Responsible Relationships: in conjunction with the Suffield Academy Leadership program, we offer information for all grades on healthy relationships and decision-making.
Zen Den Diaries: a series of discussions aimed at topics pertinent to our students.
Various Wellness-Related Programming: speakers, discussions, literature, videos and more focused on mental health and wellness topics
When and how might my child be directed for counseling services
Students are referred to the Counseling Center in a variety of ways-faculty (dorm parents, advisors, coaches, teachers), the Dean of Students, the Health Center, parents and students themselves. Reasons for referral can include issues related to stress or anxiety, peer relationships, family issues, depressed mood, self-esteem, adjusting to campus life and more. Occasionally, counseling can be required as a part of a disciplinary action, as well.
What should I do if I think my child would benefit from talking with someone?
First, talk to your child. Find out if he/she would be open to meeting with a counselor and express your support. Then, call or email any of us at the contact information on this page.
Is there a fee for counseling services? There is no fee to utilize counselors on campus, although on-going, long-term or more specialized mental health needs are referred to outside therapists and other providers. Dr. Holtzberg is one such clinician. Dr. Holtzberg sees students for therapy on-campus and has a private practice in West Hartford.