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.

2016 Fall Counseling Hours:

Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday through Friday 9am - 5pm
Phone: 845-758-7433
Fax: 845-758-7437
Email: counselingservice@bard.edu

FALL 2016

Thursdays from 5-6pm in the BEOP Office (In the Stone Row Quad)
Fridays from noon-1pm in the Bito Conservatory Building, Room 206 (harp room)


A full list of support and therapy groups will be offered in the fall, including Bereavement Group, Managing Anxiety and Depression, and a Drug and Alcohol Use Support Group. Dates and locations will be posted here.

Let's Talk Fall 2016

Let's Talk Fall 2016
Stop by and talk with a counselor. It's free. It's confidential. No appointment necessary!

Thursdays from 5-6pm in the BEOP Office (In the Stone Row Quad)
Fridays from noon-1pm in the Bito Conservatory Building, Room 206 (harp room)

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Announcements and Updates

LET’S TALK—a Bard Counseling program that offers free, informal, confidential consultations with Bard counselors.
The Let's Talk schedule for Fall Semester:
Thursdays 5-6pm in the BEOP Office (off of Stone Row Quad)
Fridays noon-1pm in the Bito Conservatory Building, Room 206 (the Harp Room)
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)


The Huffington Post
By Brian Harke, Ed. D
June 22, 2010

The month of June is a time of celebration for high school seniors. As they cross the stage in cap and gown to receive their diploma, feelings of satisfaction, excitement and nostalgia are supplemented with the titillation of moving on to college life. As tassels are moved from one side of their mortarboard to the other, the ritual of the transition to college life begins.

Besides graduating, there is a very important commonality between many of these graduating high school seniors that affects their college future: they are overly optimistic and confident in their ability to manage the challenges they will encounter at college. This is referred to as the freshman myth. The freshman myth results in disenchantment when new college students’ academic, social, and personal expectations are not met after arriving at college. As a result, many students will leave college or flunk out within the first year.

At this point, you may be thinking that this isn’t me or this isn’t my son/daughter, but I have seen it first hand. The freshman myth can be devastating to students if not addressed early on.  (To read more of this article Click Here).

Other Articles on transitioning to college by this author:


The New York Times
By Mallia Wollan
June 17, 2016


“Duration is very important,” says Damien Léger, a doctor who runs the sleep-research center at the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Paris. Aim to sleep for 20 minutes. Anything longer, and you risk drifting into what scientists call slow-wave sleep, a state of languid brain-wave activity considered important for consolidating memories. Set an alarm clock. A slow-wave encounter is likely to leave you with what Léger calls “sleep drunkenness” instead of a feeling of rejuvenation.

Think of napping as a basic right, not a petty luxury. (To read more of the article Click Here.)

BREAKING BAD MOODS: 15 Tips for Shaking the Funk You’re In

Good Therapy
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.)