Counseling and Wellness Center

The Trinity Counseling  and Wellness Center provides a full range of counseling and psychological services to all students who desire assistance in coping with personal and emotional difficulties and social relationships. All services offered by the center ar​​​e free, and all contact with members of the staff is privileged and confidential as provided by law. The center is located at 135 Allen Place, accessible from the Campus Safety parking lot in the gray and white building near the handicapped ramp at the back of the lot.

Students may call the Center at (860) 297-2415 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Kate Morrell, our office manager, will help to set up an appointment as soon as possible.  You can meet our staff members on our staff page.

Usually an appointment can be set up relatively promptly within a few days to a week, although in busy periods, or if a student wishes an appointment with a specific person or at a specific time of day, it may be longer before a time can be scheduled.  If it is an urgent situa​tion, we will schedule you as soon as possible. Appointments may routinely be made as early as 9:00 a.m. or as late as 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In an emergency, students will be seen as quickly as necessary. You can also e-mail  Dr. Randolph Lee, director of the center, assistant director,​ with any questions.​​​​

 

Counseling and Wellness Center Statement of Anti-Racism 

The Counseling and Wellness Center condemns acts of racial violence, anti-Blackness and institutional racism at Trinity College, in the United States, and in the world at large. We acknowledge the racist history of the United States. We recognize that psychology itself has been used to justify racism and bigotry. We stand with our Black students, colleagues and community members. We strive to provide inclusive and culturally competent mental health services. We have a lot to learn. We commit to mandatory training for our staff on cultural competency, racism and promoting racial justice in mental health.

 

Statement in support of survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence at Trinity College

The Counseling and Wellness Center affirms our commitment to believing and supporting survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence at Trinity, across identity and experience. Your story matters and we will support you and your healing. We denounce those who invalidate survivors who choose not to disclose their experiences. You have a right to decide if and when to share your story. If you choose to disclose, we will help you navigate that process. We will support your decision and offer ideas to increase safety and empowerment in your life. We believe that you should have access to all the information to make an informed choice about disclosure. We pledge to create a safe space for you to make your own decisions. 


Our Operating Plans for Fall, 2020

The Counseling and Wellness Center will continue to provide counseling and psychotherapy on a full-time basis as we have always done. All psychotherapy will be done virtually, just as we did with the many students we have seen since last spring.

Students who are on campus will be able to log in online to a secure and HIPAA compliant website for their session. In cases where a student feels there is not sufficient privacy in their room or other location to have their session, we will have a room available in the Counselin​g and Wellness Center where students can come with their phone or computer and log on, again, remotely for session with their therapist in the same building. This “Zoom Room” will be available by appointment and sanitized after each use.

We plan to have two members of our professional staff in the office during all business hours as well as our office manager. They will be available in the same way as all other professional staff, doing virtual counseling and psychotherapy, but they will also be on location in the event of emergencies or other consultations. Other staff members will be available according to their regular schedule but will be working from home when they are not in the office.

We will encourage all students to make appointments by telephone. Our office manager will be on-site, with Plexiglas protection, to answer the phone, schedule appointments, and take care of all other operations in the center.  We will not permit students to wait in the waiting area.

Students who are not on campus but in Connecticut will be able to access services in the same way. Licensing laws prohibit psychologists and social workers from doing psychotherapy where the patient is located out of state unless the mental health professional is licensed in that state. While we continue to monitor the circumstances that permit out-of-state professional services on a temporary basis, these regulations change frequently, and it is virtually impossible for us to get temporarily licensed all states in which Trinity students may be located. Even in cases where the process is relatively simple, the licenses frequently expire within a month. Nevertheless, we will do our best to provide consultation services to students wherever they reside, but in most cases, particularly if the situation calls for it, we will help such students locate providers near their home. We will of course, never refuse to do an initial consultation with a student and will make every effort to find a way to meet their individual needs. 

Because it is virtually impossible to assess the emotional condition of a student we have never met in an initial virtual contact, in order to assure their safety, once we make an initial assessment, we will attempt to help them locate a provider near home. With every student with whom we are doing virtual psychotherapy off campus in Connecticut, we will ask the student for the name and phone number of a parent or other responsible person who may be called in an emergency. We will comply with professional ethics with regard to liability and not see students virtually who may be at greater risk of harm to self or others or who may be experiencing psychotic symptoms.  In those cases, we will work to locate a provider near their home.  All students seen virtually who are not on campus will be asked to sign a release acknowledging their permission for telehealth services.

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Also see our Resources for Coping With COVID-19 page - click on the link near the bottom  at the left.

Finally, again, do not hesitate to contact us (860-297-2415).

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