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Information and Updates for the Iona Community on Coronavirus.

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Welcome to the Iona College Counseling Center!

Counseling Center Serving Students Remotely

The Counseling Center continues to serve students remotely. While the Counseling Center is temporarily closed for in-person appointments, services are free and accessible to all students, whether or not you have been to the Counseling Center before. Virtual “walk-in” appointments are also available!

To request an appointment, please call (914) 633-2038 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Voicemails left after hours will be returned the following business day. If you have questions related to Counseling Center services or appointments, you may also email the Counseling Center Director, Dr. Brielle Stark-Adler, at bstarkadler@iona.edu.

Please note that if you are currently working with a counselor in the Counseling Center, your counselor will contact you directly via phone and email to check in and provide you with support.

Further Resources for Managing Stress:

Smartphone Apps:

You can also:

  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314;
  • Connect with the Crisis Text Line by texting any message to 741-741;
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255;
  • Call Victims Assistance 24 hour hotline at 1-914-345-9111;
  • and Safe Horizons Rape and Sexual Assault 24 hour hotline at 1-212-227-3000.
The Iona College Counseling Center is a free, confidential space for students to find emotional and psychological support.  Any currently enrolled Iona College student, whether full-time or part-time, residential or commuter, graduate or undergraduate, is eligible to receive services at the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center is staffed by skilled clinicians with special training in college mental health. Clinicians work with students individually on a short-term basis and will help students find private, longer term counseling if necessary. Group therapy is offered as a helpful option for many students. The Counseling Center’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is available to provide medication evaluation and medication management to students receiving counseling services and to refer to outside medication providers when counseling is completed. In addition, the Alcohol and Other Drug Coordinator provides specialized consultation and referral services to students struggling with substance abuse.

Students can speak to Counseling Center clinicians about any issue of concern to them, whether it is a new or ongoing problem. Students discuss a variety of issues in counseling, including relationships, stress, decision-making, identity and substance abuse. Students also share concerns about anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger management, self-harming behavior, eating and body image, and traumatic experiences. At the Counseling Center, students can work through these issues and learn strategies to address them quickly. The Counseling Center is available to provide assistance to students experiencing mental health crises and is able to connect students with local emergency care.

Counseling Center staff can be spotted all over Iona’s campus, providing outreach and education to the College community on a variety of mental health-related topics.

Students can arrange an appointment either by calling the Counseling Center at (914) 633-2038 or by dropping into the Center. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of Spellman Hall. It is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Thursdays, it is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Counseling Center also has walk-in hours, no appointment necessary, Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mission Statement

The Iona College Counseling Center supports the educational mission of the College and its values of fostering intellectual inquiry, community engagement, appreciation for diversity, and the integration of mind, body and spirit.  The Counseling Center also fosters the values of self-discovery, the attainment of optimal mental health and wellness, and the amelioration of internal and environmental barriers that challenge students’ academic success and hamper their emotional, cultural and spiritual growth. 
 
The Counseling Center seeks to fulfill its mission by:
  • Maintaining a standard of excellence in the provision of culturally competent counseling, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, outreach and advocacy services
  • Assisting students to acquire the skills and strategies requisite to becoming responsible decision-makers, effective problem solvers and productive members of a multicultural society
  • Helping students to master the developmental tasks appropriate to their maturation level
  • Being student-centered and data-driven in its professional activities, allocation of resources and decision making
  • Educating students and other college constituencies about emerging issues relevant to college student mental health through outreach, training and psychoeducational programs, and by the utilization of multiple channels for the dissemination of information
  • Coordinating and maintaining an externship training program that is sought after by graduate psychology programs in the New York metropolitan area
  • Serving as consultants to the College community with regard to interpreting information about students in the service of fostering a hospitable campus environment conducive to the growth and development of all students.

We invite you to explore all of the information included on our website in order to become more familiar with our staff and services, as well as many issues related to college student mental health.