In case of emergency

For on-campus emergencies, call 6-3333.

Public Safety will send an officer and the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) to assist you.

For off-campus emergencies, call 911.

Consultations

For emergency consultations after hours, call 617-431-4814 to reach our 24-hour answering service.

Services

All students, undergraduate and graduate, may request counseling during the academic year. The duration of an individual's course of counseling will be determined by the therapist and the student. Faculty and staff members can also use the service for consultation and referral purposes.

Faculty and staff seeking personal assistance may do so through the Brandeis Employee Assistance Program.

Types of Counseling Offered

  • Individual and couples counseling
  • Groups

FALL 2014 STUDENT SUPPORT GROUPS

Mindfulness Based Coping Strategies

Please join Jennifer Brown, PsyD and Noel Coakley, LMHC on Thursdays from 3-4 pm in Room 110. This group is designed to decrease the presence of stress, anxiety, and depression in daily experience and increase overall happiness and life satisfaction through the development of mindfulness and meditation. The group will include a blend of explicit skill instruction, experiential exercises, and opportunities to process and support one another as a group. Contact Noel ncoakley@brandeis.edu or Jennifer jdbrown@brandeis.edu to participate.

Senior Group

Please join Dr. Judith Sanditen for a group for seniors held at the PCC on Mondays at 8 am, starting October 20. The group will run 5 weeks and discuss all things having to do with the senior year experience. All interested students, please contact Dr. Sanditen at 617-763-8573.

International Student Support Group

Please join Fatima Aydin, PhD and Selda Celen-Demirtas for this welcoming group for international students adjusting to life at Brandeis.  This group will meet at the PCC on Thursdays at 2 pm, starting October 23.  You will need to meet with Fatima before attending the group.  You can reach her at aydinfa@brandeis.edu.

Drop-In Meditation in the Peace Room

Please join Jennifer Brown, PsyD in the Peace Room on Wednesdays at noon for 50 minutes of guided meditation! You can contact her at jdbrown@brandeis.edu. This is a drop-in activity, so come when you can!

Social Skills/Social Anxiety Group at the PCC

Please join Jenna Marion, PsyD in the PCC on Fridays 2-3 pm starting September 19 for a wonderful group to help develop your social skills.  Jenna is an experienced group therapist and individual counselor in the PCC at Brandeis.  You can contact her at jmarion@brandeis.edu.  This is an ongoing group, please email Jenna before beginning. 

DBT Group:  Gaining Control over Out-of-Control Emotions

Please join Kristin Huang, EdD in the PCC on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 starting October 8.  This group will focus on how to navigate stress and find greater emotional balance using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  Group will meet weekly through December 10.  If interested, contact Kristin at khuang75@brandeis.edu.  This group will close to new members after the second session on 10/15.  It is expected that a second module will be offered in the spring semester.

Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Managing Stress

Please join Tal Nir, PhD in the PCC on Mondays at 3-3:50 for this Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) skills group for help dealing with anxiety.  The group will start on October 6.  You will need to meet with Tal before joining the group.  Contact Tal Nir at tnir@brandeis.edu if you wish to attend!

Living in Eating Disorder Recovery Group

Please join Amy Scobie-Carroll, LICSW in the Living in Recovery group starting Thursday October 16th from 3-4:30 at Mailman House. This group is open to anyone who is recovering from an eating disorder, or who is working on freeing themselves from emotional or compulsive eating. Amy is a therapist in the PCC and has helped many clients in their recoveries from disordered eating. For more information please contact Amy at ascobiecarroll@brandeis.edu to set up a time to meet.


  • Emergency coverage and intervention
  • Psychiatric consultation for students seen in on-going counseling
  • Consultation and education for faculty, staff, and students about mental health issues relevant to the campus at large
  • Eating disorders consultation and treatment
  • Foreign language treatment offered in Cantonese, Farsi, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Spanish, and Turkish
  • Referrals to mental health resources and therapists in the larger Boston community

Topics We Address

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Academic problems
  • Homesickness and loneliness
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Depression
  • Coping with natural disasters, catastrophes, and terrorism
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Eating and nutrition concerns
  • Drug abuse
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Sexuality concerns
  • Identity issues
  • Relationship and family problems
  • Life crises
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Coping with long-term physical illness and pain
  • GLBT issues and concerns

Confidentiality

As an essential and integral aspect of our efforts to provide an environment where students are free to seek help, the Counseling Center maintains the strictest standards of privacy and confidentiality. In adherence to the laws and bylaws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, counseling records are kept separate from all academic, administrative, disciplinary and medical records. No information about a student's contact with the center is released without the knowledge and written consent of the student. Exceptions to this rule occur only if the student is considered a direct threat to him/herself or others.