To provide emotional support, impart life skills, and encourage self-reflection, all with the purpose of empowering students to navigate their way toward greater autonomy and effectiveness.
We welcome all students regardless of ethnic background, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or disability.
Counseling services are available to Bryn Mawr College undergraduate, graduate and Post-Bac students during the academic year. We offer individual, group, and general support services; we offer referrals to students in need of specialized or long-term support.
To make an appointment call 610-526-7360 during office hours. Usually students are offered appointments within a week.
No student is ever denied needed service.
Each year, approximately a third of our student body uses Counseling for concerns such as:
What is counseling?
It is a helping relationship in which the counselor and the student work together to resolve a problem, change behavior or foster personal growth and awareness.
How is it different from just talking to friends, family or other people who work at Bryn Mawr College?
How long does the counseling process take?
The student and the counselor determine this together based on the goals for counseling.
Do I have to have a serious psychological problem to use the Counseling Service?
Will anyone be told that I have come in for counseling?
No. However, if a student is an immediate danger to themselves or others, a counselor is obligated to preserve health. This may include contacting family members or others. If such a situation arises, the counselor will make every effort to fully discuss the requirements with the student before taking any action and will limit any disclosures.
Can I email a counselor?
Email communication is not private. Therefore, we obtain informed consent from a student before sending email and include only the minimum necessary information regarding counseling appointments.
What about counseling emergencies?
In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call Campus Safety at 610-526-7911.
When the Health Center is closed contact the On-Call Counselor at 610-526-7778.
During office hours, call 610-526-7360 for an On-Call Counselor.
What happens if I miss my appointment?
Students must call 24 hours prior to an appointment to cancel or pay a $20.00 late cancellation fee.
How many times can I see a counselor?
Graduate Students and Post-Bacs:
No student is ever denied needed service because they cannot afford payment. If you have any questions, please discuss them with your counselor or the Counseling Director.
When is consultation with the college psychiatrist helpful?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor. Your counselor may suggest an appointment if you want to know if medication might be helpful in relieving your symptoms or to better understand complicated symptoms or for further the evaluation.
Does Counseling Service ever sponsor events on campus?
Yes. To suggest a possible event partnership, contact us at 610-526-7360.
For a counseling concern, call 610-526-7778 to be connected to a counselor.
For a medical concern that cannot wait until the Health Center reopens, call campus safety (610-526-7911) for transportation to the Bryn Mawr Hospital Emergency Department.