The college years are exciting, but can also be stressful. You may have problems you can't easily resolve, or find that the ways you usually handle problems aren't working well anymore. The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) is here to help.
What is therapy?
Therapy is a chance to talk with an objective person about what's on your mind. Therapy can help you increase self-understanding, explore life patterns, and gain new perspectives and problem-solving skills.
- Therapists are non-judgmental, objective, professional helpers.
- Therapy addresses the concerns and problems of normal students.
- Many students use therapy at UMass Amherst; about 10% of students are seen at CCPH every year.
- Therapists understand you might be anxious at first; they'll help make talking comfortable.
- Starting and continuing therapy is always your choice.
- Therapy is confidential. No information is released without your written consent, except in extreme, life-threatening emergencies or as required by law.
What to expect
Typically, the first few sessions are spent clarifying the problem and talking about solutions you've already tried. This helps the therapist identify which approaches will be most helpful. Then, you and the therapist will decide on goals for your work together.
To get the most out of therapy: