Couples Counseling

Couples counseling is available to couples in which each partner is both a registered Columbia student and both are enrolled in Columbia Health. Counseling and Psychological Services staff members are trained to address concerns and problems, such as depression, conflict resolution, communications and more.

As with individual counseling, in order to arrange for appropriate care as quickly as possible, we initially schedule a brief phone interview with each member of the couple.  Based on this overview of treatment needs and goals, we will either offer further consultation and counseling with one of our couple specialists, or suggest a referral to a resource outside CPS if such a referral would better serve the couple’s needs.

Many students who attend Columbia and its affiliates are in relationships with a non-student (or student who is not enrolled in Columbia Health). CPS offers assistance to these couples by formulating a treatment plan that may include a referral to an appropriate resource off-campus.


My partner just graduated from Columbia. Will we still be eligible for couples counseling?

Couples counseling at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is available to couples in which both partners are currently enrolled in Columbia Health. If your partner is no longer enrolled in Columbia Health, a CPS provider can assist you with a referral to an appropriate outside resource.

How do I make an appointment with CPS?

Please call 212-854-2878 to schedule an appointment to speak to a counselor at CPS.

Why does CPS schedule a first appointment by phone?

Students requesting an appointment for individual counseling for the first time will be scheduled for a confidential phone screening with a CPS counselor. The purpose of this conversation is to clarify and assess your needs and explore options for next steps.

Do I need the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan to access services at CPS?

No. You do need to enroll in Columbia Health, which provides access to on-campus medical and mental health services. The Columbia Health Insurance is used to access any off- campus services and resources.

Last updated October 01, 2014