Student Life

What Services are Offered?

The Counseling Center offers a number of services to meet the mental health needs of all of our undergraduate students. All of our services are free. However, a referral to a specialist or outside therapist may require insurance and a service fee.

Short-Term Counseling
We provide short-term counseling and crisis intervention to all undergraduate students. We offer 8-10 counseling sessions per student or roughly the equivalent of one semester. However there are many students who seek counseling throughout their college career.

Psychiatric Evaluation + Treatment
Our licensed psychiatrist Anne Ollen-Smith, M.D. is available to meet with students who are currently seeing a therapist at Emmanuel College. A student and his/her therapist will make a joint determination as to whether a consultation with a psychiatrist is warranted. Please note that Dr. Ollen-Smith is in the office on a limited basis and is not on-call. It is the responsibility of any student meeting with a psychiatrist to keep their appointments and manage their medication as instructed. The Counseling Center reserves the right to refer those unable to comply with these terms to an outside practitioner. 

Outside Referrals
Those requiring long-term therapy or a specialist are referred to a counselor or therapist in the Greater Boston area. Students can receive help in finding out their insurance benefit information and a list of providers that best meet his or her mental health needs. Contact the Counseling Center for a referral appointment.

Group Counseling + Educational Workshops
Group therapy and educational workshops led by the Counseling Center staff are offered each semester based on the needs of the student population. Group topics on grief, learning about healthy relationships, leadership development and stress management are a few programs that have been offered. If you are interested in joining a group or if you would like information on a potential workshop, please contact the Counseling Center.

Consultation with Faculty + Staff Regarding a Student
Any faculty/staff member who is concerned for a student's well being is encouraged to come to the Counseling Center and speak with a counselor. These conversations will be confidential. Please note that confidentiality will also extend to the student in question and the Counseling Center may be unable to follow up with details of a student's situation.