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Student Health Center Monday September 26th 2016 11:32:35 EDT
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Call 518-276-6287 for a Medical Appointment
Call 518-276-6479 for a Counseling Appointment
 Health Care, Counseling and Health Promotion
           A department of the Student Life Division
           Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
           Troy, NY
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What our students say...

With my depression more under control I can actually get work done and retain what I learn.

If you want to know more about what you might experience in a visit to the counseling center, click on any of these videos to hear the stories of your classmates as they talk about their counseling center experience..

Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders
Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety
Adjusting to college
Adjusting to college

Every day we get asked questions like "how are you?" and "what's up?" as a way of saying "hi" or when responding to emails and postings on Facebook or other social media sites. How often do we respond to those questions in ways that tell our friends how we are really feeling? If you are experiencing some distress and are not sure why, or what to do about it, take a look at these videos provided by MTV.

Getting Low
Getting Low
Emotional Health 101
Emotional Health 101
Sad Laughter
Sad Laughter


Mental Health Screenings: Are you concerned that you might be experiencing depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance use issues, PTSD, or manic depression? Take one of these free, confidential screenings now. 

Counseling Center Tip of the Month:   September

The semester is underway, Labor Day and the first few classes are right in front of us…

•don’t get caught looking ahead to Columbus Day
• take a few minutes to go over the syllabus for every class and make sure all exam and project dates are marked in your calendar
•Time to make sure your sleep schedule is working
 - 8 hrs/night, consistent bed time and wake time!!
•Before things get hectic can you volunteer anywhere???
•Avoid procrastination…. all the time!  

Counseling Services 

We believe that everyone could benefit from counseling from an objective, knowledgeable, and caring person at some time. For some of us, this time occurs during the college years. The goal of Counseling Services is to help students maximize their sense of well being as well as their academic, personal and social growth.

Counseling Services, which is part of the Student Health Center, is staffed by three licensed Ph.D. psychologists and two social workers with specialized training in college health issues. Counseling Services provides a variety of services to meet your needs, including (but not limited to) individual and couples therapy, faculty/staff consultation, and outreach services. 

Hours & Location

We are located at 4100 Academy Hall, 4th Floor.  Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm during the academic year. For an appointment, please call 518-276-6479. Please do not use email to make appointments.

Counseling Services staff are available in case of a crisis on evenings and weekends. Call Public Safety at 518-276-6611 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor.

Release of Information: Students already working with our Counseling staff can complete this form and allow us to share information with parents or other caregivers.

Some facts:

  • Many students find that just scheduling one or two appointments helps them feel better and more confident in helping themselves.
  • Students report that the best thing about counseling is learning that you are not the "only one."
  • Students report a high level of satisfaction with the services they receive.
  • All contacts and sessions are held in the strictest confidence. You will need to sign a release of information for any information to be disclosed to any party. The only exception is if you are in danger of hurting yourself or others.
  • What you learn in therapy is what you practice outside of therapy on your own. Research demonstrates that patients who carry out assignments in between sessions get better faster.

Page Updated: 2016-09-16 13:33:06

Quick Info and Alerts

Emergency/After Hours

RPI's Student Health Center is located in the 518 area code.

On Campus:

Medical Emergency
RPI Public Safety (DPS)

Off Campus (cell/phone):

Troy Fire/Rescue

Use of on campus phones for emergency services connects directly with RPI's Department of Public Safety

Useful numbers/hotlines:

RPI DPS Non Emergency
24 Hour Nurse
Sexual Assault 24-hour
Suicide Prevention

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DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. Information found on the web does not replace a visit with a practitioner! If you have any medical questions or concerns, please call 518-276-6287 and make an appointment.