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.

Eating Issues Support - Concerned about your eating? You’re not alone. This group will help you learn strategies for wellness and acquire skills to help you manage your eating concerns in a caring, supportive environment.

Self Sexuality and Gender - This Group is a safe space for the LGBTQ community and anyone questioning their gender or sexual orientation. Topics are group-driven and can include coming out, family issues, social stigma and relationships.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion - This group is designed to teach you how to direct your kindness inward, reduce self-criticism and learn Mindfulness skills to let go of stress and anxiety.

Family Matters - Being away from home can give us space to process family issues. Life events affect everyone in a family. This support 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.

Freshman Group 2.0 - It’s second semester and you’re still adjusting to campus. Join the club! A lot of students feel the same way. This group focuses on first-year issues such as connecting socially, easing homesickness, dealing with roommates and more to help you figure out your place at Fairfield U.

Support Through Grief - Grief is a normal human response to loss that can bring complicated emotions. It can be healing to share these feelings with people who are going through the same grief process. This group is for students who are dealing with the loss of a loved one and want a safe space to talk about it.

Stress Busters - Stress is one of the top issues facing college students today. This group will help you learn to manage stress, gain coping skills and more effectively deal with the demands of campus life.

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 extension 2146 for more information.