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Welcome to Stone Center Counseling Service

Stone Center Counseling Services

Stone Center Counseling Services: Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30/Closed on Holidays. We are offering Telemental Health Counseling Services.  First-time clients for this academic year, can self-schedule on the student portal If you have already been seeing a clinician this year, email your counselor directly or call the office to schedule; 781-283-2839.  If you call, choose option 3 to leave a message and some times staff can call you back to schedule, or email counseling@wellesley.edu with your ID# and the best times that would work with your schedule, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm.   

Counseling will be using Virtru encrypted gmail.  

New for Spring Term:  All new clients for this academic year have the option to self-schedule online on the student portal and will be entered in our new system when you fill out intake paperwork.  Both new and returning clients seeking to connect with a prescriber, should schedule to see a counselor first.  

URGENT SUPPORT: ProtoCall is in effect 24/7, 365  This service is intended for brief supportive counseling when students feel they cannot wait for a scheduled appointment, or it is after business hours and they really need to connect with a counselor.

When you call our office you will hear three choices if the office staff are not available: 

Our main number is 781-283-2839, 24/7.

Press 1 to talk to the On-Call Clinician

Press 2 to connect with Campus Police

Press 3 to leave a NON-URGENT message for the Stone Center

 

Wellesley College values student mental health and wellbeing. The Stone Center offers a range of services to support student resilience and psychological growth. We offer time-limited services, with most students coming for an average of 6-8 sessions. Students may also come and go as support is needed during their time at college.  For individuals seeking ongoing or weekly psychotherapy, we can arrange for a referral to a counselor or clinic in the Wellesley or Boston area or where you are residing.  We also recommend purchasing the College Insurance, University Health Plans, to assist with the cost of therapy by an off-campus provider.  There is no additional charge for our services, but medication is covered by a student’s medical insurance. 

Thinking about more active steps to take care of your mental health? You can find additional information about the following resources on our Self-Help Resources page.

Explore Taking Care of Yourself, to see if there is a resource we have collected that could benefit you. We believe in a holistic view of mental health self-care. We recommend you take the WellN.E.S.St. screening to see if there is an area you could improve on, or check out the new Wellness Self-Reflection Tool.    You can also check out our Stress Management Techniques.  Ask a counselor about WILLOW, a self-help program developed at the Wellesley Centers for Women for preventing depression. Self-serve resources are an important service we offer students to begin to address a variety of concerns.

There are many ways to get help. WellTrack is offered to Wellesley students as a free, interactive self-help app to support your mental health and well-being. Based on cognitive-behavioral approaches, the app focuses on three primary concerns: Anxiety, Stress and Depression.  

WellTrack features:

  • Wellness assessments for depression, anxiety, and stress

  • Moodcheck feature to track your mood and better understand how your activities, social network, and environment affect how you feel

  • Educational videos

  • Tools and courses, including Activity Scheduler, Thought Diary, Fun Achievement, and the Zen Room.

You can take an anonymous Mental Health Online Screening, and explore whether counseling might be a good option. Take a screening and bring it to a counselor to talk over your results.

We offer outreach workshops and programs such as our popular, Coping with Procrastination and Fresh Check Day Mental Health Fair. We collaborate with peer health educators on a variety of topics throughout the year, because we believe in the power of role modeling and social norming regarding self-care. Check out Groups and Workshops

 

Is a therapy or support group the right choice for me?

Group therapy and support groups are great for students to break through the isolation caused by social distancing and life in the digital world. Do you want to experience a space where you can share your concerns and feel you are not alone with them? We typically run about 5-6 groups per semester and students make a commitment to attend and uphold one another’s privacy and confidentiality. Check out Groups and Workshops for up-to-date information. Student requests have helped shape the development of these offerings. Requests or questions about groups or workshops can be directed to Jan Park, Assistant Director of Group & Outreach Activities at jpark23@wellesley.edu.

Individual Telemental Health Appointments

In the first appointment, we will meet to determine a plan with you about how to best address your needs and goals.  We offer assistance for students who need help sorting out what is getting in the way of feeling and being their best, whether that is due to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, an eating disorder or substance misuse problem, or other challenges they may be facing.

We work with students who are ready to understand themselves in a new way, develop personal insight, and make active changes in their lives in order to feel better. Sometimes this can happen quickly and sometimes longer-term help is needed.  Students will fill out intake paperwork prior to their first telehealth appointment and then update it each academic year of receiving services.

Whatever your needs, feel free to talk with one of us. We recommend you read our staff bios to see if anyone might seem like a good fit for you but know that we all have the expertise of listening to many student’s experiences over the years and have a wealth of knowledge to use in helping you.

To schedule your first appointment you have some options.  You can self-schedule on the student portal and fill out your intake paperwork there. 

If you were seen for intake in Fall 2021, you can schedule ongoing care with your counselor by emailing your counselor directly, by calling 781-283-2839, by emailing counseling@wellesley.edu with your ID# and the best times that would work with your schedule, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm. We have been transitioning to a new system this year so our intake/scheduling process has been changing. We appreciate your patience as we navigate our scheduling processes. 

