About the Counseling Center

August 26, 2016

Director Jacqueline Alvarez describes the support and resources available to students at the Counseling Center.


Welcome to the Amherst College Counseling Center. On this site you will find resources for students, parents and others, including information on how to make an appointment and how to get help in an emergency.

Need help now?

To access a counselor at any time, call us at 413-542-2354. We provide mental health counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of an immediate, life-threatening emergency, please call Amherst College Police emergency line at 413-542-2111.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


Summer Hours:

Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Starting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019

The Counseling Center will resume to regular office hours on Monday, August 19, 2019.


The Counseling Center will be closed  for College holidays the following days:

Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019 - Independence Day

Visit & Contact Us

Google map Scott House, 14 Hitchcock Rd., Amherst MA

Google map Hitchcock House, 271 S. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Telephone: 413-542-2354
Email: counsctr@amherst.edu


Regular Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

After-hours care: available by phone 24/7


The Counseling Center provides assessment, counseling, brief psychotherapy and referral to Amherst College students on a voluntary and confidential basis. Our purpose is to help students cope with dilemmas in their personal development or with painful life events, and also to help students develop a resiliency so they are better able to respond to problems and concerns. We are here to help in ways that further students’ growth and make their experiences as Amherst students more productive and successful. Here are the services we offer:

How to make an appointment

Please call our main number, 413-542-2354, to schedule an appointment, or drop by between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We're a little hard to find; click here for directions.


Our clinical services are confidential, and your conversations with us are privileged. We will not share any information about you without your explicit written permission, including with academic departments, parents, faculty members or others. Read our Policy on Confidentiality for more details.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to meeting you.