughout your life that you're "too sensitive?" If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be part of the 20 percent of the population that psychologists call highly sensitive persons (HSPs). In this group, you'll learn about your highly sensitive trait, what it means and how it makes you experience the world a little differently from the rest of the population. You'll learn about some of the advantages of being a highly sensitive person and strategies to manage feelings of overwhelm, over-stimulation and anxiety that are common for those with high sensitivity. Additionally, you'll be able to connect with other HSPs and share your experiences in a warm environment to find the strength in your sensitivity.
  • Gender and Sexuality Affirmative Therapy Group: A group for students who are looking to explore and discuss aspects of gender and sexuality, as well as the intersections of identities. This group will focus on processing personal experiences, related experiences of marginalization, as well as discussions surrounding navigating campus community and climate.
  • Medication Education Workshop: Are Psychiatric Medications Right for You? Psychiatric medication is one way to reduce mental health symptoms, but it is not the only choice. This one-hour interactive group will discuss the purpose of medication, basic information about psychiatric medications, myths about medication, alternative therapies, and the importance of active participation in therapy. Group members will learn how to access a variety of resources available at the Barnes Center at The Arch to create an individual, holistic mental health treatment plan. This educational group is open to all Syracuse University students and requires prior registration.
  • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices Workshop: This group introduces students to the concept of mindfulness as a means for tolerating stress and managing difficult or painful emotional experiences. Participants attend weekly sessions, in which they learn a variety of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion practices. Participants are also encouraged to practice at home each day and discover changes in their physical, emotional and psychological health.
  • Options Prevention Group: By honoring where each individual member is at, this group is a structured space for students to explore their relationship with substances surrounding the goal of helping members move toward where they want to be. This group is informed by strategies of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, narrative and experiential approaches to substance use prevention and treatment. This short-term therapy group meets once weekly for a duration of four weeks and will not accept new members after the start date.
  • Options Recovery Group: This is an interpersonal process group designed to promote healing and recovery from the use of alcohol and other drugs. This group offers an opportunity for students who are working an abstinence based recovery program to connect with others who are also living a sober lifestyle. Group members are able to obtain support around navigating the unique stressors of sober living and assistance with avoiding relapse.
  • Sexual Violence Survivor’s Group: This group is for all students who have been a victim of sexual violence. Within an understanding and accepting environment, members share experiences and feelings. The group works to help reduce guilt, develop coping strategies and strengthen self-esteem.
  • Supporting Students with Anxiety: This group is for students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and experience difficulty with stress management. This semi-structured group will provide a variety of relaxation and coping skills. Each session will provide some education about stress and anxiety as well as provide a supportive environment for students who are dealing with similar issues. Group members will be provided the time to practice skills during session.
  • The Daring Way: The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. During the process, we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent and lead.
  • Trainee Experiential Group: This group is designed for trainee skill development and learning about group process, stages of group development, leadership styles, and the therapeutic factors that often play out within the life of a group. It includes didactic, observational and experiential components related to group work. The purpose of the experiential group is to allow members to focus on their own experiences while exploring their emotions, self-disclosing in the “here-and-now" while striving for change and personal growth. Experiential learning might occur on both cognitive levels (e.g., trainees’ beliefs about self and how they relate to others) and affective levels (e.g., feelings, attitudes, values). The ultimate goal is to prepare trainees as effective-culturally competent group therapists.
  • Understanding Yourself and Others (Sections: Undergraduate, Graduate): Would you like to feel more comfortable with yourself and in interactions with others? In a safe and supportive environment, this interpersonal process group offers an opportunity to relate to others who are experiencing similar concerns. Group members are able to increase self-awareness by exchanging genuine and honest feedback with others.

Schedule an initial consultation with a therapist by calling 315.443.8000. Be sure to mention you are interested in joining a group.

Group therapy focuses on developing insight, changing behavior, and improving relationship skills. In the group setting, students struggling with similar concerns can share feedback with each other and learn new ways of coping. In our Group Therapy program, group members meet weekly for 90 minutes with one to two staff therapists throughout the semester.

