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
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.
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
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: https://portal.bhsonline.com (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
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:
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline (call 988)
- International Hotlines suicide hotlines from countries across the globe
- The Trevor Project 24/7 calls, text, and chat support for LGBTQ youth
- The Steve Fund Crisis Text Line 24/7 crisis text line for youth of color (text STEVE to 741741)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673)