Personal Counseling

Personal counseling is:

  • A cooperative venture between the counselor and you to help you resolve a personal problem.
  • A positive step when you are concerned or stumped about what to do.
  • An educational and growth-oriented experience.
  • Short term, with clear purposes, to help you take charge of your life.

Students face a variety of challenges which affect their personal growth, emotional well-being, and success in college. Conflicts and problems often arise which prevent students from reaching their full potential. Students may find that their usual ways of handling problems aren't working well for some reason. They may find, for example, that talking to friends or relatives about their concerns does not seem particularly helpful in the long run.

The professional counselors in the Counseling Center can help students identify, understand, and develop skills to resolve their personal concerns. Counseling is an educational process which enables a student to learn more about himself or herself. It is a chance to talk over what is on your mind with an objective person who can help you learn new skills and new ways of looking at situations, so that you will be more capable of solving future problems on your own.

Students often seek counseling to:

  • increase self-confidence, assertiveness, and self-esteem
  • control test anxiety or cope more effectively with stress
  • deal with problems involving alcohol or drug use
  • develop more satisfying relationships and better communication skills
  • deal with issues of grief, trauma, or loss
  • overcome procrastination or other self-defeating habits and behaviors

The College recognizes the relationship between personal development, emotional wellness, and success in academic pursuits. MCC's counseling program is designed to support and assist students who have personal issues which impede their academic success by offering crisis intervention, brief solution-oriented counseling, and referrals to other agencies, services, or professonals in the Rochester area.

There is no fee charged to MCC students for counseling services.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call 585-292-2030 or at the Damon City Campus call 585-262-1753.

What to do in a mental health emergency

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