SEEK Wellness Services

Acutely aware that mental health and wellness are priorities during these socially distant times, the QC SEEK Program has developed Wellness Services to provide individual counseling, wellness workshops, and support groups for students.

Fall 2022 Hours of Operation:
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, by appointment
Note: Appointments will be available both virtually and in-person. 

Questions? Contact us at qcseekwellness@gmail.com 

Individual Wellness

Interested in accessing counseling services? Complete the form below and a member of the Wellness Team will follow-up with you via email with instructions on how to schedule an appointment. 


Wellness Workshops

Navigating life can be stressful (especially these days!). Join us for the SEEK Wellness when we will host workshops that are designed to help you figure out ways to navigate relationships, build healthy communication skills, and cope with problems that are outside of your control. 

For the Fall 2022 semester, our wellness workshops will take place on the following Wednesdays during free hour (12:15 – 1:30 PM). Click the workshop titles below for a description and Zoom registration link!

Weekly Wellness Support Group

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Wellness Team

Maryanne Chester

SEEK Counseling

Gaslin Osias

SEEK COUNSELING

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Janay Salcedo-Kinsey

WELLNESS Intern

Janay (she/ella/her) is a 3rd year dual degree graduate student at the Silberman School of Social Work and Union Theological Seminary pursuing her Masters in Social Work alongside her Masters of Divinity. She graduated with her BA in Judaic Studies/Anthropology from The City College of New York, CUNY. She is from Washington Heights, and currently resides in Astoria, Queens. Her clinical interests are in  mental health from a decolonial perspective alongside our intersectional identities and how spirituality/religion play a role in our holistic health journeys and stories of resilience we tell of ourselves and of our collective communities. She loves history, storytelling, and any chance to go  hiking/camping.

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Ravana Maharaj

WELLNESS INTERN

Ravana is a first year graduate student pursuing her masters degree in social work at Silberman school of social work at Hunter College. She is also a graduate of queens college with her bachelors in sociology. She was born and raised in Queens, New York where she found her love for social work because of the melting pot of cultures that surrounded her. Ravana is interested in working with young adults in underserved communities. She works in hopes to break the stigma surrounding mental illness in communities of color. She believes that your mind is your first temple and it is important we serve our internal mental health as much as our physical external health. Ravana also enjoys creativity in all its forms. She loves poetry, and, literature and has a deep appreciation for expression through art. Ravana’s core values include transparency, compassion and integrity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few examples of situations/issues when counseling can be helpful:
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Conflict with family (responsibilities at home, saying no to parents, etc.)
  • Conflict with friends or difficulty making friends
  • Romantic relationships (conflict with a partner, how to navigate dating or sex, etc.)
  • Academic concerns (stress, time management, etc.)
  • Self-care (e.g., sleep, exercise, negative thinking, etc.)
  • Coping with the pandemic
  • Concerns/questions related to race, gender, immigration status, socioeconomic status, etc.
  • Wanting a space to vent and figure things out
  • Not having other adults in your life who can help or whom you can talk to freely

Counseling or therapy is a private and confidential space for you to discuss anything that’s on your mind or that you’re struggling with. Your Wellness Counselor is not an authority figure or an expert. They are there to listen to you and offer suggestions, but you will take the lead. You both will work together to come up with solutions that suit you best. Counseling involves change and growth and therefore, it requires effort and can often feel uncomfortable. However, it should also ultimately make it easier to face your challenges and help you feel better. Your Wellness Counselor should make you feel comfortable, safe, and not judged for anything. 

You don’t have to be struggling a lot or have a really big problem to seek counseling. Depending on what you’re dealing with and how much support you would like, you and your counselor can meet once a week, or more often if required. After your first appointment, you can decide if you would like to continue counseling.

This process can help you with:

  • managing stress
  • processing emotions
  • problem-solving
  • decision-making
  • goal-setting
  • changing habits or patterns
  • or simply having someone to talk to

At times, you may want to see someone more immediately to talk about something that’s happened or you may be on the fence about making an appointment. These drop-in hours are a space where you can sign on via Zoom and have a one-on-one, 20-minute conversation with a member of the Wellness Team. It’s quick, it’s confidential, and it gives you a chance to see what counseling might be like! 

This is on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait to be let into the Zoom room if the Wellness Counselor is already speaking with someone else. In that case, you will have to patiently wait in the virtual waiting room and we will see you as soon as we can! Please note that drop-in hours are not a substitute for counseling and this service is not appropriate for emergency situations.

You can access the Crisis Text Line which is a free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text CUNY to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Click HERE for more details on how it works & other frequently asked questions

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