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24-Hour Support Call 315.443.8000

Syracuse University students experiencing a mental health crisis, seeking support for sexual assault or relationship violence, or needing urgent medical consultation can receive free confidential services 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 315.443.8000. Please note, routine consultations should hold until the next business day.


In-person and virtually, appointments are available either same day or in advance. Please note, your provider or therapist may determine that due to certain circumstances virtual/teletherapy is no longer appropriate and other delivery or treatment options will be explored.

      Group and Individual Therapy

      • Anger
      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Difficulty expressing thoughts and feeling.
      • Difficulty in social situations and making friends.
      • Feeling invisible or not heard.
      • Frequent arguments with others.
      • Eating Concerns
      • Feeling Overwhelmed
      • Identity Exploration
      • Isolation
      • Issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and social justice.
      • Issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities, exploring and affirming gender identity.
      • Loneliness
      • Life Transitions
      • Powerlessness
      • Relationship Problems
      • Self-doubt
      • Stress Management
      • Substance Use
      • Trauma

      Group therapy focuses on developing insight, changing behavior, and improving relationship skills. In the group setting, students struggling with similar concerns can share feedback with each other and learn new ways of coping. In our Group Therapy program, group members meet weekly for 90 minutes with one to two staff therapists throughout the semester.

      Process Groups

      Members explore a variety of presenting concerns and increase self-awareness by exchanging genuine and honest feedback. Members practice assertiveness and other interpersonal skills to use in daily life and can develop more positive and meaningful relationships.

      Options Education Group

      The Options Education Group focuses on the impact of substance use on physiology, perception and decision-making. The group also discusses the progression of use and ways to reduce the risk of substance use.

      Skills Groups

      Members learn certain skills to cope with and manage concerns such as anxiety, depression, emotional regulation and stress management. Most groups meet throughout the semester and focus on learning skills to use inside and outside of group.

      Individual therapy can provide an opportunity to talk confidentially with an objective, caring professional about your concerns and gain insights for a better understanding of one’s difficulties. These insights are then used to create a plan of action to carry out in one’s daily living.

      During your initial consultation, you will provide information about your presenting concerns, relevant history and identified possible goals for counseling. At the end of the appointment, your therapist will provide related recommendations and options that best meet your needs. You will have the opportunity to discuss the recommendations and make a plan for how to move forward. For issues that might be better served by long-term therapy, a referral to a community provider will be explored.

      Fall 2022 Group Therapy Opportunities 

      Call 315.443.8000 to meet with a therapist to discuss group options, or to complete the required facilitator-led group orientation prior to enrolling into a group or participating in a drop-in group.

      Build leadership and relationship skills, self-esteem, communication, self-trust, respect and responsibility. Facilitated through multiple teams within the Barnes Center, this series is a hybrid of adventure-based activities and experiential processing to foster personal growth.

      Facilitators: Aaron Klein, Cara Capparelli

      Status: Open

      This group is for students experiencing difficulty managing stress and anxiety. Within a supportive environment, this semi-structured group provides education and skill building resources for relaxation and coping. Note: There will be dedicated sections to the management of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) related anxiety.

      Facilitators: Kay Yu Yuan Chai, Cara Capparelli

      Status: Open

      Among BIPOC students, the burden of race-related stress, stereotype threat and impostor syndrome may add to the stress of college and challenge personal well-being. This group offers a safe space to connect with others and process the challenges of navigating a college community.

      Facilitators: Simone Adams, Shyla Powell

      Status: Open

      The purpose of this group is to support survivors of sexual and relationship violence. This group is open to all students who have been impacted by sexual trauma, such as assault, rape, stalking, harassment, intimate partner violence or childhood sexual abuse. The group focuses on developing tools to cope with the impact of trauma, including self-care practices and expressive arts. The goals of the group are to help survivors of sexual trauma: 

      • Improve their ability to get through the day.
      • Develop new coping strategies through education and skill-building.
      • Experience a safe space to support one another.   

