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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 throughout the academic year; see side bar for summer counseling information. 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

Counseling services are available by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for students enrolled in eligible summer programs. Please use the link below to request an appointment.
 

Let's Talk

This program is in recess for the summer, and will resume in Fall 2017. Check here for times and hours.

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Announcements and Updates


Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Welcome to Bard College Counseling Services. We are available to support students in a variety of ways throughout the school year.

Counseling for Summer Students - A counselor will be available by appointment for students enrolled in eligible summer programs. To request an appointment please use the link in the sidebar.

An On-Call counselor is available for emergency and crisis counseling. Follow the instructions below to reach the On-Call counselor.

FOR AFTER HOURS OR WEEKEND EMERGENCIES: please call security at 845-758-7460 or 845-758-7777 and ask for the counselor on duty. 
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)
 

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By Gretchen Reynolds
The New York Times, November 16, 2016

HOW EXERCISE MIGHT KEEP DEPRESSION AT BAY
Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair.

Scientists have long questioned whether and how physical activity affects mental health. While we know that exercise alters the body, how physical activity affects moods and emotions is less well understood.

Past studies have sometimes muddied rather than clarified the body and mind connections. Some randomized controlled trials have found that exercise programs... Click here to read the complete article.

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.