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Counseling Services

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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.

Please read Massachusetts' guidance for staying safe this holiday season.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE

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

News & Announcements

Spring 2021 Group Offerings

We are open for virtual individual and group appointments. Current groups are listed below and students are also invited to suggest other group topics. For more information or to register, call 413-585-2840 or send email to counselingservices@smith.edu.

  • ADHD Support/Homework Club
  • Chronic Illness/Immunocompromised Support Group
  • Creative Coping through Creative Writing
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • First-Year Student Support
  • Grief Support
  • In This Together: Daily Open Check-In Group
  • Monthly Anti-Oppressive Workshops for Students of Color
  • Survivors of Sexual and Dating Violence
  • Trans, GNC, NB and Questioning Support