Counseling Center

Experienced counselors provide counseling services to students to assist them to overcome interferences with their academic achievement and to promote their personal and career development. Counselors help students with their personal, social, and family concerns, maximize academic achievement, and make decisions about their choice of career or major, and academic difficulties in studying, etc.

Academic Advisement Services

The Counseling Center provides Academic Advisement for students who have less than 29.9 credits. Advisement at the Counseling Center focuses primarily on completion of the General Education requirements. For students who are interested in pursuing a major in one of the pre-professional programs (Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dental, Social Work & Biotechnology), in addition to General Education requirements, advisement also includes pre/co-requisite courses and other pre-major requirements.

Advisement Workshops

Fall 2013 New Students

Welcome to York College! We know that you are excited, probably a little bit nervous, about your first semester at York College. And the most urgent question is "when and how can I register for my classes"?  All new students are required to attend an academic advisement workshop, where you will learn more about graduation requirements, required classes and how to register.  At the workshop, you'll meet individually with an advisor for a more personalized experience.

Review the dates and time below and contact our office at 718-262-2272 to sign up. To speak to someone in person, you can stop by our office located in room 1G03.  Seating in the workshops are limited so please confirm your attendance with our staff. All workshops will take place in the Student Government Computer Lab on the 3rd floor beside the entrance to the library.

To do BEFORE you attend the workshop

  1. Sign up for your CUNYfirst username and password.  If you do not have a CUNYfirst username and password, you will not be able to register for your classes during the workshop.
  2. Once you have activated your CUNYfirst account you will need to locate your enrollment date which is the day and time your will be able to register for classes online. We strongly recommend that you do not attend a workshop before your assigned enrollment date as you will not be able to register for classes before your assigned time. Click the following link to learn how to find your enrollment date.



Thursday, June 6th 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 11th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 12th 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, June 17th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, June 20th 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, June 24th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 26th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, June 27th 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 2nd 10:00am to 1:00pm
Friday, July 5th 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday, July 8th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tuesday, July 9th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 10th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tuesday, July 16th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, July 18th 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 23rd 10:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, July 25th 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, July 29th 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 31st 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tuesday, August 6th 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 7th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Monday, August 12th 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 13th 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday, August 19th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, August 22nd 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Things to do prior to your scheduled workshop date

  1. Download the General Education Planner
  2. Review and check off completed general education courses
  3. Make a list of class that you'd like to take for the upcoming semester(s)
  4. Be sure to bring a pen with you to the workshop.

An advisor will meet with you individually during the workshop to verify your schedule, discuss your specific circumstances and make recommendations and/or referrals.

Student Advisement Handbook

The Student Advisement Handbook was created as a guide for students to familiarize themselves with the requirements that will help lead them to graduation. Links to the General Education Requirements, CPE, Writing Intensive, and Liberal Arts Requirements are provided by the handbook. The Student Advisement Handbook also provides general information about majors, minors, and other academic programs at York as well as links to Cardinal Check and other student services such as Career Services, Tutoring, and the Counseling Center.Advisement Handbook

Important Dates

The York College's Academic Calendar provides a complete list by semesters of all the current academic calendar, key dates, due dates, registration dates, payment, classes, applications and more.

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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center at York College supports the College’s mission by providing individualized, culturally sensitive services to students to enhance their educational, personal, and social growth. To accomplish this mission we provide counseling, academic support, and consultation to faculty and staff. We strive to provide opportunities for students to explore their identity, to reflect upon their place in the world, and to create change in their lives and that of their communities.

What is Counseling?

One of the primary purposes of counseling is to help students address problem areas and to make effective changes.

What kinds of problems are addressed at the counseling department?

Students come to the counseing center for a variety of concerns.  Some include academic problems, relationship problems, family problems or difficulties adjusting to college life.

Are the meetings confidential?

All counseling is held in the strictest confidence as mandated by law.  Student counseling records are kept separate from other college files.

Is there a fee for Counseling?

The counseling services at York College are free.

What are the qualifications of the counselors?

The counselors are licensed mental health professionals.

Do I need an appointment?

You are free to come to the Counseling Center on a walk-in basis. After the first meeting the counselor may suggest a follow-up appointment.

Who is eligible for services?

All current York College students are eligible for counseling.

Where is the Counseling Center located?

We are located in the Academic Core Building, Room 1G03.

What are the hours of the Counseling Center?

Fall 2014 Semester

  • Monday - 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday - 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday - 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday - 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday - 9:00am - 5:00pm

 How many times can I visit the Counseling Center? Can you provide me with referrals off campus?

