More Ways Than One to Address Student Issues

By taking time out for counseling with one of our professional counselors, you have the opportunity to enhance your quality of life, as you work through personal challenges. Counseling can help you improve your self esteem, cope with challenging experiences or overcome self defeating behavior(s). Counseling may also help to improve your life skills and your relationship skills, as well as enhance your ability to perform to your potential.

Individual counseling

You will meet with a professional counselor for confidential one-on-one counseling, on a short-term basis, to discuss concerns. The first meeting is called an Intake Session, in which students meet with a professional counselor for approximately 20 minutes to briefly discuss concerns, goals for future counseling appointments and to determine the services needed to assist you in achieving your goals. Subsequent sessions last between 50-60 minutes with your permanent counselor.

Group counseling

Many students benefit from meeting with other students dealing with similar issues/concerns. The Counseling Center offers group counseling opportunities each semester, based upon student need. Students may contact the Counseling Center to inquire about the groups being offered.


Our professional counselors are available to consult with you about any situation(s) of concern. Sometimes you may want to speak with someone before making an appointment or before determining what you may need. We are also available for consultation on how to help a friend or acquaintance who might be having a problem. Please feel free to consult with our counselors, either by phone (716-888-2620) or in person (Bosch 105).


Professional counselors may meet with students involved in conflict i.e. roommates, friends, partners. All parties must be Canisius College students and must be willing to participate in a one-on-one mediation.

Medication Evaluations

The Counseling Center can refer students off campus to our collaborating psychiatrist for medication evaluations. Due to the limited availability, these referrals are available only to students assessed by the Counseling Center staff to be in urgent need. If you think you may benefit from medication, please call the Counseling Center for an appointment with a counselor.

Educational outreach and workshops

The Counseling Center provides prevention education and outreach to the entire campus community on relevant mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and stress.