Welcome to Bard College Counseling Service

Welcome to Bard College Counseling Service
Our counselors are here to support you during your time at Bard. We offer individual short-term counseling as well as a variety of talks, workshops, therapy and support groups, walk-in counseling options and trainings.To find out more visit our Services page.

Our Let's Talk program offers confidential one-on-one counseling on a walk-in basis. Let's Talk is a quick and easy way to connect with one of our counselors. Check out the sidebar for hours and locations.

OFF-CAMPUS REFERALS.- below are links to lists of off-campus providers and resources.
To request an appointment click the link below.


Counseling Hours Fall 2017

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday through Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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

Groups Fall 2017

If My Body Could Talk - a writing/discussion group about emotional eating, restrictive eating, body shame, hunger, and metaphor. Please join Bard's nutritionist, Ilyse Simon RDN CDN, 
If interested/for more info Contact: jasuncio@bard.edu or just show up.
Fridays 1:30-2:30, beginning 9/15/17
Location: Health and Counseling Group Room (enter the Health and Counseling Service)

Grief Group Forming - Have you been affected by a loss, either recently or in the past? Please join us as we offer connection and healing with others who are in a similar struggle. Contact John at jasuncio@bard.edu or 845-758-7433.
Monday evenings, will begin in late September
Location: To be announced

Drug & Alcohol Recovery Support - Peer support for students experiencing difficulties surrounding the use of alcohol and drugs. Contact jasuncio@bard.edu for more details.
Fridays, 6-7 pm, will begin in late September
Location: Grey Stone Cottage


Let's Talk During Fall 2017

Let's Talk During Fall 2017 Mondays at 3-4pm, Kappa House
Wednesdays 12-1pm, Library, 2nd floor Room 202
Fridays 12-1pm, Bito Conservatory, Room 206

Announcements and Updates

Welcome back to Bard! We look forward to meeting you through one of our many programs. Here are some of the services we are offering during the Fall 2017 semester:

Grief Group Forming - See side bar for details
If My Body Could Talk Group - See side bar for details
Drug & Alcohol Recovery Support ​- See side bar for details

Let's Talk Program - free, confidential, walk-in counseling. See side bar for details

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 you, or someone you know is experiencing a crisis you can also call/text: 
*crisistextline.org - Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US, anytime, about any type of crisis.
*ULIFELINE, the National Mental Health Hotline 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
*Dutchess County Helpline Call or Text 24/7: 845-485-9700 
*Family of Woodstock Hotline Call or Text 24/7: 845-679-2485

Meet the Counselors

  • Tamara Telberg, LCSW-R, Director, telberg@bard.edu Tamara earned a BA in Music and Psychology, and a Master in Social Work from New York University. She completed her post-graduate work at Fordham University's Program in Child and Adolescent Therapy. Her background includes training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma treatment and Mindfulness Psychology.  She co-leads the Managing Anxiety and Depression group on campus, and enjoys doing art, yoga and hiking. 
  • Larry Cerecedes, PhD, Assistant Director lcereced@bard.edu Larry is a licensed clinical psychologist whose therapy interests include multicultural concerns, family-of-origin issues, first generation college students, and working with students having adjustment challenges. He graduated summa cum laude from California Polytechnic University, Pomona CA, and obtained his doctorate degree from The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles. His other interests include the teaching and training of new counselors, kayaking, and having a good meal.
  • Laura MacDonald, PsyD, lmacdona@bard.edu Laura is a NYS licensed psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Bard College and her MS, Ed and PsyD from Pace University.
  • John Asuncion, LMHC, CASAC, CT, jasuncio@bard.edu John is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor, NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Trauma Therapist. John earned an MA in Clinical Counseling from Ashland University, in Ohio. Interests include mental health considerations impacting the LGBTQ community, as well as issues surrounding self-esteem and identity.
  • Mirelva Colon, LMHC, CASAC, CT, mcolon@bard.edu Mirelva is a bilingual NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a NYS Credentialed Alcoholism abd Substance Abuse Cohnselor. She earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Marist College. Her interests include multicultural counseling, student-athlete concerns, and first generation college students. She also enjoys tennis, hiking, and yoga.
  • Douglas Cullen,  MHC Intern, dcullen@bard.edu 
  • Jenny Meyer Colman, MD, Staff Psychiatrist Dr. Colman received her medical degree from Columbia University, and earned her BA from Harvard University.
  • Ilyse Simon, RD, CDN, Consulting Nutritionist Ilyse Simon graduated from Bastyr Univeristy of Natural Medicine and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She specializes in eating disorders, insulin resistance, and whole foods nutrition. She likes to sing, make desserts out of beans, and play in the dirt.

How to Find Us

Robbins House Annex, Robbins Road on North Campus.

How to Find Us
We are here.
Counseling Service shares offices with Student Health Services in Robbins Annex, located on the south end of Robbins Hall. If you are coming north from Central Campus on Annendale Road turn left just past the Gate House on to Robbins Road. Our entrance is the first door on the left.
You can find us on the campus map below, or


About Confidentiality

Information about your visits to the Counseling Service is not shared with the Dean, the faculty, your family, or anyone outside the Counseling Service staff without your permission. The exception is a situation in which you are assessed to be a danger to yourself or others; your records are subpoenaed; in reporting abuse as required by law; or in a situation judged by a staff member to be particularly grave. In these cases you will be informed, if possible, and no more information than necessary will be released. Counseling Service records are kept in locked file cabinets. No record of visits to the Counseling Service is entered on your official college record. Should you wish to give permission for information about your visits to be shared with someone, you can download the form below.