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Counseling Services

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News & Announcements

Summer 2022

The Schacht Center is closed for regular services for the summer. It remains open on a very limited basis for Covid-19 testing and tracing and for School for Social Work counseling consults.

If you have questions about Covid-19 testing and tracing, please contact

If you need them, local resources for physical or mental health are available.

If you are a SSW student, please email or call 413-585-2840 for an appointment.

In an emergency, please call 911 or Campus Safety at 413-585-2890.

The college years are a time of accelerated growth, significant challenges and considerable stress. Counseling Services is here to help you with the variety of concerns that arise during these intense years. We provide students with an opportunity to explore concerns and problems with a professional psychotherapist in a confidential setting. Our mental health counselors and psychiatrists provide ongoing private and group counseling to support mental health needs and medication management as appropriate.

Our Mission

The Counseling Service is a free and confidential service available to all students. Our commitment is to provide mental health care that is:

  • relationally based
  • culturally responsive
  • identity affirming
  • equitable and inclusive
  • individualized 

Care is provided virtually for students residing both on and off campus during the Covid-19 pandemic. The type of services available to students is dependent on place of residence and relevant professional licensing guidelines, but all students are welcome to speak with a clinician to develop an appropriate plan for meeting your mental health needs.  

The Counseling Service strives to promote inclusive and socially-just clinical services that honor the specific strengths and needs of the full range of diverse identities represented within the Smith College campus community. The Counseling Service recognizes that systematic and institutionalized factors such as racism/white supremacy, classism/poverty, ableism, sex negativity, fatphobia, heteronormativity, and cisnormativity continue to exist both on- and off-campus and these forces have a negative impact on the emotional health of our campus community. Our services work to attend to and recognize the harm caused by these factors.

Feedback on how our behavior aligns with our commitment is always welcome.

Get Help Now

Whether you need to schedule an appointment during business hours (9 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays) with our on-campus therapists, or you need to be connected immediately with our on-call providers during evenings, over night, or on weekends, the phone number is the same.

Important COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, congestion, runny nose, stuffy nose, difficulty breathing, severe weakness and pneumonia. For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.


Overview of Services

  • assessment
  • crisis intervention
  • individual appointments (therapy or coaching, depending on student residence)
  • group (affinity and special interest)
  • psychiatric assessments
  • psychiatric medication treatment 
  • support in connecting to services local to students
  • off-campus referrals
  • advocacy
  • trans-affirming documentation
  • identity-affirming care
  • education & outreach
  • synchronous and asynchronous mental health programming
  • case management
  • consultation with campus community partners