Counseling Services

Personal counseling and psychological services are available at the Health Center, and by referral, elsewhere.

Services include consultation, assessment, and counseling. There is no charge for appointments with on-campus counselors and psychologists. A consulting psychiatrist is available to provide psychiatric evaluation and/or therapy. Psychiatric appointments are made through the Director of Health Services. Every effort will be made to see students with urgent problems as soon as possible. Students interested in psychological services should come to the Health Center and sign in to see a nurse. You do not need to announce the reason for your visit. When meeting with a nurse, a brief intake interview will be conducted. You will also be asked to provide your schedule and ways to contact you for scheduling appointments.

FOR EMERGENCIES: If you are concerned about a student’s safety & well-being when the Health Center is closed, please call Security at 207-786-6254.

Students may also meet confidentially with the Bates SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate). The SAVA may be reached at 207-753-6996 or by emailing

Students wishing to see a counselor in the community may contact the Health Center for a list of referrals. Students will need to check with their insurance for outside referrals.

During fall and winter, the Bates College Health Center provides Light Therapy services for Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Other Resources for Crisis and Support

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Emergency Department
93 Campus Ave.  Lewiston, ME  207-777-8120
Tri County Mental Health Services 24 Hour Emergency Services
Ingraham Volunteers Hotline for 24 Hour Crisis Support
207-774-HELP (4357)
Need to Just Talk with Someone? (Not a Crisis Line)
The Warm Line is available 5pm – 8am
866-771-WARM (9276)
1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Student Support Network – Students Helping Fellow Bates Students

Facebook link

To contact a trained peer advocate, text 207-402-8878 or email

The JED Foundation (A College Mental Health Resource)

Top 5 Mental Health Challenges for Students

LGBTQ College Guide