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What types of services does the Counseling Center provide to students?

The Counseling Center is here to support the psychological health and well-being of every student. No issue is too big or too small to bring to us. Common issues range from college adjustment, getting along with roommates, and parent or romantic relationship problems to sexual abuse or assault, depression, and anxiety. If something is bothering your student and talking to his/her family and friends is not enough, we encourage students to make an appointment with one of our counselors to see which of our services might best fit their needs.

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When should my student seek out the support of the Counseling Center?

The Counseling Center is here to support the psychological health and well-being of every student. No issue is too big or too small to bring to us.

Common issues range from college adjustment, getting along with roommates, and parent or romantic relationship problems to sexual abuse or assault, depression, and anxiety. If something is bothering your student and talking to his/her family and friends is not enough, we encourage students to make an appointment with one of our counselors to see which of our services might best fit their needs.

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If my student comes to counseling, how can I found out about what’s going on or how they’re doing?

The best way to find out what’s happening is to talk directly with your student.

Confidentiality laws prohibit the Counseling Center from providing you with any information about a student’s contact, or lack of it, with the Counseling Center without their written permission.

We also believe that for students to truly benefit from our services, first and foremost, they must feel comfortable to talk openly about their concerns without fear that others may find out what they’ve said. This means that no faculty, administrators, friends, or even parents are permitted access to information about your student’s counseling sessions.

The only exceptions are when there is a situation of imminent, life-threatening harm to self or others, or if the student provides written consent to release information. If you have information about your student that you think is necessary for his/her counselor to have, call the Counseling Center and ask to talk to the Director. Although he cannot tell you anything about your student, the director will be happy to take your information and let your student’s counselor know.

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How does my student make an appointment?

Initial appointments may be made by calling the Counseling Center at 358-2437 or by visiting the office. Students must make appointments for themselves. RA’s, parents, or faculty cannot make appointments for students.

Clients will be seen for an initial meeting within one week. If the student feels that they can't wait to see a counselor, let the Center know. They will schedule a crisis appointment for you as soon as possible.

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What should my student do if they have a psychological emergency and the office is closed?

If your student lives on campus, they should first contact the RA on duty in the student’s residence hall. The RA will help your student assess the situation and figure out what services are needed. To contact a counselor over the phone, your student can call our crisis line, 603-358-2436. They will be connected with a counselor who will assist them with the emergency.

If you are talking with your student and you do not feel they are safe or if your student has a friend that they think is in imminent danger, call Campus Safety at 603-358-2228.

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Can my student get their medications for psychological concerns prescribed on campus?

If your student has medical insurance, the Counseling Center strongly encourages them to see their doctor at home to prescribe and monitor their psychotropic medications. If it is not possible for your student to obtain your medications through his/her home physician, the Center can provide limited psychiatric services.


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Barry Alumni House, Alumni Center (Map)
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435-2701

603-603-358-2369 or
800-572-1909, option 8
parents@keene.edu