Counseling Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Counseling Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

**Due to interstate restrictions on telehealth and license limitations, remote services for students currently residing in the U.S. but physically outside of New Jersey are limited to Let's Talk, support groups, workshops, 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 counseling with an emotional healing focus. Starting August 1, 2021 students will be eligible for up to six 45-minute sessions per academic year (the academic year runs from September 1st through August 31st). 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're 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

Support Groups - To learn more about support group offerings this semester, click here.

To learn more about self-care and support resources that may be helpful to you, please click here!

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

Sliding Fee Community Mental Health Centers:

Bayonne Community Mental Health Center
The Bridge
Center for Clinical Services at Montclair State University
CenterPath Wellness
Community YMCA Counseling & Social Services
COPE Center
Counseling Center for Human Development
Irvington Counseling Center
Northwest Essex Community Healthcare Network
Nutley Family Service Bureau
Ocean Township Human Services
Resolve Community Counseling Center
The Psychotherapy Center
West Bergen Mental Healthcare

Free 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

For Ocean County Residents only:
Ocean Mental Health Services - Ocean-CREST

24/7 Crisis Lines for all NJ Residents:

  • Crisis Textline – Text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
  • NJ Hopeline - 855-654-6735
  • NJ Addictions Hotline - 1-844-276-2777
  • NJ Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-572-7233
  • RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 
  • Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth- 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678