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Counseling & Psychological Services is a free, confidential service for full-time undergraduate students. We provide individual and group psychotherapy by professional psychotherapists to help students navigate adjustment issues, relationship problems, family issues, and emotional distress. Topics of Interest covers issues ranging from homesickness to anxiety and provides internal and external resources students can use. For more information or an appointment, call Counseling & Psychological Services (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146

Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Simply put, substance abuse is the repeated use of alcohol and/or other drugs accompanied by a failure to fulfill one's major responsibilities related to school, work, friends, family or other roles and/or repeated use in situations that are physically hazardous; and/or repeated legal problems. Continue reading to learn more about the signs and treatment for substance abuse.


Everyone feels anxious and stressed at times due to certain situations like academic stress, meeting deadlines, important social situations, family or relationship stress or driving in heavy traffic. Such mild anxiety is normal and helps keep us more alert and focused when facing challenging or even threatening circumstances. Yet when fear and anxiety become overwhelming, this can reduce an individual's productivity and cause extreme distress.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a type of affective disorder that involves unusual shifts in mood state, energy level, and behavior. These dramatic fluctuations may alternate between depression, normal mood, and elation and/or irritability. There are different types of Bipolar Disorder, depending on the frequency and duration of the manic or depressive episodes.

Concerned About A Friend

Have you noticed changes in your friend that worry you? Do you feel like your friend's issues are overwhelming for you? Do you feel like you don't know what to say anymore or how to help your friend? Maybe it's time to call Counseling or Psychological Services. Our services are private and confidential.

Coping With Trauma

A traumatic experience is an event in which an individual experiences, or witnesses an actual or threatened serious injury or death. It is quite normal for people to experience emotional and physical after-shocks or stress reactions following a traumatic event. Sometimes these traumatic events are so painful that professional assistance may be necessary in order to cope with them.


Major depression is a serious medical illness affecting 15 million adults in the U.S. Unlike normal sadness or loss, depression is persistent, and can significantly interfere with an individual's functioning.

Eating Disorders

Fairfield University's Eating Disorder Treatment Coordination Team provides a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and oversees the physical well-being and psychological health of students struggling with eating disorders. The team is comprised of clinicians from Counseling & Psychological Services, the Health Center, and other professionals as needed. Treatment plans are individualized for each student depending on their needs.

Gambling Problems

Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. It is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.

New 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. We have provided some links to information that can be helpful in settling in to Fairfield University.

If you want to talk over some of the stresses or problems you are experiencing, Counseling & Psychological Services is a free, confidential service.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessions are repeated, persistent, unwanted ideas, thoughts, images or impulses that you experience involuntarily and that appear to be senseless. These obsessions typically intrude when you're trying to think of or do other things.

Sexual Assault

Counseling & Psychological Services will provide emotional support, as well as information about medical care and reporting options. Call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146. After hours call Public Safety (203) 254-4090 and request to speak to a clinician.

Sexual Harassment

Fairfield University is committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment. If you have a concern about your interactions with a member of the University community, call Christine Brown, Title IX Sexual Harassment Coordinator at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3329 for more information and assistance about filing a complaint.

Time Management

Tips for Better Time Management Organization.

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