Counseling Center

Letter to New Students

Submitted on Monday, 11/12/2012, at 10:18 AM

The Counseling Center

Scott House
Telephone:  413-542-2354

Jacqueline Bearce, Ed.D., Psychologist, Director
Debra Edelman, Ph.D., Psychologist, Psychotherapist
Ruth Kane-Levit, Ph.D., Psychologist, Psychotherapist
Darien McFadden, Ph.D., Psychotherapist
George Phillips, Psy.D., Psychologist, Psychotherapist
Ira Addes, M.D., Consulting Psychiatrist
A. Schuyler Whitman, M.D., Consulting Psychiatrist

The Counseling Center provides counseling and brief psychotherapy to Amherst College students on a voluntary and confidential basis, and helps students deal with dilemmas and personal problems so that they might have a more productive college experience.

Students come to the Counseling Center for many reasons, such as: adjusting to college, personal or emotional concerns, relationship problems, family concerns, bothersome moods or simply a wish to know more about oneself. There is no commitment involved in an initial meeting, and sitting down with a therapist is often the best way to decide if counseling might be useful.  The Center has a diverse group of therapists who are trained in ways of listening to and clarifying various life dilemmas.

Sessions are scheduled based on what might be most practical and helpful.  Some students get what they need with one or two sessions; others might continue longer.  If the difficulty in question is beyond our resources (for example a problem that deserves more intensive or longer term therapy than we can provide), the Counseling Center can refer students to other sources of help.

The Counseling Center staff takes the confidentiality of their work very seriously.  Coming to the Counseling Center is your own free and private choice.  The very fact of your coming to the Counseling Center is considered to be your own business.  Therapists are willing to see or speak with parents, but only with students' permission.  The Counseling Center does not get involved in administrative decisions, except for rare instances that are discussed ahead of time, and does not discuss students with other departments of the College without the student's permission.  The benefit to you is that you can trust that what you say will stay confidential.

Appointments are available by stopping by the Counseling Center located in the Scott House, which is directly across the street from Orr Rink (the entrance is in the back -- on the parking lot side), or by calling 413-542-2354 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Walk-in times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  If the situation is urgent, please let us know so that a counselor can meet with you on the day of your call.