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Counseling Center

We provide individual short-term counseling and services for on-campus undergraduate and graduate students in degree-granting programs. Our counselors are sensitive to issues of ethnicity, spirituality, culture, sexual orientation, gender, disability, learning differences, and body image.

Counseling sessions are held in confidence and are not part of your academic record. If you need or want long-term counseling, we can refer you to outside specialists.

Summer Schedule and Services

The Lesley University Counseling Center is open during the summer to provide services to students enrolled in summer classes during the dates of their summer semester. Counselors can meet with students to provide services including assessment, brief treatment, consultation, and referrals to their local in-state providers for longer term care. Contact us at counselingcenter@lesley.edu to find out more or to schedule an appointment.

How to Make an Appointment

We are offering remote counseling services. To make an appointment:

  • Email counselingcenter@lesley.edu to let us know you want to meet with a counselor. You can also use this email for other questions you may have.
  • Call 617.349.8545 and leave a voicemail with your email address and we'll get back to you.

During Counseling Center Hours: In a crisis, contact us at 617.349.8545. We do not provide emergency services outside of our regular hours of operation, such as nights and weekends.

Outside Counseling Center Hours: Call 911 and then call Lesley's security office at 617.349.8888. If you live on campus, you can call a Community Advisor. You can also go to a local hospital emergency room, such as Beth Israel Deaconess (Boston), Cambridge Health Alliance, or Mount Auburn Hospital (Cambridge).

Know your health insurance coverage for emergency services. Have your insurance card with you when you go to the hospital. Learn more about Student Health Insurance.

Our Services

In addition to short-term individual counseling, you can take advantage of these services.

  • Alcohol and other drug information, and preventive programming
  • Referrals for psychiatric medication services
  • Anonymous online mental health screening around depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, substance use, and bipolar disorder
  • Resource and referral services
  • Consultation to students, student groups, faculty, parents, and the Lesley community
  • Issues We Address

    Some of the issues we address at the Counseling Center include:

    • Abuse
    • Alcohol and drugs
    • Anger
    • Anxiety/panic
    • Body image
    • Communication skills
    • Depression
    • Eating concerns
    • Ethnic/cultural issues
    • Family concerns
    • Grief/loss
    • Life adjustment issues
    • Loneliness
    • Relationships
    • Roommate difficulties
    • Self-confidence issues
    • Sexuality/sexual orientation
    • Stress management
  • Referrals

    When the Counseling Center is unable to provide the type of service you need or request, your counselor will refer you to appropriate mental health professionals in the area.

    In this case, it’s important to know your insurance coverage and the benefits. If you would like us to help you with a referral, bring your insurance information with you.

    Get a list of local providers from your company's Customer Service Office or website. If you provide us with this list, we can review it to see if we can make recommendations.

    If you'd like to find a mental health professional on your own, we recommend HelpPro.com, an online National Mental Health Service Finder. It’s been in existence for over 10 years, and has a database of providers for individual and group therapy, medication assessment, and monitoring. You can search by location, area of specialty, theoretical approach, and payment options (for example, insurance type).

  • Drug and Alcohol Screening, Resources, and Support

    The decision to use alcohol or other drugs, or to abstain, is a choice that all college students must face.

    Whether you’re already in recovery or are seeking to moderate your use, we want to support you in your decision-making process. Our guidance is non-judgmental and non-directive. We’ll help you determine what’s best for you.

    If you’re concerned about your use of alcohol or other drugs (or the use of someone close to you) please explore our resources, and reach out with questions or to set up an appointment.

    Confidential Consultation

    We offer confidential assistance and information, and we'll work to meet your needs. Feel free to offer feedback to help us make our services more useful to you and other students.


    • Half of Us, sponsored by MTV, explores mental health and substance abuse issues of young people. Find young stars sharing their own stories.
    • Signs that someone is suffering from acute alcohol poisoning from the Mayo Clinic.
    • B.R.A.D addresses responsible drinking. A parent who lost her son to a "rite of passage" (over-drinking on his 21st birthday) started this organization to give young people information about the consumption of alcohol.
    • Go Ask Alice is an informative, non-judgmental advice column for college students and their questions about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Sponsored by Columbia University.
    • College Binge Drinking provides information about the myths, dangers, and issues surrounding college alcohol abuse.
    • National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism 
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving 


    • Are you affected by the drinking of someone else? An Al-Anon support group meets on Lesley’s campus every Sunday morning at 11:00 am in University Hall. You'll find them on the third floor, Room 3-100.
    • Need another kind of support? Join an online support group and choose from more than 220 topics.
  • Crisis Hotlines
    • Crisis Text Line: You can text from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from their secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. Text “HOME” to 741741.

    • 211 (community resource specialists): Aids in times of crisis, emergency, disasters and loss of essential needs. All languages available. 

