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 Hours Spring 2017

Monday and Wednesday
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Phone: 845-758-7433
Fax: 845-758-7437
Email: counselingservice@bard.edu

Groups Spring 2017

Managing Anxiety & Depression
Better manage anxiety and depression symptoms with mindfulness, relaxation, and cognitive behavioral skills.
Fridays, 1:30-2:45pm (beginning 3/3/17)
Location: TBD
Contact: Maggie Quirk, mquirk@bard.edu
Understanding Self & Others
Gain insight and self-awareness. Sharpen interpersonal skills. Prevent isolation. Foster growth and development.
Two sections to choose from:
Section 1:
Mondays, 5:15 – 6:45 pm (Feb. 20 – May 1)
Section 2:
Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:45 pm (Feb. 22 – May 3)
 Location: TBD
Contact: John Asuncion, jasuncio@bard.edu
Drug & Alcohol Recovery Support
Peer support for students experiencing difficulties surrounding the use of alcohol and drugs.
 Fridays, 6-7 pm (Feb. 3 – May 19)
Location: Grey Stone Cottage
Contact: David Hyman, djhyman@gmail.com

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 Contact: jasuncio@bard.edu or just show up.
Fridays (beginning 2/10/17), 1:30-2:30 in the Health and Counseling Group Room (enter the Health and Counseling Service)

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 Spring 2017

Let's Talk Spring 2017
Tuesdays 2-3pm in the Library
Thursdays 5-6pm in the BEOP office in the Stone Row Quad
Fridays 12-1pm in the BITO Conservatory Building, second floor


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Announcements and Updates

Welcome to Bard College Counseling Services. 

Counseling Service has a number of mental health programs and groups scheduled for Spring 2017; see the sidebar for details. Please check our website as we update frequently.

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)


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

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.


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

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.