Counseling Services

Hours of Operation: Summer 

Our office is now scheduling appointments for the summer semester. To obtain information about our mental health services, or to schedule an appointment, please email counseling@mariacollege.edu. 

Any faculty, staff, or student who requires immediate mental health support are encouraged to contact Michael Washco, Director of Counseling Services, (518) 210-5298. If a student is experiencing a mental health crisis after hours, the student should be encouraged to contact 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or review the Maria College Counseling Services list of emergency hotlines. 

Drop-In Hours 

This service provides students 10 – 15 minutes with a licensed mental health counselor to obtain an immediate solution-focused response to a specific mental health concern. Students who utilize this service may also obtain a scheduled meeting with a mental health counselor to better address their concern. Drop-in hours for the summer academic semester will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10am – 11pm. This service may be utilized in-person or remotely. 

Mission Statement 

Maria College Counseling Services supports the overall wellness of the campus community by providing access to free and confidential mental health counseling, education, and consultation. Individuals using this service will be assisted with compassion, dignity, and respected in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental manner. 

Description of Services 

The counseling office provides free and confidential mental health counseling services to all enrolled Maria College students utilizing an evidence-based best practice. These services include individual, relationship, and group counseling; training and consultation about mental health concerns; crisis intervention and response; and referral to other on-and-off campus resources. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic our counseling services will be offering both remote and in-person appointments. 

Confidentiality 

The issues you discuss within the counseling office stay between you and your counselor. All counseling, consultations, psychological services, and referrals offered by the counseling office are kept strictly confidential in accordance with professional, ethical and legal guidelines. Information is not released without your written consent, except in the case of medical emergency or a life-threatening situation. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment please email counseling@mariacollege.edu.

New Resources

NYS COVID Emotional Support Hotline
NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports
New York State Office of Mental Health
US Department of Health and Human Services

  • 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.

  • Emergency Contact Numbers
    Suicide, Self-Harm Support:

    National Suicide Prevention (24/7) Hotline
    1-800-273-8255

    Capital District Psychiatric Center (24/7) Hotline
    (518) 447-9650

    Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center (24/7) Hotline
    (518) 689-4673

    Addiction Support:

    New York State Addiction Helpline Service
    1-877-8-HOPENY

    SAMHSA National Helpline
    1-800-662-4357

    American Addiction Center Helpline
    1-866-836-3876

    National Problem Gambling Helpline
    1-800-522-4700

    New York Council on Problem Gambling Helpline
    1-877-846-7369

    COVID-19 Support:

    New York State Project Hope Emotional Support Line
    1-844-863-9314

    Mental Health Support:

    Capital District Psychiatric Center
    Main Number (518) 549-6000

    Four-Winds Psychiatric Hospital
    Outpatient/Inpatient (518) 584-3600

    Ellis Hospital Psychiatric Center
    o Inpatient (518) 243-4000
    o Outpatient Adult (518) 243-3300
    o Outpatient Child & Adolescent (518) 382-2290

    Albany Medical Psychiatric and Psychological Services
    Outpatient (518) 262-5511

    Samaritan Hospital Mental Health Clinic
    Outpatient (518) 833-6470

    Medical Support:

    Albany Medical Center Emergency Room
    (518) 262-3131

    Albany Memorial Hospital Emergency Room
    (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

    Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, & Crime Support:

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN)
    1-800-656-4673

    Albany County Rape Crisis Center 24-Hour Hotline
    (518) 447-7716

    Rensselaer County Sexual Assault Care Center Hotline
    (518) 271-3257

    Equinox Domestic Violence Hotline
    (518) 432-7865

    Unity House Domestic Violence Hotline
    (518) 272-2370

  • Meet the Counselors

    Rachel Lee MA, LMFT
    Mental Health Counselor
    Email: rlee@mariacollege.edu

    Over the course of 16 years as a therapist, Rachel has maintained a high level of commitment to providing service to others. Rachel earned her B.S. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo and her M.A.in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. As a New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Rachel has worked with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. 

    Her approach to therapy is integrative, as she takes a client-centered and solution-focused approach so that her clients are active in their therapeutic experience. She is committed to social justice issues and assisting individuals to discover their strengths, voice, skills, and unique abilities. Rachel has experience applying this counseling philosophy in a variety of human service, clinical, and educational settings.

    Rachel is a native New Yorker, happy to have returned home after living in Oregon and Massachusetts for many years. Mindfulness and personal yoga practice, as well as the use of food for mood, are integral in her life. When not working, you can find Rachel spending time with her husband, daughter, dogs, hiking/camping, taking pictures, observing wildlife, and exploring the Adirondack Mountains.

     

    Michael Washco MS, LMHC, CASAC
    Director of Counseling Services
    Assistant Professor, Arts & Sciences
    Email: mwashco@mariacollege.edu

    Michael earned his B.S. in Sociology and M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York, University at Albany. He has over 10 years of experience teaching and developing a variety of course work in psychology, sociology, counseling psychology, and addiction at the post-secondary level.

    In addition to his educational pursuits, Michael has over 15 years of clinical experience as a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings addressing addiction, mental health, and crisis counseling.

    Outside of the classroom Michael enjoys running, college basketball, and spending time with his wife and two children.