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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, email sblezow@ramapo.edu, or click on one of the options below.

 

Intakes

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 or email sblezow@ramapo.edu.

Therapy

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.

Groups

No groups are being offered remotely at this time. If you are interested in group therapy, please check back with us when we return in Fall 2020!

Daytime Emergencies

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).

After-Hours Emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during nights or weekends, please call public safety at 201-684-6666 and ask to be connected to the 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 for Managing Anxiety 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.
  • Mindfulness at Ramapo College offers mindfulness resources for anxiety and stress relief, including free remote meditations.

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 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)

 

Ramapo

News

  • COUNSELING SERVICES IS OPERATING REMOTELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • 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
201-265-8200

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.