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Counseling Services

Our mission is to facilitate self-discovery, personal growth and self-empowerment for Westfield State University students.

The Counseling Center generally operates on a brief therapy model in which the counselor actively assists the student in defining the problem, identifying specific goals, and producing change. The focus is on identifying client strengths and resources as a foundation for problem-solving. Counselors work with students to help them find the most efficient solutions to their problems. There is a 7 session limit (per semester) for each student unless otherwise recommended by the counselor.

Crisis and Emergency services

Counseling Services

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling (Looking for a specific topic? Email Julia to make a request.)
  • Couple counseling
  • Assessment of needs
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation
  • Referrals to community and other WSU resources

All counseling sessions are strictly confidential. No information may be released without the written permission of the student.

Seeing a Counselor
Walk-in to the Counseling Center, in the Lammers Hall Annex, anytime Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm. All you have to say is, "Hi, I'd like to make an appointment." You will fill out some paperwork in our waiting room. Then we will get you set up with an appointment. Usually you can see a counselor within a week, but during busier times of the year, you may need to wait a little longer. In the case of a crisis/emergency, the Counseling Center will offer an appointment as soon as possible.

Why People Go To Counseling
There are times when people struggle with a concern than they find difficult to resolve. Talking with a counselor can be helpful in exploring, understanding, and working through your concerns. Individual sessions usually are scheduled once a week. The number of sessions you have will vary depending on the nature of your concerns, and what you and your counselor decide.

Issues commonly brought to college counseling centers:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Homesickness/loneliness
  • Conflicts with others
  • Crisis/trauma
  • Family problems
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal feelings/thoughts
  • Sexual orientation issues
  • Gender identity
  • Time management problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Decision-making difficulties
  • Eating problems/eating disorders
  • Personal identity issues
  • Communication difficulties
  • Substance abuse
  • Anything else! Your issues does not have to be on this list in order for you to come to counseling.

All services are confidential and free to full-time day students. DGCE students may be seen for consultation and referral.

Graduate Counseling Interns also provide counseling. All interns have completed their graduate coursework in counseling and provide services under the direct supervision of professional staff members.

Westfield State University Privacy Practices

For WSU Employees:

Counseling services are available to employees of the University through the AllOne Health Employee Assistance Program

Contact them at: 800-451-1834

The Westfield State University Counseling Center is committed to offering services free of bias regarding race, gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation. Our offices are handicapped-accessible, and we place paramount importance on treating all individuals respectfully and honorably.