Counseling and Wellness Center
The Counseling and Wellness Center offers counseling and wellness programs throughout the academic year.
The counseling is free short-term psychotherapy, evaluations, referrals, and other resources for students. In most cases, students can be seen within a week and, in an emergency, a student can be seen immediately. To make an appointment, call, email or stop by to schedule the appointment in person.
Wellness programs are held throughout the year to help students maintain healthy lives and build on their strengths. Stress reduction groups, yoga, and meditation sittings are offered during the school year. Smoking cessation, alcohol and drug education and health screenings are other programs that are offered throughout the year.
In the wake of the recent Boston Marathon tragedy, here are some helpful resources for students and parents:
- Self-Care in Times of Distress
- Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering from Disasters and Other Traumatic Events
If you are having thoughts of suicide, impulses to hurt yourself or someone else, severe mental confusion or disorientation, or if you have just been a victim of violence or a sexual assault, contact Counseling Services immediately.
- During office hours, contact our office at (617) 879-7760.
- After office hours, contact MassArt Public Safety at (617) 879-7800.
Counseling and Wellness Center
2nd Floor, Kennedy Building (upstairs from the Dining Hall and Peet's)
For more information:
- Our Philosophy of Care
- Meet the Counselors
- How to Schedule an Appointment
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Online Counseling Pamphlet Collection
- Relaxation Techniques
- Relaxation Exercises (collection of mp3 audio)
- Sleep Foundation Website (tips and quizzes on sleep-related topics)
- Information on ADD/ADHD
- Information on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana
- Guide for Parents
- Guide for Faculty / Staff
- Assisting the Emotionally Distressed Student (pdf)
- Clinical Training Program
We also keep open a daily emergency drop-in time (3:00 pm Monday - Friday) for any crisis or urgent situation that a student may have that would benefit from immediate attention from a counselor. This can be scheduled by calling or coming in to the Counseling Services office during the day or a student may show up at 3:00 and meet directly with a counselor.
Sexual Assault Information
If you or a friend has been sexually assaulted, it is important that you receive medical and psychological care as soon as possible.
- Contact Public Safety at (617) 879-7800 for assistance to be transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Emergency Services.
- Contact Health and Counseling Services at (617) 879-7760 for additional support, guidance, and resources.
To schedule an appointment for counseling stop by to visit, call (617) 879-7760 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if it's not an emergency but I'm really upset?
At times of distress that do not reach the level of a crisis or emergency, there are several things you can do to help you cope with and reduce your distress. Here are a few suggestions:
- Practice breathing exercises for relaxation.
- Write in a journal.
- Talk to a friend, family member, or MassArt faculy or staff.
- Take a walk.
- Practice relaxation techniques.
- Listen to your favorite music.
- Engage your creative energy (draw, build, or paint).
- Watch a movie or distract yourself with a relaxing game.
- Daydream about a favorite activity.
- Recall a pleasant memory, focusing on the images, sounds, and sensations that are associated with the memory.