    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline/National Crisis Hotline: This Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 800.273.TALK (8255) or chat online.

    • Samaritans Crisis Hotline (national suicide prevention): Call 877.870.HOPE (4673).  

    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Hotline: SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 800.985.5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

    • Trevor Project LGBTQIA+ Hotline: Trained counselors are available to support you 24/7 if you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk. Call 866.488.7386.

    • National Sexual Assault Hotline: You'll to be routed to a local sexual assault service provider in your area. Trained staff can provide confidential support and connect you to resources in your area. Call 800.356.HOPE (4673).

    • National Domestic Violence Hotline: Highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone in the United States who is experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Services available in over 200 languages. Call 800.799.SAFE (7233).

    • REACH MA (domestic violence): REACH MA is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse while encouraging communities to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence. Call 800.899.4000.

    • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC): BARCC empowers survivors of sexual violence to heal and provides education and advocacy for social change to prevent sexual violence. Call their 24/7 hotline at 800.841.8371 or their office at 617.492.8306 during regular business hours. Chat online from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    • Love is Respect: Loveisrespect is the ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. It is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Call 866.331.9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.

    • Veterans Crisis Line: Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many are Veterans themselves. Text 838255.

    • Parental Stress Hotline (Massachusetts): Trained volunteer counselors offer a way to relieve stress in an environment which is non-judgmental along with being sympathetic. All languages available. Call 24/7 at 800.632.8188.

  • Online Support Groups

    Each of these support groups provides services for anyone struggling. Each group may have a different focus.  

    • 7 Cups: Emotional support and wellness, and therapy options

    • Turn2Me : Various topics including anxiety, depression, and stress

    • Daily Strength : Anxiety support

    • DBSAlliance: Depression and bipolar support

  • Mindfulness Apps
    • Headspace ($10/year for students): Personal guide to health and happiness with guided meditations, stories, soundscapes, and music.

    • Insight Timer: The largest free library of guided meditations for free. 

    • Mood Kit: One-of-a-kind app designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology into your everyday life.

  • Confidentiality Policy

    Confidentiality means that under normal circumstances, no one outside of the Counseling Center is given any information about you—even the fact that you have been here—without your written consent.

    Exceptions to this include:

    • If you are a danger to the health and safety of yourself or others.
    • If you disclose the abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional) or neglect of a child under the age of 18, an elder, or a disabled person.
    • If a court orders the release of a record via subpoena.
    • If you are seen by Lesley Student Health Services staff and information about your care is needed as part of your integrated medical treatment.
    • If you file a complaint or lawsuit against the Counseling Center.

    There may be times that your counselor feels it would be in the best interest of your work together to talk with someone outside the Counseling Center—such as advisor, faculty, parent, or former counselor—to ensure you are getting the best care. In this case, your counselor will discuss this with you, ask your permission, and if so granted, have you sign a release.

  • Counseling Center Internship Program

    Check back soon for updates.

Meet the Counseling Center Staff

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Wayne Assing, Director


Wayne is deeply committed to students and to their holistic mind-body-spirit health and well-being. His understanding of human behavior is informed by his life experiences and his understanding of developmental, psychodynamic, relational, and socio-cultural theories. He values contemplative practices such as poetry, photography, watching clouds and listening to birds – practicing mindfulness in the present moment while enjoying the simple things in life.

Read more about Wayne.

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Tracy Greenfield, LMHC, Associate Director


Tracy is interested in the integration and healing power of spirituality in psychotherapy and supporting people toward actualizing their potential in all realms of life. She is bilingual (English-Spanish), and has a wide range of interests including liberation-focused healing, women's health, working with the LGBTQIA+ community, anxiety, depression, sexuality, relationships, divorce, trauma work, and culture.

Read more about Tracy.

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Ellen O’Neill, Administrative Assistant


Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in Education/Human Services from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Before joining the Counseling Center staff, she has worked with a state-run agency which assisted in giving individual school placement to students with different learning abilities as well as supporting the school-based programs in which they were enrolled. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys baking, live music, movies, and spoiling her beagle Mable. 

Read more about Ellen.

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Rose Marsh, LCSW, University Counselor


Rose takes a relational approach, believing in the importance of understanding how relationship dynamics impact one’s mental health. She recognizes that each student comes with a differing level of experience with therapy and works with students to identify goals and a pace best suited for them. Rose welcomes working with all students and has particular passion working with students navigating sexuality, family and relationship dynamics, eating concerns, trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss.

Read more about Rose.

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Edward Yates MSW, LCSW, University Counselor


Edward’s approach to counseling is centered around mindfulness while empowering students to drive their experience during each session. He is bilingual (Spanish and English) and has been trained and has a passion for restorative justice which also influences the approach to his practice. Some areas of focus are trauma work, impacts of acculturation, family and relationship dynamics, anxiety, and depression.

Read more about Edward.

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