What We Do
Our mission is to empower students to accomplish their mental health, education, and career goals. The Elms College Counseling Center offers free, professional, and confidential counseling services to traditional full-time Elms College undergraduate students, provides consultation/referrals to anyone who isn’t a traditional full-time undergraduate student, and supports the faculty and staff through consultation groups and trainings. Many students utilize the center at some point during their academic careers. The counseling center is staffed by a licensed professional capable of providing services for a variety of presenting concerns.
Some common student issues are:
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Conflicts with others
- Crisis and personal trauma
- Eating disorders and body image
- Family problems
- COVID Mental Health
- Grief and loss
- Homesickness and loneliness
- Procrastination and Motivation
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
We are located with the Health Center at 15 Gaylord Street in a stand-alone brick house on the edge of campus. We are open 35 hours per week during the academic year, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Counseling Center utilizes an open access model for scheduling appointments. All appointments are available on a first come/first served basis and booked out no more than two business days in advance. To book an appointment, students should contact our administrative staff at 413-265-2288 to reserve their session. Students will have the option to choose between a 1 hour appointment (traditional), or a 1/2 hour appointment (check-in).
For mental health emergencies or after hours/weekends assistance
Please contact Behavioral Health Network (BHN) Crisis at 413-733-6661 (available 24/7) or 911.
Resources and Self Help Mental Health Toolkit
In an effort to support everyone in our Blazer family, the Elms College Counseling Center has worked to assemble this resource list and self-help mental health toolkit. We hope this collection of resources can be used to gain some relief and self-help. If you have found a website, app, or article that you found particularly helpful, we would love to hear about it! Please send any ideas to Nicole Sacco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health on campuses throughout North America. For more information about the Elms College chapter of Active Minds, please contact Jennifer Rivers at email@example.com.
- Analyzing your Thinking
- Anxiety and Exercise
- Anxiety Symptoms Worksheet
- Behavioral experiment
- Behavioral Experiments Negative Predictions
- Breathing Rate Record Sheet
- Breathing Retraining
- CBT for Anxiety
- Coping with Stress
- Making the Thought Feeling Connection
- Monitoring Relaxation
- Overcoming needle phobia
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Situational Exposure
- Situational Exposure Diary
- Stress and Anxiety
- The Vicious Cycle of Anxiety
- Thought Diary 1
- Thought Diary 2
- Thought Diary 3
- Unhelpful Thinking Styles
- What are Safety Behaviors
- What is Anxiety
- What is needle phobia
Body Image and Disordered Eating
COVID Mental Health Resources
Off Campus Community Resources
Off Campus Counseling Resources
The Elms College Counseling Center is committed to providing students with a number of resources both on and off campus. Attached is a list of local resources for students to access both in and around the community.
Procrastination and Motivation
- Suicide Prevention Hotline
- If you are thinking about suicide, read this first.
- Myths about Suicide
- American Association of Suicidology
- Suicide Resource Kit for Faculty and Staff
- National Suicide Prevention Life Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741-741 or visit https://www.crisistextline.org/
- Trevor Project Lifeline (for LGBTQ+ students): 1-866-488-7386 or visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/