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The Counseling Center is available and free for all students at Hampshire College. We offer time-limited individual and group counseling for students. We do not have formal session limits, but instead work with each student to come up with a treatment plan that best meets each individual’s needs within the available resources here at Hampshire. Some students come in for a one-time consultation while others are seen intermittently throughout their college career. For many students, group therapy can be a valuable addition to their treatment plan.
Most students who work with us in individual therapy in an ongoing way are seen for 6 or fewer sessions each semester. If a student is looking for something more intensive or more consistent, we have an extensive list of licensed professionals in the community who have gone through our vetting process and are experienced at working with college students.
Some concerns that are commonly addressed in brief or intermittent counseling at the Counseling Center are:
Students generally seek outside referrals when their needs cannot be met by the time-limited offerings at our clinic. Time-limited therapy can be a wonderful fit for many students, but it isn’t right for everyone.
Our approach to off-campus referrals is:
Students may seek out an off-campus therapist when they know that they want therapy that is weekly or more often. Sometimes a student is able to make this decision immediately in a first consultation with us. Often, a student may take several sessions with us to make this decision. These are some reasons why a student may choose more intensive therapy or a counselor here might recommend it:
Students who are seeing a therapist at our clinic may have a medication consultation with a general medical practitioner at Hampshire or with a psychiatric provider at the University of Massachusetts.. We can also provide referrals to psychiatric providers in the community. Which option is best for each student will depend on student preference and clinical picture. Students are encouraged to discuss these options with their therapist.