Types of Appointments and Services

Emergency Care

Any time, by calling 413-542-2354

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call us. If our office is open, we will see you immediately. If our office is closed, you will be able to speak with a licensed mental health counselor by phone.

Urgent Care

Monday: 11:00 a.m. -- noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. -- noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Friday: 11:00 a.m. – noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

If you need same-day service, but you can wait a few hours, please call for an urgent care appointment. Sessions last approximately 20 minutes.

Individual Counseling

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Scott House and Hitchcock House

To schedule an individual counseling appointment, call our office at 413-542-2354. First-time and subsequent appointments are generally 50 minutes. We ask that you come 10 minutes early to your first appointment to complete paperwork.

Individual counseling provides you with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a counselor. Areas often addressed in counseling include feelings of anxiety or depression, managing stress, coping with difficult relationships, understanding identity, improving self-esteem, recovering from trauma, and improving your social and academic functioning, to name just a few. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are most important to you.

Psychiatric Medication Management

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  Scott House and Hitchcock House, 413-542-2354

Medication management is available to all enrolled students and is provided by licensed psychiatrists. Either a Counseling Center or Student Health Service provider must refer students for their first appointment. 


Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Scott House and Hitchcock House, 413-542-2354

Consultation is available to concerned faculty, staff, students, and parents seeking advice on how to respond to students, or for advice in responding to any issues related to another person’s mental health. Consultations are also available to students considering a career as a psychologist or social worker. To consult with a mental health professional, please call our office.

Presentations and Workshops

SHEs (Student Health Educators) 

  • Stress & Sleep
  • Body Positivity
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating in Val
  • 1st Year Alcohol Workshop (plus others unrelated to mental health)

For more information email SHEs at: she@amherst.edu

PAs (Peer Advocates) and Sexual Respect Education

  • Healthy Relationships/ Healthy Communication
  • Bystander Intervention

For more information email Amanda Vann at: avann@amherst.edu

Wellness Team & Mental Health Education

  • Self-care
  • Active Listening & Support Skills
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Goal-Setting
  • Grit & Resiliency
  • Responding to Students in Distress (with the Counseling Center)

For more information email Jessica Gifford at: jgifford@amherst.edu


Anyone can join anytime, No pre-group meeting is necessary

Queer Talk

Please join us for safe, candid conversations with Sarah Erickson & Darien McFadden about sexual orientation, sexual identity, and your experiences at Amherst College. All are welcome.

Time and Location: Every Friday from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Queer Resource Center

Facilitated by: Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. and Darien McFadden, Ph.D. 

Please contact Sarah Erickson or Darien McFadden for more information: serickson@amherst.edu | dmcfadden@amherst.edu


A gathering for students to connect with each other and discuss our experiences around racial identity development, racism, resilience, and ways to thrive at Amherst College.

Time and Location:  Every Monday from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Multicultural Resource Center

Facilitator: Darien McFadden, Ph.D. For more information please contact Darien McFadden: dmcfadden@amherst.edu

Retrain your Brain

Strategies to alleviate symptoms of stress, improve mood, and bosst happiness.

Time and Location: Tuesdays 2/19, 2/26, 3/5      from 5:00 to 6:30 PM

 Please email Jessica Gifford:  jgifford@amherst.edu for more information

 Anxiety & Me

 A three-part workshop on how anxiety works and evidence-based strategies for managing it effectively.

Must commit to all 3 sessions of the course.

Round 1: Thursdays, 2/21, 2/28 and 3/7 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Round 2: Tuesdays, 3/26, 4/2 and 4/9 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

To enroll, or questions please email Alex Kim at ajkim@amherst.edu

La Platica

A weekly drop-in discussion centering the voices and experiences of Latinx students at Amherst

Time and Location: Thursdays 4PM-5PM at Jose Marti room

Contact Lola Brown: lobrown@amherst.edu for more information

MEMBERS-ONLY GROUPS:  For students who are in counseling

Building Social & Emotional Intelligence

Enhance participants' social and emotional intelligence, self-knowledge, and help them build sustaining relationships

Time and Location: Mondays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm

Counseling Center, Scott House location

Please contact Min Cheng mcheng@amherst.edu for more information