Counseling Center

Counseling Services at Elms College

The Elms College Counseling Center endeavors to empower students to accomplish their mental health, education, and career goals.

The Counseling Center provides confidential counseling and psychotherapy to full-time Elms College students, at no charge.

Our purpose is to support students, further their growth, and give them a safe place to discuss their dilemmas and concerns. We can help you cope with a variety of issues, from managing the challenges of college life, to navigating issues of personal development, to dealing with painful life events.

Some common student issues are:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Homesickness and loneliness
  • Conflicts with others
  • Eating disorders and body image
  • Family problems
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Crisis and personal trauma
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief and loss

The Counseling Center is located in the Health Center on the second floor of the Maguire Center. It is open 35 hours per week during the academic year, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is staffed by a licensed clinician. Appointments may be made in person, by calling the Counseling Center at 265-2275, or by calling the Health Center at 265-2288.


Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses throughout North America. For more information about the Elms College chapter of Active Minds, please contact Dr. Diana Lewis at 413-265-2427 or email her at

Anxiety Disorders Association of America helps people to understand and live with anxiety disorders.


Learn more about protecting your emotional health and what to do if you or a friend are struggling with mental health issues.

Half of Us

Check out the Half of Us campaign, a project with mtvU that includes videos of your favorite artists and other students sharing how they've coped with mental health issues.

Suicide Prevention

If you are thinking about suicide, read this first.
Myths about Suicide
American Association of Suicidology
Suicide Resource Kit for Faculty and Staff


Contact Us

Counseling Center
John Coan