Policies

Appointments

Appointments are needed for all services provided by the Counseling Center. Students experiencing a crisis must let the receptionist know this in order to be seen right away. Counseling appointments are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Call (518) 388-6161 or stop by the front desk to schedule an appointment.

*Please be aware that there is typically a 1-2 week wait to schedule an initial appointment at the Counseling Center.

Late Arrivals:  Students who arrive ten minutes (or more) late for an appointment will be asked to reschedule.

No Show Fee for Lois Lambrinos, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner:  Unless an appointment is canceled by the close of business on the day prior to the appointment, a no show fee of $35 for intake appointments or $25 for follow-up appointments will be billed to students' tuition.  

**Effective 9/1/13: Lois Lambrinos, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, will NOT perform an initial diagnosis for ADHD/ADD. Therefore, she will NOT prescribe stimulant based drugs (i.e. Adderall) without a pre-existing diagnosis for ADHD/ADD. Medical records will be required.**

Students Only:  Only currently enrolled undergraduate students are eligible to make appointments. We're sorry, but we cannot treat faculty or staff. 

Confidentiality

Counseling services are confidential by law. Students who wish to have confidential records communicated to a third party (parents, other providers, etc.) must sign a Release of Records consent form.

**Rare exceptions to this policy include:  life threatening situations, when we are served with a court order to release information, or when we are required to release information by law (e.g. to report child or elder abuse).**

Emergencies

In case of a life threatening emergency contact Campus Safety at (518) 388-6911.

If you have a mental-health related concern about a member of the community, contact the Counseling Center at (518) 388-6161 or the Dean of Students Office at (518) 388-6116 or  (518) 388-6061.

Session Limits

Due to increased demand for counseling services over the past few years, and to be able to accommodate all students seeking services, starting Winter Term 2014, the Counseling Center will be implementing session limits. All undergraduate students of Union College will be entitled to a maximum of 15 sessions per academic year. Scheduling will depend on clinical need and availability with your individual clinician. Due to the need to implement this change mid-year, we are hopeful we will be able to provide a maximum of 12 sessions for the remainder of this academic year.

Most issues that arise during the college years are conducive to a short-term therapeutic model. At Union College, over 80 percent of individuals seeking services from the Counseling Center have been seen for less than 15 sessions per year. For those who may need services above and beyond this, we will happily work with you to arrange for appropriate care.