Our Services

Why Do Students Use Counseling Services?

Counseling can provide support and help you gain a better understanding of yourself, as well as help you develop skills to cope better emotionally, socially or academically. Each year, approximately 25% of Tufts students seek support through our service for issues including:

  • Adjustment to life transitions such as starting or finishing college
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Body image and eating concerns
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Depressed or low mood
  • Drug and alcohol related concerns
  • Family issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Racism
  • Relationship difficulties and interpersonal conflicts
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Trauma including interpersonal violence, sexual assault, racial trauma, and other traumatic experiences
  • Trans Health Care

    What is the Scope of Care at CMHS?

    We offer time-limited counseling services based on students’ individual needs.  There is no pre-determined number of sessions, which may range from one or several meetings up to about a semester. An individual plan regarding the type, length, and frequency of counseling is tailored to the specific needs of each student and is created by the student and their counselor, often in the first meeting. 
     
    Although we are able to help the majority of students who seek our services, sometimes students need help with issues or concerns that are generally beyond our scope of practice. Some students seen at CMHS may be referred to providers in the community for further services after a course of treatment at CMHS, while in other situations they may be referred immediately after the initial assessment. In situations such as the following, we are happy to assist students with referrals to a more appropriate off-campus or community resource:
    • When a student requires longer term or more frequent counseling sessions
    • When a student’s issues are best met by exploratory, open ended, or long-term supportive care 
    • When a student needs a specialized treatment modality that CMHS does not provide
    • When a student needs a more intensive level of care such as an intensive outpatient or inpatient program
    • When a student needs psychological or neuropsychological testing for diagnostic or treatment purposes
    • When a student requires court-ordered or mandated treatment or forensic evaluation
    • When a student can be more appropriately assisted by another office, service, or specialist on campus
    • When a student is seeking medication for ADHD without the documentation required by CMHS
    • When a student is seeking psychiatric medication but is not interested in concurrent counseling services
    • When a student is ineligible for services at CMHS