Services

Individual Counseling
Individual sessions (45 minutes) may be arranged by students who would benefit from support, help with problem-solving, a neutral and confidential space, short-term therapy, and/or crisis management. Walk-in counseling sessions are also available Monday through Friday between 1:30 and 4:30. 

Support Groups
If four or more students are interested, a support group can be created to explore issues. Past groups have included the following topics: Grief & Loss, Learning Disabilities, Students who are Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/ or Questioning, Self-Esteem, Eating Issues & Body Image, Sexual Assault Survivors, Managing Stress and Anxiety, and Adult Children of Alcoholics.

Consultation Meetings
Part-time students, graduate students, staff and faculty are invited to meet on a consulting basis to discuss their concerns about a student or colleague, or to discuss their own interest in community resources.

Crisis Intervention
The counseling staff provides crisis intervention services for the undergraduate, residential student population. This service is provided in conjunction with the Student Life Office. See the section on Crisis Services for more information.

Off Campus Referrals

The counseling staff will offer services they are qualified to provide. For therapeutic needs that require more time and attention than the staff can provide, referrals will be made to community therapists or to a therapist already connected to the student’s family. Referrals will also be made in relation to crisis intervention and when a psychiatric evaluation is necessary.

Student Support Network

The SSN is a training program designed to give students the skills needed to identify, support, and refer peers who may be struggling with personal issues. Participants learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health distress and alcohol and other drug abuse, and become more confident in reaching out and supporting friends and peers. The training consists of six mandatory sessions of 1 hour and 15 minutes each week. For more information, please email Catherine Welch at cwelch2@smcvt.edu or call 802.654.2271.

In addition, Active Minds is a student-run mental health awareness organization on campus. Find out more on the student organizations community page.

Training and Education
The counseling staff is available to assist other offices and student groups in the area of in-service trainings and educational workshops and presentations.

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