Counseling & Psychological Services


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Counseling & Psychological Services cps_vidis 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.

Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Services for Undergraduate Students

Call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146 for more information.

Services for Graduate Students

Counseling & Psychological Services offers graduate students a single counseling session. Often, a referral to a mental health provider in the student's community will be suggested. To schedule an appointment, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2146 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There is no cost for this service.

Recovery Housing

Fairfield University offers a unique opportunity for students in recovery from alcohol and/or drug dependence. An unmarked University Recovery House for male students is conveniently located in walking distance to campus. Students support each other while maintaining personal accountability and building meaningful relationships based in friendship, sobriety, and their college experiences. Learn more about Recovery Housing.

Group Therapy

Each semester, we offer support groups addressing many issues. Below are descriptions of some typical groups offered. Check back in September for our fall groups.

Family Issues Support - Life events affect everyone in a family.   This group is designed to help students share their experience, and gain coping and self-care strategies to thrive no matter what’s happening at home.

Transitions – First year and transfer students have one constant thing in their life: change.  This group offers a place to talk about the changes and learn and share ideas on adjusting to campus life.

Chilling Out: A CBT Approach to Anxiety- Yale’s most popular group therapy is now being offered at Fairfield U.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety and gives you tools to calm down the inner stress. 

Understanding Self and Others- This group offers a powerful way for students to learn more about themselves through the feedback and support of other students in a safe environment.

Connections:  A Group About Relationships- Our relationship to others is central to who we are and how we evolve as people.  Connections offers a safe space to explore our relationships and gain insight into how we interact with significant others.

Support Through Grief - Nobody understands loss better than someone who has been there.   This group is a place where students can get the support and understanding they need throughout the grieving process.

Thinking About Your Drinking - An opportunity for students to gain a broader perspective of the hazards and risks of their drinking, how to moderate their drinking, and how “safe partying” might be the answer!

Eating Disorder Support - If you are struggling with an eating disorder you are not alone.  This is a fee for service group that is run by an area Therapist who specializes in Eating Disorders such as Bulimia, Anorexia and Binge Eating Disorder.

Recovery Group - This group is for those students who have achieved abstinence from alcohol and are committed to staying in recovery.  If you are sober, committed and have pieced together some clean time please contact Lisa Arnold at x2146 for more information.

The Power of Positive Thinking- These drop-in workshops will focus on learning tips and strategies to enhance your wellbeing through creative and engaging approaches such as Ted Talks and videos.  Refreshments will be served, check OrgSync for upcoming dates.

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