The Counseling Center will be open virtually Mon-Thursday to help students find the appropriate resources and/or referrals to support their mental health needs. Students can call or email to set up a brief telehealth assessment appointment to help determine next steps based on student needs and student location. In addition to referrals, the Center is offering a new resource to students called Connect@EC. This 24/7 support line is offered in partnership with Christie Campus Health to ensure our students can speak with a licensed clinician anytime, anyplace. To reach Connect@EC, call the Center at 617.735.9920 and select option 2.
The Counseling Center offers free and confidential services to meet the mental health needs of our undergraduate students. We invite students to make an initial appointment to discuss their concerns. During this initial meeting, the counselor, in consultation with the student, will recommend services either within the Center or in the community and will assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs.
To serve as many students as possible, we provide time-limited counseling and refer to outside providers when a student's concern requires a specialization not available in the Center or is not appropriate for short term work. On average students are seen for 6 sessions but can be seen for up to 12 sessions if needed. Students who are referred to off campus provider or specialist will need to provide insurance and/or a copayment fee.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, the Center has an emergency walk-in hour, Monday-Friday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Typical emergency situations include thoughts of harm (self or others), a death or other major loss, inability to function as needed, or a sexual or physical assault ( Counseling Center staff are confidential reporters for a sexual assault). If the emergency is after-hours, please contact your RA or Campus Security if you are a residential student or contact any of the resources listed on the left side of this page.
We provide short-term counseling and crisis intervention to all undergraduate students. In general we offer 8-12 counseling sessions per student or roughly the equivalent of one semester. Emergency consultation is available from 3:00-4:00 pm Monday-Friday.
The Counseling Center offers longer-term group counseling to students who are appropriate for a particular group. Group counseling allows students to connect with other students who share similar concerns and can provide additional support. In addition to insights offered by a therapist, students have the opportunity to learn from one another and share experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
Those requiring long-term therapy or a specialist are referred to a counselor or therapist in the Greater Boston area. Students can receive help in finding out their insurance benefit information and a list of providers that best meet their mental health needs. Contact the Counseling Center for an appointment.
Our licensed psychiatrist is available to meet with students who are currently seeing a therapist at the Counseling Center. A student and their therapist will make a joint determination as to whether a consultation for medication with a psychiatrist is warranted. Please note that the psychiatrist is in the office on a limited basis and is not on-call. It is the responsibility of any student meeting with a psychiatrist to keep their appointments and manage their medication as instructed. The Counseling Center reserves the right to refer those unable to comply with these terms to an outside practitioner.
Educational workshops led by the Counseling Center staff are offered each semester based on the needs of the student population. Workshops on grief, learning about healthy relationships, leadership development, and stress management are a few programs that have been offered. If you are interested and would like information on a potential workshop, please contact the Counseling Center.
Any faculty/staff member who is concerned for a student's well-being and has questions about making a referral is encouraged to call or come to the Counseling Center and speak with a counselor. The Center has emergency walk-in hours Monday-Friday from 3:00-4:00 p.m.; students can be referred or walked over during this time if needed.
The Campus Response Team is comprised of staff from Campus Safety, Health Services, the Counseling Center and Residential Life. Members of the team are on call 24 hours a day. Campus Safety's emergency phone number is 617-735-9888.