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Counseling & Wellness

In Case of Emergency, please call 617.879.7800


The Counseling & Wellness Center offers programs promoting wellbeing throughout the academic year. Counseling is free short-term psychotherapy, evaluations, referrals, and other resources for students. 

contact

counseling@massart.edu • T: 617.879.7760 • F: 617.879.7769
2nd Floor of Kennedy Building

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Emergency Drop-in HoursMonday - Friday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

To request a first appointment, please email us or give us a call!

Counseling Philosophy of Care

The Counseling and Wellness Center exists to support students as they develop as artists, designers and educators. We recognize students whose flourishing is impacted by social injustices and mental health challenges, and are committed to utilizing compassion and consciousness to aid students on their journey toward healing and wholeness. We affirm that black lives matter, and we center the importance of honoring, respecting and supporting all aspects of the identities of MassArt’s community members.

We consider it a sign of strength when a student decides to seek counseling. We believe that the process of counseling can result in an individual gaining insights, new skills, and personal growth to help them navigate the challenges of college life and beyond.

Counseling is a collaborative relationship between a client and a mental health professional that is trained to help clients to understand and change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Clients often experience a wide range of emotions during the counseling sessions. At times this can be overwhelming but, if the individual works closely with the counselor, it is generally found to be fulfilling and will provide relief by talking about difficult topics.

Students come to us during times of crisis and intense stress when their usual supports or coping skills are not working. Sometimes students come in who have less pressing concerns - such as a roommate conflict or difficulty with an academic subject. We welcome all students and try to provide an initial session as swiftly as possible.

After Hours Support

Want to talk to someone on the phone after our office is closed? Trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to provide support and assistance. Visit samaritanshope.org or call 877.870.HOPE (4673).

Not comfortable talking on the phone? Crisistextline.org provides free, 24 hour emotional support by text. Text 741741 when you need to talk. A live, trained counselor will respond promptly and be available to provide support and assistance. 

If there is an emergency that requires immediate assistance, call MassArt Public Safety at 617.879.7800. If you are off-campus, please call 911.