The Student Support Team is a part of the Division of Student Affairs at TC under the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. We operate as a central point of access to students regarding resources at TC, Columbia University, and external referrals related to student support. We provide support to connect students with appropriate services and referrals.
No. Eligible students should connect with Columbia University Counseling & Psychological Services for their mental health needs. The Student Support Team is a part of the Division of Student Affairs at Teachers College.
See our services page for more details about types of appointments that can be made with SSC.
CPS is the Counseling and Psychological Services center located on Columbia University’s main campus. CPS provides comprehensive services including counseling, individual therapy, psychiatric consultations, psychological evaluations, and support groups to all Columbia students, including to eligible students at Teachers College. As a general service for all Columbia schools, CPS is one of the main resources you can access through Columbia Health. There is a standard fee that you are automatically enrolled in for if you are a full-time, international, and/or living on-campus. Additionally, as a part-time student, you can enroll voluntarily during the semester.
Please schedule a wellness consult with Student Support Services for more information or clarification on these services.
Wellness consults are not therapy. These are 60-minute non-confidential appointments that are appropriate for students who wish to speak to a member of the team regarding the availability of a concrete wellness resource such as; locating a parenting support group, mediation center, nutritionist, or counseling center. If a student is interested in identifying the location of a wellness resource on- or off-campus for themselves or others they can meet with a staff member for a consult. During this appointment, our team may be able to provide students with answers to pressing wellness concerns.
Wellness consultationss focus on connecting students with concrete wellness resources such as: a counselor, a parenting support group, mediation center, a dietitian/nutritionist, or counseling center. If a student is interested in identifying the location of a wellness resource on or off-campus for themselves or others they can meet with a staff member for a consultation.
The SSC team does not currently offer short/long-term mental health counseling sessions. Instead, student who have limited/no access to long-term mental health care, or are waiting to be seen by long-term services but need immediate support may be eligible to complete a wellness intake and short-term wellness sessions. If you have questions about your eligibility, fill out the contact form to make an appointment for a wellness consult so you can discuss with a counselor your case and how best to support you.
All Teachers College students, regardless of current status, are encouraged to contact our team whenever they are struggling with something at Teachers College.
Information disclosed during consultations may be shared with other offices or departments involved in the referral process. For example, the Office of Residential Services may obtain information relating to roommate conflicts. Our team is a non-confidential resource at Teachers College. Since we are not providing mental health services, we cannot guarantee confidentiality. We will, however, respect students' privacy as much as we are able to.
Our office is open from Monday-Friday from 9-5pm. Our consultation hours during spring 2021 are primarily scheduled on Mondays 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, and Thursdays from 11am-1pm. While our office at TC is located at 528 West 121st St., room 166, our services at this time are conducted entirely remotely.
To schedule an appointment please fill out the contact form. Our team will respond within the week to confirm your appointment.
When we're closed, you can find on our website (resource section) some helpful phone numbers of after-hours and 24/7 mental health support.
If you're experiencing suicidal ideations or feel an emergency crisis, please dial 911 or visit the nearest hospital. We are unable to provide any kind of emergency services and to operate or respond within 24hrs. For more information on emergencies, check our Emergencies section.