Baruch’s Counseling Center offers support to students during COVID-19 pandemic


Rachel Mirakova | The Ticker

Anacaona Rodriguez

“These free sessions will offer a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental space for students to process the current health crisis and learn concrete coping skills,” the Counseling Center’s website says. “During sessions, students can learn helpful information, reduce distress, and realize that they are not alone in their feelings of isolation, stress, and anxiety.”

This week, Robin and Deitchman spoke to students about ways in which students can be kind to themselves. One theme brought up was acceptance or acknowledging a difficult situation with care and thoughtfulness.

Tuesday sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. are open to all students, while Thursday sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. are reserved for international students attending Baruch.

Doctor Teresa Hurst, the director of Baruch’s Counseling Center, described to The Ticker why these sessions are important to offer to students.

“The pandemic is causing anxiety, depression and stress among many students, especially international students who are away from their families,” she said.

Hurst also mentioned the impact of loss of loved ones on students.