Counseling Resources

The Deerfield Academy Counseling Center is committed to promoting the psychological health and wellbeing of the Deerfield community through counseling, consultation, and crisis intervention. Our goal is to help our students enhance their inherent sources of strength and resilience, overcome obstacles big and small, and move towards living lives that are rich in meaning and in tune with deeply-held values. We encourage you to utilize this site to find answers to your questions about our services and to make use of the tools we offer which support healthy habits.

Psychiatric Consultation

Psychiatric consultation is offered through the Health and Wellness Center as part of our integrated approach to providing health care. For the convenience of students and their families, our psychiatrist offers consultation on site at the Health Center.

Written consent for consultation must be granted by parents in advance.

Psychiatric consultation typically includes:

  1. Completion of a psychiatric history form by parents. This form is quite detailed and we appreciate the thoughtful attention it requires.
  2. Discussion by the psychiatrist with clinic staff and when appropriate with the academic staff regarding referral.
  3. Review of available past records.
  4. Initial interview with the student.
  5. Telephone conference with the parents. When treatment with medication is recommended, informed consent for treatment will be obtained from parents, including an explicit review of target symptoms, potential risks and benefits to medications, and alternative treatments. A signed consent to the proposed treatment plan will be obtained by email or fax.
  6. A brief letter will be sent to parents for their records.

Follow up appointments with the psychiatrist, when appropriate, will occur in accordance with the treatment plan (typically every other week for the first month or two, then decreasing to monthly).

Costs for psychiatric consultation fall outside of the health fee, and parents will be billed directly for the services provided. Parents may then submit the bill to their health insurance company for reimbursement. Please note that not all insurance companies reimburse for these services.

For more information regarding psychiatric consultation at Deerfield Academy, please contact the Health Center at 413-774-1600.

 

How to Initiate Counseling

To make an appointment to see a counselor, you can either email counseling@deerfield.edu, or you can reach out to one of the counselors directly (jrelin@deerfield.edu, ckowens@deerfield.edu, or swatson@deerfield.edu). In your email, please provide information about which days/periods would work best for you to meet. A counselor will contact you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

In the case of an emergency, go to or call the Health Center (413-774-1600) and ask to speak to the counselor on call. If it is after curfew, please call Deerfield Security (413-772-9880) to escort you to the Health Center.

 

Here is a Frequently Asked Questions about counseling.

 

There are a number of apps that you might be interested in trying to achieve a better study / life balance.

Stress and Anxiety App Resources

iStress provides several stress management strategies (reframing, reading encouraging quotes, humor)

MindShift is designed to provide you with tools for managing various types of anxiety, including test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, worry, and panic

SAM (Self help for Anxiety Management) offers options for tracking anxiety, identifying triggers for anxiety, learning breathing and relaxation strategies, and developing an anxiety management toolkit

Take a Break offers 7 minute (“work break”) or 15 minute (“stress relief”) meditations and gives you the option to listen with or without music or nature background sounds. You can also listen to the relaxing music and nature sounds alone

Depression/Emotional regulation

Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help(Android only) uses cognitive behavioral therapy to challenge negative thoughts and replace them with more positive coping thoughts

MoodTools provides information about depression, a self-report depression test, videos, thought diary, activities and a safety plan.

Happify includes an assessment of what skills you can use to improve mood as well as interactive games and daily goals

MyMoodTracker allows tracking of moods, sleep, and medication reminders. Provides graphs of moods over time

Mindfulness and Meditation

Headspace Get unique daily guided meditations, science facts and figures and progress reports, all designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get some calm and clarity

Stop Breathe Think check in with your emotions, and then recommends short, guided meditations, yoga, and acupressure videos

Insight Timer the largest free library of guided meditations