About Us

At the Counseling Center, we dedicate ourselves to providing students with support, education, and advocacy for their personal and academic success. We are especially committed to promoting each student's ability to live and work in a diverse society. Through our unique position in the college, we foster the holistic development of students through self-awareness, emotional support, and community involvement.

If you think you could benefit from counseling or mental health services, call (716) 878-4436 and schedule a phone screening to help identify what services could be helpful to you. A first phone screening appointment should be available to you within the week.

The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Charlene Vetter

Welcome to the Counseling Center

From the Clinical Manager

"College is a time of transitions. Whether you are coming to Buffalo State College as a First Year student directly from high school or returning to your education after some time, these transitions can be stressful.

Academic, financial, social, and family stress can impact you and your ability to reach your goals. As an integral part of the SUNY Buffalo State community, The Counseling Center is here to help you achieve personal and academic success."

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Our Mission

To provide students with mental health support, education, and advocacy for their personal growth and academic success while fostering diversity and social justice.

What Is Counseling?

Counseling can be defined as a relatively short-term, interpersonal, theory-based process of helping students resolve developmental and situational stressors. Some common concerns confronting students include anxiety/stress, low self-confidence, relationship difficulties, self-defeating behaviors, academic problems, sexual identity concerns, and decision-making dilemmas.  Call the Counseling Center for a free, confidential consultation.


Your counselor may consult with other Counseling Center staff about the issues bringing you here, but we need your written permission to talk to anybody else about anything you say here, or even to acknowledge that you have come here.  The only times your counselor may need to break confidentiality are: if you imminently intend to harm yourself or someone else; if there is evidence of abuse or neglect of a child or incapacitated person; or if we received a court order for a set of records.