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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.

Counseling Service Hours Fall 2016

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

Groups Fall 2016

NEW GROUP FORMING: Books, Body Image, and Behaviors. Please join Bard's nutritionist, Ilyse Simon RDN CDN, for a weekly discussion/support group. We will focus on issues of emotional eating, restrictive eating, body shame, hunger, and metaphor. 
If interested/for more info email: jasuncio@bard.edu or just show up.
Fridays (beginning 11/4/16), 1:30-2:30 in the Health and Counseling Group Room (enter the Health and Counseling Service)

The Drug and Alcohol Use Support Group will be meeting on Fridays in Grey Stone Cottage from 6-7pm. Contact djhyman@gmail.com for more info or just show up. Grey Stone Cottage is located on the road to the library, across from the tennis courts.
 

Understanding Self and Others group forming. Contact John at jasuncio@bard.edu if interested.

Grief Group forming, contact, jasuncio@bard.edu. 

STUDENT LED Support Group for Chronic Illness and Disability meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 in Olin 101, and welcomes anyone with mental or physical difficulties. There is no commitment involved, so members can come to whatever number of sessions is convenient for them.

Let's Talk Fall 2016

Let's Talk Fall 2016
Let's Talk is in recess for the remainder of the semester and will resume next semester. If you would like to speak with a counselor you can drop by Counseling Service offices during our Open Clinic Hours listed below.

Nov 28 - Dec 2        2 PM - 3 PM
Dec 5 - Dec 9          2 PM - 4 PM

Stay tuned for new hours and locations for Spring 2017!

 

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Announcements and Updates

OPEN CLINIC HOURS BEGIN 11/28/16
Bard Open Clinic Hours are times set aside for students to come speak with a Bard counselor, at the Health and Counseling Service office, about any concern they may have, no appointment needed. Just check in at the front desk. Please note: there may be a wait. 

Week of 11/28 Open Clinic Hours 2-3:00pm MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 

Week of 12/5 Open Clinic Hours 2-4:00pm MONDAY THRU FRIDAY

ON-GOING DROP IN GROUPS:
Books, Body Image, and Behaviors. Please join Bard's nutritionist, Ilyse Simon RDN CDN, for a weekly discussion/support group. We will focus on issues of emotional eating, restrictive eating, body shame, hunger, and metaphor. For more info email: jasuncio@bard.edu or just show up.
Fridays, 1:30-2:30 in the Health and Counseling Group Room (enter the Health and Counseling Service)

STUDENT/ALUMNI LED The Drug and Alcohol Use Support Group will be meeting on Fridays in Grey Stone Cottage from 6-7pm. Contact djhyman@gmail.com for more info or just show up. Grey Stone Cottage is located on the road to the library, across from the tennis courts.

STUDENT LED Support Group for Chronic Illness and Disability meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 in Olin 101, and welcomes anyone with mental or physical difficulties. There is no commitment involved, so members can come to whatever number of sessions is convenient for them.

LET’S TALK— a Bard Counseling program that offers free, informal, confidential consultations 3X each week with Bard counselors; no appointment needed. See side bar for details. LAST DAY OF LETS TALK FOR FALL SEMESTER  IS 11/22/16.

FOR AFTER HOURS OR WEEKEND EMERGENCIES: 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)
 

BREATH. EXHALE. REPEAT: THE BENEFITS OF CONTROLLED BREATHING

By Lesley Alderman
The New York Times,  November 9, 2016

BREATH. EXHALE. REPEAT: THE BENEFITS OF CONTROLLED BREATHING
Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.

Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.

Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. Buddha advocated breath-meditation as a way to reach enlightenment.

Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found,...Click Here to read the complete article.

HOW MEDITATION CHANGES THE BRAIN AND BODY

By Gretchen Reynolds
The New York Times, February 18, 2016

HOW MEDITATION CHANGES THE BRAIN AND BODY
Editors’ note: Be mindful that this article is from early 2016, but know that your mindfulness helps your mind and body.

The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have been few. Supporters of the practice have relied on very small samples of unrepresentative subjects, like isolated Buddhist monks who spend hours meditating every day, or on studies that generally were not randomized and did not include placebo­ control groups.

This month, however, a study published in Biological Psychiatrybrings scientific thoroughness to mindfulness meditation and for the first time shows that, unlike a placebo, it can change the brains of ordinary people and potentially improve their health. To read the complete article click here.