Our Services

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Stone Center Counseling Services

Wellesley College values student mental health and wellbeing.  The Counseling Service offers a range of services to support student resilience and psychological growth.  Last year 35% of domestic and international students from all class years were seen in Counseling. 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 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 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. 

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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. You can also check out our Stress Management Techniques.  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, PAWs for Wellness, An Oasis of Guided Imagery, 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

 

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

Group therapy and support groups are great for students who are seeking connections with others who may have similar concerns. 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.

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Inidividual Appointments

To schedule an initial intake or ongoing appointment, for personal counseling and psychotherapy, or to reschedule an appointment, please call (781)283-2839, weekdays between 8:30am-4:30pm, or stop by our office during the academic year.  In the busiest part of the semester, there may be a wait to get a regularly scheduled appointment, especially to work within your busy schedule. Please arrive a few minutes early to do intake paperwork if you can.

In the first appointment, we will begin 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 at the first appointment, and then update it each academic year of receiving services.

Whatever your needs, feel free to come in and 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.

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May I schedule online? (yes for a limited number of Immediate Counseling Support half hour sessions)

To speak with a counselor individually, one option is to utilize an Immediate Counseling Support appointment. These half-hour appointments are student self-scheduled, online and become available 48 hours in advance of the appointment time on a given day. We offer approximately 3 slots each day. Immediate Counseling Support appointments are intended for time-sensitive support and problem-solving, and may be a faster way to get help when issues are pressing. There is also an emergency appointment available each day as well, but requires you to call, or stop by the office Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm (781)283-2839. Online, self-scheduling is not available for an ongoing therapy appointment, a referral or study abroad appointment or a medication appointment, these appointments need to be scheduled by one of our office staff during office hours. Immediate Counseling Support appointments can only be self-scheduled within the Student Wellness Portal, a secure student portal that can be accessed by any computer with internet connectivity. Use your Wellesley College domain name and password. Please arrive a few minutes early to do intake paperwork if it is your first time coming to see us.

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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. Students need to meet first with a counselor before scheduling with a Stone Center prescriber. 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.

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Urgent Care and Emergencies

For students who need emergency care during office hours, 8:30am-4:30pm, in addition to having regular scheduled appointments, a staff Clinician-of-the-Day will arrange to be available for urgent concerns, consultation or emergencies.  If staff are unavailable in an emergency, please call Campus Police, (781)283-5555.  Our after-hours service (ProtoCall) is available when the office or college is closed, weekends, and winter and spring breaks.  The after-hours service works with the professional staff of the college to assure continuity of care. Staff are available for emergency consultations during the summer.

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Referrals for off-campus services

Our Student Care Coordinator and staff can assist you with a referral off campus if seeking regular weekly appointments, or specialized treatment.  When students have been in long-term, weekly psychotherapy, or have had prior intensive treatment, they may need an off-campus referral to meet that level of expectation or need.  Ask your therapist or the office staff about arranging a referral appointment.

This summer we are offering a pilot program to assist with referrals. Wellesley has partnered with Thriving Campus to begin adding off-campus referral options in Wellesley/Cambridge/Boston for providers who want to provide care to college students.

If you have any questions please reach out to Sandra Acevedo, the Student Care coordinator. sacevedo@wellesley.edu. 781-283-3278.

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Study Abroad

Counseling, in conjunction with Health Services, assists students to consider a plan for study abroad and to make good advance plans. Often students will meet with our Student Care Coordinator to have these planning conversations, but core staff can also assist students they are working with.