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Psychological Emergencies
Counseling & Psychological Services is available for immediate crisis intervention for Fairfield University Students. Our office is located in the Wellness Center of Jogues Hall, and we are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. If you require immediate assistance, please come to our office or call our Front Desk for assistance (203-254-4000 x2146).

For psychological emergencies that occur in the evenings or on weekends, contact the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 and an officer will meet you at your location. The officer will provide support and contact the on-call counselor if indicated. The counselor-on-call will typically reach out to a student in need within 30 minutes from the time they are contacted.

Psychological emergencies may include:

  • suicide attempt
  • suicidal thoughts or threats
  • homicidal thoughts or threats
  • sexual assault
  • being a victim of violence
  • bizarre, psychotic, or otherwise concerning behavior (e.g., person is not making sense, doesn't seem connected to reality)
  • death in the family or of a close friend
  • hospitalization and in critical condition for drug or alcohol overdose
  • extreme emotionality or panic attack and unable to calm down after 30 minutes

Urgent Care
If you are not experiencing a psychological emergency and your concerns can wait a few hours, same-day urgent-care appointments are available most mornings and afternoons during business hours. Appointments can be made via our online scheduling website, by email at counseling@fairfield.edu, or by phone at 203-254-4000 x2146.

Single Session Therapy (SST)
SST involves coming in for one therapy session with no requirement to return. SST connects students with one of our counselors quickly — usually the same or next day — to help solve a particular problem that is causing distress. SST appointments are available daily Monday-Friday and can be scheduled up to 7 days in advance, depending on availability. 

SST is appropriate for students who can identify a relatively specific goal for their session, and one meeting may be all that is needed. The following are examples of types of concerns that would be appropriate for SST:

  • You have experienced a recent increase in anxiety that has left you wanting to learn more skills to cope with it.
  • You have noticed a decrease in mood and want to speak with a professional before it gets worse.
  • You are experiencing relationship concerns that have left you wanting feedback from a professional.
  • You are experiencing academic concerns, stress about an upcoming exam, or conflict with a professor.

If SST sounds like a good option for you, please schedule an appointment. Appointments can be made via our online scheduling website, by email at counseling@fairfield.edu, or by phone at 203-254-4000 x2146.

Brief, Goal-Focused Therapy
Individual counseling is available on a short-term, goal-oriented basis. Meetings typically occur every 2-3 weeks for a total of 2-6 sessions. Brief, goal-focused counseling takes place after a SST meeting where you and your counselor both agree that meeting again for a brief series of appointments would be helpful. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are most important to you. Appointments can be made via our online scheduling website, by email at counseling@fairfield.edu, or by phone at 203-254-4000 x2146.

Group Psychotherapy
Counseling & Psychological Services offers a number of identity-based groups, support groups, and skills-development workshops that are available throughout the week. Please find out more about our current groups here. If you are interested in meeting with a group leader to see if it’s a good fit, please schedule a group screening appointment. Appointments can be made via our online scheduling website, by email at counseling@fairfield.edu, or by phone at 203-254-4000 x2146.

Psychiatric Medication Management
Students can work with our licensed psychiatric provider to receive an evaluation to determine if medication might be an appropriate and beneficial part of their care. Appointments for ongoing management of psychiatric medication are available to all enrolled students at no cost. Appointments for psychiatric medication evaluations can only be scheduled after you meet with a counselor for an initial counseling meeting. Appointments can be made via our online scheduling website, by email at counseling@fairfield.edu, or by phone at 203-254-4000 x2146.

Long-term Psychotherapy & Other Services
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 (i.e., weekly meetings)
  • 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).

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