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Counseling Services

COVID-19 Psychological Services Network

In response to COVID-19, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) will offer phone and telepsychology services to help members of our community obtain short term supportive therapy or facilitate referral to therapists in our network.

If you need to speak with someone about how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted you, please go to the COVID-19 Psychological Services Network website and complete an online referral form.


Rutgers Health is proud to announce the launch of a new confidential staff, faculty and family support line: Rutgers4U (1-855-652-6819).

  • This support line will be operational Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Hours will expand to 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week, as staffing permits.
  • During the off-hours, a voicemail box will be established to allow callers to leave their contact information for a follow up the next morning.​

This support line offers emotional and therapeutic support during and following the COVID-19 pandemic to Rutgers staff, faculty members and their families. It is intended to offer quick access to professional resources to help reduce the stress, anxiety, feelings of depression and other challenges experienced by the staff, faculty and families of Rutgers University.

The line, which is organized and implemented by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), with the assistance of Rutgers School of Social Work and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will be staffed by licensed clinicians who will conduct an initial assessment and will provide a brief clinical intervention. During this first encounter the clinician will determine if additional individual or family therapy tele-mental health sessions would be beneficial, with a transfer to the UBHC Access Center for appointment scheduling.

Managing the Stress

When an employee’s job ends involuntarily, it’s normal to feel a sense of loss and take time to begin to heal. See the tips below on handling the grieving process and managing the stress of a job loss:

  • Shock, denial, anger, resistance, sadness, and acceptance: It’s shocking when you get the message and it takes time to absorb the reality of this news. Thoughts of anger are common and a normal part of the grief process.
  • It’s okay to experience feelings of sadness, but you may want to withdraw after a job loss, if you feel yourself becoming depressed getting professional help is critical to your health and effectiveness in finding a job.
  • Everyone handles loss and grief in our own way and come to acceptance to move on. Just remember to be patient with the process and with yourself.
  • Share your feelings with trusted family and friends
  • Join a job seeker’s support group
  • Utilize the networking resources available to you
  • Do what you can and accept what you cannot change
  • Take care of your health

Counseling Services and Resources

  • Legacy UMDNJ Employee Assistance Program:
  • Roadmap to Well-Being in Your Job Search: Webinars hosted by the New Start Career Network explore strategies and ideas for addressing the emotional and mental issues of job search and career transition.
  • #weRUnited: Explore the #weRUnited website which features inspirational stories and resources, as well as a tribute video that illustrates how Rutgers is connecting in new ways, making new discoveries, and changing the world.