Medication Appointments

For students who have been taking or need to consider taking prescription medication, we can work collaboratively with a prescriber, either on or off campus. When there is a wait to see a prescriber, please reach back to your home prescriber if you have one, for additional refills. New and returning students need to meet first with a counselor before scheduling with a Stone Center prescriber.  If you are a new or returning student on medication, please be prepared to share medication records and/or neurpsychological testing where applicable to streamline ease of continuing treatment.  If you have an off-campus therapist, a Psychiatry/Medication Referral Form and Consent Form will need to be completed and reviewed by our Psychiatrist prior to your appointment. Most students are in ongoing, regular therapy while taking a medication, either on or off campus. Medication management is coordinated with home and off-campus prescribers, to allow for treatment during breaks, over summer, and to make plans for study abroad.  See our Information Sheet Regarding ADHD and for extensive details, see our Psychiatry/Medication Information sheet.

Urgent Care and Emergencies

In adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines, we are not accepting walk-in services at this time.

  • Our after-hours' service (ProtoCall) is currently in effect 24/7, 365 days. Call our office at 781.283.2839 and Press 1 to access the on-call clinician. ProtoCall works with the Stone Center to assure continuity of care.

  • If you need to reach the Stone Center during business hours (Weekdays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), call 781.283.2839, Press 3 to leave a message, and our staff will get back to you. The Clinician-of-the-Day will arrange to be available to help with urgent concerns, consultation, or emergencies, in addition to their offering regularly scheduled appointments.

  • If counseling staff are unavailable in an emergency, Press 2, or call Campus Police at 781.283.5555. 

Referrals for additional services

Our Student Care Coordinator and staff can assist you with a referral if you are seeking regular weekly appointments, or specialized treatment.  When students have been in long-term, psychotherapy, or have had prior intensive treatment, they may need an off-campus referral to meet that level of expectation or need.  Our Student Care Coordinator works closely with students when they are utilizing inpatient care and making plans for aftercare. 

Neuropsychological Testing:  Stone Center does not offer psychological testing services, but may be able to help answer questions about referral options, and provide referral resources.  Students may also work with other offices such as Assessibility and Disability Resources (ADR) or Health Services for a referral.  See ADR for additional information on accommodations and services. 

 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our Student Care Coordinator, Sandra Acevedo please see below:

  • To schedule first-time appointments with our Student Care Coordinator, Sandra Acevedo - Click here to schedule.

  • To schedule ongoing/follow-up appointments with Sandra, please email  sacevedo@wellesley.edu.

  • If this is your first appointment with the counseling service this academic year, you must complete the Initial Appointment Forms prior to scheduling any appointment.

Study Abroad Resources

STUDY ABROAD RESOURCES

Studying abroad can be a very exciting experience! However, even during exciting times, transitions, adjustment to a new culture/language and homesickness, among others, can leave students struggling and in need of additional support. Because students are placed in a variety of settings all around the world, we encourage you to connect with the Office of International Study in order to receive guidance on site specific offerings for clinical support. 

 

Contact for the Office of International Study

Jennifer Thomas-Starck
Director of International Study
jthomass@wellesley.edu or ois@wellesley.edu
781-283-2320
Schneider 216 & 217

To learn more about the site-specific resources. You may also reach out to the contact person for the specific Program site in the country you are studying and you can ask specifically what supports are available to support mental health needs in this country.

For a more comprehensive guide please click on the link to access Mental Health & Wellness Studying Abroad

 

HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES USING YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE RESOURCES

 

Students studying abroad are now covered by the Travel Assist program through International SOS: https://www.wellesley.edu/ois/emergency_info. As long as the student arranges their appointment through ISOS (they can call or use the mobile app), there should be no out-of-pocket copay.
 

If you have the college’s Insurance:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA PPO

BCBS for Healthcare (including behavioral health) outside of the United States can be accessed by going to www.bcbsglobalcore.com (using “XXP” as the pre-fix) or by calling 1-800-810-BLUE (2583) for a list of BlueCard, BlueCard PPO, and BlueCard Worldwide participating providers. Claims for non-emergency care (including therapy/outpatient behavioral health) would process as out-of-network benefits, the deductible of $250 will apply for out-of-network, after the deductible is met BCBS will reimburse the student directly 80% (first the student pays the provider out-of-pocket, receives a receipt/superbill, submits to BCBS for reimbursement, and will receive 80% of that minus the initial $250 to satisfy the deductible).

 

If you DO NOT have the college’s insurance:

If you do not have the College insurance, you can contact the member service number on the back of your insurance card and speak with a customer service representative about how to access mental health services while traveling.

 

STUDENTS CONNECTED WITH SUPPORT PRIOR TO GOING ABROAD

 

If you are already connected with a therapist in the community, you can have a conversation with this therapist or prescriber about what they can do to support you during this time that you will be away. Some providers are willing to offer check-in's but may require out-of-pocket payment, instead of billing the insurance. You can inquire about a sliding-fee scale.

 

STUDENTS NOT CONNECTED WITH SUPPORT PRIOR TO GOING ABROAD

 

If you are not connected with anyone and are able/willing to pay out-of-pocket, there may be some providers that will see someone out of state or out of the country via telehealth as different providers may have more tolerance for risk. You can go to Thriving Campus to search for providers who are self-pay (leave the filter for insurance blank) and you can send messages directly to the providers explaining the out-of-the-country situation.

 

 

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