Our Services

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Our Services

Personal Counseling

The Counseling Service offers time-limited, individual and group counseling to Wellesley College students. Immediate Counseling Support, half-hour sessions are available for students seeking brief counseling appointments. Students can self-schedule via the Student Wellness Portal within a 48 hours time frame.   We also offer appointments with our Psychiatrists or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  These appointments can only be scheduled when you have been referred by one of our Counselors.  These services are offered without charge.  Appointments may be made in person or by calling (781) 283-2839, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Although students may request a particular counselor, we encourage students to make an appointment with the next available counselor.

Many students report that initially they feel hesitant about seeking our services.  They worry that coming for counseling may indicate that something is "wrong" with them.  However, most students who come for counseling report that it has been a very positive and productive experience and often recommend it to their friends.  At times, short-term counseling is not sufficient.  For those individuals who wish to continue in ongoing counseling, we can arrange for an outside referral with a counselor or clinic in the Wellesley or Boston area.  We also recommend purchasing the college insurance, University Health Plans to assist in paying for the cost of therapy by an outside provider. 

Last year approximately 850 students came to the Counseling Service for issues concerning roommate difficulties, loneliness, lack of self-confidence, eating problems, abuse issues, procrastination, family problems, interpersonal conflicts, problems in intimate relationships, questions about sexuality/sexual preferences, depression, cultural/ethnic concerns, achievement conflicts and alcohol and drugs.  We consider issues of confidentiality to be of utmost importance.  No information will be released without the student's explicit knowledge or written consent, within the guidelines of professional ethics and legal principle.  Please see Your Rights & Responsibilities in working with us.

If you have general questions, please feel free to call (781) 283-2839, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or email rcooknob@wellesley.edu.  Please remember email is not a secure form of communication and is not appropriate for urgent or emergency situations, or for scheduling appointments.


Groups & Workshops

Please click on the following link to see what groups and workshops are currently being offered for Wellesley College students: Groups & Workshops

The groups and workshops posted on this website are part of a campus wide effort to promote wellness and help students thrive in their everyday lives.  Some groups are facilitated in collaboration with Health Education, Residence Life, and other campus organizations.  Groups may be held at different campus locations as well as the Counseling Service.  Student requests and ideas have helped in the development of these programs, so please send any feedback along to help us improve our program.  Questions and comments can be directed to Jan Park, Asst. Director of Group & Outreach Activities @ jpark23@wellesley.edu.

We also offer a wide range of workshops and presentations on the following topics:  

Anger Management|Anxiety|Assertiveness Training|Body Image|Chronic Illness|Conflict Management & Mediation|Depression|Diversity|Drugs and Alcohol|Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating|Grief & Loss|Listening Skills for Student Leaders/Peer Educators|Mindfulness & Acceptance Skills|Procrastination & Time Management|Relationships|Relaxation|Roommate Concerns|Sexual Assault & Self-Care for Survivors|Sexuality/LGBTQ Issues|Sleep & Insomnia|Stress Management|Substance Abuse/Dependence|Team Building|Women's Health/Development

These topics are perfect for:

· Residence Halls
· Student Organizations/Clubs
· Athletic Teams
· Cultural Organizations

If you're interested in any of these topics or would like to inquire about developing a new program specific to your needs, please email Jan Park, Asst. Director of Group & Outreach Activities @ jpark23@wellesley.edu.