Watch the videos and click on the dropdowns below to learn about Mental Health & Counseling at Yale Health, including how to make an appointment, treatment options, and more. Be sure to visit the Mental Health and Counseling department’s website, the source of primary information for student mental health care at Yale.
Mental Health & Counseling at Yale Health
What is Mental Health & Counseling?
Mental Health & Counseling (MHC) is a clinical service that addresses the emotional concerns and conditions of students. MHC is a department at Yale Health, staffed by over twenty-five psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.
Who is Eligible to Seek Treatment?
Every Yale student enrolled at least half time in a Yale degree program is eligible for treatment at Mental Health & Counseling completely free of charge, regardless of whether they have waived Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage. Consultations, counseling, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention are available to all students and to eligible spouses and civil union partners. A referral is not needed and appointments can be made by phone or in person for an initial consultation.
Some students go to MHC for just a few visits, while others go for ongoing therapy. Decisions about appropriate treatment are made on an individual basis.
Reasons for Seeking Treatment
Students seek counseling for many different reasons, including but not limited to:
- academic stress
- alcohol/drug issues
- body image
- eating concerns
- family illness
- gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues
- loss and grief
- parental divorce
- relationships (family, friends, romantic, roommates)
- sexual assault
- sexual concerns
- sexual orientation and identity
- traumatic experiences
Care and Treatment Options
MHC is staffed by over twenty-five clinicians, including psychologists, clinical psychiatrists, and clinical social workers. Therapists represent a wide range of specialties and approaches, including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), substance abuse counseling, and treatment for eating disorders. Psychiatrists are always available to prescribe medication if necessary.
MHC offers several therapy options:
Available on a short-term basis. Decisions regarding treatment type are determined on a case-by-case basis. Students may request a male or female therapist.
Couples therapy is available for same sex and opposite sex couples. Both parties must be Yale students.
Group therapy provides students with the opportunity to seek support from peers who may be struggling with similar circumstances or challenges. Groups are composed of 5 to 8 people and meet once a week for 75 minutes. Group therapy sessions may address:
- Eating disorders
- General therapy
- Mood disorders
- Life transition issues
New groups may be started based on student interest.
For more information about group therapy offerings at MHC, click here.
Scheduling an Appointment
Online Mental Health Screening
Feeling stressed but not sure if you should seek help? Yale Health offers a free, anonymous, and confidential online mental health screening. The screening can help you to determine whether or not a consultation at MHC would be helpful. Click here to access the screening.
Counseling Outside of Yale Health Center
Yale Health does not cover counseling outside of the Yale Health Center. However, if you have private insurance that covers such care and/or you want to be seen more than once per week over a long period of time, MHC can help you connect with an outside clinician.