Your initial appointment at the Counseling Service is an opportunity for you to talk with a counselor about the concerns that led you to make an appointment. Your counselor will ask questions about your current difficulties, any physical or emotional symptoms you may be experiencing, and your personal history. At the end of this meeting, you and your counselor will explore options for addressing your concerns. While most students continue working with their intake therapist for individual sessions, other possibilities involve referral: to another therapist on staff who specializes in your area of concern, to a therapist off-campus who can provide longer-term therapy, for group therapy, for medication evaluation, and/or to other resources on campus.
The Counseling Service provides Mount Holyoke students with access to short-term therapy. Some students find that their symptoms remit quickly and that they need to meet only a few times, while others are best served by regular meetings over a longer period of time. During your individual sessions, you and your therapist will talk about ways to address your concerns and help you find relief from the discomfort that led you to seek help. If it seems you would benefit from longer-term therapy, your counselor will refer you to a provider in the community.
Many students feel isolated and alone in their feelings. Group therapy offers students a unique opportunity to meet others with similar concerns in a safe and confidential space. Students can share their problems and feel understood, supported, and challenged by their peers. We offer a variety of topic-focused groups for students, designed to reflect the interests and needs of the MHC student community. All groups and workshops are free and confidential. Call 413-538-2037 for more information. Fall 2017 groups include:
Crafting Spaces: A Place to be Through Art
A support group for students of Latinx and African descent
Deeper Than Skin
Weekly support group for Asian students
Discussion group for Queer People of Color
Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management
When needed, psychiatric consultation is available to determine whether medication could be beneficial for relief of physical and emotional symptoms. If it seems that medication could be helpful, you can discuss the option of a psychiatric evaluation with your therapist.
Counseling Service clinicians regularly provide consultation to students and other members of the MHC community who have concerns about someone important to them. This consultation can be on a one-time basis or ongoing, as needed. Please know that while we are usually able to keep the source of information confidential, if the concerns raised during a consultation involve the immediate safety of a student or the campus community, we will follow-up as needed.
Our outreach program represents our commitment to reach out proactively to MHC students. We provide psychoeducational programs and workshops on a variety of mental health topics, based on the needs of the campus community. Our staff members participate in orientation programs and residential life training sessions, have provided relaxation and visualization programs to sports teams, led Taboo dialogues, created life balance workshops for Frances Perkins students, and participated in the National Depression Screening day. Please contact Outreach Coordinator Erica DeBlase if you have questions or would like to request a Counseling Service presence at your events.