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The Schacht Center offers free and confidential individual consultations to School for Social Work students. Students may receive up to five individual sessions during the summer academic session, subject to availability and clinical recommendations. The sessions are an opportunity to address matters of personal concern as you participate in your professional training and are not a substitute for ongoing clinical treatment.

Consultation Hours and Location

Day Location Hours
Monday Telehealth noon–7 p.m.
Tuesday In-person 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Wednesday In-person 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday In-person 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Friday Telehealth 8–11 a.m.

In person sessions are at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness at 21 Belmont Avenue

Scheduling Appointments

Email (please include your availability corresponding to the above appointment times)
Call 1-413-585-2840 M-F between 9am-4pm

About Appointments

Sessions are 45 minutes long and are strictly confidential.

Therapist Conducting Appointments

Desiree Lowit

SSW Consulting Therapist

Desiree is a licensed independent multiracial and multiethnic clinical social worker and a certified EMDR therapist. She graduated from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2011. Her psychotherapeutic approach is informed by sensorimotor psychotherapy, developmental dyadic psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, ego-state psychotherapy, EMDR and gender affirming care and more. Desiree has worked in many different roles and settings in community mental health centers, as well as integrated behavioral health through Boston Children’s Hospital, to working in full time private practice (since 2014). Desiree has been a member of the western Massachusetts EMDR steering committee since 2018. She has a lot of experience working with individuals, children and families working in the service of healing intergenerational trauma, PTSD, and C-PTSD as well as a demonstrated passion and dedication to social justice with a lifelong commitment to working in the service of dismantling systems of oppression that perpetuate ableist attitudinal beliefs within the realm of serving neuro-diverse learners. She is also a mother, an artist and a fiddler, and has a deep affinity for her beloved cat Vessela.

Crisis Information and Mental Health Emergencies

Call campus safety at 413-585-5555, or 5555 from any campus phone.

For more information, visit the School for Social Work site.

Wellness Information

Visit the Wellness at Smith blog and Wellness Services on Facebook. Our Resources Page might also be of interest and assistance.