Mental Health & Counseling

Contact and Hours

Phone: 

203-432-0290

Fax: 

203-432-8458

Hours: 

Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. For urgent concerns after hours, call Acute Care 203-432-0123.

Location: 
3rd Floor

Appointment Information

Following the brutal killing of George Floyd we affirm our commitment to our black community and we stand in solidarity against systemic racism and racial injustice. Yale Mental Health and Counseling is committed to do our part to create an environment that opposes racism and promotes an inclusive environment that is free of hate. We are aware of the real psychological impacts of racism as well as how George Floyd’s killing evokes the traumatic history of many similar instances that stain our country’s history.

COVID-19 Student Information

Resources for Students in Quarantine

Appointments for an initial consultation in Mental Health & Counseling can be made by phone during business hours, Monday to Friday 8:30-5:00. You will be offered an initial appointment to speak with a clinician within one week. In the fall, when students first arrive or return to campus, this wait may be longer.
 
In the 2020-2021 academic year, we are scheduling all routine visits as remote therapy appointments. You will discuss with your clinician if meeting via Zoom or telephone is best for you.
 
Following the initial evaluation you will be connected to your clinician. Wait times for these initial appointments may vary throughout the year, usually within a few weeks. You will work with your clinician to plan treatment that best meets your needs.
 
In urgent situations, any student can ask to speak to the on-call clinician, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Urgent daytime calls go to the department, (203) 432-0290, and after hours calls go to Acute Care, (203) 432-0123.
 
All Yale students enrolled at least half time in a Yale degree program are eligible for counseling at Mental Health & Counseling completely free of charge, regardless of whether they have waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage. Spouses and civil union partners are eligible for services if they are enrolled in the Yale Health plan as a dependent.
 
If you are a student living outside of Connecticut during the Covid-19 pandemic, your clinician will discuss with you the best options for care (based on your treatment needs and location). Those with Yale Health Hospitalization and Specialty coverage may also be eligible for other treatment options through Magellan Behavioral Health, if referred by our department.

About

Yale Health Mental Health & Counseling provides free, confidential mental health treatment to members of the Yale student community. We offer a wide range of services including indiviual therapy, group therapy, and medication consultations and management.

We have a long history of providing quality treatment to Yale students and understand the challenges facing students today. We partner with you to understand the issues you are facing and to develop a plan for treatment that will help you gain the insight and skills to thrive at Yale. 

Your First Visit

During your first visit will you have the chance to speak to one of our clinicians about your main concerns, your history and your goals for treatment. After discussing your preferences and your treatment options, the two of you will make a plan to begin treatment at Mental Health & Counseling. 

Your Clinician

If you decided to seek individual treatment, you will be matched with a clinician who will call or email you to schedule an appointment.

Our clinicians are clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatrists who are skilled in diverse treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and psychodynamic therapy.

Mental Health & Counseling primarily offers short-term therapy. Most students come for an average of six to eight visits and this meets the needs of the majority of students. However, there are no specific visit limits, and students are seen based on their individual needs. 

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.

Group Therapy

If you decided to seek group therapy, our group coordinator will reach out to you to determine your availability and get you started with a group. Most groups meet weekly and last for approximately one semester.

We offer a variety of different groups, read more about our group therapy options here.

Medication Consultations and Management

Our team of psychiatrists are available if medication is part of your treatment. They provide consulations and on-going medication management. This may be in conjunction with individual therapy, group therapy, or on its own.