Philosophy of Care
The primary purpose of the MassArt Counseling Services is to enhance the ability of students to develop their creative, intellectual, and emotional potential in order to have a successful college experience.
We consider it a sign of strength when a student decides to seek counseling. We believe that the process of counseling can result in an individual gaining insights, new skills, and personal growth to help them navigate the challenges of college life and beyond. Counseling is a collaborative relationship between a client and a mental health professional that is trained to help clients to understand and change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Clients often experience a wide range of emotions during the counseling sessions. At times this can be overwhelming but, if the individual works closely with the counselor, it is generally found to be fulfilling and will provide relief by talking about difficult topics.
Students come to us during times of crisis and intense stress when their usual supports or coping skills are not working. Sometimes students come in who have less pressing concerns - such as a roommate conflict or difficulty with an academic subject. We welcome all students and try to provide an initial session as swiftly as possible.