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The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center can help alleviate the burdens associated with college life.  

Caleb Lopez, Senior Editor

Dealing with stress or anxiety? The Counseling Center can provide a helping hand. Located at Downs Hall, Room 127, the center focuses on assisting students with various issues that often spring up in college students. The goal is to help alleviate some of the hindrances that stressors can put on students' shoulders in order to enhance students' ability to juggle both college life and academic performances.

College can bring about many pressures that, if not handled sufficiently, can truly be burdensome for students. Such issues include the following:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • academic struggles
  • financial struggles
  • sexual assault
  • gender identity/sexuality concerns
  • eating concerns

Students should not feel conquered by these stressors. In fact, they can put themselves on the road to overcoming them by visiting the Counseling Center. Professional staff is eagerly awaiting the arrival of students willing to take strides toward personal betterment. All students are welcome to the Counseling Center, which prides itself upon truly assisting individuals through all their struggles. 

Some may think that they have to work through their problems alone. Some may think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, this could not be further from the truth, as it takes strength and courage for individuals to admit they cannot do it on their own and reach out for help. The Counseling Center will lend a helping hand to students who are willing to reach out for it.

The Counseling Center offers two main services: mental health services and alcohol and drug services. Many problems students are confronted with fit under these two branches. 

Students dealing with mental health issues are free to utilize the mental health services. Here, students are met with caring counselors who are adept in facilitating student progress in dealing with mental health issues. Whether it is through individual or group counseling, students can be pointed in the right direction. If needed, psychiatry and medication management are available. Sessions with the center's on-site psychiatrist are only available to individuals currently being counseled. Referral to an outside provider is possible if the student needs more intense care.

By offering wellness workshops and lectures on mental health, the Counseling Center attempts to keep students and faculty informed. A major part of the stigma associated with mental health is the lack of knowledge and awareness. It is important to stay informed and aware about mental health, regardless of whether one personally deals with them or not. 

Much of why students continue to deal with issues on their own is because they are unsure of who to exactly go to. As a result, the Counseling Center has a support guide that ultimately points students to the correct service on campus to receive the best assistance.  

All in all, the Counseling Center is a vital part of Kean University. By being the guiding light for students in times of crisis and hardships, the center can help alleviate the burdens associated with college life. 

To set up an appointment, visit the Counseling Center at Downs Hall, Room 127 or contact the Counseling Center by phone at (908) 737-4850. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during fall, spring and winter semesters. In the summer, the center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

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Caleb Lopez, Senior Editor

Caleb Lopez is the Senior Editor of The Cougar's Byte. Caleb joined the staff as a Staff Writer in May 2017. Currently in his junior year, Caleb is a psychology major with a minor in biology. In the rare moments when he is not vigorously studying, Caleb loves to spend his time indulging in sports, music and food—especially Chick-fil-a.