Graduate students can take advantage of exceptional training opportunities in counseling psychology through the SDCC.
The Student Development & Counseling Center (SDCC) provides counseling for actively enrolled undergraduate and graduate WPI students. These services include short-term counseling, single session therapy, and group therapy options. For the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic year, the SDCC will be offering both in-person and virtual therapy session.
Our services are always free and confidential. If students need guidance, support, or just someone to talk to, they’re encouraged to contact us to set up an appointment. Currently, counseling with the SDCC is available for students who are physically located in Massachusetts. If you are not currently in MA, you are still eligible for a brief consultation meeting if you would like to discuss your situation and learn how to find a care provider in your state.
The SDCC is open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm EST Monday-Friday while students are in session. Our summer hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm.
How to schedule an appointment
There are a few ways students can schedule appointments:
1) Call the SDCC (508-831-5540). Calling is often the quickest way to schedule an appointment.
2) Use our online Schedule Request Form to let us know your best available day/time options in the next 5 business days and request an appointment.
3) Stop by the office located at 16 Einhorn Rd.
You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect and ask us any questions you may have about the process.
As we are able, the SDCC will provide same-day appointments.
Prior to your first time appointment, you will be sent a link to complete your initial forms. These forms typically take around 15-20 minutes to fill out and we ask that you complete these forms at least an thirty minutes before you are scheduled to meet with the therapist so they have time to review these forms prior to the meetings.
NOTE:We do not allow parents or staff to schedule appointments for a student. All appointments must be made by the person seeking counseling
If you would like to see an off-campus therapist:
The SDCC recognizes that for some students, seeking an off-campus provider is more beneficial. We are committed to helping students find local resources regardless of where they may be residing. The SDCC will provide referral and/or consultation services to help students connect locally in instances where the SDCC cannot provide services, or when more appropriate or specialized care is needed. There are several resources you can use to find a therapist in your community, including Thriving Campus, Psychology Today Therapist Finder tool ,and/or your insurance company’s provider search tool. If you need additional help in locating a therapist, please contact the SDCC (email@example.com) and a staff member can assist you.
What does a first appointment look like?
The initial appointment at the SDCC is typically 25-minutes where you and the therapist will discuss your presenting concern(s), clarify and work on goals for treatment, and then they will work to make a recommendation about next steps. These next steps may include following up as needed, joining a group, helping a student connect with specialists in the area, or other options as appropriate.
The SDCC is dedicated to creating an inclusive, respectful, and comfortable environment where students can share openly and work with counselors to set goals, identify obstacles, and move in a positive direction. Confidentiality is taken very seriously, and only under certain, very specific conditions—outlined in the confidentiality policy (PDF)—will counselors share information outside of the SDCC.
* If you desire to meet with a therapist on a regular and long-term basis, the SDCC can help to provide a referral to a clinician in the community more suited to fit your needs. Please reach out to the SDCC by email or calling.
Group Counseling at the SDCC
Participating in a therapeutic group can be a helpful resource for students to use both as a stand-alone tool for support, or as an adjunct to individual therapy. The SDCC provides numerous offerings of different groups which can be found on our Counseling Services page. Students can also fill out this form to share with the SDCC if they are interested in a particular group. If students choose to fill out this form, they will be contacted by the group counselor for more information.
Students who are having a mental-health crisis
Students living on campus: During normal working hours (8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday), please call SDCC (508-831-5540). For after-hours crises, please call Campus Police (508-831-5555), dial 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Students living off-campus: please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Here are some other ways to connect if you are having a mental health crisis.
Traveling for IQP/MQP
Because of constraints established by state professional licensure laws,the SDCC counselors and interns are not able to provide psychotherapy remotely to students studying away. Therefore, the SDCC counselors and interns cannot engage in providing mental health treatment to students studying in different countries and states (this includes Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and telephonic exchanges). If you are in need of therapy while you are traveling, the Global Experience Office has a resource in place that students can access. Please connect with their office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.