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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers confidential mental health support designed to help you process and problem-solve regarding issues that may be affecting your quality of life and ability to learn.

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Our 35+ professional therapists include psychologists and clinical social workers from diverse cultural and clinical backgrounds who are trained and experienced in dealing with the wide range of mental health concerns faced by college students. Counselors work closely with our on-staff psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners to support students who may need medication evaluation and management.

Care during COVID-19

We are currently providing individual counseling by telehealth video appointment, conducted by secure Zoom platform through our patient portal, myCornellHealth. For students with privacy concerns, other forms of secure communication may be available (i.e., Zoom chat functionality or secure messaging).

First-time counseling appointments are 25 minutes long. Follow-up appointments may be 25 minutes or 50 minutes.

Eligibility: Counseling is available to students in Ithaca, as well as elsewhere in New York State. (Learn about services available to students outside Ithaca.)

Cost: There is no copay/chargefor telehealth services for students who are enrolled in a Cornell Student Health Plan (SHP or SHP+) or who pay the Student Health Fee.

Appointments

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To schedule an appointment: Please call us during business hours at 607-255-5155 to learn about options for care, and to schedule appointments.

Before your appointment: Be sure to complete any required pre-appointment questionnaires prior to your appointment. Questionnaires can be found by logging in to in to myCornellHealth and selecting “Messages.”

  • Zoom appointments: Please log in at least five minutes early to allow time to complete a brief survey before your appointment. (See “How do I access my telehealth appointment?” below.)

  • All appointments: To get the most out of your appointment, find a private location where you can speak confidentially with your counselor without being overheard or disturbed. (See “How do I get the most out of my telehealth appointment?” below for more tips and considerations.)

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment: Please do so before 8:30 am on the day of your appointment by calling us during business hours at 607-255-5155, or logging in to myCornellHealth (select “Appointments”).

FAQs

May I request a specific counselor?

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Yes, you may request a specific counselor, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. You can view our counselor bios here.

At any time – whether you've met with a counselor once, or many times – you may request to see a different provider.

If you would like assistance being matched with a counselor with a specific specialty area, please call us during business hours at 607-255-5155 (#2).

What is CAPS' treatment approach?

We take a goal-oriented and collaborative approach to counseling and mental health treatment. Our goal is to help students improve their lives by focusing on the change each individual wants to make, and then using our expertise to help them achieve it. We strive to provide immediate, meaningful care focused on what your needs are right from the very first session, and we have a range of follow-up options available for you to choose from based on your unique situation.

Your first visit will be a 25-minute counseling session. During that appointment, your provider will focus on learning about your goals for treatment and meeting your immediate needs, and will then make a recommendation about next steps (more 25-minute sessions scheduled as needed, 25- or 50-minute follow-up sessions with a specific counselor, group counseling, psychiatry, behavior health consultation, or other Cornell Health, campus, or community resources).

Are my telehealth appointments confidential?

Yes. Your telehealth appointment will be conducted by Zoom (accessed by logging in to myCornellHealth), by telephone, or by secure messaging – all of which are secure and confidential means of communication.

To get the most out of your appointment, find a private location where you can speak confidentially with your counselor without being overheard or disturbed. If you live with others, ask them to respect your privacy during your appointment. To increase confidentiality, some clients find it helpful to wear headphones, use a fan or other form of white noise, or find a location outside of their home to talk, such as their car.

How do I access my telehealth appointment?

Zoom appointments:

Please log in at least five minutes early to allow time to complete a brief survey before your appointment. Log in to myCornellHealth and follow these instructions:

(1) Check in for your appointment – Go to “Appointments” and click “Appointment Check In.”
(2) Complete your survey – After you check in, go to “Surveys” in the menu bar and complete the Wellbeing Assessment survey.
(3) Start your Zoom session – Return to the “Appointments” page and click “Join Meeting.”

Phone appointments:

Your health care provider will call you at the phone number you provided when you scheduled your appointment.

How do I make the most of my telehealth appointment?

Your telehealth appointment will be conducted by Zoom (accessed by logging in to myCornellHealth), by telephone, or by secure messaging – all of which are secure and confidential means of communication.

To get the most out of your appointment, find a private location where you can speak confidentially with your counselor without being overheard or disturbed. If you live with others, ask them to respect your privacy during your appointment. To increase confidentiality, some clients find it helpful to wear headphones, use a fan or other form of white noise, or find a location outside of their home to talk, such as their car.

