The Counseling Service is staffed by experienced mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors) who are dedicated to helping students resolve personal, social, and academic difficulties and maximize their psychological and intellectual potential. During the course of a typical academic year, approximately 27 percent of Bowdoin students take advantage of the opportunity to work individually with a counselor. Counseling staff members assist students who have concerns such as anxiety, depression, academic pressure, family conflicts, roommate problems, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, intimate relationships, and many other matters. Counselors also conduct programs and workshops for the Bowdoin community, including athletic teams and campus peer support/education groups. Psychiatric medication consultations are also available. The Counseling Service maintains a particularly strong commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness and dialogue within an increasingly diverse community and to providing mind/body stress reduction programs such as yoga, tai chi, chi gong, and meditation.
Students may schedule counseling appointments by calling 725-3145 or stopping by the office in person. The Counseling Service offices are located at 32 College Street. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For student concerns requiring immediate attention, an emergency hour is available each weekday mid- to late afternoon. After hours and on weekends, students may reach an on-call counselor for emergency consultation by calling Security (Ext. 3500). The Counseling Service does not provide services to students during College vacation periods. Information disclosed by a student to his or her counselor is subject to strict confidentiality.