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts and feeling
  • Difficulty in social situations and making friends
  • Feeling invisible or not heard
  • Frequent arguments with others
  • Isolation
  • Issues related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Loneliness
  • Powerlessness
  • Self-doubt
  • Stress
  • Substance use

Process Groups

Members explore a variety of presenting concerns and increase self-awareness by exchanging genuine and honest feedback. Members practice assertiveness and other interpersonal skills to use in daily life and can develop more positive and meaningful relationships.

Options Education Group

The Options Education Group focuses on the impact of substance use on physiology, perception and decision making. The group also discusses the progression of use and ways to reduce the risk of substance use.

Skills Groups

Members learn certain skills to cope with and manage concerns such as anxiety, depression, emotional regulation and stress management. Most groups meet throughout the semester and focus on learning skills to use inside and outside of group.

Support Services

Eating Disorder Support Services Hours

By appointment only.

Eating disorders are a complex psychological and medical concern that can impact multiple areas of a student’s life. The most effective strategy for providing eating disorder treatment is through a treatment team approach that incorporates a range of services that address the complex factors contributing to the eating disorder.

What should I do if I think I may have an eating disorder?

If you believe that you or someone you know has an eating disorder it is important to seek professional assessment and support. The Syracuse University Eating Disorder Treatment Team can be accessed through the Barnes Center at The Arch by calling 315.443.8000.

Who are the members of the eating disorder treatment team?

The Eating Disorder Treatment Team consists of a multidisciplinary staff including the following:

  • Health Care medical provider, psychiatric nurse practitioner, dietitian
  • Counseling therapists
  • Case managers from the Dean of Students Office

What Does An Assessment With The Eating Disorder Team Involve?

In order to determine appropriate treatment needs, a comprehensive assessment needs to be conducted.

This assessment will include:

  • A health care medical evaluation
  • A mental health assessment with counseling
  • A dietary assessment with a dietitian

After the student has completed the above assessments, the Eating Disorder Treatment Team will meet to discuss their overall assessment of the student and to develop treatment recommendations. Depending on the student’s level of need, services may be provided by the team, the student may be referred to community based treatment resources or in some instances the student may be encouraged to take a medical leave of absence from the University to seek more intensive treatment.

What Can I Expect If The Eating Disorder Team Provides Services To Me?

If services are provided via the treatment team, you can expect regular appointments with a therapist, dietitian, and health care provider. The Eating Disorder Treatment Team collaborates to provide the following support services:

  • Medical - Management of any medical consequences of disordered eating, prescribing medication if necessary, regular weight checks if appropriate.
  • Nutritional - Education about healthy eating and the impact of certain behaviors upon health and wellness. Weekly meal plans may be developed to assist the student in developing healthy eating habits.
  • Mental Health - Develop strategies for changing the behavior patterns that contribute to disordered eating. Additionally, addressing co-occurring problems (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.) that contribute to disordered eating.

What if I need more intensive or ongoing treatment?

There may be times when recommendations will be made for the student to pursue intensive outpatient treatment, residential based treatment or hospitalization. These recommendations will be determined by the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at the time of assessment and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Do my parents/family have to know that I am receiving services?

If students are age 18 or older, all services are confidential. However, we invite and encourage students to maintain open dialogue with parents/family members due to the potential serious nature of eating disorders.

The Barnes Center at The Arch hosts holistic gender services that support students who are transgender, those questioning their gender identity and those considering gender transition (medically or surgically). Counseling services are available within individual and group settings. Highlighted services include the following:

  • LGBTQIA+ affirming providers trained to help individuals explore their gender identity through both individual and group counseling services.
  • Trained professionals who can assist with documentation for hormone therapy, surgical procedures, official letters and documentation of name and gender (e.g. passports, driver’s licenses and more).
  • Trained professionals who can help provide information on the legal name change process.
  • Referrals to connect affirming resources on and off campus as needed.
  • Group therapies specializing in exploring and affirming gender identity. Groups include Spectrum Minded: Exploring Gender and Sexual Identity, LGBTQIA+ Identity Exploration and Fuller Selves LGTQIA+ Process Group.

Learn more by visiting the Gender Services webpage.

The Options Education Group is a single session group that focuses on the impact of substance use on physiology, perception and decision-making. Learn more by visiting the Options Education Group webpage.

Learn more by visiting the Psychiatry webpage.