To schedule an appointment at the Personal Counseling Center, you can call 401.865.2343 or stop in the office. We are located in Lower Bedford Hall, next to Student Health. Students can generally be seen within a week of their initial request for an appointment and if the need is urgent, can be seen on the same day.
*Because e-mail is not a secure method of communication, we recommend that you not use e-mail to contact us or to schedule appointments.
The Personal Counseling Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Limited evening hours are available by appointment only.
Counseling sessions are 45 minutes long and students are encouraged to be prompt in order to take full advantage of the session. If you anticipate being late or being unable to keep your appointment, please call.
Counseling Appointment Forms
Before meeting with a counselor, students are asked to complete a Student Information Form and an Informed Consent for Assessment and Treatment. The Student Information Form is completed at the Counseling Center at the time of the appointment. Please arrive early to complete this process.
With our goals of campus safety in mind, Personal Counseling Center services will be delivered remotely via telephone or Zoom, including for students living on-campus (see information below about students studying remotely outside of RI).
Undergraduate full time students in the day school seeking a first time appointment or who would like to speak with a counselor they have worked with in the past should call the PCC front desk at 401.865.2343 to schedule. All counselors have first time consultation appointments held in their schedules in order to avoid lengthy waiting lists and we recommend that you schedule with the first one available that matches your schedule. If you are interested in seeking services with a particular counselor for ongoing sessions, we can match you with that counselor after your first appointment.
Sometimes students are only in need of the one appointment based on what they are coping with or attempting to work through for that given time. We will have some paperwork that will be sent to you remotely to help us target the conversation for that first appointment. Counseling and assessment appointments will feel somewhat differently than your typical conversation with a peer or someone in your family, however, it is still a conversation where the counselor will try to get to know you a bit better and see how we can best be helpful to you.
Our services are generally short term. Although we do not have session limits, the average number of sessions a student will have each academic year is approximately 6 sessions. Sessions are typically at least 2 weeks apart with some students seen weekly for short periods of time if they are in crisis. If you are in need of weekly ongoing therapy, the PCC staff may assist you in finding off campus services locally. Please note that follow up appointments are made one at a time with your counselor at the end of each telehealth appointment.
All services are confidential within the limits of the law and professional ethics.
Please consider visiting our COVID-19 Mental Health & Wellness site, as well as the Human Flourishing Hub, for resources, ideas, and inspiration for community members who look to stay healthy in body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Out of State Students
State licensing laws and professional standards regulate the provision of telehealth services across state lines, limiting the kinds of services we can provide depending on where you live if you are outside of RI and choosing to work remotely from home. Students may call and talk to a counselor regarding the best way to obtain and/or continue services in your local area when services across state lines are either not permitted or not appropriate depending upon the nature of the student’s situation.
In the event of a move to complete remote instruction, an adjustment of services may need to be made for students who are receiving PCC services. We will do our best to determine in our clinical judgment and in our students’ best interests if it is appropriate to continue treatment on a case by case basis, where permitted.