Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Counseling Services is operating remotely until further notice.
Ramapo College Counseling Services is committed to offering services to students while the college is operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All counseling appointments will be conducted via telehealth using a secure platform that will allow audio/video communication between students and counselors. To find out more about our telehealth services, please call the office at (201) 684-7522, or click on one of the options below.
Intakes will be conducted via a secure encrypted video platform. Once you schedule your intake appointment, you will be sent two consent forms via email to sign and email back prior to your first appointment. You will then be sent a link to use to meet with a counselor remotely by video. Your counselor will fill out initial paperwork with you and conduct the intake session. After the intake session, the best course of treatment will be determined and you will be contacted to further discuss treatment. If you wish to schedule an initial intake, please call the office at 201-684-7522.
Ongoing short-term individual therapy will continue via a secure encrypted video platform. If you have not scheduled an appointment with your therapist, please email your therapist directly or call 201-684-7522 to schedule an appointment and further discuss teletherapy. If you have done an intake, you will be contacted by one of our therapists to discuss teletherapy if it is determined that this is the best course of treatment. If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, and video sessions are not available, arrangements can be made to conduct therapy via phone sessions.
In order to start therapy:
- Your therapist will send you a link in an email before your appointment.
- Click on this link at the beginning of your scheduled time. This will take you directly to your therapist’s private, confidential virtual meeting space.
- Your therapist will let you into the space for your therapy session.
- If your scheduled appointment is prevented or disrupted due to technological complications, please email your therapist or call 201-684-7522.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during business hours (M-F 8:30-4:30), please call our main line at 201-684-7522 to be connected with our on-call therapist. Your therapist will be able to assist you via a secure encrypted video platform, or if this is not available, via phone. Alternatively, you may call 911 or your local emergency room (please note, during the current pandemic it is not recommended to walk in to your local emergency room without calling first).
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during nights or weekends, please contact Public Safety at 201-684-6666 and ask to be connected to the emergency on-call counselor. Beginning 7/1/20, our procedures will change. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during nights or weekends, simply call the main line at 201-684-7522 and follow the prompt (“Press 2”) for immediate assistance. After 7/1/20, Public Safety will no longer be dispatching the emergency on-call counselor. Alternatively, you may call 911 or your local emergency room (please note, during the current pandemic it is not recommended to walk in to your local emergency room without calling first).
Resources During COVID-19
Anxiety & Coping Resources
Resources During COVID-19
- Sanvello provides on-demand support for stress, anxiety, and depression. Sanvello Premium is currently being offered for free.
- The CDC is offering tips for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19.
- Headspace is a mindfulness app that is offering free support during COVID-19.
- Active Minds offers mental health tools for college students. Click here for a resource on coping and mental health during COVID-19, click here for suggestions about self-care, and click here for tips to stay healthy while working from home.
- Mindfulness at Ramapo College offers mindfulness resources for anxiety and stress relief, including free remote meditations.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering coping strategies during COVID-19.
Tips for Dealing with Stress
Tips for Dealing with Stress During COVID-19
- Exercise and physical activity release feel-good endorphins and improve mood. Many places are offering free remote workouts, or you can create your own exercise routine in your room or outside.
- Try to get fresh air daily.
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Use social media to connect with others, but try not to use social media excessively, as this can increase stress and anxiety.
- Limit consumption of news.
- Get news from accurate, reputable sources, such as the CDC or the WHO.
- Try to remain present in the current moment – predictions about the future can increase anxiety.
- Practice mindfulness and meditation.
- Connect with friends and family via online platforms like FaceTime or Zoom.
- If you are stuck in close quarters with others, try to carve out some time alone each day, even if this just means taking a walk or taking a long shower.
- Get enough sleep.
- Try to eat healthfully, though this is not the time to try to diet – if having a treat makes you feel good, eat it!
