Counseling Services

The Counseling Office will be offering free and confidential counseling services starting on January 14, 2019. Students looking to schedule a first time appointment, click here. Returning students, click here to schedule an appointment.  For more information, please email

Mission Statement

Counseling Services supports the overall wellness of the campus community by providing access to free and confidential mental health counseling. Our counselors provide individual and campus-wide educational and referral services for mental health care. Individuals using this service will be assisted with compassion and dignity, and respected in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental manner.

Description of Services

Maria College provides initial assessment and screening for short-term therapy using an evidence-based approach including Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Mindfulness or Positive Psychology method supporting a strength-based perspective. We offer individual, relationship, and group counseling; training and consultation about mental health concerns; crisis intervention and response; and referrals to other on- and off-campus services. All enrolled Maria College students are entitled to an initial consultation and options for future services will be discussed in their first appointment. Most students are seen for ten or fewer individual counseling sessions. Appointments are available by request.

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New Resources

Online resources for college mental health
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  • Reasons to Seek Counseling

    Some reasons for seeking counseling are:

    • Academic Concerns
    • Adjustment to college life
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulties with relationships
    • Eating disorders
    • Grief
    • Loneliness
    • Community referrals
    • Sexual harassment
  • Mental Health Screening Tools

    Mental Health America provides free mental health screening tools. Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

    If you should feel that, after reading this information, you want to access mental health services or want to discuss the results of your screening with a professional you can make an appointment with one of our counselors on campus at no charge.

  • How to Make an Appointment with the Counselor

    First Time Appointment

    Click here to fill out the form to request an initial appointment. You will be contacted by counseling staff within 48 hours.

    Returning Appointments

    Once you have met with a counselor for the first time, please click here to make a follow-up appointment as needed.

  • Emergency Contact Numbers

    Mental Health

    Albany County/Capital District Mobile Crisis – (518) 549-6500 
    Samaritan Hospital Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline – (518) 274-4345
    Capital District Psychiatric Center Walk-In Crisis Unit – (518) 447-9650
    Rensselaer County Sexual Assault Care Center Hotline – (518) 271-3257

    Medical Care

    Albany Medical Center Emergency Room – (518) 262-3131
    Albany Memorial Hospital Emergency Care – (518) 471-3111
    Samaritan Hospital Emergency Room – (518) 271-3424
    St. Peter’s Hospital Emergency Room – (518) 525-1324
    Ellis Hospital Emergency Room – (518) 243-4121
    Four-Winds (Psychiatric) Hospital Saratoga – (518) 584-3600
    Samaritan Suicide Prevention 24 Hour Crisis Line – (518) 689-4673

    Hotline Numbers

    Suicide Hotline – (800) 273-TALK (8255)
    Albany County Rape Crisis Center 24 Hour Hotline – (518) 447-7716
    24 Hour Sexual Assault Hotline – (518) 447-7716
    Equinox Domestic Violence Hotline – (518) 432-7865
    Unity House Domestic Violence Hotline – (518) 272-2370
    Online Crisis Support –