Health, Counseling, and Wellness

Be well. 

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. With a holistic approach, we help each student achieve a healthy balance in his or her many life roles, assisting in the successful transition into college and all the way to graduation. Counseling services are offered at all on-site and online campuses. Call or stop by to schedule an appointment. 

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

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

Confidentiality

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.

EXCEPTIONS TO CONFIDENTIALITY

  • 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.

Contact Information

Brooklyn
Alexandra Sabal Farah, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4263
Alexandr-Farah@BerkeleyCollege.edu 

New York City
Alexandra Sabal Farah, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4263
Alexandr-Farah@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Sarah Nickerson, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4217
Sarah-Nickerso@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Newark
Amanda Frey, Personal Counselor
973-642-3888 ext. 6183
AJF@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Online
Katherine Wu, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 1394
KNW@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Santa Rock, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 6402
SGR@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Paramus
Santa Rock, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 6402
SGR@BerkeleyCollege.edu

White Plains
Diane Georges, Director of Personal Counseling and ADA Coordinator
212-986-4343 ext. 4216
Diane-Georges@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Woodbridge

Amanda Frey, Personal Counselor
973-642-3888 ext. 6183
AJF@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Woodland Park
Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling
973-278-5400 ext. 1320
SEC@BerkeleyCollege.edu 

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

Health and Wellness

The Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life (SDCL) is the link to information on health matters. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being proactive to prevent illness can help keep students on track with their studies, work responsibilities, and personal obligations.

Immunization Requirements

Berkeley College students must comply with the immunization requirements for vaccination.

Tips for College Health and Safety

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that causes fever and a rash. It is spread by contact with an infected person, through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms typically appear 10 to 12 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, runny nose, wet/watery eyes, spots on the gums and inside of the cheeks, and a rash of red spots on the face that spreads over the entire body.

Signs and symptoms of the measles can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Spots on the gums and inside of cheeks
  • Rash of red spots on the face that spreads over entire body

Additional Information and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cases and Outbreaks
New York State Department of Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New Jersey State Department of Health

Influenza (Flu) 

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. To learn more about germ prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.

Get your flu shot today! Find a flu clinic by clicking on the links below:
New York flu shot locator
New Jersey flu shot locator

Signs and symptoms of the flu may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children)

To read more about the flu, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.

Meningitis 

Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis is contagious and spreads through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. College students, especially first-year college students living in residence halls, are at a slightly increased risk compared with other persons of the same age.

Signs and symptoms of meningitis may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache or stiff neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Altered mental status (confusion)

To read the Berkeley College Immunization Policy, click here.

For more information about meningitis, visit https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis.

Counseling Services 

Berkeley College values its students and is committed to providing resources and support for the “whole student.” Our counseling services team collaborates 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.

Professional counselors are available to help students deal with a range of social, emotional, or academic issues and concerns on a short-term basis. Counseling may be provided individually or within a group. When appropriate, students may be referred for outside treatment. If you are in need of support, we encourage you to visit our office. If you are concerned about another student, walk him or her to your campus Counseling Office to meet with a counselor. Do not leave him or her alone.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Personal Counselor at your location:

Berkeley College Online® – Katherine Wu, KNW@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Brooklyn – Alexandra Sabal Farah, Alexandr-Farah@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Midtown Manhattan – Alexandra Sabal Farah, Alexandr-Farah@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Newark – Amanda Frey, AJF@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Paramus – Santa Rock, SGR@BerkeleyCollege.edu
White Plains – Diane Georges, Diane-Georges@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Woodbridge – Sandra Coppola, SEC@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Woodland Park – Sandra Coppola, SEC@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Please consult the Berkeley College Privacy Policy for more information.

 

EMERGENCY RESOURCES AVAILABLE 24/7

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, having thoughts of death or suicide, or is otherwise in a crisis situation, contact one of the following emergency resources:

Call 9-1-1 immediately or go to your local emergency room

NJ Hope line Suicide Prevention Hotline (NJ)
1-855-654-6735
www.njhopeline.com

The Samaritan’s 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (NY)
1-212-673-3000
https://samaritansnyc.org/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (National)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)