CHW Counseling

You can seek help for any reason, including relationship concerns, stress/anxiety/depression, and LGBTQ+/Cultural concerns. We're here.

Counseling, Health & Wellness Mission Statement

Suffolk University’s Center for Counseling, Health & Wellness appreciates that health is multi-faceted and requires a holistic approach.

As such, our mission is to provide integrated, culturally sensitive services that support the academic success and personal development of our students as well as the overall health of the Suffolk University community.

Through counseling, medical services, consultation, educational outreach, mind-body practices and referral, our goal is to promote student well-being and resiliency while empowering students to develop self-advocacy and healthy decision-making.

Office Hours

Academic Year

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. –  5 p.m.

CHW Counseling clinicians provide telehealth services using confidential Zoom technology. Services include same-day crisis appointments, short-term individual counseling, and, by referral after an initial counseling intake, visits with the CHW psychiatric nurse practitioner and/or CHW Case Manager.

CHW Counseling providers are licensed in Massachusetts and can only provide treatment to students living in Massachusetts. Students in the US but studying remotely may schedule a Consultation appointment with a counselor to discuss their needs and receive assistance with referral to providers in their local community.

Please call 617-573-8226 to schedule all types of counseling appointments. Students may access immedidate crisis assistance in-person by coming to CHW; in-person services are reserved for crisis appointments only. To access mental health support after hours or on the weekend, call 617-573-8226 and follow the prompts.

If you are experiencing an immediate mental health emergency, please call SUPD at 617-573-8111 (on-campus), 911 (off-campus) or proceed to your nearest hospital emergency room.

Self-Help Resources

The health and well-being of our students remain our top priority. There are resources available for students to learn about a variety of health topics, including substance abuse, nutrition, mental health, stress, sleep, and more.

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Emergencies

  • For mental health emergencies during business hours: Call 617-573-8226 or come directly to CHW Counseling.
  • Crisis/Emergency Counseling Service at CHW: Crisis Counselor Available via telehealth or in-person Mon – Fri , 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Students should call (617) 573-8226 to set up a telehealth crisis appointment or before coming to CHW, if possible. A student can always call or come to CHW Counseling for emergency concerns.
  • For mental health emergencies after hours or on weekends: Call CHW Counseling at 617-573-8226 and someone will assist you.

In the event of an immediate, life-threatening mental health emergency on campus, call the University Police at 617-573-8111. Off campus, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

About CHW Counseling

CHW Counseling's primary goal is to provide timely and comprehensive short-term counseling services to Suffolk University undergraduate, graduate, and law students.

CHW Counseling is committed to using its full resources in helping to expand the positive and productive learning environment at Suffolk University for students, faculty, and administrators alike. Counseling staff utilize multicultural approaches to counseling which are sensitive to issues of identity, power, and privilege as they impact each individual. In addition, counseling providers maintain a holistic approach to student care, collaborating with CHW health staff when needed.

CHW Counseling is staffed by an interdisciplinary mental health team consisting of licensed psychologists, psychology doctoral interns, practicum students, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and licensed social workers. Entry level staff members hired in CHW are required to become licensed. CHW Counseling Services continues to play a very active and important role in the life of the University. Staff provides a wide spectrum of services including individual and group counseling, outreach and consultation, training and supervision. CHW Counseling Services has been accredited since 1975 by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and is home to 2 doctoral training programs in psychology, including an APA-accredited Doctoral Internship program which was originally accredited in 1995.

Counseling Staff

  • Stephanie J.Kendall, Ph.D., Associate Director/Clinical Training Director, Interim Co-Director
  • Teresa L. Blevins, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist/Practicum Training Coordinator
  • Natasha Torkelson, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist/Multicultural Training
  • Lizette Santana, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist
  • Daphne Nayar, LICSW, Staff Clinician
  • Sharon Stein, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Michael Denton-Smith, LICSW, Case Manager
  • Noor Tahirkheli, M.A., Doctoral Intern
  • Brianna Wadler, Sc.M., Doctoral Intern
  • Alex Thompson, M.A., Doctoral Intern
  • Paige Victorine, M.A., Doctoral Intern
  • LaGriff Griffin, Practicum Student

    Office Administrative Coordinators

    • Julia Albo
    • Jo-Ann Mastro

    Accreditation

    The Suffolk University Counseling Center has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) since 1975. It has been a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) since 1981 and the Doctoral Internship has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1995.