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

                        1:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Monday

                        10:00 am – Noon and 1:30 pm – 4:30 Tuesday

                        10:00 am – Noon and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Wednesday

                        10:30 am – Noon and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Thursdays and Friday


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 Advocaates) 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

Journaling for Self-Direction

This interactive drop-in workshop serires will strengthen your awareness of who you are, what you want to do with your life, and how you are going to do it. Facilitated by Laura Fusari and Emily Merriman.
8:00pm -- Thursday, March 9th, MRC
8:00pm -- Thursday, April 13th, McCaffrey Room

DROP IN GROUPS — Anyone can join anytime, No pre-group meeting is necessary

Break the Silence

A student-led support group for students who have experienced sexual violence. Held in a safe, private setting where we share our throughts and support through check-ins and group activities. Interested in attending or learning more?

Please contact Laura Fusari at lfusari@amherst.edu for more information

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: Fridays at 3:00 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 other Friday starting on Feb 12 (March 4th, 25, April 1st, 15, 29, May 6th), 3:00 pm, Drew House common room – first floor

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

Amherst Cross-Cultural Forum

The Amherst Cross-Cultural Forum (formerly the Amherst English Corner) is a comfortable, inclusive, and intentional space for the discussion of cross-cultural perspectives, issues, and challenges. Our objective is to foster community through creating a shared space for sutdent driven dialogue. The group will meet once per month over lunchtime at Valentine Hall. Please feel free to bring your Val lunch with you to the meeting location.

Time and Location: Once per month on Fridays, Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room. Specific dates, room number, and topic will be sent out via AC Daily Mail.

Facilitator: Min Cheng, Ph.D. For more information please contact Min: mcheng@amherst.edu

 Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health, and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.


Location: CANCELED

Facilitator: Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. & Zamir Nestelbaum, MD, MPH. For more information please email Sarah Erickson at serickson@amherst.edu

MEMBERS-ONLY GROUPS: Requires a pre-group meeting with the facilitator to join

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

IPT is an evidence based therapiy that aims to decrease the symptoms of depression and anxiety by improving communication skills, addressing current interpersonal problem areas, and enhancing social support.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:00pm
Please call the Counseling Center at (413) 542-2354 to schedule a pre-group meeting.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

In a safe and energizing group of your peers, learn more about yourself and work on interpersonal goals to help you have more effective and more intimate relationships with others.

Time and Location: Tuesdays, 3:30pm
Please call the Counseling Center at (413) 542-2354 to schedule a pre-group meeting.

Managing ADHD: Strategies and Support

This educational support group will help you understand and harness your amazing, albeit sometimes frustrating, mind and cognitive processes. Students will learn strategies for managing time, organization, planning, procrastination and distractibility, as well as strategies for taming your self-criticism when things don’t go as planned.

Time and Location: TBD

Facilitated by: Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. and Jodi Foley, M.S. 

For more information please contact Sarah Erickson or Jodi Foley: serickson@amherst.edu | jfoley@amherst.edu


Other presentations and workshops on mental health topics are available upon request. Simply call our office at least two weeks ahead to discuss the event and assure that we can meet your needs. 413-542-2354