Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
a division of Hudson Valley Community College
Support Services

Counseling Services

The EOC's Counselors work diligently to give each student the greatest chance at achieving success throughout their enrollment. Returning to school brings stressful and uncomfortable feelings to most adults. Counselors try to insure that students gain the academic, social, and emotional support needed to successfully complete their program of choice. EOC's Counseling Services include the following:

  • Assessment of Student Interests and Abilities
  • Personal Counseling and Problem Solving
  • Day to Day Support - to assist in successful program completion
  • Community Agency Referral
  • Assistance with High School Equivalency (HSE) Applications
  • Assistance with College Applications, Financial Aid
  • General College Information

Questions About Counseling Services

What is Counseling?
Counseling is working on personal growth, on problem solving and on decision making. It is an opportunity to benefit from working on issues with an experienced, professional helper. The counseling relationship is one that is non-judgmental, objective, understanding, confidential and focused on the individual's concerns.

What can I talk about in Counseling?
Some concerns often brought to counselors are: developing self-confidence; managing stress; making life, career, and educational decisions; discussing barriers to succeeding in your program; problems in personal and family relationships; referral for other professional services; issues regarding alcohol and other drug abuse; violence in relationships; harassment and financial survival while returning to school. Students should feel comfortable bringing to the attention of the counselor any subject that may be affecting their attendance or performance at the EOC. For those areas that may fall outside a counselor's expertise, referrals are made to other organizations and providers that can best help the student.

Where can I find my Counselor?
Each counselor has a private office where you may confidentially discuss issues and concerns. Counselors also visit classrooms regularly and confer with faculty regarding attendance issues and behavioral adjustments of students.

When is Counseling available?
Counseling is available Monday through Friday during the day between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the EOC's facilities in Albany and Troy. It is best if an appointment is made with the Counselor to insure that you will have sufficient time to talk. Counselors are available before, after and in-between classes to make appointments.

Is Counseling Confidential?
Counseling sessions and their content are confidential, consistent with the legal obligations of the Counselor and regulatory requirements. When there is a clear and imminent danger to the individual or others, the Counselor will take reasonable action and or inform the authorities, as required by law. Consultation with other Counselors or the Student Services Coordinator may occur to insure the best possible service by the Counselor. These conversations are professional in nature and therefore also confidential.