We offer our students a variety of services including individual, couples, and group counseling. Please use the left menu to navigate to specific sections about confidentiality, cancellations, and making an appointment.
Individual counseling is available to help students with a variety of concerns. Most commonly students seek help because they are experiencing academic difficulties, including time management issues, concentration problems, lack of motivation, selection of a major or questions about study skills. Others are having trouble adjusting to college life or are having conflict with a roommate or their parents. In addition, many of our clients have specific concerns related to such issues as depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance abuse, or eating concerns.
Relationship difficulties can be a major source of stress and academic disruption for students. The goal of brief treatment for couples is to focus on current concerns to promote further growth and relieve some of the emotional discomfort that comes from relationship conflicts.
Our Groups generally are comprised of 6-10 students and are typically led by two therapists. Groups meet for 60-90 minutes every week. Group therapy at the counseling center is not focused on one particular topic for each group, so a variety of issues may be addressed in any one of our groups. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe as well as challenging place in which to work on personal and interpersonal concerns. To join a group ask your individual counselor or call 508-999-8650 to make an initial appointment.
Medication Evaluation and Monitoring
The Center provides limited individual sessions with our consulting psychiatrist for initial psychiatric assessments and follow-up visits for monitoring of students who are prescribed psychiatric medications. Sessions with our consulting psychiatrist are billed through the student's health insurance provider and the student's copayment is waived.
A student previously diagnosed with ADHD who is currently on medication will need to work out a plan with his/her treatment provider regarding maintenance medication while the student is away at college. At this time, UMassD's Counseling Center does not provide maintenance medication for students with ADHD.
Workshops and Seminars
The Center's staff provides workshops and seminars pertinent to college counseling and college life on such topics as overcoming procrastination, improving memory skills, time management and reducing stress.