At the BMC Counseling Service we strive to enhance the wellbeing of students by facilitating their emotional, interpersonal, and intellectual development. We listen carefully to concerns students have about their lives and 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. This is accomplished by providing assessment, treatment, education, consultation, and referral services to students. Counseling Service staff work diligently to create a safe environment that is inclusive and welcoming of all BMC students. We value an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for all students regardless of ethnic background, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or disability.
Counseling Service staff serve as consultants to the greater campus, promoting an informed, prepared and safe community.
The BMC Counseling Service provides services designed to promote the academic, personal, and social growth of students. The college years are times of accelerated growth, significant challenges and considerable stress. It is normal, even expected that students will encounter difficult or stressful events. However, when students use the resources available to them, there is a much greater chance of success and overall well-being. Counseling services are available to Bryn Mawr College undergraduate, graduate and Post-Bac students during the academic calendar year. The Counseling Service offers individual, group, and general support services by qualified mental health professionals. Students in need of long term support may be referred to an appropriate community provider. Each year, approximately a third of our student body comes to the Counseling Service to talk to a counselor.
Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and student. Whether this is your first or fifth time here, we encourage you to share with your counselor any questions you have about the Counseling Service or the therapy relationship, including how therapy works and how it can be useful to you.
BMC counseling staff members are trained and experienced in dealing with issues specific to college students. Many students return to the Counseling Service over the course of their BMC years and sometimes may choose to see a different counselor. We understand this need for choice and flexibility; each counselor has something unique to offer at a particular time.
We hope you will find your contact with the Counseling Service helpful. Students are invited to share any suggestions or concerns they may have. Feel free to use the suggestion box located in the Counseling Service waiting area or you can choose to speak to one of our staff directly.
Students come to counseling with concerns such as:
Counseling takes place in the context of a helping relationship in which the counselor and the student work together to resolve a problem, change behavior or foster personal growth and awareness. Although students may have a number of helping relationships with friends or family, the counseling relationship is different in a number of ways:
There are times when a student may have a very specific question or concern that can be resolved quickly in one or two sessions. Sometimes, this is not the case and it may take a longer time to build a trusting relationship with the counselor and to resolve the problem. The student and the counselor can talk over what the goals for counseling are and how long it will take to achieve these goals.
Dial the Health Center at 610-526-7360 between the hours of 9am-4pm Monday-Friday when school is in session and request to make an appointment with a counselor. Usually students are offered appointments within a week from the time they call. In the event a student needs to cancel or change their appointment, they must call 24 hours prior to their appointment to cancel. All cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the respective appointment will be assessed a $20.00 late cancellation fee.
No, you don't have to have a "problem/crisis" to make an appointment to talk with a counselor. The counseling service is a place where students can discuss issues related to stress, life transitions, developmental needs, gender issues, family problems, interpersonal conflicts, loneliness, eating and body image issues, anxiety, depression, procrastination, and achievement conflicts. Counselors will help you determine what kind of follow-up you need and can provide you referral information if necessary.
Additionally, support and psychoeducational groups may be offered throughout the year on a variety of issues, depending on student interest.
No. Student confidentiality be strictly maintained. Each of the Counseling Services staff is bound by legal and ethical guidelines to protect your privacy. It is the student's decision whether or not to discuss her use of the Service with family, friends and college personnel. However, if a student is an immediate danger to themselves or others, a counselor is obligated to seek a higher level of care to preserve health. This may include contacting family members or others to support the student to remain safe. 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 to what is necessary in their professional judgment.
Email communications can be intercepted in transmission or misdirected. Therefore, it is the Counseling Services' policy to obtain informed consent from a student to communicate with that student the minimum necessary information regarding counseling appointments. Sensitive clinical information should not be included in any email transmission. In the event that a student requests sensitive information via email communication, the counselor will encourage the student to call the Counseling Service to arrange a phone conversation or office visit to discuss the matter.
In the case of a life threatening emergency, call Campus Safety at 610-526-7911.
When the Health Center is closed and you have a counseling concern that cannot wait until the Health Center reopens at 9am, contact ProtoCall Services at 610-526-7778 to speak with the On-Call Counselor.
The Health Center is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 7pm and Sat/Sun from 9a-2pm. During these times, if you have a counseling issue, dial the Health Center at 610-526-7360 and a nurse will help you get connected to the On-Call Counselor. The On-Call Counselor will help you come up with some strategies to manage your problem and discuss follow-up.
Currently enrolled Bryn Mawr College undergraduate, graduate and Post-bac students are encouraged to utilize the Counseling Services during the academic calendar year for assessment, treatment planning and possibly appropriate referral. There are no financial barriers for needed counseling visits.
Graduate Students and Post-Bacs:
If I need to see a counselor/psychiatrist, how much does it cost?
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.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has advanced training in all aspects of mental health. Your counselor may suggest you schedule an appointment with one of the college psychiatrists for several reasons. The most common reason is that you want to know if medication might be helpful in relieving your symptoms. For example, in conjunction with talk therapy, many depression and anxiety symptoms can be safely and effectively treated with medication. Students can also consult with the psychiatrist to better understand complicated symptoms or for further the evaluation. It is always completely up to you, the student, whether or not you want to consider medication. The psychiatrist is happy to discuss pros and cons of different options and to answer questions you have. Students who do decide to try medication see the psychiatrist regularly to assess how well the medication is working, while also continuing to see a counselor for regular psychotherapy appointments.
Does Counseling Service ever sponsor events on campus?
Yes, the Counseling Service staff are always interested in partnering with students, student groups, and other departments to help develop and/or participate in programming on campus. Here are some examples of the past events we've collaborated on and participated in: Pets on the Green in conjunction with SGA and the Dean's office, Sexual Assault Awareness with members of Sisterhood and The Pensby Center, we've partnered with Dean’s office and a first-year student to develop and implement a 4-week mindfulness course, collaborated with Athletics department, College Dietician, and HC medical services to create a 9-week Weight Management/Fitness group, and partnered with Office of International Programs to plan and implement an international student campus resource fair. Check out the following link to see phots of the 2013 Pets on the Green event. Pets on the Green 2013
Counseling Service Staff
Counseling Service Director
Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Post Graduate Clinical Fellows
Graduate Clinical Social Work Interns
Body Image/Disordered Eating/Eating Disorders
Drugs and Alcohol
Physical and/or Sexual Assault
Virtual Self Help Pamphlets
Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday-Sunday 9 AM-2 PM
The Health Center is closed Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break and over the summer.
When the Health Center is closed: