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Making an appointment during the coronavirus outbreak
As of March 23, 2020, most clinicians and the administrative assistant are working remotely.
- Students who have not been seen after September 1, 2019 or whom have never been seen at the Counseling Center should call 518-783-2342 for an appointment.
- Students who have been seen since September 1, 2019 should email their clinician to schedule an appointment.
- Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 4:30pm (closed 12-1).
- Voicemail is reviewed remotely during normal business hours.
- As of March 23, 2020, all appointments for students living off-campus will be by phone or Zoom (web camera/video conference).
- For a student who has not been seen since September 1, 2019 or for students who have never been seen at the Counseling Center, your first appointment must be conducted by video.
- Follow-up appointments can be conducted by video or telephone, depending on student and/or clinician preference.
MAKING AN APPOINTMENT
- All appointments are free and confidential.
- Students must schedule their own appointments. Third parties are not allowed to schedule for someone else.
- To schedule, call 518-783-2342 or walk-in and speak with the receptionist.
If you are calling over the weekend or after business hours, please leave a message with your name and phone number. The administrative assistant will call you the next business day to schedule an appointment.
Scope of Care
Overview of Services
Siena College Counseling Center services are free and confidential.^ The Counseling Center also provides consultations for students to faculty, staff, and families regarding the mental health of Siena students.
The Siena College Counseling Center offers short-term, solution-focused counseling for students to reduce emotional distress, learn coping skills, foster resilience, and receive support. Students who visit the Counseling Center average six visits. The annual (September 1 to May 31) maximum for visits to the Counseling Center is ten sessions. Beginning at the first session, the clinician and student will work together to determine if the student’s needs can be met in our model. For example, students with a history of multiple hospitalizations, severe eating disorders, or active psychoses will likely be referred to the community, given the need for more than 10 sessions of counseling. For students who require or wish to have more than 10 sessions annually, we can assist you in finding a community provider. Attending a group counseling session or a skills group offered by the Office of Health Promotion does not count toward the 10 session limit.
Frequency and Length of Appointments
The intake appointment (i.e., first appointment) will be approximately 60 minutes in length, and the follow-up biweekly sessions will be approximately 45 minutes in length. Missed appointments without 24 hour notice are counted toward the annual 10 session limit. Students with repeated missed appointments without 24-hours-notice may be referred to the community.
Assessment of Treatment Progress
Students will be asked to complete a brief computerized assessment before each appointment. This assessment will track how you are doing on your most pressing concerns on an appointment by appointment basis. Your therapist will review this assessment with you at every meeting and will also ask you how you feel you are doing in counseling.
Siena College contracts with external providers to provide medication management. These providers are available free of charge. The cost to purchase medications will vary depending on the student’s insurance plan. Stipulations for seeing the psychiatry providers include:
* No prescriptions for ADHD / ADD medications or benzodiazepines.
* Student must be engaged in concurrent counseling at the Counseling Center to be eligible for psychiatric services.
* Students with repeated missed psychiatric appointments may be referred to the community.
*First appointments with the psychiatrist are scheduled for 60 minutes. Follow-ups are scheduled for 30 minutes. Computer paperwork does not have to be completed for these appointments.
Services Not Provided
The Counseling Center is not able to provide some services. We can refer students to community providers for these services, if requested. These services include:
* ADD / ADHD Evaluations
* Autism spectrum evaluations
* Learning disability assessments
* Disability evaluations for housing
Other Beneficial Resources
Please refer to the resources below at the college for questions on any of the following questions:
^ The information shared in a psychotherapy relationship is treated with the deepest respect. The Counseling Center is committed to keeping records and information that is shared confidential. Only in situations where safety is a concern and there is imminent risk of harm can information be shared, and in these situations only for the purpose of insuring safety.