We provide short-term counseling, psycho-education, crisis intervention, mediation, outreach, advocacy, psychiatric medication management, and referral services to BMC students. We listen carefully to student concerns and we believe that no concern is too small to be addressed. In order to empower students to navigate their way toward greater autonomy and effectiveness, we provide emotional support, the development and enhancement of life skills, and encourage self-reflection. In our role as consultants to the greater campus community, we work with students and colleagues to promote an informed, prepared, and safe community.
Important decisions and changes are part of college life for every student. Individual sessions with a counseling professional can provide a safe, confidential setting in which students explore feelings and thoughts, examine their options, weigh alternatives, and move toward their goals. Regular sessions are about 45 minutes long, and brief sessions are about 25 minutes long. It’s always a good idea to arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork. All undergraduate students receive 10 free individual sessions per academic year. More than 10 sessions are available regardless of your ability to pay. Just let us know!
Group Counseling and Workshops
Although it is not uncommon to be somewhat apprehensive at first, many students report that their group experience exceeded their expectations. Group members share problems or concerns to better understand their situation, improve interpersonal relationships, and to learn from one another. It is not uncommon for people to initially feel nervous or embarrassed about talking in a group setting. Members are encouraged to proceed at their own pace, and to decide what and when to share. Facilitators and members agree to maintain confidentiality and discuss any issues that may affect confidentiality.
Counseling groups generally meet once a week for at least 4 weeks in a row. A group intake appointment is required before attending groups. Workshops are more casual, introduce new information, and can be a one-time session. No intakes are required for attending workshops, just show up! All groups and workshops are free of charge and are facilitated by 1-2 counseling staff members. Click here to view the Fall 2018 Counseling Groups and Workshops.
Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication
If a student believes they might benefit from an additional evaluation by a psychiatrist, they can make an appointment to see one of the psychiatrists by calling or coming to the Health Center. If their counselor believes they might benefit from an additional evaluation by a psychiatrist, this will discuss this during their counseling session. When meeting with the psychiatrist, they will discuss the student’s concerns, symptoms and may offer additional treatment options, including medication.
Referrals for Community Partners
For treatment needs beyond the scope of our services, we can assist students with referrals to an appropriate community mental health provider.
Click here for a list of providers in the community.
Psycho-educational Workshops and Trainings
Our staff offers scheduled workshops and trainings on mental health and resiliency as well as programs, which respond to issues affecting the campus or larger community.