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.


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


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


Transition Group

This group is intended for students who are newly transitioning to Brandeis and will be meeting at the Counseling Center on Fridays at noon in room 110, starting February 6.  The group will serve as a place for students to be supported in their experience of starting at the University midyear.  This is a talking therapy group in which all members will be encouraged to participate and share their experiences of transition and adjustment.  Liz Barcewicz, PsyD and Joy von Steiger, PhD are experienced group leaders and can be reached directly at and for more information about the group.

Mindfulness Based Coping Strategies

Please join Jennifer Brown, PsyD and Noel Coakley, LMHC on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 pm in room 110, beginning on January 15. 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 or Jennifer to participate.

Living with Grief and Loss

Amy Engel, LICSW of the PCC and Matthew Carriker from the Multifaith Chaplancy will be running this group on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm beginning January 28 in the Peace Room in Usdan. This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have lost someone close to them either in childhood or more recently. The group is intended to provide a common space for individuals to support and learn from one another as grief continues. Amy Engel and Matthew Carriker will facilitate discussion providing suggested topics as well as coping strategies. Please contact Amy Engel, LICSW or Matt Carriker if you would like to register to participate or learn more.

Senior Group

Please join Dr. Judith Sanditen for a group for seniors held in room 110 at the PCC on Wednesdays from 12-1 pm, starting January 28. The group will run for 8 weeks, and we will 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 in room 208 on Thursdays from 2:10-3 pm, starting January 29.  You will need to meet with Fatima before attending the group.  You can reach her at

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 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 room 110 at the PCC on Fridays from 2-3 pm starting January 16 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  This is an ongoing group; please email Jenna before beginning.  A second group just like this one will meet on Wednesdays from 2-3 pm, with a start date to be determined.

DBT Skills Group

This is a skills training group that focuses on how to navigate stress and find greater emotional balance using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  In this group, members learn skills for coping with emotional pain, gain a better understanding of their emotions and how they function, and consider how to have more effective relationships with others.  DBT skills are particularly helpful for those who have difficulty managing intense emotions, stressful life events, problematic relationships, or controlling impulsive behaviors.

This group meets on Thursdays from 2:00-2:50 starting February 5 and is run by Kristin Huang, Ed.D and Catherine Mitchell, LICSW.  Contact to register.

Skillful Living with DBT

This group is designed for individuals who are already familiar with DBT skills and would like continued support while working toward specific life goals.  Group time will focus on helping members develop a more nuanced understanding of problematic behaviors and how to prevent them, and how to apply DBT skills to the problems of everyday life.

This group meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 starting February 4 and is run by Kristin Huang, Ed.D and Alex Lemizski, MA.  Contact to register.

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault

This group provides a safe and confidential space for individuals who have experienced sexual violence to discuss the impact of their experiences on their lives and relationships with others. This group meets on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:50 starting February 3 and is run by Kristin Huang, Ed.D and Joy von Steiger, Ph.D.  Contact  to register.  Interested participants will need to meet individually with Dr. Huang or Dr. von Steiger prior to admission to the group.

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 January 26.  You will need to meet with Tal before joining the group.  Contact Tal Nir at 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, January 22 from 5-6 pm in room 110 in Mailman House. This group is open to anyone who is recovering from an eating disorder, or who is working on freeing him- or herself 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 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


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.