There are various resources available online, on campus, and in our surrounding community. You can also visit the Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) office (216 Tremont Street, 2nd Floor) for references and referral information and check out our helpful playlists on the ECAPS YouTube page.

National Hotlines

What to Do in an Emergency

Mental Health Emergencies

  • For After-Hours Crisis Service, talk to a therapist by calling 617-824-8595, call 911, or go to your local emergency room.
  • For Study Abroad students: Call 617-824-8755 for the After-Hours Crisis Service.
  • The line will be answered 24/7 for Emerson students at any location.

Sexual Assault

Telehealth Options

The following are options for remote mental health treatment including more traditional therapy and other types of support:


Other Online Therapy

Online Peer Support

Online Resources

The following websites provide useful information on a variety of mental health and wellness topics.

Mental Health Information

Meditation and Relaxation

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Anxiety/Panic Disorders

Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities

Bipolar Disorders and Depression

Eating Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Free Apps





Substance Use


Helpful Books

Below is a list of self-help books that cover a range of topics. We hope you find this information helpful, but remember that self-help materials can provide only general information and guidance. If you're concerned about how one of these issues is affecting your life, please feel free to make an appointment at ECAPS to discuss further. 


  • One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin
  • Smash: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
  • Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs, From Alcohol to Ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson Clear
  • Born to Lose: Memoirs of a Compulsive Gambler by Bill Lee
  • Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers, PhD, & Brenda L. Wolfe, PhD
  • The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography by Wendy Maltz & Larry Maltz

Anxiety/Stress Management

  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (5th Ed.) by Martha Davis, PhD, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW, and Matthew McKay, PhD
  • The Worry Cure by Robert Leahy, PhD
  • Self-Coaching: The Powerful Guide to Beat Anxiety by Joseph J. Luciani, PhD
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steve Hayes, PhD
  • When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns, MD

Depression/ Bipolar Disorder

  • Exuberance: The Passion for Life by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Feeling Good by David D. Burns, MD
  • Undoing Depression by Richard O'Connor, PhD
  • The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert, PhD


  • The Loss That Is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father by Maxine Harris, PhD
  • The Farewell Chronicles: How We Really Respond to Death by Anneli Rufus

Eating Disorders

  • Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop by Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD
  • The Good Eater: The true story of one man’s struggle with binge eating disorder by Ron Saxen
  • Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer
  • Appetites by Caroline Knapp
  • Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer
  • Diary of an Exercise Addict by Peach Friedman
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michele Siegel, Judith Brisman, and Margot Weinshel


  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman, PhD
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
  • The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Daniel Siegal


  • How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends by Don Gabor
  • Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry by Albert Bernstein
  • Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts and Solve Relationship Problems Through Cognitive Therapy by Aaron Beck
  • The Relationship Cure: A Five Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family and Friendships by John M. Gottman, PhD, & Joan DeClaire
  • What Makes Love Last? How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal by John Gottman, PhD, and Nan Silver
  • The Hidden Face of Shyness: Understanding and Overcoming Social Anxiety by Franklin Schneier & Lawrence Welkowitz

Trauma/Sexual Assault/Rape

  • Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence—from domestic abuse to political terror by Judith Herman, MD
  • The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (3rd Ed.) by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape by Robin Warshaw
  • Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Child Abuse by Michael Lew
  • Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self by Susan J. Brison
  • The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

Information found in the above links should not be considered "official" Emerson College information. While we believe that you will find much interesting and valuable material within the pages, you should know that the information, views, or opinions contained within those pages or files linked to this page are strictly those of their authors.