Counseling Center

Welcome to the FSU Counseling Center

Important Notices about Counseling Center Services during the COVID Pandemic and Resources for Racial Trauma

Dear Students,

The staff at the counseling Center is a group of highly qualified and dedicated mental health practitioners and support staff who strive to provide effective and compassionate mental health care to any matriculated undergraduate or graduate student.  We are happy to serve you and hope that you will see us as a friendly and useful resource.  If you are a student, we are eager to help you develop or maintain life skills that will help you succeed at FSU and beyond.  For parents and families, faculty, and staff, we are happy to offer consultation and action planning for any student you are concerned about.

We want to communicate our best wishes to you, your family, friends, and community, as your life is likely disrupted and adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Counseling Center is open and we are engaging in teletherapy, that is, we are doing therapy sessions by phone or Zoom.  Please visit Emotional Wellness and COVID-19 for more information on maintaining emotional well-being during the pandemic.

The mission of the Counseling Center is to support the psychological and emotional well-being of students.  The Center joins the mission of the University by fostering a positive educational and co-curricular experience for students by supporting diversity in all its forms, promoting free inquiry and respectful exchange of ideas, supporting critical and creative thinking, and ethical decision making.

As such, the Counseling Center staff is committed to supporting our students and community as we mourn the losses of more Black lives, and grapple with a range of emotions, including sadness and anger, that racism and injustice engender.  Racism is real, and racial trauma that effects all people of color, and disproportionally Black people, is real.  Please see our Racial Trauma & Racial Justice Resources page.

We hope that your experience with us will be productive and helpful and we welcome your feedback at any time about how we might improve our services.

On behalf of the FSU Counseling Center staff, we wish you all the best during your time at FSU. Please let us know if we can help.

Best Wishes,

Andrew Lipsky, LICSW

Director, FSU Counseling Center

Counseling Center
Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center - Foster Hall
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701

Phone: 508-626-4640
Fax: 508-626-4628

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

How to make an appointment:

Call 508-626-4640 or email us at counselingcenter@framingham.edu and we will respond promptly during business hours.

You can use the above phone number or email to set up appointments or to cancel appointments.  Please leave a voicemail if we are not available to answer your call.  We are not currently available for foot traffic to our Center.

Same-Day Consultations:

In our efforts to provide quicker access to services for students who need support in problem solving a specific issue, during the Fall and Spring semesters we strive to provide same-day, 20 to 30-minute consultations with one of our clinicians.  These are meant to be one-time consultations sessions to clarify your goals for treatment, bridge to your next scheduled therapy session, or problem solve a specific concern (e.g., advice on roommate or relationship conflict, how to best manage stress, coping skills regarding anxiety, help making a decision).  The consultation meeting is designed to be goal-oriented so that you can leave with a set of next steps.  Please keep in mind:

  • If it is an emergency, please use the resources below
  • Same-Day Consultation appointments are only scheduled for the same day and are first-come, first-served
  • This is a one-time consultation and is not meant for ongoing psychotherapy
  • Any follow-ups may be with a different clinician
  • It will help to have an identified goal in mind
  • Contact us as early as possible during our business hours to set up the same-day consultation 

Our services are available at no cost to all matriculated FSU students.

If you are concerned about a student and would like a consultation please contact the Counseling Center or the  Student Assistance Team (SAT).

Crisis/Emergency Support & Resources

  • Crisis/Emergency Support

    If you are struggling emotionally or thinking about suicide, help is available.

    If you are having an emergency, please call University Police at 508-626-4911 or off campus, call 911.

    If you feel suicidal or are in a crisis please call or come by the Counseling Center immediately - you do not need an appointment. We are here: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    If you feel suicidal or are in a crisis and we are not open, call:
    Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services 508-872-3333

    You can use the following resources to find the psychiatric emergency services team in your area:

    https://www.masspartnership.com/pdf/MBHPESPDirectory.pdf

    Or, call:  877-382-1609, 24/7 and enter your zip code to find out the phone number of the team that covers your area.

  • Suicide Prevention Resources

    Samaritans 24-hour Suicide Prevention Helpline
    877-870-4673

    Crisis Text Line
    Text "START" to 741-741

    National Suicide Prevention Helpline
    800-273-TALK (8255)

    CALL2TALK
    508-532-2255
    Free 24/7 confidential mental health & emotional support call line

    Transgender Suicide Hotline
    877-565-8860
    Open 18 hours every day 11 am to 5 am Eastern time
  • Mental Health Screening

    Click here to take an online anonymous self-assessment for:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Alcohol
    • PTSD
    • Eating Disorders
    • Bipolar Disorder

    Find out in a few minutes whether counseling might be helpful for you.

    This service is available to all FSU students. If after taking the screen you wish to speak with a counselor, call us at 508-626-4640 to make an appointment.