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Fairfield University Counseling & Psychological Services offers confidential, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric evaluation, and referral to local mental health providers. The members of the professional staff are licensed psychotherapists who provide confidential, short-term psychotherapy to undergraduate students. The psychotherapists are trained in many modalities of therapy including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Therapy, Brief Interpersonal Therapy, Strength-based Therapy, and Insight-oriented Therapy.

Counseling & Psychological Services is a free, confidential service for full-time undergraduate students. Graduate students are offered a single session for consultation and referral at no charge. We provide individual and group psychotherapy by professional psychotherapists to help students navigate adjustment issues, relationship problems, family issues, and emotional distress. We also provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a fee to undergraduate students.

Our goal-focused model

Length of therapy at Counseling & Psychological Services varies, with a primary emphasis on goal-focused treatment directed at helping students function in a university environment. You and your clinician will determine the best approach for you. Counseling & Psychological Services does not have the capacity to manage chronic conditions requiring intensive, frequent contacts. After an initial consultation, we may refer a student to more appropriate services in the community if the consultation reveals that the student's needs exceed what our goal-focused model and staff expertise can accommodate.

Although Counseling & Psychological Services strives to provide as many clinical services to our students as possible, some services are beyond the scope of our practice and specialization, including:

  • Services are available only to currently enrolled undergraduate students. We do not serve:
    • Incoming first year students prior to matriculation
    • Seniors who have graduated
    • Alumnae/i
    • Students studying away from the Fairfield’s campus (international or domestic exchange),
    • Students who are currently on voluntary or medical leave from the university
  • Clinical services to university staff or faculty
  • Long-term counseling
  • Specialty care such as intensive outpatient services, EMDR, psychoanalysis, etc.
  • Intensive substance abuse treatment
  • Testing for learning disabilities and/or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Assessment and documentation for service or emotional support animals
  • Forensic evaluations
  • Neuropsychological evaluations or intelligence testing
  • Court ordered treatment, treatment that is the stipulation of probation and mandated treatment
  • Evaluations for attorneys or courts related to difficulties such as alcohol infractions (e.g., driving under the influence) or other domestic matters such as parents seeking custodial authority of a student
  • Services to students who are not medically stable or require intensive medical treatment
  • Mediation for on-campus proceedings

Although we do not provide these services listed above, we will work with students to help them access these resources elsewhere. If you would like assistance in accessing any of these resources on or off campus, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services by phone (203-254-4000 ext. 2146) or email (counseling@fairfield.edu). 

Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

About Us

Meet the staff at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

For Students

College can be a wonderful, fun time of your life. College can also be stressful and there are a lot of changes and adjustments. If you want to talk over some of the stresses or problems you are experiencing, Counseling & Psychological Services is a free, confidential service.

Crisis Intervention

If you have a psychological emergency or crisis, please call Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 and Counseling & Psychological Services at x2146.

Collegiate Recovery Program

The Collegiate Recovery Program at Fairfield University offers a nurturing, affirming, substance-free environment for students in recovery. Together, students learn how to balance their education with their recovery, and pursue their academic, personal and professional goals. The program is overseen by an Advisory Board that promotes healthier choices and substance-free living.

For Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are in excellent positions to recognize if a student is struggling, and are often the first to initiate appropriate steps to help. Our staff is available to discuss your concerns and help you identify ways in which you can assist your students.

Emotional Support Animals Policy

Emotional Support Animals (sometimes called Assistance Animals or Therapy Animals) are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, and are not considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Assistance Animals that are not Service Animals under the ADA may still be permitted, in certain circumstances, in University Housing pursuant to the Fair Housing Act and as a reasonable accommodation determined by the Office of Accessibility. In an effort to practice within the expertise of Counseling & Psychological Services’ licensed professions in the most ethical way, professional staff do not provide assessments regarding the need for emotional support animals.

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