Personal Counseling

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Personal Counseling Services

Welcome!

Personal Counseling at Berkshire Community College (BCC) is available to help serve your needs virtually and in person!

We are here to help you reflect on your thoughts, feelings and lived experience in a safe, inclusive and non-judgmental space. Facilitated by Licensed Mental Health Counselors, our approach is strength-based and collaborative honoring your values, identities, and beliefs. Our counseling is generally focused and short-term; however, if you need longer-term or more specialized treatment, we will help you connect with community resources. We hope if you need our support, you will reach out!

In addition to BCC Personal Counseling, there is the Mass Behavioral Health Help Line, which you can reach out to anytime 24/7/365 to find needed resources and information. You can chat, text or call anytime.

To begin counseling at BCC, please fill out these forms

Additional Resources

  • Community Resources for Mental Health Issues and Wellness

    Resources in Berkshire County

    View resources in Berkshire County

    The Mental Health and Resilience Resource Guide
    This comprehensive guide, a companion to BCC's December 2020 Mental Health Conference, Hope and Resilience in the Berkshires, contains a wealth of resources on mental health, organized by conference topic.

    Helpful Websites

    Mass Help
    Mass Help connects people to the help they need. Serving all of Massachusetts, Mass 2-1-1 connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable database.

    Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line

    Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students
    This resource provides college students with quality information on maintaining good mental health and helps with identifying mental health issues.

    Online Resource for College Mental Health
    Your confidential resource for college mental health and substance use information. Learn more about how to protect your own emotional health and what to do if you or a friend is struggling.

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    The leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

    The Jed Foundation
    The Jed Foundation works to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students. They provide resources and work to reduce the stigma students have when asking for help.

    National Institute of Mental Health
    Learn about mental health issues you or a friend might be struggling with. Mental health diagnoses are listed to help you identify specific symptoms you are experiencing. Information from anxiety to suicide is available.

    Treatment and Recovery

    Alcohol Screening
    Learn about alcohol and health, how to recognize a problem and determine what low-risk drinking is.

    In the Rooms

    In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. Embracing multiple pathways to recovery, it includes all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.

    Substance Use and Mental Health
    Become informed about substances, treatment programs, and campaigns addressing the needs of every age group.

    Treatment and Recovery Resources - BOAPC

    Overcoming addiction can be difficult but recovery is possible. Here is a list of different resources around the area to help you, or a loved one, on the journey to recovery.

    Sexual Violence and Assault Prevention

    Jane Doe Inc.
    The Massachusetts Coalition against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Jane Doe Inc. brings together organizations and people committed to ending all violence against women.

    Prevent Connect
    Prevention Connection is a national on-line project dedicated to the primary prevention of violence against women.

    LGBTQ

    The Trevor Project

    Providing confidential support and resources for LGBTQ youth in crisis, 24/7.

    Note: Information found on these websites should not be considered official BCC information. While we hope that you will find these websites helpful, you should know the information, views and opinions contained within them are strictly those of the authors.

Take a Free Mental Health Screening

Call or text 833-773-2445 for 24/7 support

MA Behavioral Health Help Line

Contact Us

Lisa Mattila, LMHC
lmattila@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-1609

Anne Haywood, LCSW
ahaywood@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-1607

Susan B. Anthony Building (across from the College Store)
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • About Us

    Lisa Mattila is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, having completed her master's degree at Antioch University in Counseling Psychology. Prior to BCC, Lisa worked in community mental health as a psychotherapist and as a therapist/case manager in residential treatment centers. Lisa views her work from a strength-based and holistic approach. Lisa engages with students of all ages and identities and facilitates programming which honors our diversity in addressing mental health through many lenses on such issues as suicide prevention, healthy relationships, domestic violence and wellness.

    Anne Haywood is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Massachusetts. Anne completed her MSW at Adelphi University and works to provide a full continuum of therapeutic and clinical services for adults, adolescents and couples. Anne offers support with substance use issues, women's issues, parenting, educational advocacy, LGBTQIA+ and challenges of aging. Together with students, Anne works to set goals and build a toolbox of coping skills, such as stress management, communication skills and mindfulness practices to achieve those goals.

Need Help Now?

For mental health emergencies after normal business hours, go directly to your nearest hospital emergency room or call 911.