Counseling Services

The King’s College Counseling Services assists students with any concerns relating to health and wellness. Our philosophy takes a holistic approach, considering the mental, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual wellbeing of each student. We seek to provide a safe, nonjudgmental place where students can explore personal issues and talk openly about their thoughts and feelings. We respect the unique makeup of each person, including background, beliefs, values, life experiences and counseling needs.

Counseling is for Everyone

Anyone can benefit from counseling — you don’t have to be in the middle of a crisis. Preventative care is often best and attending to emotional health is a necessary part of life.

Students seek counseling for various reasons, including:

  • trouble adjusting to college life
  • coping with stress
  • depression or anxiety
  • lack of motivation or focus
  • food and body image concerns
  • conflicted relationships
  • healing from past hurt or trauma
  • experiencing a crisis or loss
  • concerns related to sexuality
  • self-harming behavior
  • alcohol or drug abuse
  • thoughts of death or suicide

What is confidentiality?

All therapeutic services at The King’s College are confidential. This means that nothing a student shares is repeated to anyone outside of Counseling Services, unless the student provides permission in the form of signed consent. This includes a student’s name, identifying information and anything pertaining to the counseling relationship.

Are there limits to confidentiality?

Yes. There are situations in which we are required by law and/or professional ethics to release information. This includes:

  • Our assessment that a student may be a danger to himself or others.
  • Our assessment that a child or elder is being abused, neglected or exploited.
  • Requirement to present records or information as a part of a legal proceeding.

If any of these situations arise, our staff will make every effort to discuss with the student what steps will be taken.

Are my counseling records a part of my permanent file?

No. No information about your contact with Counseling Services is kept in your permanent academic or financial record.

Scheduling an Appointment  

Your first appointment is an initial assessment, where the goal is to thoughtfully consider your concerns and goals. At this meeting, you can expect your counselor to ask questions that will help explore your situation and background while providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to share.  Together, you will consider counseling options that best suit your needs.

You can schedule an initial assessment by emailing counseling@tkc.edu.

If your concern is urgent but not life-threatening, you may contact the College Emergency Phones for assistance: Financial District (646) 242-4411, Clark Street (646) 770-5577 or Midtown (917) 346-9157. You may also call 1-800-LIFENET (543-3638), a free confidential New York City hotline staffed by mental health professionals. For life threatening situations, call 911 immediately.


At times, a counselor may recommend off campus services if this best suits a student’s needs.  In these situations, the counselor will provide specific referral information.  Some students may also seek off campus services due to personal preference.  In this is the case, our Referral List (link referral PDF) can be a good place to start.  Please contact counseling@tkc.edu if you would like help with a specific recommendation.

How do I choose a counselor or therapist?

Basic factors to consider when choosing a counselor or therapist include cost/session fees, counseling goals, gender preference, if applicable, and whether integration of faith matters to you.  In addition, you may benefit from specialized services, especially if dealing with concerns such as addiction, substance dependence, eating disorders, sexual assault and/or other trauma.  You may ask a therapist about his or her specializations and counseling approach before engaging in treatment.  Ultimately, choosing a therapist is a personal decision and must be the right fit for you.

Will my health insurance pay for off campus counseling?

It depends on your insurance plan and who you see. 

Insurance companies typically have in-network providers (e.g. counselors/therapists, psychiatrists), whose services are available at no or low cost.  You  may contact your insurance company for a list of providers or visit www.zocdoc.com, where you can search providers by insurance/location and view patient ratings.

Some insurance plans also provide out-of-network benefits.  This means that you can see a provider who is not in-network and still receive some monetary reimbursement, often after a deductible is met. 

Contact your insurance company to find out the specifics of your plan.

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