The counseling staff at Boston Conservatory and Berklee is here to support students as they define goals, develop strategies for change, realize a greater understanding of self and others, and expand personal potential. The staff is also available to help students who may be experiencing specific mental health concerns ranging from depression and anxiety to trauma, sexual assault, substance use concerns, disordered eating, self-injury, suicidality, and psychosis.
Any concern a student has is regarded as important and treated with respect. Counselors are sensitive to issues of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, physical capacities, and learning differences.
All counseling services are included in the comprehensive fee that full-time students pay.
How to Make an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, students can contact Counseling Services by calling the front desk at 617-747-2310, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and asking to schedule an initial assessment. Initial assessments are generally scheduled within two weeks and last about 30 minutes. During the initial assessment, the student's current needs are assessed and a determination of next steps is reached. Some students benefit from seeing a therapist on campus, and others benefit from getting a referral for treatment outside of Counseling Services. Regardless of the outcome, we are committed to supporting students as they work through the challenges that bring them to Counseling Services.
We have morning, afternoon, and evening availability Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 7 p.m.
If a student is experiencing a mental health emergency during normal business hours, he or she can contact Counseling Services by calling 617-747-2310, or go to the Counseling and Advising Center on the third floor of 939 Boylston Street and ask to speak with the on-call counselor. The on-call counselor will meet with the student as soon as possible.
- Assessment and referral
- Individual counseling or psychotherapy
- Consultation to the community
- After-hours counseling support
- Online mental health screenings
- Education materials
- Interactive programming
- Free online mental health screening
Description of Services
Assessment and Referral
If a student has been experiencing emotional distress, he or she can meet with a counselor for an assessment of his or her needs and determination of possible recommendations, including individual and group psychotherapy, outpatient or impatient treatment, or psychopharmacological treatment.
If a student has a history of psychotherapy or treatment and is new to the Boston area, the counseling staff will work to find an appropriate provider if needed.
Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
Individual counseling is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss any personal concerns. Students seek treatment for a variety of reasons, including adjustment issues, relationship and family concerns, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, sexual assault or harassment, suicidality, self-injury, and other mental health concerns.
Students work with the counselor to determine the appropriate course of treatment. Each student is eligible to receive 12 counseling sessions on campus per academic year. When it is determined that a referral to the community would be best for a student, the counselor will work with the student to find appropriate supports in the Boston area.
Consultation to the Community
The counseling staff is available to all members of the Boston Conservatory community, including students, parents, faculty, and staff, if there are concerns about the mental health and well-being of a Conservatory student. While confidential information cannot be released, the counseling staff can help clarify any concerns about a student and help determine a best plan of action to reach out to the student.
After-Hours Counseling Support
When the office is closed, during evenings and weekends, a counselor can be reached by contacting Public Safety at 617-912-9191 and asking to speak with the after-hours on-call counselor. The counselor is available to discuss issues of concern or respond to any urgent concerns.
Online Mental Health Screenings
Mental health screenings are available to students throughout the year. Students may be screened for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, or alcohol abuse. Following your screening, you will be given recommendations for follow-up and information on where to seek further diagnostic evaluation or treatment, if necessary.
Education materials on a wide variety of mental health and personal growth topics are available to students free of charge. Literature, pamphlets, and other self-help tools are often used by students to get more information about an issue troubling them or someone else in their life. To access this information, students can contact the counseling staff.
Interactive Programming and Workshops
Counseling programs occur on campus throughout the year and provide a focus on stress management, mental health awareness, substance use resources, and other areas of interest. Programs are open to all students and are a great way to learn more about counseling on campus.
The counseling staff is available to present or organize workshops on a variety of health topics. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a workshop for your residence hall, classroom, or event.
Confidentiality and privacy are of utmost importance for counseling services. All counseling sessions will be kept confidential, and no information will be revealed to anyone outside of Counseling and Wellness without the written consent of the student receiving services, unless it’s required by law.
If a student is judged to be a danger to self and/or others, or if minors, elderly, or persons with disabilities are being abused or neglected, legal and ethical standards will require the counseling staff to break confidentiality as to protect for the people involved.
A detailed notice of privacy practices and other limits to confidentiality is reviewed as part of every initial counseling appointment and is available upon request.