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Information for Parents and Families

Information for Parents & Families

College is a time of transitions, growth, success, and challenges. The Lasell University Counseling Center is a place where your student can speak confidentially to a clinician about a range of personal issues. For students needing care beyond the scope of our clinical services, we can assist in referrals to mental health or substance abuse specialists in the local community; the Boston area is fortunate to have a wide range of health services for ongoing care.

If your student is currently receiving therapy or treatment in the home community or is currently taking prescription medication for mental health needs, it is important to plan for continuation of services before coming to campus to avoid wait lists for treatment. We highly recommend that you consult with your student's current provider to discuss continuation of medication and ongoing therapy. For continuity of treatment, our recommendation is to arrange periodic meetings with the provider in the home community.


There are occasions when students' behavior or presentations raise concerns for parents. The Lasell University Counseling Center staff is available for consultation, within the limits of confidentiality. Such consultations can focus on a range of issues, including:

  • How to assist a student faced with a difficult situation
  • How to refer a student to the Counseling Center
  • or How to locate appropriate local mental health treatment for students

If you'd like to assistance or consultation, please contact the Director of the Counseling Center, Sharon Harrington-Hope at 617-243-2145 or by emailing

Resources for Students

The Counseling Center is available to provide free, confidential, short-term counseling to Lasell University undergraduate students.

If you are concerned about your student, please encourage them to schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center, by calling us at 617-243-2181, by emailing or by stopping by the Counseling Center. We are located at 18 Maple Terrace, and we are open during the academic year Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

*Please note: For mental health emergencies, after-hours emergencies, or life-threatening emergencies, pleast contact Lasell University Campus Police at 617-243-2279, dial 911, or visit your nearest emergency room.

Helpful Resources

Counseling and Mental Health Resources

Lasell University Center for Academic Achievement: 617-243-2306

Lasell University Academic Advising: 617-243-2111

Lasell University Career Development Center: 617-243-2125 

Lasell University Health Services: 617-243-2216

Lasell University Office of Student Affairs: 617-243-2124

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