Counseling & Psychiatric Care
At Rutgers University–Newark, our supportive, responsive team will coach you to be the best version of yourself. And, if you are a friend or faculty member who is concerned about a student, we’ll help you help them.
You may visit the Counseling Center for many reasons, such as adjusting to college life, making decisions, or working out problems in relationships. Or, you may already be dealing with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Even if you don’t have a mental health diagnosis, you may feel like you need additional support in dealing with challenges. Counseling in general can provide a safe place to discuss the issues you are dealing with and help you find healthy ways to cope.
First, we listen, then we connect you with the best psychological, psychiatric, or other support for your needs.
Individual and Group Counseling - We offer two types of free counseling: Individual and group. In individual sessions, you can work with one of our counselors to manage your emotions, deal with stress or trauma, or develop healthier coping tools. In a group scenario, you will also work with a trained counselor while listening to peers who may be going through the same things. These groups bring together students who are struggling with anxiety or depression, survivors of trauma, those who want to learn how to better manage college life, and many more.
Psychiatric Services - Our professionals can diagnose and treat the following: depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or other mental illnesses. We will discuss your medication and treatment options so that we find a manageable plan that can help you succeed in college.
Support Groups - Like group counseling, members of support groups encourage each other as they face challenges, such as alcoholism or drug addiction. In this case, however, the focus is on working together to heal. Examples of our support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery Support Groups, and Parent Support groups.
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
If you can't make it to the counseling center but still need support, try this online program that can help you develop strategies to overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. It's free and easy to use. Just sign up using your rutgers.edu email address.
A Message for Parents of RU–N Students
If you notice any changes in your student’s behavior, we encourage you to recommend that they visit us. We can provide them with a strong support system while they are away from home.
Keep in mind that, we will protect your student’s privacy so they feel safe. For that reason, we cannot share specific information with you. That said, you are always welcome to reach out to us if you have more general questions or would like to share your concerns.
Insurance and Payment
Our services are free, and you do not need a referral.