Counseling Center

We believe that counseling from an objective, knowledgeable, and caring person can benefit everyone at one time or another. For many, this time occurs during college. The Counseling Center at Rensselaer helps students maximize their sense of well-being, as well as their academic, personal, and social growth.


Counseling Center staff includes:

  • licensed social workers and mental health counselors
  • licensed psychiatrist board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine
  • licensed physician associate specializing in psychiatry

All staff have specialized training in college health issues and provide a variety of services including, but not limited to: individual, group, and couples therapy, faculty/staff consultation, and outreach services.

Meet the staff


8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday during the academic year. *Please note we are closed daily from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. for lunch.


Call 518-276-6479 or use the  Student Health Portal

BHS Services

To supplement our services, Rensselaer has partnered with BHS to offer additional urgent and crisis care services to students, 24/7. As an extension of the RPI Counseling Center, continuity of care is confidential and seamless between RPI counselors and BHS. 

Call (518) 276-8888 to speak with a licensed clinical professional from the BHS program 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Students can also access BHS resources and live chat features online at: (Username: Rensselaer)


Maintaining confidentiality is a vital part of the counseling relationship. The information that you share with a counselor will not be disclosed to any outside person or agency – including parents, faculty, future employers, etc. – without your written permission. In fact, the Counseling Center generally will not even disclose whether or not a student has used its services.

The only exceptions to this strict policy of confidentiality are situations where:

  • The client is likely to harm themselves
  • The client presents a serious danger of violence to others
  • There is a reasonable suspicion of abuse of children or of an elderly person
  • The student is not yet 18 and disclosure is provided to the student's parents/guardians
  • Disclosure is required by law, such as in fulfillment of a valid subpoena or court order

Crisis Services

In addition to the 24/7/365 crisis support offered to Rensselaer students through BHS (call (518) 276-8888) you may want to contact one of these hotlines:

Psychiatry Services

Students who want to transfer their psychiatric care from an off-campus provider to a campus provider should forward the following psychiatric records to the RPI Counseling Center: (1) initial/intake note, (2) last treatment note, and (3) medication history. Records can be sent by fax to: 518-276-6642 or email to:

Students who are seeking a first-time psychiatric appointment (not currently taking psychiatric medication) should first make an appointment with a counselor for an assessment and referral to psychiatry.

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