Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is provided in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere.  Sessions typically last for 50 minutes.  During this time you will meet privately with a counselor to talk about your concerns and will work collaboratively with them to set goals that will address your needs.

Group Counseling

Group counseling usually involves 4-10 clients and one or two counselors.  Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time for 90 minutes.  Groups typically run on a trimester schedule and topics vary according to need.  In order to be referred to a group student’s first need to meet with a counselor for an individual session to determine if group is an appropriate resource. 


Crisis Intervention

Counseling Services provides urgent coverage during business hours, so that students in crisis may be assisted immediately.  After business hours, crisis services are accessed by calling Campus Safety & Security.  Depending on the nature of the crisis, they in turn may page the on-call counselor or other emergency services.


Clinical Counselors are available to consult with students, faculty and staff, as well as parents and families who are concerned about the emotional well-being of a student.  To request consultation please contact the office.


Educational Programming

Counseling Services engages in various outreach educational programs throughout the year.  Our primary program is a suicide prevention program called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR).  This training is available for students, faculty, and staff.  For more information or to request training please contact our office.

Mental Health Screenings

Mental Health is a key part of your overall health.  We offer online screenings to help you determine if you or someone you care about could benefit from connecting with a mental health professional.  To take an online screening please click on the link provided.


Online Resources

The following self-help resources are not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained, licensed professional, but they can serve as a useful starting point to obtain information or help. Links to external websites are provided solely for the convenience of users. These sites are not managed by JWU Counseling Services and we assume no responsibility for their content. 


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) 

Meditation and Relaxation

Self Injury 
S.A.F.E. Alternatives

Sexual Assault

  • Day One is a local agency providing services for sexual assault victims.
  • RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
  • Fenway Health offers sexual assault services to the LGBT community. 

Sleep Issues
Sleep Foundation 

Stalking Resource Center

Stress Management and Reduction
Stress Recess 

Suicide Prevention

Confidentiality & Important Information

Counseling Services observes a policy of confidentiality that conforms to federal and state law. 

Counseling Services does not provide long term care, court ordered treatment, or counseling that is involved in litigation.  Counseling cannot be mandated or required for students, however in life-threatening situations; authorities at JWU may require a safety assessment for a student.