Feeling a little down? Stressed about your upcoming exam? Or, maybe you're having trouble with your roommate. If you need someone to talk to on the fly, then why not stop in at Let's Talk? Let's Talk is a great way to check-in with a counselor without having to make an appointment. These walk-in sessions are offered on a first-come first-serve basis three times a week at different locations on campus. See the sidebar for times and locations.

You can find a list of OFF-CAMPUS providers at the bottom of this page.




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


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)

Bard Services

  • Counseling- We offer primarily short-term, problem-focused counseling for individuals, couples, and groups. 
  • Groups- There are a number of support groups on campus for students. Some are organized and run through Counseling Services, while others are administered by other offices or organizations on campus. See the side bar for the current list of active groups.
  • Let's Talk- A program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with Bard counselors. Counselors hold walk-in hours on a weekly basis. There is no appointment or fee necessary. See side bar for up to date info about locations and times.
  • Psychiatric Services- Students who are enrolled in Bard Counseling may be referred to our consulting psychiatrist for an evaluation or for medication management. There is a one-time charge of $25 for an initial psychiatric evaluation, payable by check, cash or it can be billed to the student through Student Accounts.
  • Nutrition- Our consulting nutritionist offers individual meetings as well as community programming for students with questions or concerns related to food, diet, and nutrition.Please call to schedule an appointment at 845-758-7433. The nutritionist is available to meet one-on-one Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Community Appointment Transportation Services - Bard Student Resource Group provides free transportation for students with off-campus mental health needs. Contact: srgcats@bard.edu for driving availability.

Local & Regional Mental Healthcare Providers


  • Area Transportation - the campus shuttle services Red Hook & Tivoli and the Loop Bus services Poughkeepsie and points in between.
    Campus Shuttle and local LOOP Bus schedules
  • SRGCATS - the Student Resources Group Community Appointment Transportation Services is available to provide rides free of charge to off-campus mental health appointments. Rides may be arranged by emailing srgcats@bard.edu.
  • Zip Cars - there are two Zip Cars on campus located in the parking lot behind the Student Center. Visit Zip Car's website to sign up.