Counseling Services

Counseling students

H.O.P.E. Line

Students in distress can call 401-456-4673 (HOPE) to confidentially speak with licensed clinician. This service is available to students 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Counseling Center services are FREE for Rhode Island College students. 


Confidentiality 

There is nothing wrong with coming for counseling. In fact, we regard it as a sign of strength and often courage. Yet people sometimes hesitate because of concerns about privacy. To allay these concerns, the Counseling Center maintains a strict policy of confidentiality, in accord with the ethical rules of the American Psychological Association.

What is Counseling?

Our main goal is for you to feel both understood and cared for. After assessing the problem together, you and your counselor will try to agree on a plan to begin working on the problem. If further counseling is undertaken, it may involve only a few additional interviews or a longer series.

Although much learning in college occurs in the classroom, there is also a great deal of learning that occurs outside it. In counseling and psychotherapy, the learning is about yourself, who you really are and where you are going with your life, how to manage emotions, or how to resolve or cope with internal or interpersonal conflicts. Counseling and therapy can help renew a sense of active engagement in learning and life.​

Counseling FAQs

Our Approach

The approaches to counseling used by our staff and students span a diversity of perspectives, yet there is also cohesiveness in our understanding of what promotes wellness and distress. Our clinicians tend to be informed by humanistic, contemporary relational psychodynamic and mindfulness-based approaches that also take into account systemic and cultural factors. This amounts to respect for the client as an important collaborator, a broad perspective that past relationships often impact and guide our current relationships with others and ourselves while balancing this with a focus on the present, and an understanding that many factors outside of us contribute to our wellbeing.

For Faculty & Staff

In order to encourage a campus environment conducive to growth and enrichment, the Counseling Center offers consultation to faculty and staff. The aim is to promote helpful institutional policies and the understanding of student needs, as well as constructive approaches to student difficulties, including referring students to the Counseling Center when that may be beneficial. Faculty and staff who are concerned about a student - whether to refer; how to refer; what to do about a reluctant student - can call the Center at 401-456-8094 to discuss their concerns with a counselor clinician and receive some suggestions.​

Counseling Center Groups

 

 

Facilitated by Julia Kamenetsky, Psy.D.

RIC students who identify as bisexual, gay, gender-fluid, lesbian, non-binary, pansexual, polyamorous, queer, questioning, transgender, and/or as any other diverse gender and/or sexual identity: looking for an intentionally empowering, and safe space to explore the intersectionality of diverse sexual and/or gender identities with other important personal identities, tell your story, offer support, and gain perspective? This is an intentional space for that endeavor. Group facilitator(s) identify as members of this community.

  1. What days are possible? - Day and time of group meetings TBD to best accommodate everyone’s availability.
  2. Is this a Drop-in group? - This is not a drop-in group and will meet for the duration of the semester with consistent members.
  3. Is this open or closed group? - Once a critical number of group members accumulate to start the group, the group will begin and will be closed to new members until next semester.
  4. Can Participants be in Individual therapy as well? - Although this can be decided on a case-by-case basis, for the richest group experience, it is recommended that group members engage only in (or primarily in) the group during its run.
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Request an Appointment

Request an appointment online or over the phone with counseling services.

Counseling Appointment Call (401) 456-8094

Who We Are

400+
students each year access Counseling Services flexible, short-term individual counseling and psychotherapy
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Our clients share that their counseling experience helps them continue their education and improvement in their academic performance 

Our Staff

Resources

24-Hour Resources

Rhode Island College H.O.P.E. Line

(401) 456-4673 (HOPE)

 

  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    800-273-8255 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
  • Crisis Text Line 
    Text HOME to 741741 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
  • BH link 
    A 24 hour crisis center located in East Providence, (401) 414-LINK (5465) 
  • Asian LifeNet Hotline
    877-990-8585
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Hopeline Network
    800-784-2433
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Persons of Color Crisis Text Line
    Text STEVE to 741-741
  • The Samaritans of Rhode Island
    401-272-4044 or 800-365-4044
  • The Trans Lifeline
    877-565-8860
  • Trevor LGBTQ Helpline
    866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678

Anxiety & Depression

Stress Management

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism.

Alcohol, Drugs and Other Addictive Behavior

This section contains resources for those experiencing addictions or for those seeking support due to having others in their life that are experiencing addictions and/or other harmful behaviors.

Support groups based on the 12-step model are denoted by an asterisk (*).  More information on the 12-step model can be found here.

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Contact Us

Center for Health and Wellness

We are here to provide confidential and holistic primary health care and counseling to enhance the academic potential of our students. Telehealth Appointments Available.