Our Services

Why Do Students Use Counseling Services?

Counseling can provide support and help you gain a better understanding of yourself, as well as help you develop skills to cope better emotionally, socially or academically. Each year, approximately 25% of Tufts students seek support through our service for issues including:

  • Adjustment to life transitions such as starting or finishing college
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Body image and eating concerns
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Depressed or low mood
  • Drug and alcohol related concerns
  • Family issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity issues
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Loneliness
  • Racism
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Trauma including interpersonal violence, racial trauma, and other traumatic experiences
  • Many other mental health issues. 

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    Scope of Care

    We offer time-limited counseling services for students based on an individualized plan co-created by the student and their counselor. There is not a pre-set number of sessions, although the duration is rarely beyond about a semester. The type and length of counseling is tailored to the specific needs of each student.

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    Scope of Clinical Practice

    CMHS has a diverse team of clinicians who are deeply committed and passionate about helping Tufts students thrive and grow throughout their time on campus. We utilize a brief model of counseling that is generally appropriate for issues such as:

    • Low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, or stress
    • Relationship and family issues
    • Grief and loss
    • Identity related issues
    • Trauma including race-based trauma
    • Eating concerns
    • Substance use issues
    • Unwelcome sexual experiences

    Although we are able to help the majority of students seeking our services, the following needs are generally beyond our scope of practice. In these situations, we are happy to assist students with referrals to a more appropriate resource:

    • When a student requires longer term or more frequent counseling sessions
    • When a student’s issues are best met by exploratory, open ended, or long-term supportive care
    • When a student needs a specialized treatment modality that CMHS does not provide
    • When a student can be more appropriately assisted by another office, service, or specialist on campus
    • When a student needs a more intensive level of care such as an intensive outpatient or inpatient program
    • When a student requires court-ordered or mandated treatment or forensic evaluation

    Referrals to Community Mental Health Providers

    Students who request an off campus provider can access us for help with referrals, if desired. Some students seen at CMHS may be referred to providers in the community for further services after a course of treatment at CMHS, while in other situations they may be referred immediately after the initial assessment. Additionally, in rare circumstances students may be referred for the following, or other reasons:

    • When a student is receiving ongoing therapy with another mental health provider
    • When a student is seeking medication for ADHD without required documentation
    • When a student is misusing medication prescribed by CMHS
    • When a student is repeatedly in crisis over needing medication refills due to lack of planning