University Counseling Center
Effective March 20, 2020, the University Counseling Center will cease in-office therapy sessions.
We came to this decision following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health experts. It’s crucial during this time of uncertainty with Covid-19 that we protect you and our employees. The CDC guidelines suggest that we isolate and create social distance.
We will be offering virtual therapy sessions to full-time students. You can have your services in the comfort of your home or other identified place. You will need internet access and a device that has a camera—Cell phone, tablet, or computer. Very much like in-person sessions, you will call 585-275-3113 and schedule an in-take appointment with a therapist and at the time of your appointment you will be sent a link to access the video session. There are intake forms and a teletherapy consent form found in your UHS connect account. You will need to complete those forms before the start of your session to consent to this modality of treatment.
We ask that you identify a private place for your session where you feel safe sharing confidential information without being interrupted.
For our students who reside outside of the Rochester area you can search ThrivingCampus.com to identify a therapist in your area. If you have any questions about connecting to a therapist in your area, you can call 585-275-3113 and schedule an appointment with a case manager.
UR students, staff and faculty
If you are a University of Rochester student, or concerned about a University of Rochester student, who is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the University Counseling Center (UCC) Professional On-Call at (585) 275-3113
If you have someone you are concerned about, remember that UCC is available for consults 24/7, just call us (585) 275-3113, or make use of the CARE Network to help someone get connected to all the support and UR services they need!
We invite you to learn more about UCC by exploring this website and by calling or visiting us.
UCC has partnered with ThrivingCampus to make it easier for students to learn more about community mental health providers and access treatment off campus. ThrivingCampus is an online directory that allows UR students to access a list of off-campus, licensed mental health clinicians. Go to rochester.thrivingcampus.com or make an appointment for an Initial Assessment with one of our therapists for assistance. The website also includes resources to assist students through the process of securing off-campus outpatient care.
If you are a provider and wish to participate in the University of Rochester Thriving Campus site, please use this link: Thriving Campus – for providers to create a new free account or to update your existing account.
TeleMental Health Appointment Information
UCC is providing virtual therapy sessions for full time students and other members of the University of Rochester community who pay the mandatory health fee. Based on an initial contact, a treatment plan is developed by the clinician that addresses our client’s unique needs and concerns. This plan may include recommendations such as, but not limited to: group therapy, workshops, brief therapy, referrals to community provider for specialized treatment or longer term therapy services, Therapist Assisted On-line (TAO), case management services, psychiatry or other campus services.
Please complete the following steps before your first scheduled appointment or your first visit of the academic year. The steps will take approximately 30 minutes to complete so we encourage you to do them prior to your appointment to maximize the time you have with your therapist.
Step 1: Sign up for UHSConnect
If you haven’t already, please sign up for UHSConnect prior to your first visit. The UHSConnect portal is the only secure way to allow communication between your UCC therapist and you as well as your UHS providers.
You will need to fill out the following online forms:
- Telemental Health Consent
- UCC Consent for Treatment
- UR Counseling Center Student Information From
Step 3: Your therapist will contact you with information on how to access the HIPAA compliant video meeting.
Release of Information:
If you are asked to fill out a Release of Information, please download and fill out one of the above files.
When complete, you can fax or mail to the number/address on the top of the form or scan the document and email to the University Counseling Center; this is a secure email box
UHS and UCC do not provide disability accommodation evaluations and recommendations. Please go to the Office of Disability Resources for more information on academic, housing and dining accommodations.