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Counseling and Wellness

Berkeley College values its students and is committed to providing resources and support for the “whole student.” Our counseling services exist to collaborate with faculty and staff to maintain student wellness and facilitate student success. We approach each individual holistically, helping each student achieve a healthy balance in his or her many life roles and assisting in the successful transition into college and through graduation. Counseling services are offered at all on-site and online campuses. Call or stop by to schedule an appointment.

Services for Students

Supportive counseling services are available to help students:

  • Clarify goals
  • Learn to make effective life choices
  • Overcome problems
  • Achieve more satisfying relationships
  • Improve academic performance

At no additional cost, students can meet with trained counselors in a safe and confidential environment. No record of counseling is maintained in students’ academic files.

Reasons Students Seek Counseling

Students seek out Counseling Services for a variety of reasons. The most common include:

  • Adjustment concerns
  • Anxiety (excess worry or panic)
  • Career uncertainty or exploration
  • Cultural differences and adjustment
  • Crisis or emergency situations
  • Depression, loneliness, or sadness
  • Eating disorders
  • Family difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • LGBT issues
  • Managing conflict or anger
  • Sexual harassment or assault
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, smoking)
  • Stress
  • Violence (physical, sexual, verbal)
  • Disability support


All interactions with Counseling Services are confidential. No record of counseling is contained in any academic or job placement file. You may request in writing that the counseling staff release specific information to a third party.


  • A counselor may consult with other Student Development counselors to provide the best possible care. These consultations are for professional and training purposes.
  • A counselor believes that the individual may harm himself/herself, another person, or school property; break the law; or violate Berkeley College policies.
  • A counselor suspects that a person under the age of 18 or an elder is being abused.

Wellness Programs

Check out your campus calendar of events for our wellness programs. Programs include:

  • REAL Talk (honest talk about difficult topics)
  • Wellness Fairs (massage therapist, aromatherapy, Ask the Sexpert, substance use information, healthy eating)
  • The Clothesline Project (a visual display of T-shirts that bears witness to violence against women)
  • The Hope Quilt for victims of violence

Contact Information

Alexandra Sabal Farah, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4263

Alexandra Sabal Farah, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4263

Sarah Nickerson, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4217

Amanda Frey, Personal Counselor
973-642-3888 ext. 6183

Katherine Wu, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 1394

Santa Rock, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 6402

Santa Rock, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 6402

Diane Georges, Director of Personal Counseling and ADA Coordinator
212-986-4343 ext. 4216

Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling
973-278-5400 ext. 1320

Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling
973-278-5400 ext. 1320

Sheri Burkat, Personal Counselor
973-278-5400 ext. 1321