Drop-In Support/Discussion Groups

Queer Talk

Please join us for safe, candid conversations about sexual orientation, sexual identity, and your experiences at Amherst College. All are welcome. Facilitated by Britt Billmeyer-Finn LICSW and Caitlin Carmody LCSW.

Time/Location: Fridays 3-4pm @ the QRC starting on 2/25                                  

Please contact Britt Billmeyer-Finn or Caitlin Carmody for more information: bbillmeyerfinn@amherst.edu | ccarmody@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. Facilitated by Darien McFadden, Ph.D.

Time/Location: Virtual Meeting Mondays 3-4pm (starting on 2/21)

For more information please contact Darien McFadden: dmcfadden@amherst.edu

La Plática

A weekly drop-in discussion centering the voices and experiences of Latinx students at Amherst. Facilitated by Lola Brown, MSW, LICSW.

Time/Location: Virtual Meeting Thursdays 4-5pm


Therapy Groups (Sign-up required)

How to Deal: Coping Strategies for Stress, Anxiety and Difficult Feelings

This is a virtual 5-week therapy group to explore helpful coping strategies during times of increased stress, to identify your strengths and patterns of coping that do and do not serve you, to reduce anxiety, to deal with mood changes, to support motivation and practice rest without judgment, decrease negative self-talk and thoughts, and to help group members through difficult feelings. We will do this through sharing experiences, learning and practicing an array of coping strategies and by creating internal and external resources to support you in moments of overwhelm. Facilitated by Britt Billmeyer-Finn LICSW, Staff Counselor 

Section 1: Mondays February 28th-April 4th (no meeting over Spring Recess)

Session 1: 9:30am-10:30am / Section 2: 11:00am-12:00pm

New Section Opened: Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., starting on April 12th  through May 10th 

Where: Zoom link to be provided

Sign up by contacting the Counseling Center, counsctr@amherst.edu / (413) 542-2354 or Britt Billmeyer-Finn at bbillmeyerfinn@amherst.edu

Understanding Myself and Others

This group meets weekly and provides a supportive environment for students to discuss the meaningful and challenging aspects of their lives. Students get to explore and be curious about how they build relationships, and learn to observe and identifying what relational patterns work and do not work for them. Students often gain insight into their identity and self-concept, improve their self-esteem, approach relationship and/or communication patterns in new ways, and explore difficult feelings and how to resolve them. Everyone works together toward their goals by providing encouragement to one another, giving and receiving feedback, experimenting with new ideas and behaviors, and connecting in deep ways with each other.

Want to know more?

This group requires a 30 min pre-group meeting to join. Please contact the Counseling Center at (413) 542-2354 or counsctr@amherst.edu to schedule this meeting.

Time/Location: Mondays (2/28-5/9, no meeting over spring recess) (Time and Location TBD)

Please contact Britt Billmeyer-Finn for more information: bbillmeyerfinn@amherst.edu

Grief and Loss 

If you have experienced the loss of a loved one,  we invite you to join this facilitated weekly group, in which we will create a warm, supportive space for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss. We will begin the week of February 21 and the time will be determined by the availability of the group members. 

This group requires a 30 min pre-group meeting to join. Please contact the Counseling Center at (413) 542-2354 or counsctr@amherst.edu to schedule this meeting.

Time/Location: TBD

Please contact Cailin Qualliotine Psy.D. for more information: cqualliotine@amherst.edu

Beyond Words: Healing Sexual and Relational Trauma 

This group is open to all genders seeking support and healing around unwanted sexual contact, or abusive sexual experiences at any age that might include sexual assault, intimate partner or dating violence, harassment or any relational abuse. This group will meet weekly. In group, participants will learn about how these difficult experiences show up in the mind, body and heart through engagement with positive coping strategies, discussion about how trauma and negative experiences impact sense of self and relationships of all kinds.

Want to know more?

This group requires a 30-minute pre-group meeting with the facilitators

Please contact the Counseling Center: (413) 542-2354 or counsctr@amherst.edu to set up a pre-group meeting.

Time/Location: Fridays (2/25-5/13, no meeting over spring recess) 1:00-2:15pm

                             All meetings will be virtual, zoom link to be provided individually

Partnership with McLean Hospital

The Counseling Center is proud to announce a new offering of virtual groups run by professionals at McLean Hospital. These groups are free and available to all students. See the information on the different offerings below. 

Bridge to Campus: Amherst Psychoeducational Group

McLean Hospital's College Mental Health Program (CMHP) is offering a weekly psychoeducational group specifically for Amherst students. This group uses a strengths-based and identity informed model to support students in bridging the connection between their mental health and wellbeing, and their personal and academic goals. The group structure allows for both development of concrete coping skills informed by DBT, CBT, and ACT, as well as an opportunity to process and reflect with peers on the multifaceted experience of being a college student. Facilitated by CMHP staff members, Malia Chan, LMHC, and Alison Matthews, LMHC.

Time/Location: Virtual Meeting Wednesday 11-11:50am

For interested students, please contact cnevins@mclean.harvard.edu to schedule a 30-minute intake/group introduction.

Bridge to Campus Outpatient Groups: McLean Hospital College Mental Health Program

For Amherst students who wish to participate in psychoeducational groups with students from colleges and universities across the country, McLean Hospital's College Mental Health Program welcomes them to join one of their three existing outpatient groups. These groups are open to students currently enrolled in college or on a leave of absence, allowing for a range of perspectives, experiences, and insight around college student mental health. Group agendas are informed by the needs of the students in the group.  The Wednesday and Friday groups are considered general psychoeducational groups for college students and the Thursday: Self-Care and Wellness group offers a specific focus on eating behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and substance use. Facilitated by CMHP staff members, Malia Chan, LMHC, and Alison Matthews, LMHC.


Wednesdays: 2:00-2:50pm - General, zoom

Thursdays: 2:00-2:50pm - Self-Care and Wellness, zoom

Fridays: 11:10am-12:00pm General, zoom

For interested students, please contact cnevins@mclean.harvard.edu to schedule a 30-minute intake/group introduction.

Skills Classes and Workshops

Mental Wellbeing Open Hours

 Do you have questions about Wellness topics or Mental Health resources? Are you looking for a starting point around mindfulness or coping with distractions? Join these informal drop in spaces with Garrett Fitzgerald, Program Director for Mental Health Outreach to get your questions answered or start exploring options.

Time/Location: Virtual Meetings 

Tuesdays 10am-12pm (Session 1)


Fridays  1-3pm (Session 2)


Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) Transition 

When students experience emotional and mental health difficulties, they are most likely to turn to their friends first. PSST equips students with the skills and information they need to be able to respond effectively when their friends are struggling. 

To enroll, or for more info, please email Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu

Outreach and Training

We often provide training, workshops, and educational sessions for members of the Amherst community, including faculty, staff, and departments/centers on campus. Topics include tips on accessing and connecting with services, responding to students in distress. The Wellness Team and Mental Health Promotion also provide education on a wide range of topics including self-care, listening/support skills, conflict resolution, resiliency, and goal setting.

Visit the Wellness Team site to learn more about their training, or contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu. You can also contact Mr. Fitzgerald to inquire about training from the Counseling Center.