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.

Summer Hours & Contact Info

June 8 - July 29
Wednesday, Thursday &Friday
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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

Let's Talk

Sessions are in recess for the summer, and will resume for Fall 2016. Watch this space for further details.

Support Groups

Groups are in recess for the summer. Watch this space for groups starting in the Fall.

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Announcements and Updates

Welcome Summer Grad Students!
  • SUMMER HOURS - June 8th - July 29th Counseling Service will be open limited hours to support graduate students while on campus for the summer. The hours are posted in the sidebar. Summer students should submit a request online if you wish to meet with the counselor during your stay on campus.
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 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.)


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.