Health + Wellness

SMFA provides health services for its students through the Harvard Vanguard-Atrius Health, and mental health services are available through SMFA's Counseling Services. In addition, the School offers a comprehensive health insurance plan to all students. SMFA is committed to supporting the needs of students with disabilities, and makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations where necessary.

Counseling can help address a range of life challenges and difficulties.
Counseling Services at SMFA offers free, on-site, confidential mental health care to SMFA students. Services include evaluations, referrals to outpatient providers, short-term counseling, and wellness programming for undergraduate and graduate students.

SMFA's Counseling Services are available for various matters, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Personal and/or family problems
  • Drug and alcohol abuse, and/or addiction
  • Sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Problems in relationships
  • Sexual abuse and harassment
  • Difficulties in work and concerns about productivity
  • Psychopharmacology referrals

Counselors work with students on personal problems, psychological or emotional distress, plus academic and work difficulties including artist's block. When more extensive counseling is required, students may be referred to qualified community resources. All interviews are strictly confidential.

To make an appointment or referral, contact Counseling Services, at 617-627-3360.

For emergency or after hours help, please call the Tufts Public Safety at 617-627-3030.

Apps, Websites, and Books

Free Apps:

• T2 mood Tracker
• Moodlytics: Android
• Moodlytics: iPhone
• MoodPanda
• Bipolar Connect

• Self-Help Anxiety Management
• Mindshift
• PTSD Coach
• Panic Attack Aid Lite

• Breathe2Relax
• Dharma Meditation Trainer: Android
• Omvana Meditation

• White Noise Lite
• Sleep Machine Lite: iPhone
• SleepBot
• Relax Melodies

Substance Abuse
• Addiction avert
• AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker
• SoberApp-Alcohol Calculator

• Med Helper Pill Reminder
• RxmindMe: iPhone

Self-Help Book List:
Below is a list of books that cover a range of issues. These books can offer general information and guidance. If you are concerned about how these issues are affecting your life, please feel free to make an appointment at the Counseling Center to discuss these issues further.

One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin
Smash: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zalickas
Buzzed; The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs, From Alcohol to Ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Sqartawelder, and Wilkie Wilson Clear
Born to Lose: Memoirs of a Compulsive Gambler by Bill Lee
Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers, PhD and Brenda L Wolfe, PhD
The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography

Anxiety/Stress Management
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook(5th ed) by Martha Davis, PhD, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW, and Matthew McKay, PhD
The Worry Cure by Robert Leahy, PhD
Self Coaching: the Powerful Guide to Beat Anxiety by Joseph J. Luciani, PhD
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steve Hayes
When Panic Attacks: The New Drug Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns, MD

Depression/Bipolar Disorder
Exuberance: The Passion for Life by Kay Redfield Jamison
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
Feeling Good by David Burns, MD
Living With A Black Dog: His Name Is Depression by Matthew Johnstone
Undoing Depression by Richard O'Connor, PhD
The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert

The Loss That Is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father by Maxine Harris, PhD
The Farewell Chronicles: How We Really Respond to Death by Anneli Rufus

Eating Disorders
Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop by Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD
The Good Eater: The True Story of One Man's Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder by Ron Saxen
Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love With Life by Jenni Schaefer
Diary of an Exercise Addict by Peach Friedman
Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel, Judith Brisman, and Margot Weinshel

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman, PhD
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Daniel Siegal

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends by Don Gabor
Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry by Albert Bernstein
Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve Relationship Problems Through Cognitive Therapy by Aaron Beck
The Relationship Cure: A Five Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships by John Gottman, PhD and Joan DeClaire
What Makes Love Last? How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal by John Gottman, PhD and Nan Silver
The Hidden Face of Shyness; Understanding and Overcoming Social Anxiety by Franklin Schneier and Lawrence Welkowicz

Trauma and Recovery: the Aftermath of violence-from domestic abuse to political terror by Judith Herman, MD
The Courage to Heal: A guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape by Robin Warshaw
Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Child Abuse by Michael Lew
Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self by Susan J. Brison
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

Information found in the above links should not be considered "official" SMFA information. While you will find much of interesting and valuable information within these resources, you should know that the information, views or opinions contained within these pages or files linked to this page are strictly those of their authors.

As of December 20, 2016, SMFA students will no longer have access to the Simmons Health Center. Instead students will now be able receive their primary care through Atrius Health, at the Kenmore-Harvard Vanguard 133 Brookline Ave location, a full service primary care site.  If you have the SMFA student health insurance you will not be charged a co-pay. If you do not have school insurance you can use the Kenmore-Harvard Vanguard Health Center and pay at the time of your visit or go to another provider who will accept your insurance. Check the website of your insurance company (Blue Cross, for example) to find an approved list of area providers.

Please remember to identify yourself as an SMFA student when you register with the health center on the phone or in person.

Learn more about Harvard Vanguard here.

Students can also visit Health Services on the Medford campus.

Medford Health Service
124 Professors Row (across from Fletcher Field)
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 617-627-3350
Fax: 617-627-3592

More information on this location can be found here.

Various fitness centers in the Fenway area offer SMFA students a membership discount, such as Northeastern University's Marino Center and the Huntington YMCA. In addition, students have access to the athletic facilities at Tufts University, including use of their indoor Hamilton pool. For more information, students should contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Tufts information »
Northeastern information »

For information regarding immunizations, please refer to the information provided at Student Life.

For information regarding health insurance, please refer to the information provided at Student Life.

In times of crisis, numerous resources and individuals, including the SMFA Counseling Center, are available to assist those in need. Appointments at the Counseling Center may be made by calling 617-627-3360.

Looking for another option? Try these Boston-based community mental health centers:
1. Back Bay Counseling: (617) 266-0422 | 416 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
2. Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center: (617) 457-8140 | 75 Kneeland St. Boston
3. Fenway Health: (617) 267-9001 | 1340 Boylston St. Boston
4. Boston Institute Psychotherapy: (617) 566-2200 | 1415 Beacon St, Brookline
5. Arbour Counseling: (617) 524-1120 | 157 Green St, Jamaica Plain
6. Mental Health Legal Advisors: (617) 248-1884 | 24 School St, Boston

Some emergency numbers as well (All available 24 hours a day everyday):
1. Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST): 1-800-981-HELP (4357)
2. National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
3. Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC): 1-800-841-8371

Tips on stress and trauma management are available on these websites:

Specific Tips for College Students

Managing Traumatic Stress:

For Parents