Mental Health & Counseling

Contact and Hours

Phone: 

203-432-0290

Fax: 

203-432-8458

Hours: 

Monday-Friday 8:00-6:00 pm (phone hours 8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

Appointment Information

Urgent care after hours call Acute Care 203-432-0123

Students requesting an appointment are given an initial time for evaluation within two to four weekdays. Following this initial appointment, most students are able to be connected with their therapist typically within a couple of weeks.

About

Mental Health & Counseling Treatment Approaches

Mental Health & Counseling (MHC) is committed to addressing Yale students’ psychological concerns and helping them achieve their intellectual and personal goals. To that end, MHC provides short-term therapy that is individualized to the student’s personal situation. For most students, this approach enables them to move forward and successfully handle the challenges they encounter.

Our clinicians are psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and clinical social workers who are skilled in diverse treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, group therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and medication management. We work collaboratively with students to identify the treatment approach that is most appropriate considering their situation, preferences, and concerns.  

Duration of Treatment

Short-term therapy meets the needs of the majority of students. However, a small number of students with more serious concerns may need a longer period of treatment. Although the average number of therapy sessions for students over the course of a school year has been six to eight, many want fewer appointments. Some students, such as those on medication, may need ongoing treatment. 

Getting Into Treatment

Students requesting an appointment are given an initial time for evaluation within two to four weekdays. Following this initial appointment, most students are able to be connected with their therapist typically within a couple of weeks.

At the initial evaluation, the clinician will give the student a card with contact information so that they can remain in touch. The clinician will also inform the student about next steps, including when the student will hear back about follow up.   

In urgent situations, any student can speak with an on-call clinician 24 hours per day, 365 days a year (daytime through MHC at 203-432-0290 and after hours through Acute Care 203-432-0123). 

Your Clinician

During your initial assessment you will have the opportunity to discuss your preferences for a clinician. Depending upon your clinical needs and mutual schedules some or all of your preferences may be accommodated.

If you would like to switch therapists please call 203-432-0290 and leave a message advising that you would like to change to a different therapist. Your newly assigned therapist will call you directly to schedule your first appointment.

Anonymous Online Screening

Yale Health offers free, anonymous, and confidential online screenings to Yale students. Only the student sees the results of the screening.

The purpose is to help students determine if a consultation with a mental health counselor would be helpful.

Click here for anonymous and confidential online screenings for depression, eating disorders, alcohol dependency, anxiety/PTSD.

Our Staff

Director: Lorraine Siggins, MD

Clinicians

Sepideh Aram, MD
Marie Baker, PhD                                
Kimberly Bandman, LCSW
Rachel Bloom, PsyD
Juan Carlos ClevesBayon, MD
Jennifer Czincz, PhD
Adriana DeAmicis, PhD
Nkemka Esiobu, MD
Carole T. Goldberg, PsyD
Debra Gregory, PhD
Michael Groner, MD
Beth Grunschel, MD
Karen Hoffman, PhD
Paul Hoffman, PhD
Laverne Marks, LCSW
Eric Millman, MD
Samantha Morris, PsyD
Charles Opsahl, PhD
Anna Ostrovskaya, MD
Naomi Panza, LCSW
Amber Posner, MD
Catherine Roberts, MD
Ethan Smith, LCSW
Anand Sukumaran, MD
Amanda Sun, MD
Ryan Wallace, MD
Kelly Workman, PsyD

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Every eligible Yale student enrolled at least half time in a Yale degree program is eligible for counseling at Mental Health & Counseling completely free of charge regardless of whether they have waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage.

Consultations, counseling, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention are available to all students and to eligible spouses and civil union partners.  A referral is not needed, and appointments can be made by phone and or in person for an initial consultation. To make an appointment by phone call 203-432-0290.

Is there a variety of approaches amongst the clinicians?

The Mental Health & Counseling Center has approximately 28 therapists who are all trained in multiple specialties and approaches to treatment. This staff includes psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. Psychiatrists are always available and can prescribe medication, if necessary.

How does MHC address diversity issues?

Mental Health and Counseling provides compassionate care and service to all students and therapists are sensitive to issues of race, gender, gender identity, sexual preference, ethnicity, first to attend college, and religious background. During the 2015-2016 academic year approximately 30% of students seeking care in MHC were members of an ethnic or racial minority. This year, 40% of our MHC staff identify as belonging to an ethnic or racial minority. An atmosphere of inclusion and the appreciation of diversity are core values in Mental Health and Counseling.

What about confidentiality?

Mental Health & Counseling records for Yale students are separate from other medical records, are excluded from the electronic medical record, and are kept in a locked room in Mental Health & Counseling.

Mental Health & Counseling will not release information about a patient to anyone including Heads of College, Deans, parents, family, friends, coaches, employers, or the government without your permission.

Everything discussed with a mental health clinician is held in strictest confidence and is not communicated to anyone without your permission, except in the rare instance of a life-threatening situation.

Can I seek counseling outside of Yale Health?

Yale Health does not cover counseling outside of the Yale Health Center. If you have private insurance that covers such care and/or you want to be seen more than once per week over a long period of time we can help you connect with an outside clinician.

How can I communicate feedback about my experience?

We welcome your feedback, both positive and negative, about your experience as we are interested in making Yale Health work better for you. The more specific your comments the more helpful they will be in our efforts to maintain and improve the quality of staff and services. You can contact the department manager, use our online comment card, a paper comment card (available throughout the building) or email Member Services (member.services@yale.edu).

Are there screenings available to help me determine if I might need counseling?

Yale Health offers free, anonymous, and confidential online screenings to Yale students. Only the student sees the results of the screening.

The purpose is to help students determine if a consultation with a mental health counselor would be helpful.

Click here for anonymous and confidential online screenings for depression, eating disorders, alcohol dependency, anxiety/PTSD.

Can I request or change therapists?

During your initial assessment you will have the opportunity to discuss your preferences for a clinician.  Depending upon your clinical needs and mutual schedules some or all of your preferences may be accommodated.

If you would like to switch therapists please call 203-432-0290 and leave a message advising that you would like to change to a different therapist. Your newly assigned therapist will call you directly to schedule your first appointment.

Are there emergency services available for student mental health & counseling?

Mental health professionals are available 24/7 for urgent situations. During regular office hours, a clinician may be reached through the Department of Mental Health & Counseling at 203-432-0290. After office hours and on weekends and holidays, a mental health clinician may be reached for urgent situations through the Acute Care Department at 203-432-0123.