Health & Wellbeing

Counseling & Health Education

Counseling services are free to all Newbury students.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss any personal concerns. Students work with the counselor to determine the appropriate number of sessions. In certain cases, an outside referral will be made.

At the Counseling and Health Education Center, we believe that personal and career concerns are a normal part of each student's growth process. The counselor is available to help you define goals, develop strategies for change, and realize a greater understanding of yourself and others. The counselor is here to listen and offer support as you work toward resolving personal concerns and seek out ways to achieve a greater sense of wellness.

The counselor is sensitive to issues of ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, gender, physical capacities, and learning disabilities.

We can help you with:

  • Self-exploration and personal decision making
  • Relationship difficulties, family problems, or other interpersonal conflicts
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Stress management
  • Sexuality issues
  • Feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Alcohol and drug concerns
  • Health issues, including pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, smoking and sleep difficulties
  • Gambling and other addictions
  • Eating disorders and body image issues
  • Sexual assault and relationship violence
  • Suicidal or self-destructive thoughts or behaviors
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjusting to a new country and culture
  • Birth control options and referrals
  • Pregnancy options

If you're in distress and need to talk to someone immediately

The counselor in Newbury's Counseling & Health Education Center is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. If the Counseling & Health Education Center is closed and a student feels the need to talk to someone immediately, he or she should talk to an RA or a Student Affairs staff member.

The following hotlines may also be contacted for free phone support:

The Samaritans' 24-hour Befriending Service
(617) 247 0220
The Samaritans provides a free and confidential 24-hour phone befriending line. This unique service, which is staffed by trained volunteers, provides unconditional and non-judgmental support to those who are alone, depressed or in crisis. Whatever the challenge or struggle, anyone who is suffering can find at the Samaritans a caring, empathetic ear, eager to listen and understand.


Boston Area Rape Crisis Center hotline

(617) 492-7273 or (800) 841-8371
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center has a 24-hour hotline for sexual assault survivors, significant others (including family and friends) and professionals.

Planned Parenthood's hotline

Call 1-800-258-4448. Choose Option 3.

For questions about sexual health, birth control, emergency contraception, parenting, adoption and abortion. It's all confidential.

Emergency Policy

Any student who needs immediate emergency assistance should contact the Campus Safety Office at (617) 730-7160 or call 911.


All counseling sessions and contact with the Counseling & Health Education Center are strictly confidential. Under ordinary circumstances, no information about you will be revealed to any person or agency without your written consent. However, if a student is judged to be a danger to self and/or others, we reserve the right to inform parents, next-of-kin or appropriate college personnel.

Counseling sessions do not become part of a student's record. Any counseling information used in statistics or research will guarantee the anonymity of the student.

To Speak with the Counselor

Call Newbury's counselor, Susan Chamandy, in the Counseling & Health Education Center at (617) 730-7157.  E-mail the counselor at or stop by at the Academic Center, Room 112, anytime without an appointment and ask questions, get information or begin meeting with the counselor. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

All contact with the Counseling & Health Education Center, as well as the information shared in counseling sessions, is confidential. 

Susan Chamandy is the Director of the Center. She has a master's degree in Social Work from Boston University and is a Licensed Social Worker.

Counseling services of the Center are free to all Newbury College students.

Other services provided by the Counseling & Health Education Center

Resources and Referrals are available for students seeking off-campus health care or mental health care services.

Counseling and Health Education Center

Academic Center, Room 112
129 Fisher Avenue, Box 442
Brookline, MA 02445
Tel. (617) 730-7157
Fax: (617) 730-7134
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.