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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 or Pre-Licensed Counseling Interns, our counseling is a strength-based, collaborative process that honors your values and individuality. Our counseling is generally short term and focused; if you need longer-term or specialized treatment, we will work with you to connect to resources.

In addition to BCC Personal Counseling, you have My BCC Wellness available 24/7/365! There will be no wait time to access these services and no insurance is needed.

To begin counseling at BCC, please fill out these forms.

Drop-In Talk-In Hours

Spring 2023

Our Drop-In Talk-In hours provide easy access to informal, brief conversations with a counselor. Learn more about BCC Personal Counseling and My BCC Wellness or discuss your concerns in confidence. No appointment necessary!

Drop-In Talk-In via Zoom™

  • Tuesday at 11 a.m., Jan. 31 – May 2
  • Wednesday at 1 p.m., Feb. 1 – May 3

NOTE: No meetings on March 14 or March 15 due to Spring Break!

Take a Free Mental Health Screening

Call 833-434-1217 for the 24/7 Support Line

Access the MY BCC Wellness Hub

Download the My BCC Wellness App

Contact Us

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

Emily Fulop, LMHC, Personal Counselor
efulop@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-1607

Visit Us

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

Spring Calendar of Events 2023

  • January

    To be announced

  • February
    How to be You with Jeffrey Marsh

    Date and Time: Feb. 16, 2023, 2 – 3 p.m.
    Location: Zoom
    Forum Credit
    Free

    Join Personal Counseling in How to Be You!

    Jeffrey will guide us through the creative, ever-evolving process of understanding and accepting ourselves, reminding us that the best person we can become is ourself.

    About Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Marsh's TikToks and compassionate short-form videos have over one billion views. Jeffrey is a viral TikTok and Instagram star, nonbinary activist, and LGBTQ keynote speaker. Jeffrey was the first nonbinary public figure to appear on national television, being interviewed on Newsmax in 2016, and Jeffrey was the first celebrity activist to use they/them pronouns. Jeffrey's #1 bestseller, How to Be You, was the first nonbinary memoir. And Jeffrey is the first nonbinary author to sign a book deal with any "Big 5" publisher worldwide, for Penguin Random House. How to Be You topped Oprah's Gratitude Meter and was named Excellent Book of the Year by TED-Ed.

    Contact info: Kevin Thomas, kthomas@berkshirecc.edu

  • March
    Fresh Check Day!

    Date and Time: March 2, 2023, 12 – 2:30 p.m.
    In-Person
    Location: SBA Lounge
    Forum Credit
    Free

    Join Personal Counseling in Fresh Check Day!

    Check in and see how you are doing! Learn about great resources in our community and on campus; enjoy fun activities, have some great food and win some terrific prizes, just for coming and checking in! Fresh Check Day is a fun and interactive fair to learn about mental health strategies and connect with others sponsored by the Jordan Porco Foundation.

    Contact: kthomas@berkshirecc.edu

    Minding Your Mind — Muzna's Story

    Date and Time: March 23, 2023, 2 – 3 p.m.
    Location: Zoom
    Forum Credit
    Free

    Join Personal Counseling in the Minding your Mind Series!

    From a young age Muzna has struggled with her intersectionality of identities. Being born in Pakistan, an all Islamic state, had its own hardships; immigrating to America as a Muslim girl at the age of nine years old, and growing into a woman of color in a predominantly white, upstate New York town, brought a new set of challenges. Muzna shares the story of how she developed communication and coping skills to help cope with her depression and anxiety, as well as her journey towards selfacceptance.

    Contact: Kevin Thomas, kthomas@berkshirecc.edu

  • April
    Deedee's Cry with Toy Burton

    Date and Time: April 6, 2023, time TBD
    In-Person and Zoom
    Location: SBA Lounge
    Forum Credit
    Free

    Join Personal Counseling with DeeDee's Cry

    Toy Burton is the founder of Deedee's Cry, an organization which supports suicide prevention and post-vention for people of color. DeeDee's Cry aims to create a space where conversations begin to lift the stigma on mental health within communities of color. DeeDee's Cry collaborates with organizations and agencies to create events, programs, projects and activities within communities of color that are centered on family, mental health and wellness. Toy will share about the journey that led her to found Deedee's cry, and the important message of destigmatizing mental health and increasing the accessibility and inclusivity of mental health services.

    Contact: Kevin Thomas, kthomas@berkshirecc.edu

  • May

    To be announced

  • June

    To be announced

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.

    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.

    Addiction and Recovery

    BCC Students for Recovery

    Students for Recovery is an informal group for BCC students in any stage of their recovery journey, offering weekly meetings and one-on-one and group support.

    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.

    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.

Need Help Now?

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