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
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Loneliness
  • Racism
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Trauma including interpersonal violence, racial trauma, and other traumatic experiences
  • Trans Health Care
  • 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


    • Individual Counseling - Individual counseling can range anywhere from one or a couple of sessions up to about a semester, the frequency and duration being determined by the student and clinician according to clinical needs and schedule availability. Good to know: The average number of counseling sessions for most students is 3 - 4, and most students meet with their individual clinicians every other week. Learn how to Make an Appointment.
    • Same-Day Scheduling for Single Sessions - In order to provide rapid access for students who need support with a specific issue but who may not need or desire ongoing counseling, we also offer a limited number of same-day sessions each day. Students who schedule a same-day appointment will meet with a clinician for a focused, single session of care so that they may obtain tools, tips, or strategies for addressing what is troubling them.  If additional assistance is desired, students may call for another same-day single session as needed. Good to know: These appointments are scheduled on the day of, and on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are most useful if you come with an identified goal in mind. You should arrive 10 - 15 minutes early to fill out some forms prior to your appointment
    • Psychiatric Services (medication management) - Adjunctive psychiatric services are available for students who are concurrently engaged in a stable counseling relationship (either with an on- or off-campus provider). Students must be referred by their counselor/therapist to our psychiatry service. Students who are enrolled in Tufts' Student Health Insurance are covered for in-house psychiatric services. For all other students, there is a charge. We cannot bill insurance but some plans may reimburse through the out-of-network benefit.
    • Referral to Off-campus Providers and Support - Due to CMHS’ short-term model, students looking for long-term treatment/weekly psychotherapy are strongly encouraged to utilize the referral information page to contact providers or connect with our Care Manager who provides case management support to students seeking a provider in the community.
    • Consultations and Training
    • Animal Assisted Therapy
    • Ask a CounselorSpeak informally with a clinician at CMHS for a short (15 minutes or less) confidential telephone consultation.
    • Telehealth Resources
    • Groups and Workshops