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Counseling Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Concerning Counseling Services

WE ARE OPEN AND HERE FOR YOU!

Although we suspended in person face-to-face counseling sessions, the FIT Counseling Center is operating remotely and is conducting sessions via phone and video. To make an appointment, call us at (212) 217-4260 and leave a message. All calls received during business hours will be returned within an hour. Please leave your name and contact number, so that we may reach you as soon as possible. Calls placed after business hours will be returned the next business day.

Hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9 am–5 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am–7 pm

Please Note:  The Counseling Center will be closed for summer Fridays beginning May 28, 2021 through August 13, 2021.  

You can also make an appointment through the live chat, which is available only on Tuesday from 12 pm to 2 pm. Here's how:

  • Log in to the FIT Health Portal using your FIT username and password
  • Click 'Chat' and then 'New Chat'

The Counseling Center Chat service is for making appointments only. Also, The Counseling Center at FIT does not offer emergency coverage after business hours. If the Counseling Center is closed and you would like to speak to someone immediately, please contact 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355). NYC WELL is a 24/7 confidential counseling hotline where you can speak with a counselor who is able to talk with you about your needs and your situation. You are also able to text or chat with a counselor at NYC WELL.
NYC Well Texting Service: Text "WELL" to 6513
» NYC Well

A confidential crisis text Line created by SUNY and the Office of Mental Health is also available. Text Got5U to 741741.

On campus, you may also contact FIT's Department of Public Safety at (212) 217-7777.

The Counseling Center is dedicated to affirming and providing care for our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact the Counseling Center if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing

Workshops

The Counseling Center is hosting various online workshops to help you adjust to your new living and learning situations. All workshops are led by licensed clinicians and are available only to students who request access to the meetings. Please refer to our Groups and Activities or News and Events for more information

African-American and Black American-Specific Mental Health Resources

Therapy for Asian Students

Wellness Resources for Asian Americans

Resources for South Asian LGBTQ+ Students

Therapy for Latinx/Latino/Latina Students

Additional Web Resources

Online Stress & Mental Health Management Tools & Apps

  • Talkspace Talk to a licensed therapist online through text, phone or video chat
  • Betterhelp  Another online counseling program with licensed therapists
  • Faithful Counseling  An online therapy site for people seeking a Christian therapy perspective
  • Simple Habit  A free meditation app with a focus on five-minute meditations, perfect for helping you break up working or learning from home
  • Calm  A sleep, meditation and relaxation app with thousands of guided stories, sounds and meditations to help center you
  • Headspace  Another popular meditation app with the option of video meditations
  • Yoga with Adriene  A popular YouTube channel with free daily yoga videos
  • Audible's Rise and Shine  If you're already subscribed to Audible, check out the free Rise and Shine yoga series
  • Down Dog  Down Dog is a yoga app offering free downloads and access for students and teachers
  • Woebot  Woebot is a FREE conversational AI chatbot who helps you monitor your mood through cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. This chatbot cannot be a substitute for a doctor. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, reach out to a trusted doctor or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Shine  Shine is a digital wellness app that suggests self-care tips, audio meditations and lets you check in and track your anxiety and depression. It costs $7.99 a month.

 

Learn about the Counseling Center

Students come to the FIT Counseling Center for assistance with a variety of personal and academic concerns. We encourage students to contact the Counseling Center when concerns are emerging and not to wait, as problems left untreated or unresolved can become much larger and affect ones personal and academic well-being.

Our services are free to all registered, degree-seeking students and are private and confidential. 

The Counseling Center now offers 30 minute mental health assessments, typically within 10 days of a student's initial request for treatment. One to three additional individual sessions may be offered to students on a case by case basis. Group referrals, as well as referrals to an outside resource will then be provided as needed. All students who are in crisis and need to be seen immediately will be given a same day risk-assessment to determine how best to proceed. In order to meet the increasing number of student requests for counseling in this timely manner, we are no longer able to offer 6 to 8 sessions per student. Students seeking weekly psychotherapy will be given a referral to a community provider who can provide longer term care. 

In an emergency, call one of these numbers:

  • 911
  • Your local emergency care unit in connection with the nearest hospital.
  • 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), press 2. This is a free, confidential, 24/7 information and referral crisis hotline offered by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, and Vibrant Emotional Health.  
  • For psychotherapy referrals please visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.  To contact SAMHSA directly at the National Helpline, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Treatment referral and information is available 24/7.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255

 

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