The fact that we provide psychotherapy to others strongly suggests that the faculty believe in the usefulness of this endeavor in terms of alleviating our own stresses, sorting out our reactions to disturbing or troubling life circumstances, and promoting our own personal and professional growth. Being in psychotherapy is not a requirement of the Program, but many students engage in this process sometime during their graduate careers. In some cases, the faculty may recommend psychotherapy to students whose personal issues are interfering with their professional development. In all circumstances, we view your decision to enter psychotherapy as in no way stigmatizing, but rather, as reflecting positively on you.
It is our policy that no student enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship with a faculty member. All faculty, however, will be pleased to assist you in finding an appropriate psychotherapist from outside the Program. A number of area practitioners have agreed to provide psychotherapy for our students at reduced fees. The Director of Clinical Training has considerable information about area-wide referral options and makes a list of recommended therapists available to all students. The Connecticut Psychological Association [(800) 586-7522] also maintains a referral list of clinical psychologists who provide reduced-rate services in the locale. Many students also are willing to share information regarding referrals.