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Student Counseling Services

Counseling is a beneficial service for all individuals. The goal of the Student Counseling Service is to assist students with academic, emotional, personal and relationship concerns that might be distressing or might interfere with educational progress and/or personal well being.

What is counseling?

Counseling is an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor who will collaborate with the client to assist them in leanring new skills, and/or a new way of looking at situations so that the client is more capable of solving their own problems in the future.

Counseling is for individuals with concerns such as:

  • Academic Counseling for issues including: motivation, time management, achievement, test taking skills, study skills, writing skills, note taking and reading skills
  • Personal Counseling for issues including: feelings of depression or anxiety, stress management, self-esteem, relationship issues, family concerns, adjustment to college life, identity development, grief and loss, issues related to diversity, and substance abuse
  • Career Counseling for issues including: career goals, resume writing, networking, interview skills, career interests, and career values

Who do I contact for counseling or a referral to a health care professional?

Michael Canzano, Student Affairs Counselor

Rutgers School of Health Professions

65 Bergen Street Suite 101

Newark, NJ 07101

P: (973) 972-8594

F: (973) 972-4369


Services Offered

Individual Counseling

Students meet one-on-one with a counselor to work through concerns. Short-term and long-term counseling options are available depending on the need of the student.

Telephone Counseling

Online students/distance learners as well as on-campus students are provided the opportunity to receive counseling over the telephone. Please call (973) 972-7939 Monday - Friday between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Voicemail messages will be returned as soon as possible.

Below are some examples of reasons to call the counselor:

  • difficulty coping with a heavy academic schedule.
  • overwhelming concerns related to academic and family responsibilities.
  • difficulty concentrating or studying.
  • assistance with an immediate personal problem.
  • considering withdrawing from your program.
  • feelings of discouragement and/or depression.
  • experiencing a difficulty with a professor.

Online Counseling

Online Counseling email:

This offers a unique opportunity for SHP students to talk with a counselor about their challenges and concerns. Students can email at their convenience. It is not uncommon for students to struggle with issues such as depression, anxiety, family or relationship difficulties, academic pressures or worries about the future. A counselor can assist students with their concerns, explore feelings, discuss options and strategies, and if needed or requested, refer them to additional counseling and mental health services on campus. 

Moodle Private Discussion Forum

For the convenience of our distance learners as well as traditional students, Online Counseling is available through Moodle. Students interested in receiving online counseling must register for the course through Angel. Once a student's name has been added to the online counseling course, they will be able to communicate with a counselor individually and /or in group sessions that are private and confidential.

Visit the additional websites below for student counseling information and self help resources

  • Visit for a confidential screening. The School of Health Professions has joined ULifeline to provide students with additional mental health information. Students concerned about mental health can download information about various mental illnesses, ask questions and seek help anonymously via the internet.

  • Visit, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) gives information about mental illnesses, support programs, treatments and local NAMI affiliates near you.

  • Visit for an expert-driven guide to understanding and preventing suicide among students.  The guide will help you better understand suicide and depression, how to recognize warning signs, and what you can do to intervene.

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