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Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling can help you reflect on your thoughts and feelings and work through what is troubling you. Counseling is a collaborative process, which builds upon your strengths and is provided by a Licensed Counselor. Your values and choices will be respected and what you share is confidential (except in rare circumstances where safety is a concern) and privileged. By developing resiliency and new perspectives, you will be more able to return to focusing on your academic studies.

Services provided to you are: assessment, psychological counseling and referrals.

Although unique to each student, some of the issues addressed are:

  • Adjustment to college
  • Stress
  • Identity concerns
  • Relationship issues
  • Persistent sadness or depression
  • Feelings of anxiety or test-anxiety
  • Concerns about alcohol or substance-use
  • Referrals to community resources or on-campus support
Contact Us

Call 413-236-1614 for appointments or come to the Student Support Center*.

General questions or concerns:

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

Office Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Personal Counseling is located in the Student Support Center in the Susan B. Anthony Building (next to the Student Lounge).

Need Help Now?

If you are on campus, you are welcome to come to the Student Support Center (SBA- Across from BCC College Store) or call Security at 413-499-4660, Ext. 6100

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

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text: HOME to 741741
  • Berkshire County Crisis Support: 1-800-252-0227
  • Veterans Crisis Line: - 1-800-273-8255 or TEXT: 838255
  • Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Support: 1-866-401-2425
  • Community Resources for Mental Health Issues & Wellness
    Resources in Berkshire County

    View resources in Berkshire County HERE.

    Helpful websites

    Online Screening
    Mental health issues can affect you or those around you. This screening can provide information in recognizing symptoms and how to access help. This could be your first step in getting back your life.

    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.

    On-Line Resource for College Mental Health
    Your confidential resource for college mental health and substance-abuse 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.

    Substance Use & Addiction Issues

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

    National Institute for Drug-Abuse
    Lists all effects of all substances, clinical trial information and has links to other pertinent websites

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

    Violence Against Women & Sexual 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.

    NOTE: Information found on these websites should not be considered official Berkshire Community College 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.