Individual counseling can provide a safe, confidential place for exploring thoughts and feelings about the many changes happening internally and externally for college students. Counseling can help understand options, observe patterns, and move forward with goals. It’s okay to come to counseling for any reason, even if you’re not sure exactly what it is; that’s what we’re here for. Some of the reasons students initially seek counseling include:
- Relationships (family, friends, romantic)
- Feeling depressed or sad
- Difficulties with school or studying
- Questions about identity (race, culture, gender, religion, sexuality, age, etc.)
- Feeling stressed-out
- Feeling out of control
- Something you've never told anyone, but wished you could
- Feeling alone
- Asserting yourself/communication skills
- Feeling anxious, or having panic attacks
- Worrying about your appearance or your weight
- Unwanted sexual experiences
- Drinking or using drugs
- Not feeling good about yourself
- Habits or behaviors that you feel compelled to do
Counseling, Health & Wellness, (CHW) operates on a short term model; meaning that we are able to meet with students about ten times per academic year. If you and your counselor decide that a longer therapy relationship is in your best interest, we will help you find a referral off-campus.
Psychiatric medication management is available to all students actively engaged in individual counseling at CHW. Please contact CHW to schedule an intake for counseling if you are interested in pursuing the idea of medication.
Group counseling is one of the best ways to learn about ourselves and strengthen our relationships with others. In a group, you have a chance to meet with four to eight other students and learn about how others cope with their feelings and experiences, practice new ways of communicating, and learn new skills. Many people find group to be even more helpful than individual therapy because they see that they are not alone.
Many groups at CHW require a meeting with a therapist and/or the group leaders to make sure it’s a good fit. All groups are free and confidential. Please contact CHW Counseling at 617-573-8226 for information on groups being offered.
Outreach, Consultation, Training & Workshops
Counseling staff are happy to work with students, faculty, and other departments to offer training and workshops on a variety of issues relating to students' lives. We also provide specialized training to faculty, staff, and student leaders on the mental health needs and concerns of students. Staff may also serve as consultants to student, faculty, and other organizations in the Suffolk community. To request a CHW presentation, please fill out a Program Request Form.