Before your visit, take the time to consider these questions:

  • What prompted you to make an appointment now?
  • What are the concerns for which you are making the appointment? (e.g., I’m having trouble fitting in; I need some support and strategies to address my isolation.)
  • What is your goal for the visit?
  • What do you think might help?
  • Once things get better, what will you notice that you are doing differently?

For more ideas, see Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Therapy from GoodTherapy.

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As a plastic surgeon who specialises in reconstructing the facial features of children affected by birth defects, I see daily the differences that hi-tech medicine can make to young lives.

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But since volunteering to help with the Covid-19 vaccination programme, I've been reminded of how something as simple and as quick as a jab can also be of huge benefit.

At the centre set up at a London hospital where I gave up to 80 vaccinations in a day, I saw many elderly people who have not left their homes since last March.

For them, the jab offers some hope that this may change and they are so grateful to the dedicated staff and volunteers who work from 8am to 7pm with a break of only half an hour.

© Provided by Daily Mail Barry Jones (pictured) is a consultant plastic surgeon and volunteered to help with the vaccination. Ever since the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the beginning of December, we have been told that its 95 per cent efficacy rate depends on two doses being given, three weeks apart

But I am concerned that their efforts may be undermined by the sudden about-turn in vaccination policy outlined by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, earlier this week.

Ever since the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the beginning of December, we have been told that its 95 per cent efficacy rate depends on two doses being given, three weeks apart.

But now it has been decided that the priority will be to give as many people as possible a first dose, with the second dose not needed until as many as 12 weeks later.

In explaining the strategy, Professor Van-Tam has asserted that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 89 per cent effective in the period from 15 to 21 days after the first dose. This rises to 95 per cent after the second dose.

His argument, eloquently put as always, goes as follows: 'If a family has two elderly grandparents and there are two vaccines available, isn't it better to give both 89 per cent protection, rather than to give one 95 per cent protection with two quick doses and the other grandparent no protection at all?'

I understand the wish to vaccinate as many people as soon as possible and if these figures are correct, you would have no argument from me.

However, both Pfizer and BioNTech, the manufacturers, have stressed that the only trial to date of the new vaccine used a regime of two doses separated by 21 days. This clearly showed that maximum immunity (95 per cent) was not reached until seven days after the second dose.

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There is no data for any other regime and the only figure for interim immunity quoted in Pfizer/BioNTech's paper (published in the New England Journal of Medicine) was 52 per cent approximately 14 days after the first dose.

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There is a big difference between 52 per cent and 89 per cent. Although a subsequent analysis of the figures from the US Food and Drug Administration does quote an efficacy of 88.9 per cent after the first dose, it also states: 'This cannot support a conclusion on the efficacy of a single dose of the vaccine, because the time of observation is limited by the fact that most of the participants received a second dose after three weeks.


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'The trial did not have a single-dose arm to make an adequate comparison.'

With the greatest respect to everybody concerned, the 89 per cent figure is an assumption based on retrospective analysis of data – and yet it is repeated in the paper published by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on December 31, the very document on which the new change in policy has been based.

I am far from alone in questioning this. Indeed, the FDA itself has demanded that the vaccination protocol should not be changed without another clinical trial.

'Without appropriate data supporting such changes in vaccine administration, we run a significant risk of placing public health at risk,' FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn said last week.

And the European Medicines Agency has also demanded more clinical data before such a change is made.

As a clinician who has conducted many trials myself, I agree.

The only way we can be sure that the change proposed by Professor Van-Tam is the right move is to commission a new study comparing the efficacy of a second dose given at 21 days to that delivered at 12 weeks.

Until more is known, there is the possibility that the proposed variance from the stated dose will provide inadequate immunity to many patients and frontline workers and, worse, may potentially waste the first dose completely.

In addition, patients who have already had a first dose gave their consent specifically for a two-dose regime separated by 21 days.

It was emphasised to them how important it was that they returned for the second dose. Now it is proposed that the second appointment be cancelled.

Informed consent is a cornerstone of medical practice and it would not usually be considered ethical or lawful to vary from it without very good reason.

Yes, it is important that we roll out the vaccine programme as quickly as possible, but over the last nine months, we have been told time and time again that we should follow the science.

And the science in relation to this vaccine says two doses separated by 21 days.

It may be that Professor Van-Tam and his colleagues have access to data that the rest of us do not. If so, they should publish it.

Until then, I remain concerned that we are in danger of doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons.

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