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Brief Assessments
The first visit is called a brief assessment. You will be asked to come 45 minutes before your appointment to fill out demographic information and questionnaires on an iPad. You then meet with a counselor who will, together with your input, help to determine the best treatment recommendations for you. This plan is tailored specifically to your unique needs.
Short Term Stabilization
The BCC focuses on stabilization and short-term individual therapy. Individual therapy appointments are generally 30 or 45 minutes. Therapists will help you with symptom reduction, as well as life skills and coping skills.
Group Therapy
Group therapy increases a sense of social integration, a student’s sense of belonging, a sense of “mattering” to others on campus and allows for the establishment of skills to create meaningful social relationships. The more someone has a sense of belonging, the less stressed and depressed they may be. A sense of belonging has also been shown to increase student retention and positive mental health. Finally, the more one feels they matter to others, that others rely on them and are concerned about them, the more successful they will be. This is especially true of immigrant and 1st generation students and these students are also more likely to rely on peers for support than staff or faculty (Stebleton, Soria, and Huesman, 2011).
Case Management
Students looking for longer term care or specialty care are able to work with our case manager, Vanessa Mena-Gibson, MSW, LCSW at vmenagibson@brandeis.edu.  She will facilitate referrals to community therapists, partial hospital programs, and specialty care.
Urgent Care

Urgent walk-in hours are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday - Friday, and at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Urgent appointments are for students who have an immediate concern or emergency that can not wait for a regularly scheduled appointment.  For an emergency after business hours, call 781-736-3785 to speak with a clinician.

Community Therapists

The BCC offers drop-in sessions in the Brandeis community with a Community Therapist.  

Drop in sessions are 30-minute meetings focused on current thoughts, feelings, and life stressors. The goal of these sessions is to help provide on-site stabilization, provide stress management skills, and enhance students overall wellness.

The Community schedule is as follows:

Carrie Eichmann, LICSW,  at ceichmann@brandeis.edu is at Athletics Mondays 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sucheta Thekkedam, PsyD, suthekked@brandeis.edu is in Massell or North Quads on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., the ICC on Thursdays from 2pm-8pm, and Heller on Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please contact Carrie or Sucheta if you would like to take advantage of drop-in hours or are interested in workshops addressing health and wellness.
Medication Evaluation and Management

Students who are being seen at the BCC for therapy are eligible for referral to a psychiatrist here at the BCC for medication evaluation and management.  In order to access this service, we ask that you are participating in counseling at the BCC. If you are seeing a therapist off campus, our case manager can help facilitate a referral to a psychiatrist in the community.  If you are interested in psychiatry services at the BCC, please speak to your therapist about requesting a medication evaluation. Psychiatry services are billed from the first visit.