Emerson College Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) provides emotional and mental health support for Emerson College undergraduate and graduate students.

Mission & Philosophy

Our primary goal is to help students fully develop their intellectual, emotional, and social potential. We believe that your psychological development is affected by your personal history and the larger social, cultural, and physical environment. Our work is focused on helping students prevent, reduce, or eliminate emotional and psychological barriers that may interfere with this developmental process. It is a sign of strength to explore personal concerns and feelings in therapy, and we regard your concerns with respect, curiosity, and interest.

We facilitate student growth and development by providing primarily short-term psychotherapy, support and therapy groups, psychiatric consultation, referrals, crisis intervention, and outreach. Through developing and sponsoring campus programs, workshops, and events, ECAPS contributes to creating a healthy campus environment in which students can thrive. We respond to campus-wide concerns and offer training and consultation to the community in order to promote understanding of mental health and continuously work toward an inclusive and diverse campus community.

Confidentiality

Counseling is free and confidential. Under ordinary circumstances, no one outside ECAPS is given any information—even the fact that you have been seen here—without your written consent. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality that your counselor will discuss with you in your initial session. These typically refer to situations in which safety is a concern.

Diversity Statement

Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) is dedicated to creating a safe, affirming, and welcoming space for all students.

A major goal of our work at ECAPS is for everyone in the Emerson community to feel valued and respected when they seek and use our services. Our staff is committed to the promotion and affirmation of diversity in its broadest sense. We strive to create an environment conducive to exploring the sensitive personal, emotional, relational, and academic concerns students from all backgrounds bring into counseling. We recognize the prejudice, discrimination, and privilege that students face based on sex, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, race, nation of origin, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, size, religious beliefs, socioeconomic class, and many other forms of difference.

At ECAPS, we endeavor to provide care that is informed by cultural awareness and identity-affirmation and we feel a responsibility to work toward the recognition and elimination of prejudicial attitudes and practices. As the goals of increasing awareness and working to eliminate biases are ongoing processes, we value diversity and multiculturalism as guiding principles in our counseling services, training, and programming. The staff at ECAPS strives to maintain an atmosphere of openness and trust in which it is safe to explore and discuss all of one’s experiences and concerns. We also welcome students seeking a safe space to openly discuss issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, and prejudice as it impacts various aspects of life, including the experience at Emerson and with ECAPS. Our staff is committed to promote social justice for all persons and create a supportive campus environment for all its members. Our goal is to contribute to a shared environment where cultural empathy and self-awareness inform our services and create a setting that allows for the entire community to flourish.

Accreditation

Counseling is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).