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.

Hours & Contact Info

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 pm

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

Let's Talk

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

Mondays 3 - 4 PM Counseling Offices

Wednesdays 12 - 1 PM BEOP (behind Stone Row)

Thursdays 5 - 6 PM BEOP

Support Groups On Campus

  • NEW GROUP - Bardians with Chronic Illness
    This group welcomes anyone struggling with chronic mental or physical illness or disability.
    Time & Location: Fridays at 6:30 PM in Olin 101
    Contact: Eleanor Broughton (eb4858@bard.edu)

    Unlearning Racisim
    This group focuses on issues of identity, priviledge and positionality in the dominant culture.
    Time & Location: Group is full/closed
    Contact: Dinh Tran (dtran@bard.edu)

  • Grief Group
    Thursdays @ 6:00 PM
    Contact:  John Asuncion (jasuncio@bard.edu) if you are interested in learning about or joining the group.

  • Managing Anxiety and Depression Group
    Time: Tuesdays 3:30-4:45 PM 
    Contact: dtran@bard.edu for more info or to join the group.

  • Settling into Bard Group
    Helping first year and transfer students healthfully transition into college life at Bard.
    Time: Mondays 4:30-5:30 PM
    Contact: dhyman@bard.edu for more info or to join the group.

  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Group
    Time & Location:
    Fridays 6:00-7:00 PM in Hopson Cottage/Admissions Office.
    Contact: David Hyman (djhyman@gmail.com) Or just show up​.

Announcements and Updates

  • Parents: Is your chid starting college soon? You can find some recommened reading on our "Links" page under the Parent Resource heading.
  • New Students: We have listed a couple of good reads on transitioning to college on our "Links" page under the Transitioning to College heading.
  • The Science of Heartbreak - This NPR article on breaking up explores the science behind our pain and recovery. Click HERE to read.
  • Bereavement - This brief article discusses "Uncomplicated" and "Complicated" bereavement, and provides some guidance on dealing with grief. Click HERE to download the article.
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)



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. VIEW MORE >>

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.)

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