Welcome to the Bard College Counseling Service

Welcome to the Bard College Counseling Service
We provide individual, couples, and group counseling, assessment, consultation, referral, and campus outreach services to the Bard community. All services are free of charge and available to currently enrolled students. We can be reached at 845-758-7433 on weekdays from 9-5, or by email at counselingservice@bard.edu. To make an appointment click on the button below. For after hours and weekend emergencies, please call security at 845-758-7777 and ask for the counselor on duty.

Summer Hours & Contact Info

June 8 - July 29
Wednesday, Thursday &Friday
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Phone: 845-758-7433
Fax: 845-758-7437
Email: counselingservice@bard.edu

Let's Talk

Sessions are in recess for the summer, and will resume for Fall 2016. Watch this space for further details.

Support Groups

Groups are in recess for the summer. Watch this space for groups starting in the Fall.

Announcements and Updates

CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS! It has been our pleasure to support you during your time at Bard. We are proud of each of you, and wish you much luck and joy as you move into the next phase of your lives
  • SUMMER HOURS - June 8th - July 29th Counseling Service will be open limited hours to support graduate students while on campus for the summer. The hours are posted in the sidebar. Summer students should submit a request online if you wish to meet with the counselor during your stay on campus.
  • LAST WEEK - May 23 through May 27
         Students in crisis can visit our offices at any time during office hours, or call security after hours to reach our on-call counselor.
FOR AFTER HOURS OR WEEKEND EMERGENCIES (when classes are in session),  please call security at 845-758-7460 or 845-758-7777 and ask for the counselor on duty. If your situation is not an emergency but you want to talk it through with a trained peer anonymously, please call security and ask for the BRAVE Counselor.
You can also call ULIFELINE, the National Mental Health Hotline and speak with a trained local hotline counselor ANYTIME: 
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

It’s the Final Countdown — College Students Give Tips on How to Manage Stress During Finals

Kayla Hedman Graduate of Champlain College

It’s the Final Countdown — College Students Give Tips on How to Manage Stress During Finals

External stress emerges because studying should be one’s top priority, and unfortunately, no young adult likes to admit that his or her social life has to be set aside for a bit.

“In order to perform best on final exams, one must remember the basics: stay active, get plenty of rest, and eat a good breakfast; all those healthy study-tips that students have been told since grade school,” Moran-Brown added. “In addition to that, one must find time to escape studying and take time for his or herself.”

From a student perspective, surviving the gauntlet of oral presentations, exams, essay writing, and projects in the weeks ahead, here are some techniques Champlain College students suggest will successfully minimize stress and maximize efficiency.

Here are some time-tested tips for relieving stress at finals:

To read the complete article CLICK HERE.

Breaking Bad Moods: 15 Tips for Shaking the Funk You’re In

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December 3, 2014 • By GoodTherapy.org Staff

Breaking Bad Moods: 15 Tips for Shaking the Funk You’re In

We have all had a case of the blues. You know, those times in our lives where the world looks bleak and things just don’t seem to be going in our favor. No matter how hard we try to turn things around, it seems to end up as wasted effort and all we can do is throw our hands up and ask, “Why me?” But as much as we resist our sadness, anger, frustration, or grief, it is often during these dark moments when we come to realize we have the greatest opportunity for transformation.

Finding yourself in a funk you cannot seem to shake? Here are 15 tips to transform your bad mood and learn from it in the process:

  1. Acknowledge and accept it: You have probably heard the phrase “resistance is futile.” Fighting against negative feelings will not make them go away. If you find yourself in a dark room, you will not make it light by pretending it is not dark. You must, at some point, acknowledge that it is dark before you search for light. In order to change your mood, you must first admit to yourself how you are feeling. (To read more of this article click here.)

Breaking Up is Hard to Do, But Science Can Help

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This article by NPR's Maanvi Singh explains how science can shed light on how we experience and get over heartbreak.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do, But Science Can Help

My boyfriend and I were together for over three years, and then we weren't. The days after the breakup involved lots of crying, and an embarrassing amount of Taylor Swift.

A couple of weeks later, once I was able to will myself out of sweatpants, my friend Eric — who was also coping with a breakup — came over for some IPAs and, of course, Taylor Swift singalongs.

We commiserated about how much life sucked, how lonely we felt and how we were losing sleep. We discussed what was wrong in each of our relationships and what was right.

"I hope talking about this so much isn't bringing you down," I told Eric.

"No, this actually really helps," he said.

It turns out we were on to something. Last week I came across an intriguing bit of research in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. While too much wallowing after heartbreak isn't a great idea, the study found that reflecting on a recent breakup can help speed the healing process. (To read more of the article Click Here.)

Brochure for Russian Speakers


Although loss is a nearly universal experience, there is considerable variety in how people grieve. Bereavement is always a painful experience, but some people return to their normal life more quickly, experiencing uncomplicated bereavement, while others never do. All that defines uncomplicated bereavement and separates it from complicated bereavement is not yet known. However, some critical facts have been identified.