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Counseling Services

CMHS offers a variety of psychological services to assist you in managing the many demands and developmental challenges of college. These services include:

Triage & Brief Assessment (Routine)

  • If you are new to CMHS, please call during our regular center hours of 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. to schedule a brief assessment. During this time we will triage your concerns, provide you with both on-campus and off-campus referrals as appropriate, and in the case of emergencies, connect you with immediate crisis services.

Triage & Brief Assessment (Emergency):

  • CMHS provides same day services for crisis and emergency situations. If you are in crisis or have an emergency please contact us during our usual hours of M-F from 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
  • We can arrange for you to meet with our daily on-call therapist to discuss the nature of your concerns, provide helpful interventions, and discuss options and recommendations that meet your clinical care requirements.
  • If you are in need of emergency service at other times, please see our website for more information as to how to Access Emergency Services. If you are in a serious and life threatening emergency, please bypass this information and call 911 immediately for the UConn Police.

Initial Assessment

Students who present with clinical need will be offered an initial assessment. The student and therapist will then meet to conduct a broad-based mental health evaluation and to decide together how counseling can be most helpful. When further treatment is indicated, the therapist will discuss the combination of services that may be most helpful and schedule appropriate follow-up appointment(s). Before the appointment, we ask you to complete an information packet, available on-line (download here PDF Icon) or at the CMHS office (please arrive 20 minutes prior to scheduled initial assessment to complete paperwork). The packet provides the therapist with additional important information about your concerns.

Stress Management Clinic (SMC)

Stress Management Clinic is a new CMHS behavioral health service offered for the purpose of helping students maintain optimal functioning in the university environment. Stress Management Clinic is designed for students who may struggle with the everyday challenges of college life and who are able to engage in self-monitoring, self-directed learning, and social support. Offered in small group format lead by a CMHS staff member, SMC focuses on skills training in coping with stress, and assists students in developing a tailored plan to address specific concerns. Students will be referred to this service via triage or, for ongoing clients, via their CMHS provider. Students who present with complex mental health histories, with any safety concerns, or with significant impairments in daily functioning will not be appropriate for this service, and will be best served by other levels of mental health care provided either inside or outside of CMHS. For more information about structure and admission to SMC please click here. Word Icon

Grief Support Group

Grief is a normal response to the death of a loved one, but it can be an overwhelming experience for many college students. Students coping with grief are often helped by participation in a grief support group.

CMHS offers a confidential support group for students who have suffered a recent or distant loss. Participation in the Grief Support group will provide students with an opportunity to:

  • * connect with other students who are coping with loss
  • * talk about their grief experiences
  • * share their coping strategies, strengths, and hopes with others
  • * receive emotional support, information, and resources.

The process of working through grief can be complicated, but there is help and support available. Please contact CMHS if you are interested in attending the Grief Support Group.

*Grief support group is facilitated by Jennifer Fox, Ph.D., and Joyce Suh, MA.
**Grief support group is an OUTREACH/CORE service of CMHS for which there is no fee.

End of the Semester Coping Strategy Sessions

CMHS will offer sessions during the final weeks of the semester on a drop-in basis, at 3:00 p.m. for new clients and 3:30 p.m. for clients who have been seen at CMHS during FA12. You may come to one or all sessions with no appointment or previous CMHS contact. Sessions will be run in a group format. There will be time during the meeting for you to express individual concerns. The focus will be on problem-solving and strategies for coping with immediate stressors. **If you are new to CMHS, please arrive at 3:00 p.m. for registration. Coping Strategy Sessions will be offered from November 26th to December 14, 2012.

Group Treatment

Our groups generally are comprised of 6-10 students and are typically led by two therapists. Groups meet for 1 1/2 hours every week. General therapy group addresses a broad cross-section of mental health concerns. Groups address substance use, eating disorders, bereavement, anxiety, older students, stress management, GLBTQ support and general therapy concerns. Please visit CMHS Group Therapy page for information on our groups offered each semester.

Individual Therapy

The goal of brief individual therapy is to focus on current concerns to promote further individual growth and to help with relieving some of the emotional discomfort that comes with individual concerns. The university provides short term, brief therapy to all eligible students.

Medication Evaluation and Monitoring

Individual sessions with either a psychiatrist or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) to review medication.

Workshops and Seminars

Many issues and areas of growth may be effectively explored outside of the counseling office. CMHS staff can present/facilitate workshops and seminars pertinent to college counseling and college life and can include anything from depression to anxiety and stress. Call us with your ideas and let's see how we can help.

Workshops and seminars can also be tailored to particular needs/interests. Workshop and seminars should be requested at least 2 weeks prior to date of interest.

Consultation

CMHS offers consultation services by licensed staff to assist faculty, administrators, residence hall personnel, and others on campus in their daily work with students. Examples of consultation activities include:

  • Providing information on campus and community mental health resources
  • Working with academic advisors in teaching students how to cope with anxiety, stress, anger and depression
  • Assisting in residence hall staff and counselor training
  • Planning strategies to avert a potential crisis
  • Crisis response
  • Grief and loss
  • Managing group conflict

For More Consultation Information for Faculty and Staff, please click Here.

For More Consultation Information for Parents and Families, please click Here.

Advocacy

Mostly provided in the treatment setting as part of collaborative interventions geared towards ensuring the students health and academic needs.

Referrals

In the event that your concerns cannot be met by CMHS, appropriate referral to community agencies will be arranged with you.

For a complete listing of area private mental health practitioners, please Click Here Excel Icon. CMHS provides no actual endorsement of these practitioners, these practitioner have submitted information to CMHS declaring their interest in being on a CMHS referral list for UConn students.

How to contact CMHS

  • Call (860) 486-4705
  • Visit CMHS
    We are located in the Arjona Building, 337 Mansfield Road, Unit 1255.