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Amherst College Counseling Center

 

Scott House building

Scott House, 14 Hitchcock Road, Amherst, MA
Telephone: 413-542-2354

E-mail: counsctr@amherst.edu

Summer Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • We are offering walk-in hours for Amherst College students weekdays between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
  • To schedule a regular appointment, please call the office assistant for available times.
  • Counseling Center offices located in Keefe Campus Center are closed for the summer.

Enrolled Amherst College students in need of emergency mental health consultations evenings, weekends, or holidays should contact Amherst College campus police at 413-542-2291 to be directed to the Counseling Center's counselor-on-call.

College Closings During Inclement Weather
If the College announces a closing due to inclement weather, the Counseling Center will be closed as well.  If you have a scheduled appointment, please call the office during the next business day to reschedule.  For information regarding a closing of the College or a delay in its opening, call 413-542-SNOW (413-542-7669) or (888) 289-1049 outside of the 413 area.  In addition to announcements on the telephone line, the College will notify television stations (WSHM TV3; WGGB TV 40, and WWLP TV 22) and radio stations (WHYN FM 93.1, AM 560; WFCR 88.5 FM; WNNZ 640 AM and WPKX FM 97.9).  You will also find this information on the main page of the College's website. 

About the Amherst College Counseling Center --

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 that they are better able to respond to life problems and concerns. We are here to help in ways to further students’ growth and make their experiences as Amherst students more productive and successful.

There are many issues that are appropriate to take up with the Counseling Center: adjusting to college, personal or emotional concerns, persistent difficulties in studying, bothersome moods, relationship problems, family problems, or simply a wish to know more about oneself. No commitment is involved in an initial meeting, and sitting down with one of us is often the best way to decide if counseling might be useful in a particular situation. We are a diverse group of therapists who are trained to listen to and clarify various life dilemmas or troubling feelings. We appreciate the delicacy of attempting to talk directly about difficult matters, and encourage students to let the counselor know if the talk does not seem helpful or to ask for a different counselor if there is some serious incompatibility.

Sessions are scheduled based on what might be most practical and helpful. Some students get what they need in one or two sessions; others might continue a little longer. If the difficulty in question is beyond our resources (for instance, an academic difficulty that could best be helped by tutoring, writing issues that are better referred to the Writing Center, or a problem that deserves more intensive, specialized, or longer term therapy than we can provide), then we can refer students to other sources of help.

In order to preserve the confidentiality of our work, the Counseling Center does not intervene in matters between students and other departments at the college (e.g. grades, course extensions, room changes, meal plans, study abroad decisions etc.), nor does it communicate with outside institutions (such as graduate schools and government agencies) without the student’s explicit request and permission. A student’s choice to meet with a counselor is solely the business of that student, unless he or she chooses to share such information. There is no outside record of a student’s visit here, and our own records are destroyed within a reasonable period of time after a student’s graduation. Read our Policy on Confidentiality for more details.

Please feel free to call us at 413-542-2354 or e-mail at counsctr@amherst.edu with any questions. We look forward to meeting you.