Our services are offered by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 781.891.2274 or come to the center in person. Before meeting with your clinician, you will need to complete a General Information Form and a Consent Form (See Forms section to the left). You can download these and bring them with you to your first appointment, or you can arrive early and complete them in the office. To ensure that you are able to meet with a clinician as soon as possible, we will schedule your appointment with the first clinician available.
We provide the following services:
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Medication Evaluation
- Referrals for Off Campus Services
Confidential, goal oriented, one-on-one meetings to address mental health related distress. Appointments are typically 45-50 minutes in length and are scheduled between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday during the academic year.
Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth and change. In group therapy, 5-8 individuals meet face to face to share their struggles and concerns with the facilitation of 1-2 trained group therapists. The power in group therapy lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others. Group therapy can be a safe and supportive place to experiment with new ideas and ways of being.
Although many students are initially intimidated and hesitant about participating in group therapy, group members consistently describe group therapy as a very helpful and positive experience.
Group therapy can help you:
- Discover that you're not alone in your struggles, thoughts, and feelings
- Learn from other students facing similar problems
- Gain multiple perspectives on your concerns
- Feel more connected to others as group cohesion develops
- Become more aware of yourself through genuine feedback from others
- Pick up new interpersonal skills that you can use in your daily life
- Internalize the lessons you've learned by helping others in the group
- Develop effective ways of building and maintaining relationships
For those students whose presenting concerns require more long-term or intensive services, the clinicians at the Counseling Center can help facilitate a referral to mental health care providers in the community.
Some common examples of issues that may be more suited to an outside referral include but are not limited to:
- Student issues that may require more than weekly appointments or after hours/on call services
- Student issues which require a specific type of therapy not practiced by staff
- Student issues which require long-term, ongoing psychotherapy
- Student issues that tend to not improve or worsen in short-term counseling
If appropriate, students who may benefit from medication can be referred by their clinician for a medication evaluation. These evaluations are available with our consulting psychiatrist and may include limited follow-up appointments.
Our clinicians are available to Bentley students, faculty, staff, and families for consultation regarding concerns about the mental health and well-being of students within the Bentley community. If you are concerned about a student, it is recommended that you file a CARE report with the CARE Team for that student.
Our clinicians are available to provide psychoeducational programming to the Bentley community. If interested, please contact our clinicians directly.