Counseling Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Counseling Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the Spring 2021 semester, we’ll be offering two types of remote individual counseling services for enrolled NJCU students**: 

**Due to interstate restrictions on telehealth and license limitations, services for students currently residing in the U.S. but outside of New Jersey are limited to Let's Talk and referrals at this time.  We are unable to provide remote counseling services to students living outside of the U.S.

Let’s Talk – This is a one-time, 25-minute informal consultation with a problem-solving focus.  Let’s Talk sessions are offered daily, by appointment, on a first-come, first-served basis.  When you contact us for a Let’s Talk appointment you’ll be offered a session with the first available counselor.

Ongoing Short-Term Counseling – This is formal psychotherapy, providing up to twelve 45-minute sessions per academic year (September 1st – August 31st) with an emotional healing focus.  Prior to your first appointment you’ll need to fill out a series of intake forms that will assist your therapist in helping you.  At times, due to high demand for ongoing counseling services, there may be a wait list.

To set up an appointment for either service, please contact us at counselingcenter@njcu.edu or at 201-200-3165.  Make sure you:

  • Tell us your name and Gothic ID number, and the address where you are currently living (residence hall and room number if you live on campus)
  • Provide the email address and phone number where we can most easily reach you
  • Indicate whether you’re requesting Let’s Talk or ongoing counseling

To learn more about support group and workshop offerings this semester, read up on mental health topics, and learn about off-campus resources that may be helpful to you, please continue to visit our website for updates!

For mental health emergencies, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for off-campus assistance, or call NJCU Public Safety at ext. 3128 for on-campus assistance.

Students seeking off-campus counseling services may find the following resources helpful:

If you have health insurance:
Call your insurance company for a list of in-network therapists.  Many insurance companies also have a provider directory available online.

Reduced-Cost Tele-Therapy Services

Virtual Support Groups:

Crisis Services

For Hudson County Residents only (including NJCU Residence Hall students):
Bridgeway Crisis Intervention Services

For Bergen County Residents only:
CBH Urgent Care and Crisis Intervention

For Essex County Residents only:
Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare EISS

For Middlesex County Residents only:
Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare Emergency and Acute Services

For Monmouth County Residents only:
Monmouth Medical Center EISS

For Morris County Residents only:
Wellness and Recovery Center at St. Clare's

Crisis Lines for all NJ Residents:

  • Crisis Textline – Text HOME to 741741 (24/7)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)
  • NJ Hopeline - 855-654-6735 (24/7)
  • NJ Addictions Hotline - 1-844-276-2777 (24/7)
  • NJ Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-572-7233 (24/7)
  • RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673 (24/7)
  • Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth- 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 (24/7)
  • NJ Department of Children & Families Crisis Text Line - Text NJ to 74174 (24/7)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline - 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (24/7)
  • Trans Lifeline - 1-877-565-8860 (10 am - 4 am daily)
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Emotional Support - videophone 973-870-0677 (9 am - 5 pm Monday-Friday)
  • NJ Mental Health Cares - 1-866-202-4357 or text NJHOPE to 51684 (8 am - 8 pm daily)
  • You can also find a comprehensive list of helplines at https://www.ayanatherapy.com/resources !