Counseling Services Center

Contact Us

The Counseling Services Center
Room L.68.00
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

Mon: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


If it is an emergency, if you are feeling very anxious or depressed and feel the need to talk to a counselor immediately, you do not need to make an appointment, just walk in. Emergencies after hours should be referred to the campus Security Department. Security is also reached by calling 212-237-8888 

Questions or Comments with respect to the information presented on this webpage should be directed to: Calvin Chin at or 646-557-4552

Welcome to the Counseling Services Center!

This Center is here to provide you with a complete range of counseling and referral services. All of the services are FREE of charge and are available on a walk-in or appointment basis.

We urge you to come and meet with us early in your career at John Jay. Take advantage of the many services we have to offer.

We are excited to announce that the Counseling Services Center is now able to offer psychiatric consultations, through the support of the Student Activities Fee! Contact us to schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss your concerns. You can then be scheduled with the psychiatrist.

The Center is a fully accredited site in good standing with the standards of the International Association of Counseling Services.

The services we provide include: personal counseling, adjustment to college, career and personal development, choosing a major, study habits, text anxiety, low self esteem, family and relationship concerns, depression and grief.

Our staff of trained professionals is diverse in ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, age and gender. We also have Spanish-speaking staff. You may request a particular counselor, and if scheduling permits, we will try to accommodate you. For contact information to a particular faculty or staff member, please click here.

Petrie Student Emergency Fund

Emergency funding is available to students for transportation needs, food, emergency housing, medical bills, and other emergency situations that may get in the way of your schooling. Click here for more information.

Educational Outreach

Our workshops are geared towards promoting personal growth and education about mental awareness and academic issues. A list of the fall 2014 workshops is available by clicking here.

ULifeline at John Jay

ULifeline gives you the opportunity to check in with yourself about your overall well-being. It can also assist you in helping others in your life who might be struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or other emotional issues. You can take an anonymous screeening to understand more about how you're feeling, learn more about mental health through videos and articles, anonymously share your story to help others, and more! The Department of Counseling and are here to support you. Check it out by clicking here!


If you know any John Jay student whom you feel would benefit from counseling, you can accompany them to the Counseling Services Center or call the Center. While members of the Counseling Service Center do not prescribe medication, we can provide referrals to a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse at an outside agency.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are provided by trained professionals who are part of the College faculty and staff. The types of services provided include:

Individual Counseling

You can meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss academic, career and/or personal issues such as relationships, family or cultural issues, self-esteem, anxiety, spiritual awareness, depression, body image, sexuality concerns and healthy behavior among others.

Psychiatric Consultations

We now provide students with the opportunity to be evaluated by a psychiatrist. If you are already on medication or are interested in the possibility of psychiatric medication, you can meet with our psychiatrist. You have to first meet with a non-medical provider who will collect some information about your concerns and can speak with you about possible solutions. Psychiatry appointments are free of charge to students, as are all of the services provided by the Counseling Services Center.

Couples/Family Counseling

Attending students in an interpersonal relationship may obtain couples/family support to address various concerns and help facilitate communication.

Group Counseling

The department offers group sessions on different topics each year. Groups in the past have discussed relationship issues, parenting, first generation college students, mediation and coping with stress. Counseling to special groups within the College community is also available. A document containing the fall 2014 groups offered is available by clicking here.

Peer Counseling

The Counseling Services Center provides peer services, including academic support and outreach. Peer Counselors (Room L 68.00) offer outreach services around wellness and other mental health topics. We offer special outreach services to new transfer students as well.