Too many people at Yale are having a crisis.

The New Haven Register reports.

Yale grad students say mental health care in ‘crisis’, university adds therapists

Alyssa Battistoni, a fourth-year doctoral student in political science at Yale University, felt depressed two years ago and went to Yale Health to seek out a therapist.

While mental health care is considered basic to the care offered by Yale Health, Battistoni said she waited weeks to sit down with her counselor, an experience she said is common among graduate students at Yale.

Battistoni said it took about a week to get an intake appointment for her depression, which she said was “exacerbated by the gender dynamics of grad school.” She decided that the male therapist she was assigned “wasn’t a good fit” and asked for a different counselor. She waited a month to be reassigned.

“Eventually I did start meeting with my therapist,” she said recently during a meeting with other graduate students.

“It was helpful,” she said. “But what’s been difficult is that has been consistently interrupted by the limited number of sessions I’ve been able to have each academic year.

“She was very clear: You have three sessions left, two sessions left,” Battistoni said of her therapist.

Shawn Ta, in his fourth year studying for a Ph.D. in the East Asian Language and Literatures Department, has been in counseling since sophomore year of high school. When he began his studies at Yale, he said it took him “about a month for an intake evaluation. … Then it took another month for them to pair me with someone.”

Since then, there have been long intervals between sessions. “Sometimes it’s five weeks, sometimes it’s seven,” Ta said.