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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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Counseling Hours

Fall 2020: Visit the Barnes Center at The Arch Fall 2020 webpage for information surrounding how to access services, resources and the actions taken in support of cleaning procedures and healthy habits. For the latest information on health and safety precautions and updates from the University, please visit syracuse.edu/Fall2020.

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

Fall 2020: Visit the Barnes Center at The Arch Fall 2020 webpage for information surrounding how to access services, resources and the actions taken in support of cleaning procedures and healthy habits. For the latest information on health and safety precautions and updates from the University, please visit syracuse.edu/Fall2020.

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.

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
  • LGBT
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma

Group Therapy

As a virtual safe space, this series supports students in identifying and processing grief and reactions related to COVID-19 losses. All students are welcome. To register or for more information, please email aelane@syr.edu or skjenema@syr.edu, or call Barnes Center at The Arch Counseling at 315.443.8000.

  • Tuesday, May 5 | 1-2:30 p.m.
    Recognizing Grief
  • Tuesday, May 12 | 1-2:30 p.m.
    Offloading Hurt
  • Tuesday, May 19 | 1-2:30 p.m.
    Loss, Longing and Feeling Lost
  • Tuesday, May 26 |1-2:30 p.m.
    Next Steps for Reorientation

Please note, this group differs from the grief and loss group co-hosted by Hendricks Chapel.

As a virtual safe space, this series supports students surrounding the permanent transition off-campus, milestone/connection loss and navigating economic uncertainty in the time of COVID-19. All students are welcome. To register or for more information, please call Barnes Center at The Arch Counseling at 315.443.8000.

Please note, this group will be virtually hosted Wednesdays, starting May 20, through June 24, 2020, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Separate form our COVID-19 Grief/Loss support series, this group is co-hosted by Hendricks Chapel and offers a virtual safe space for all students seeking support in identifying and processing grief and losses of all kinds. Learn more and register on the Hendricks Chapel website.

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.This group meets on Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy (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. This skills group meets on Wednesdays from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Gender and Sexuality Affirmative Therapy

A group for students who are looking to explore and discuss aspects of gender and sexuality, as well as the intersections of identities. Group will focus on processing personal experiences related experiences of marginalization, as well as discussions surrounding navigating campus community and climate. This group meets on Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Healing Through the Arts

The arts are for everyone! This three-week workshop will introduce students to using the arts in their self-development and healing. Engaging in a diverse set of expressive arts experiences, students will learn to manage stress and other concerns. During sessions, students will engage in a diverse set of expressive arts experiences including visual arts, music, creative writing, and movement to open up new avenues of understanding about their self and others in a safe and open environment. Students will also learn how to incorporate artistic and creative practices into their everyday lives to manage stress and other concerns. This group is designed for individuals with all levels of artistic experience, no artistic background or experience is necessary. This group meets on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

This semi-structured group is for students motivated to learn strategies for managing concerns related to eating and/or body image. Topics of this group will include nutrition education, mindful eating, body image, and biology of weight regulation, family dynamics, adaptive coping, and other themes pertaining to the relationship between food, mind, and body. This group meets on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

International Community Voices (International Students Group)

Many international students face some special challenges due to cross‐cultural adjustment, including homesickness, loneliness, academic distress, language difficulties, different levels of social and academic success than what they are used to, and even discrimination. This group offers international students a safe space to process the unique challenges, share their experiences, as well as connect with other students. This group meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion 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. This skills group meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Options Alcohol and Other Drugs Education

The Options Education Group focuses on harm reduction, decision-making and the physiological impact of substance use. Participation in the Options Education Group may be a self or a mandated referral.

Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight

Among students of color, the burden of race-related stress, stereotype threat and impostor syndrome may add to the stress of college. This group offers a safe space to process the challenges of navigating campus and global communities. Through shared experiences and feelings, students may connect and help group members feel validated, supported and empowered. This process group has sessions for undergraduate and graduate students. Both the undergraduate and graduate groups meet on Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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. This skills group meets on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Supporting Students with Anxiety

This group is for students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and 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. This skills group meets on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Understanding Yourself and Others

In a safe and supportive environment, this interpersonal process group offers an opportunity to relate to those experiencing similar concerns. Group members are able to increase self-awareness by exchanging genuine and honest feedback within the group. This process group has multiple undergraduate and graduate sessions that meet Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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.