The Counseling Center offers a variety of services that assist students in resolving problems that arise from personal situations and/or college pressures, and that help students achieve their personal best.
Individual counseling involves meeting with one of our four counselors to discuss and explore your concerns. Students are provided up to 12 sessions per academic year (September 1st - August 31st). Counseling sessions are 45 minutes in length, and most clients are seen on a weekly basis while working towards their goals.
Your counselor will serve as a catalyst to help you make the changes you want to accomplish by listening to your concerns, by providing a framework to help you view your circumstances clearly and objectively, and by helping you consider options in your situation. Topics students commonly choose to explore with a counselor include: adjustment to the University; study skills; educational and vocational options; anxiety; depression; self-esteem; family difficulties; relationships; substance abuse; sexual concerns; stress; anger management; parenting; and eating/body image concerns.
Couples counseling is available when both students are registered for the current semester.
Support groups involve a small group of students meeting with one of our therapists (and for some groups, an NJCU staff co-leader), typically once a week for 1.5 or 2 hours. These groups provide the opportunity for individuals to speak with others who share a common area of concern in a supportive environment through sharing, receiving feedback, and providing feedback to others. The counselor who serves as the group facilitator helps the group members to communicate productively.
The Counseling Center is pleased to offer students the opportunity to complete the LASSI (Learning and Study Strategies Inventory). The LASSI is a computerized assessment tool designed to measure students' use of learning and study strategies and methods. It helps identify areas in which students could most benefit from assistance in building academic skills.
To schedule an appointment to take the LASSI, contact our office at 201-200-3165.
The Counseling Center maintains a Self-Help Library of books and DVDs pertaining to emotional well-being. You can borrow books for a two week period for a $5 deposit per book, which we reimburse when the book is returned. DVDs may be viewed at the Center by appointment.