What happens during the initial consultation?

The clinician will ask a few questions:

  • Why are you seeking care now?
  • Have you noticed a change in your mood, feelings of worry and anxiety, self esteem, sleeping, eating, use of alcohol and other substances, thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself in any way, thoughts of wanting to hurt others, or any medical concerns?
  • Can you describe any previous counseling experiences?
  • What support system do you have here at Harvard?
  • Can you describe your current coping and self-care routine?

The answers to these questions gives the clinician a clear understanding of what your concerns are in order to make the best recommendations for you.

Recommendations may include:

  • An immediate appointment because of the urgency of your concerns
  • An intake appointment with one of our therapists, psychiatrists, or nurse practitioners
  • Recommending one of our groups or workshops
  • Referring you to the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC)
  • Facilitating access to services from a clinician in the local community

Intake appointments with CAMHS clinicians are made as soon as possible based on your presenting concerns, your scheduling availability, and the availability of the clinician that is recommended for you.

All of our clinicians are trained and experienced at addressing student mental health concerns.