Counseling Services

Our staff of licensed professionals is always available to help students navigate the challenges of adolescence and boarding school. No problem is too big or too small to discuss with a counselor.

About Counseling Services

Under the general oversight of the dean of student health and the director of counseling, counselors are available to assist students with the variety of challenges, changes, and concerns that develop during adolescence and during school, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflicts, achievement conflicts, and concerns about social choices. Short-term outpatient treatment is provided at no cost. Students and parents are encouraged to seek out a counselor regarding personal or emotional concerns with a student. Four licensed therapists provide 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, on-call emotional crisis evaluations and counseling. If long-term treatment is needed, students may be referred to appropriate private licensed professionals in the community. Parents are routinely notified if ongoing treatment or support is provided or if issues of safety arise. Counselors provide support in cooperation with the deans office, faculty advisors, and dormitory faculty.

Psychiatric consultation is also available to students who request medication evaluations and diagnostic consultations. Usually, students who are prescribed medication are also seen in brief psychotherapy in the counseling department.

Please note that fees for psychiatric services are not included in the health and medical fee of tuition. Parents must make separate arrangements for payment.


What are some issues commonly addressed in counseling?

Students see counselors for help with a wide range of issues. Common topics include adjusting to boarding school, homesickness, anxiety, depression, substance use, family issues, academic pressures, gender/sexual identity issues, stress management, eating issues, relationship problems, grief and loss, or physical or sexual abuse.

How do I make an appointment to see a counselor?

Students are welcome to walk into the Health Center at any time and let a staff member know they would like to see a counselor. To set up an appointment, contact the director of counseling, Jodi von Jess, who will schedule an appointment with one of the counselors. We do our best to arrange appointments during a student's free period.

What should I do in an emergency?

Come to the Health Center, no matter what time it is. If you need to talk to someone right away, the nurse will contact the counselor on call 24/7.

Will parents be informed if their child is in counseling?

We believe it's important to involve parents in the counseling process. Counselors may meet with a student a few times before contacting parents, and the student will always be informed when parents are notified.

Does it cost anything to see a counselor?

No. Counseling services are provided to students free of charge.

Contact Us

Jodi von Jess, LCSW, Director of Counseling
(860) 435-3659

Diane Dillon, Ph.D., Mental Health Counselor
(860) 435-3233

Kristen Lazarus, LCSW, Mental Health Counselor
(860) 435-3763

Christina Miranda, LPC, Mental Health Counselor
(860) 435-3235

Jonathan Wilson, LCSW, Mental Health Counselor
(860) 435-4484