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Who should I contact for a medical concern related to an eating concern?

You should contact Medical Services by calling (212) 854-7426

Who should I contact if I wish to see a counselor for an eating disorder?

You should schedule an appointment at Counseling and Psychological Services by calling (212) 854-2878.

I have a friend who has an eating disorder. What should I do?

The ED team can also coach and consult with concerned friends, roommates, parents, athletic staff, deans, residence-life staff, and faculty.

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.

Is the treatment at CPS confidential?

Strict standards of confidentiality are maintained in all of our clinical services. Within Counseling and Psychological Services and Medical Services, clinicians work as a team and consult with one another, as needed. When necessary to insure the quality and coordination of health care, there may also be communication between the two clinical services and other divisions of Columbia Health.

The clinical services maintain secure and private treatment records. These records are not part of students’ educational records and are not available to students’ deans or faculty. To further protect the privacy of students, Columbia Health requires students' written consent to release information about their care.

There are rare exceptions to the right to privacy and to the confidentiality practices described above, such as in situations that pose a threat to life or in which there is reason to believe a child is being abused.

If you have questions regarding our confidentiality policies, please contact  the Assistant Director for Operations, Sara Berger at (212) 854-3101.

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.

I have ongoing appointments with a CPS clinician; can I still go to a drop-in counseling office in between sessions?

If you have a concern that needs to be addressed before your next meeting with your CPS provider, you are welcome to go to a drop-in counseling office.

Is confidentiality at a drop-in counseling session as strict as a scheduled appointment?

Yes. We maintain very strict standards of confidentiality in our clinical services, including drop-in counseling office sessions.

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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.

Is it true that there is no additional cost for a visit at CPS?

Yes, it’s true! Students who have enrolled in Columbia Health are eligible to be seen at CPS.

Is the treatment at CPS confidential?

Strict standards of confidentiality are maintained in all of our clinical services. Within Counseling and Psychological Services and Medical Services, clinicians work as a team and consult with one another, as needed. When necessary to insure the quality and coordination of health care, there may also be communication between the two clinical services and other divisions of Columbia Health.

The clinical services maintain secure and private treatment records. These records are not part of students’ educational records and are not available to students’ deans or faculty. To further protect the privacy of students, Columbia Health requires students' written consent to release information about their care.

There are rare exceptions to the right to privacy and to the confidentiality practices described above, such as in situations that pose a threat to life or in which there is reason to believe a child is being abused.

If you have questions regarding our confidentiality policies, please contact  the Assistant Director for Operations, Sara Berger at (212) 854-3101.

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.

Is confidentiality at a drop-in counseling session as strict as a scheduled appointment?

Yes. We maintain very strict standards of confidentiality in our clinical services, including drop-in counseling office sessions.

I have ongoing appointments with a CPS clinician; can I still go to a drop-in counseling office in between sessions?

If you have a concern that needs to be addressed before your next meeting with your CPS provider, you are welcome to go to a drop-in counseling office.

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.

What happens if diagnostic interviews for ADHD proves inconclusive?

If diagnostic interviews prove inconclusive, or raises questions that can best be answered by neuropsychological or psychoeducation testing, Counseling and Psychological Services can assist you with referrals to those off-campus resources.

Why do I need another ADHD evaluation if I received one from my doctor?

Even if a student is currently being prescribed medication for ADHD by a physician outside of Columbia Health, you will have a careful evaluation process, since one’s situation can change over time. Functioning may improve or worsen with changes in life circumstance and in age. Similarly, the effectiveness of treatment interventions, including medications, may change over time, and need to be reviewed periodically.

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Last updated December 12, 2017