Hotlines for Support
Hotlines to Call for Support During COVID-19
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Textline: Text START to 741-741
- NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
- 2nd Floor Support Line for NJ Residents Ages 10-24: 1-888-222-2228
- Trevor Project (LGBTQIA+ Support Line): 1-866-488-7386
- Addictions Hotline: 1-888-984-0363
- Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Dealing with Grief
Tips for Dealing with Grief During COVID-19
Here at the counseling center we recognize that this is an unprecedented time where a lot of people are grieving at once – grieving those who have passed due to COVID-19 or other causes but also grieving a loss of safety and security, grieving special events (e.g., birthday celebrations, graduation) that will not get to happen in the ways they were anticipated, grieving a loss of the college experience you were hoping for, or many other forms of grief. While we are collectively grieving, unfortunately right now we are not able to physically grieve together, especially after loss of life, in the ways that we are used to and with the rituals to which we’ve all become accustomed. Below are some tips and suggestions for how to help the grieving process during social distancing:
- Many funerals and memorials are being live streamed. If you’ve lost a loved one and are unable to physically be at a funeral or memorial, find out if the immediate family is livestreaming the service and if you can view it remotely.
- Practice meditation to stay in the present moment and acknowledge your feelings – many apps are allowing people to join for free during COVID-19, and free guided meditations can be found on YouTube and Mindfulness at Ramapo.
- Create a virtual space where people can leave messages, memories, songs, photos from family, a poem, artwork, etc. This can be a place where people come for comfort in the future as well, leaving messages on anniversaries, birthdays, etc.
- Connect, connect, connect. People often crave connection during the grieving process, and while this can’t happen in person right now, there are still many ways to connect from a distance – Zoom, FaceTime, emails, phone calls and writing someone a letter are just some suggestions.
- Schedule a communal meal remotely through Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. Consider using a recipe of the person who has passed or creating a menu based on their favorite foods. Or, just eat a pizza together with the people you love and connect virtually during this difficult time.
- Journal about how you are feeling and about the person you lost. Consider writing them a letter or writing something you would have wanted to say at a memorial (and perhaps can at a memorial scheduled for a later date).
- Make a playlist that people can contribute songs to – songs that the person loved, songs that remind you of them, songs that bring comfort, songs you would want to play during a future memorial service, etc.
- Connect with a counselor virtually. You can do this through the Counseling Center.
- Send meals, care packages, or a gift card for meals to be purchased later to the family of the person who passed away.
Support for Black Students and Their Allies
In the wake of recent national events surrounding racism and social justice, the Counseling Services department at Ramapo College has created this List of Resources that support mental well-being, healing, and empowerment among Black students and their allies. If you have additional resources that you have found helpful and informative, please email them to Dr. Cesar Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- COUNSELING SERVICES IS OPERATING REMOTELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
New After-Hours Psychological Emergency Procedure beginning 7/1/20
Beginning July 1, 2020, students in crisis who are in need of after-hours emergency mental health support will simply need to dial the Counseling Services main number at (201) 684-7522 and follow the prompt (“Press 2”) for immediate assistance. After 7/1/20, Public Safety will no longer be dispatching the emergency on-call counselor.
- Counseling Services is excited to announce our new drop-in consultation hours. Drop-ins are available on Monday from 1-3PM and 4:30-6:30PM and Tuesday-Friday from 1-3PM. Please call us at 201-684-7522 for more information.
- Fall 2019: CHCS is excited to welcome our new psychology and social work graduate student trainees! Check out the “About our Staff” section for their bios.
- Spring 2018: CHCS is excited to announce our new online self-help program, TAO. To access modules for anxiety, depression, mindfulness and others, login with your Ramapo email at thepath.taoconnect.org.
- Summer 2017:
- Counseling Services is pleased to announce a new 20-minute, self-guided online suicide prevention training for faculty, staff and students. The training helps users to identify people at risk for suicide; recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide; and respond to and get help for people at risk. To access this free training, go to http://www.asklistenrefer.org/ramapo
Campus Shuttle Information:
Care Plus, which provides outpatient mental health care, is now a stop on the Ramapo Shuttle! Located in Paramus, Care Plus accepts new clients for walk-in intakes (no appointments needed) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between 9am and 1pm. Be sure to bring your insurance information with you.
610 Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
For more detailed information about the location of Care Plus, including a map, click here.
For more detailed information about the Ramapo shuttle, including weekday and weekend schedules (which can be found through links on the left side of the page), click here.