Students are seen at the Counseling Center on a short-term basis.  Students who require long-term services will be referred for counseling in the community.

 The Counseling Center Staff

  • Director of Counseling - Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, Ph.D.
  • Manager of Veteran's Affairs/Student Psychological Counselor - Sidney Smith III, Ph.D.
  • Student Psychological Counselor - Jay L. Choi, Ph.D.
  • Student Psychological Counselor - Denise DiCupé, LCSW-R
  • Student Psychological Counselor - Gina Lipton, Ph.D.
  • Office Assistant - Fanny Gamboa

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Personal Counseling Services

Counseling is a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns, come to a greater understanding of yourself, and learn effective personal and interpersonal coping strategies. It involves a relationship between you and a counselor to help you accomplish your individual goals. Counseling involves sharing sensitive, personal, and private information that may at times be distressing. The outcome of counseling is often positive; however, the level of satisfaction for any individual is not predictable.

Confidentiality: All interactions with Counseling Services, including scheduling of or attendance at appointments, content of your sessions, progress in counseling, and your records are confidential.  You may request in writing that the counseling staff release specific information about your counseling to persons you designate.

Exceptions to Confidentiality:

  • The counseling staff works as a team.  Your therapist may consult with other counseling staff to provide the best possible care.
  • If there is imminet danger of harm to self and/or others, a therapist is legally required to report this information to authorities responsible for ensuring safety.
  • New York State law requires that staff of Counseling Services who learn of, or strongly suspect, physical or sexual abuse or neglect of any person under 18 years of age must report this information to child protective services.

Ulifeline: self-evaluator

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, onlince resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.  ULifeline is available where college students seek information the most - at their fingertips on the Internet.

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Coping with Natural Disasters, Traumas, & Losses

Coping, Disaster, Trauma, Loss, Grief

How to recover emotionally from natural disasters of hurricanes, earthquakes, and transportation accidents:

Recovering Emotionally from Disaster by American Psychological Association

How to cope with trauma:

Tips for College Students After Disaster and Other Trauma by SAMHSA

How to cope with a loss:

Coping with the loss by American Psychological Association

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Student Development Courses

SD110: Developing Coping Strategies for Academic Success

Intensive exploration of study skill techniques, career and vocational development, values formation, learning processes, and all arears pertinent to the college experience.

SD120: Individual Career Development

Intensive career exploration from theoretical, practical and personal perspectives; an examination of modes of career exploration and of alternate routes to the world of work; job search techniques; resume writing; the job interview.

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Student Handbook

The York College Student Handbook is an online pdf file of the actual Student Handbook. It contains information on York College policies and procedures, a guide to campus resources, and forms such as the student complaint form.

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Workshops and Events

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Study Skills Workshop

What is the best way to study?
When Sep 26, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where AC-1C02
Contact Name
Contact Phone 718-262-2272
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Learn how to get the most of your studying:
  • How to read effectively;
  • How to improve your math skills.

Come to the Study Skills Workshop!

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Division of Student Development

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Faculty Resources

Office of Counseling Center Resources for Faculty

Faculty Resources - Read More…

Student Self-Help Resources

The Counseling Center has identified a series of self help articles, brochures, and site links on a variety of topics of interest to students. These links include general information as well as helpful tips on dealing with the issues addressed.

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Ulifeline: Self-Evaluator

Ulifeline is an anonymous, confidential online resource center where college students can search for the information regarding mental health issues.

By completing the self-evalutor, you may find out whether your current experience, or that of someone that you are concerned about, is in need of attention by behavioral health professionals.

Ulifeline Self Evaluator

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Academic Probation Advisement

If you are currently on Academic Probation and would like to meet with a Counselor, please visit 1G03 during the times specified below:
















Prior to your meeting, please print out and complete this Academic Recovery Plan. Please remember to bring the completed form to your first meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us in 1G03 or at (718) 262-2272.

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Combating Sexual Assault and Other Unwelcome Sexual Behavior

CUNY is committed to preventing and addressing sexual harassment and sexual violence throughout the CUNY community. People at every level of CUNY and at every CUNY campus are working together to find effective ways to help students who have experienced sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and to foster a culture that does not tolerate unwelcome sexual behavior.

For more information, please click on the following links: Title IX (CUNY) ~ York Title IX

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Title IX Brochure

Under Title IX, our interest is to support our student population by providing education in the prevention of sexual harassment, offering as many support services as possible to students who are victims, and taking aggressive measures against perpetrators of violence.

Title IX Brochure - Read More…

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