Counseling Services provides appointment-based mental health therapy to enrolled students. Columbia students are offered up to 12 sessions per academic year to be used as clinically appropriate. Therapists at Counseling Services assess appropriate level of care, provide treatment recommendations; and, if deemed clinically necessary, provide external referrals to community-based treatment.
Student Relations, on the other hand, does not have a limit for the number of meetings and their services terminate following the resolution of the identified concern. The Student Relations office utilizes a solution-focused model to address academic, housing, medical, financial, as well as mental health and behavioral concerns. Unlike Counseling Services, the Student Relations office is able to reach-out directly to students and offer support, referrals, and linkage to the appropriate offices on campus.
The Counseling Services and Student Relations offices often collaborate in providing students and faculty with support and resources. Both offices are staffed with licensed mental health professionals. Both offices work in conjunction to provide students and staff with workshops such as the Wellness Series for the student body throughout the academic year.