Make an Appointment
Ways You Can Make an Appointment
Call 617-627-3360 or stop by to make an appointment any time between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Read our bios if you want to request a counselor with a particular expertise, or of a specific racial, ethnic, or gender identity. Our front desk staff will match your request with your schedule.
If the counselor you see doesn’t feel like a good fit, you can either let your counselor know or just call our front desk and request a different counselor.
Your First Appointment
- Come 15 minutes early and check in at the front desk
- We will give you papers to read and fill out before you meet with you counselor
- Appointments range from 45-50 minutes unless otherwise stated
What to Expect
Your first appointment will be an intake appointment.
You and your counselor will review
- The concerns you came in to discuss in light of your personal history and life experiences
- The goals of your counseling, options available to you, and a plan for achieving your goals
- Your treatment options, which include brief individual counseling at CMHS, referral to a provider in the community, referral to a group, and/or other on or off-campus resources
When you check in for your initial appointment, we’ll ask you to fill out a short checklist regarding recent experiences and feelings. This should take no more than 5 minutes.
We’ll also ask you to sign a few forms. If you wish, you can print these and bring the completed forms with you to your first appointment:
- Clients Rights and Responsibilities - A summary of your rights based on the Massachusetts law, The Patient's Bill of Rights. This form explains confidentiality and how to get the most out of your counseling experience. It is for you to read and keep.
- Informed Consent Statement and Confidentiality Policy - A brief overview of what to expect from counseling and our confidentiality policy. By signing this form, you will consent to counseling at Health Service.
- Student Information Form - This form asks for basic information such as your name and contact information, background, and health history.
If you have any questions or concerns about the content of these documents, your counselor will be happy to discuss them with you when you meet.