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Overview and Mission

Located on the second floor of the August Center building (above the Student Health Center), Counseling and Psychological Services provides confidential and personalized services to meet the mental health needs of currently enrolled, undergraduate and graduate students on the Henrietta campus.   


Our mission is to enhance the RIT student potential for learning and success and to promote the emotional health and well-being of the campus community through:

  1. Providing responsive, empirically-based, and culturally competent mental health services that include: 

    Short-term individual psychotherapy
    Group counseling and psychotherapy
    Walk-in crisis intervention
    Assessment and evaluation
    Psychiatric services
  2. Providing graduate clinical training in counseling and psychotherapy and college mental health
  3. Providing campus-wide consultation and education

Reflect - Recognize - Reframe - Reach Out

Resiliency is the cornerstone of personal and professional success, defined as the capacity to learn from and bounce back from challenges, setbacks and mistakes. We cultivate and support student resiliency with a confidential and culturally sensitive space that helps RIT students in the following ways:

  • Provide students the tools and opportunity to reflect on strengths and areas of difficulties and work toward what is important to them.
    We help to strengthen each person’s unique ability to respond to the tasks of a rigorous college environment. We recognize that struggles are a natural part of the college experience and help students recognize this as well.
  • Provide students with the skills to view challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.
    Challenges are actively worked on in a variety of ways (increasing self-awareness, building communication skills, risk-taking). We believe that in talking about and sharing experiences and beliefs, students become better equipped to identify, confront and accept setbacks and develop greater resiliency.
  • Provide students with resources to engage with others and build fulfilling relationships in college and beyond.
    We assist students in connecting with groups, workshops, student activities, and unique external supports.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Counseling and Psychological Services staff are committed to the expectation that all students who seek our services should be met with a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment.  We believe that students who engage with our programs and services are provided with opportunities to help strengthen and promote the development of the individual and the communities in which they live.  

We strive to deliver services that promote social justice and shine a light on the dignity, unique strengths, and worth of every individual.  This includes a commitment to recognize, value, and respect all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran’s status, or disability.