Counseling and Psychological Services
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Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) is a place for students to begin exploring personal concerns, family problems, or psychological issues. Call 617-824-8595 to make an appointment.
ECAPS serves as a resource to assist students in developing their potential. We offer a variety of services, including:
One-on-one counseling allows for a safe space to speak with a professional who can help you better understand your concerns and work with you to build skills to help overcome difficulties and have the best experience possible at Emerson College.
Individual counseling is a great place to begin talking about your concerns, including but not limited to the following:
- Family matters
- Roommate conflicts
- Alcohol or other drug use
- Academic performance
- Eating concerns/disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
- Adjusting to Emerson
The first step to get started with personal counseling is to call to schedule a?“Triage” appointment. For this appointment, please come about 15?minutes early to complete?paperwork. During this meeting, your counselor will work with you to understand what?brought you into ECAPS and make a plan moving forward. At the end of the first session, you and the counselor will discuss options for moving forward, either with brief counseling at ECAPS, a group that might be helpful, and/or a referral to a more appropriate agency. Sessions are usually about 25?minutes. ?If you and your counselor decide on brief counseling at ECAPS, you will then schedule an "Intake" appointment, during which?your counselor will ask more in depth questions about your history and experiences. ?If you decide on a referral for long-term or more regular appointments than we are able to offer, then your counselor will work with you to make sure you get connected to a clinician that fits well with you.?
Group therapy can be a helpful addition or alternative to individual counseling. At ECAPS, groups are free and confidential and you’re welcomed and encouraged to attend throughout your time at Emerson. Varied topics, as well as general group counseling, are offered each semester, including relaxation and stress management, trauma, and interpersonal concerns. Although it can seem scary or strange to engage in therapy with a group of others, this work offers a helpful, dynamic, and supportive environment from both peers and counselors in which to address your concerns. Please see our group page for current offerings.
To express interest in groups or request a group, please contact?counseling_centeremerson [dot] edu
At ECAPS, we offer limited psychiatric services to students as an adjunct to counseling. Students who have medication evaluations and management with our psychiatric provider are required to be participating in concurrent counseling at ECAPS and must be referred by an ECAPS counselor. Please ask your counselor about the referral process and they will work with you to take the appropriate steps. Psychiatric services at ECAPS are free and confidential to students in brief counseling at our center. In order to have long-term medication management, we also provide referrals off-campus to a psychiatric provider that can meet your needs.?
ECAPS staff is available to students, faculty, and staff for consultation regarding concerns about Emerson students, as well as matters related to student life and development. Consultation and training is provided for other campus resources, as well, including resident’s assistants and directors.
CAPS provides options for students interested in developing an understanding of the impact of substance use on their lives and the lives of those around them.Annelle Kallman,?LICSW, LADC-I, our substance abuse counselor and program coordinator, is available for a variety of services specific to substance abuse counseling and education.
Students can benefit from the following services to explore and potentially change their current substance use patterns and/or gain a better understanding of addiction:
- Short-term individual counseling
- Substance use assessment and screening
- Psychoeducational and support groups (for students in recovery or with a parent/family member suffering from addiction)
- Referrals to off-campus providers and treatment programs when a higher level of care is needed
- Consultation, outreach, and training to the larger Emerson community
Get more information on our Substance Use Services page.
The staff at ECAPS believes in primary prevention, so that we can address potential issues and inform Emerson students about mental health, coping skills, and self-care before issues become crises.? We're happy to work with you or your student group to provide information sessions and other outreach.?Presentations on stress management, relationships, college mental health, substance use, and much more are available.?
If you'd like to work with ECAPS on a presentation, please fill out the Outreach Request Form and contact the Outreach Coordinator,?kyle_rundlesemerson [dot] edu (Kyle Rundles), with any questions.? Staff usually requires at least?two weeks notice?to plan events and?a month notice?to accommodate presentations after 5pm.
Limitations of Treatment
Counseling and Psychological Services employs a short-term counseling model. If an assessment indicates that a student’s therapeutic needs are beyond the scope of what we are able to offer (e.g., expertise required or frequency of therapeutic contact indicated), the student will be given assistance in securing alternative off-campus therapeutic resources.
All services provided at Counseling and Psychological Services are?free of chargeto all full-time undergraduate students. ?Services are also free for part-time undergraduate and graduate students who have paid the Student Health Fee.
Assistance with referrals for Emerson community members who are not eligible for services is also provided free of charge.