      The group covers core concepts and skills, including relaxation, grounding, establishing safety and processing thoughts and feelings associated with traumatic experiences. Common themes explored are self-blame, calming the body’s stress response, shame, relationships, creating consent culture, the healing process and disclosure (deciding when, how and with whom to talk about your experience).

      Facilitators: Ingrid Rauk, Nicole Currivan

      Status: Open

      Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan. It has been extensively researched and found to be effective at helping people manage distress and other overwhelming emotions without losing control or acting destructively. Students will be taught an array of skills to help reduce suffering and increase the ability to cope with unproductive thoughts and behaviors.

      Facilitators: Danqing Huo, Shyla Powell

      Status: Open

      Within a safe, inviting and trauma-informed group setting, students are encouraged to explore their identities, connect with peers, and find support while developing the confidence to navigate a campus community in a healthy and meaningful way.

      Facilitators: Maricelis Abreu, Julie Woulfe

      Status: Open

      A structured space for students to explore their relationship with substances. This group is informed by strategies of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, narrative and experiential approaches to substance use prevention and treatment.

      Facilitators: Aaron Klein, Kay Yu Yuan Chai

      Status: Open

      An interpersonal process group designed to promote healing and recovery from the use of alcohol and other drugs. This group offers an opportunity for students who are working an abstinence-based recovery program to connect with others.

      Facilitators: Melissa Parker, Edward Millet

      Status: Open

      The phenomenon of dreaming is a primordial act that influences many aspects of our wellness. This group is designed to provide a supportive process to develop a deeper understanding of the psychology and content of our dream and sleep states. Those feeling self-disconnect, or those who feel artistically or creatively blocked, would especially benefit from this group.

      Facilitators: Kay Yu Yuan Chai, Aaron Klein, Nikolas Cirillo

      Status: Open

      The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. We explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, worthiness and belonging with the goal of creating authentic connections to the self and to others.

      Facilitators: Susanne Rios, London Hill

      Status: Open

      Trauma gets trapped, or "stuck," in our bodies in ways that are detrimental to our overall well-being. Join us in a trauma-informed, drop-in workshop that will guide you through various techniques to rewire your brain and nervous system to process and let go of trauma. We will deepen your understanding of what trauma is and how trauma is healed, as well as support the growth of your full present potential.

      Facilitators: Susanne Rios, Cara Capparelli, Deirdre Smith

      Status: Open

      In a safe and supportive environment, this interpersonal process group offers an opportunity to relate to those experiencing similar concerns. Separate undergraduate and graduate sessions available.



      • Undergraduate Groups: Open
      • Graduate Group: Open

      Relationship Counseling

      Relationship support services are available to undergraduate and graduate students. To begin, please call 315.443.8000 to schedule an initial consult.

      Couple’s Enrichment is a psychoeducational experience aimed at creating stronger relationships. Facilitators and participants will work in conjunction to identify the skills they feel need improvement such as communication, stress management, conflict resolution, creating intimacy and more. Couple’s Enrichment is suitable for all couples, at all stages of development.

      Please note, this is not the same as Couple’s Therapy, as it is focused on enrichment of skills as opposed to processing specific problems or challenges for couples.

      Couple’s Therapy is a psychotherapeutic experience aimed at helping couples process thoughts, behaviors and patterns contributing to challenges the couple is experiencing. Examples of appropriate uses for Couple’s Therapy include the following.

      • Adjusting to co-habituating.
      • Balancing a co-parenting relationship.
      • Creating and maintaining intimacy.
      • Healing after infidelity.
      • Resolving sexual issues.
      • Strengthening trust.

      When a child transitions to an adult and leaves home, it can cause a shift to the family system. Family Therapy gives students and their local family members an opportunity to process that shift and adapt to the change. Virtual sessions are available to students and families within New York State. In-person sessions are available to students and families within the Syracuse area. Family Therapy can help with the following.

      • Adjusting to life cycle changes.
      • Feelings of being homesick.
      • Fostering independent identity development.
      • Maintaining a system of support from a distance.
      • Processing and healing from impactful childhood experiences.
      • Resolving conflict with siblings.

