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Campus Counseling Resources

For many students, balancing academic, social, work and family commitments while living away from home can be challenging. The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) can help, with confidential consultation and support.

Individuals, couples and families come to CCPH with a wide range of concerns including relationships; self-esteem; social and academic pressures; sexuality; ethnic, cultural and racial issues; substance abuse problems; eating disorders; anxiety or depression; thoughts of suicide; and concerns about a friend or family member. No subject is off-limits.

The CCPH’s professional staff includes licensed independent clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, advanced practice nurse specialists, psychology and social work interns, and postgraduate fellows. The multicultural team is sensitive to people with a variety of needs, backgrounds and lifestyles.

Services include crisis intervention and stabilization; brief therapy; group therapy; assessment for learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; behavioral medicine; medication management; suicide prevention training; education and outreach; and referral services. Parents are also welcome to call CCHP for a consultation.

The CCPH does not have the capacity to manage chronic conditions requiring intensive or frequent contacts. Referrals can be provided for students whose needs won’t be adequately met through this short-term care model. The center maintains relationships with community providers offering a range of expertise, and who accept a variety of insurance plans.

Contact Information

In a crisis, help is available 24/7. Weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., students should call (413) 545-2337. After hours, on weekends and holidays, call UHS, (413) 577-5000 and ask for the on-call clinician. Walk-in care at UHS is available daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. In a life-threatening emergency, students should always call 911 for ambulance transportation to a hospital.

The center’s main office is located at 127 Hills North, across from the Studio Arts building on Thatcher Way. Services are also provided at 123 Berkshire House, near the Southwest Residential Area; to reach the satellite office, call (413) 545-0333.