Simply put, if something bothers you, come see us.

What is counseling?

Counseling is a collaborative process that promotes personal growth, healing, and problem solving. It is an opportunity to share your story, be heard, identify obstacles, and move toward living in accordance with your values. 

Being counseled really helped me understand the social stigma regarding counseling, and for a time, I agreed. I thought it was wrong and bad of me to need to go. Thankfully, my sessions changed my mind and helped me relax and stay focused to get my life back on track!

Who Uses Counseling Services?

Students call us for many reasons, including:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Facing relationship difficulties (e.g., roommates, family, friends, significant others)
  • Feeling lonely, lost, or out of place
  • Having difficulty with alcohol, other drugs, gambling, or food
  • Experiencing a loss

Remember, if you are struggling, we are here to support you.

What Happens in Counseling?

During an appointment you get a chance to express what is on your mind. Counselors are trained to listen carefully, give an objective viewpoint, help you problem solve, and formulate a plan of action. As you work toward your goals, we support you as needed. We can help you work with your faculty, student housing, career counseling, academic advising, or any department at WPI.

Meetings typically last 50 minutes but may be shorter depending on your needs.

All sessions are kept confidential unless you make a request in writing to release information. Exceptions are made only as required by law and are outlined to you before counseling begins.

How Serious a Problem is Needed?

There is no problem too big or too small to visit the SDCC.

Does it Work?

Many students have benefited from counseling at WPI. Research shows that counseling works. See student testimonials on the Self Help pages. What is my first step?

Simply call (1+ 508-831-5540) to make an appointment. In confidence, you will be asked for your name, availability, and a brief explanation of your concern. To respect your confidentiality, we do not schedule appointments by email or the Internet. 


*SDCC annual report

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One in 10 WPI students sought counseling during the 2011-2012 academic year.*