      A student’s living environment can have a huge impact on their mental health and academic performance. Available psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic services can assist cohabiting students in developing a functional living environment. Cohabiting students are invited to explore the following through Roommate Mediation.

      • Discussing finances.
      • Negotiating boundaries.
      • Resolving conflict.
      • Strengthening connection.

      Support Services

      Eating disorders are a complex psychological and medical concern that can impact multiple areas of a student’s life. The most effective strategy for providing eating disorder treatment is through a treatment team approach that incorporates a range of services that address the complex factors contributing to the eating disorder.


      • Please call the Barnes Center at The Arch at 315.443.8000 to schedule an appointment.

      What should I do if I think I may have an eating disorder?

      If you believe that you or someone you know has an eating disorder it is important to seek professional assessment and support. The Syracuse University Eating Disorder Treatment Team can be accessed through the Barnes Center at The Arch by calling 315.443.8000.

      Who are the members of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team?

      The Eating Disorder Treatment Team consists of a multidisciplinary staff including the following:

      • Health Care medical provider, psychiatric nurse practitioner, dietitian
      • Counseling therapists
      • Case managers from the Dean of Students Office

      What does an assessment with the Eating Disorder Team involve?

      In order to determine appropriate treatment needs, a comprehensive assessment needs to be conducted. This assessment will include:

      • A health care medical evaluation.
      • A mental health assessment with counseling.
      • A dietary assessment with a dietitian.

      After the student has completed the above assessments, the Eating Disorder Treatment Team will meet to discuss their overall assessment of the student and to develop treatment recommendations. Depending on the student’s level of need, services may be provided by the team, the student may be referred to community based treatment resources or in some instances the student may be encouraged to take a medical leave of absence from the University to seek more intensive treatment.

      What can I expect if the Eating Disorder Team provides services to me?

      If services are provided via the treatment team, you can expect regular appointments with a therapist, dietitian and health care provider. The Eating Disorder Treatment Team collaborates to provide the following support services:

      • Medical: Management of any medical consequences of disordered eating, prescribing medication if necessary, regular weight checks if appropriate.
      • Nutritional: Education about healthy eating and the impact of certain behaviors upon health and wellness. Weekly meal plans may be developed to assist the student in developing healthy eating habits.
      • Mental Health: Develop strategies for changing the behavior patterns that contribute to disordered eating. Additionally, addressing co-occurring problems (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.) that contribute to disordered eating.

      What if I need more intensive or ongoing treatment?

      There may be times when recommendations will be made for the student to pursue intensive outpatient treatment, residential based treatment or hospitalization. These recommendations will be determined by the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at the time of assessment and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

      Do my parents/family have to know that I am receiving services?

      If students are age 18 or older, all services are confidential. However, we invite and encourage students to maintain open dialogue with parents/family members due to the potential serious nature of eating disorders.

      The Barnes Center at The Arch hosts holistic gender services that support students who are transgender, those questioning their gender identity and those considering gender transition (medically or surgically). Counseling services are available within individual and group settings. Learn more by visiting the Gender Services webpage.

      Highlighted services include the following:

      • LGBTQIA+ affirming providers trained to help individuals explore their gender identity through both individual and group counseling services.
      • Trained professionals who can assist with documentation for hormone therapy, surgical procedures, official letters and documentation of name and gender (e.g. passports, driver’s licenses and more).
      • Trained professionals who can help provide information on the legal name change process.
      • Referrals to connect affirming resources on and off campus as needed.
      • Group therapies specializing in exploring and affirming gender identity.

      Learn more by visiting the Psychiatry webpage.

      Throughout a student’s holistic health and wellness journey, the Barnes Center at The Arch encourages the exploration of the Dimensions of Wellness. While Group and Individual Therapy can be a resource to nurture all Dimensions of Wellness, they are an excellent resource to explore Emotional and Social Wellness while feeling validated in your unique identities.

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