Students who are looking to receive counseling on campus as a continuance of work begun at home are encouraged to contact the Counseling Service as soon as possible after arriving on campus to ensure continuity of care. As requested, or when otherwise appropriate, the Counseling Service may refer a student off campus to receive long-term, intensive psychotherapy requiring more than one session per week. Establishing a new clinical relationship is most easily done before potential problems present themselves, thus we recommend a proactive approach to initiating treatment.
Providing us with information from the treating therapist at home will help facilitate a smooth transition of care and avoid duplication of services. If the student would like their new counselor to speak or correspond directly with their treatment provider at home, they will have to sign a consent form (link to consent to consult form in policy and form section). The Counseling Service is prepared to work with students experiencing social phobias, relationship problems, academic problems, alcohol and substance abuse, as well as more serious problems such as depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma.
The Counseling Service strongly believes that individuals who are aware of their psychological needs, and are thoughtfully engaged in both self-care and personal growth, can have uniquely exceptional, purposeful, and successful careers at Bowdoin College.