Professionally trained and licensed clinicians offer free, confidential service to all Berklee students. Counselors provide short-term counseling or a referral to a community practitioner, giving students an opportunity to receive help with depression and anxiety, stress management, relationship and family concerns, sexual assault or harassment, substance abuse, wellness, crisis intervention, and any other concern impacting their mental health.
The mission of Counseling Services is to assist students in pursuing their artistry, goals, and personal development toward a fulfilling Berklee experience. We accomplish this by offering a range of mental health services in an inclusive, affirming, and student-centered environment, rooted in compassionate and ethical care.
Currently enrolled students can set up an initial appointment with a counselor by calling 617-747-2310 or stopping by the Counseling Center at 161 Massachusetts Avenue, fourth floor and speaking with the administrative assistant. At the initial appointment, the counselor will assess needs and discuss various treatment options. Depending on the presenting concerns, students can receive referrals for treatment in the community or be seen internally for short-term treatment based on goal-focused brief counseling. Students may also be referred to group therapy internally or externally, community resources, and other campus services as needed.
The Counseling Center holds confidentiality in the highest regard. Massachusetts state law and ethical guidelines for therapists require that student visits and all information shared during therapy sessions remain confidential. We cannot release information to anyone without the student's written permission. This includes friends, faculty, staff, and parents. Records of therapy sessions are kept in a secure electronic medical record. Exceptions to confidentiality occur only under special circumstances, such as being an imminent danger to self or others. A counselor will review these exceptions in detail at the initial appointment.
Consultation service is available to Berklee students, faculty, staff, and family members who are concerned about a Berklee student's mental health. Call the administrative assistant at 617-747-2310 or stop by the Counseling Center at 161 Massachusetts Avenue, fourth floor to leave a message with the counseling team. Let the receptionist know how soon you woud like a call back depending on the situation.