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Personal Counseling

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iconPersonal Counseling is available to help serve your needs virtually and in person. Please contact us so we can work with you to schedule an appointment that fits your needs!

Welcome to Personal Counseling!

We're here to help you reflect on your thoughts, feelings and lived experience in a safe, inclusive, and non-judgmental space. Facilitated by a licensed mental health counselor,  counseling is a strength-based, collaborative process which honors your values and individuality. Together, we will develop mindful awareness and strategies to meet your life’s challenges, helping you clarify and pursue your personal and academic goalsWhat you share is confidential, except in rare circumstances where safety is a concern.  

Contact Us

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

Hilary Costa, M.A., Personal 
Counselor
Phone: 413-236-1607
Email: hcosta@berkshirecc.edu
Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
 
Counseling Forms
 

Drop-In Talk-in Hours 

Our Drop-in Talk-in hours provide students with easy access to informal, brief conversations with Lisa and Hilary. We'll listen with warmth and without judgment, and offer support, perspective, and suggestions for resources in a confidential setting. No appointment necessary.

Drop-in Talk-in with Hilary Tuesdays at 10, Sept 7th - Dec 14th
Drop-in Talk-in with Lisa

Wednesdays at 1, Sept 8th - Dec 15th

What is Personal Counseling?

Personal Counseling is an inclusive, trauma-informed center, sensitive to issues of ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. We stand in solidarity with the movement for racial justice, and against white supremacy and the many forms of harm it inflicts.  

We offer assessment, psychological counseling, and referrals to appropriate campus and community resources.  

Some of the reasons students seek counseling are: 

  • adjustment to college 
  • anxiety, test anxiety, or panic 
  • depression 
  • struggles with self-esteem 
  • stress related to the pandemic 
  • stress related to political issues 
  • eating or body image concerns 
  • concerns related to identity (race, gender, sexuality, class, disability) 
  • relationship issues 
  • trauma  
  • abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) 
  • grief/loss 
  • navigating family and cultural expectations 
  • concerns about substance use 
  • anything else that’s on your mind  

 Take a Free Online Mental Health Screening

Additional Resources

  • Community Resources for Mental Health Issues & Wellness
    Resources in Berkshire County

    View resources in Berkshire County HERE.

    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
    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-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.

    Addiction & 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 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.

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