Given the diverse needs of the student community at Bowdoin, the Counseling Service offers both short and longer term individual therapy. Short-term therapy focuses on helping students to effectively manage a discrete challenge or to make a desired change in their life. In comparison, longer-term therapy focuses on a student's growth and development beyond the redress of a circumscribed challenge. Currently, the Counseling Service has no limits on the number of sessions a student may be seen, however at times, an off-campus referral may be made for long-term, intensive psychotherapy requiring more than one session per week.
A student and their counselor will decide in partnership whether a short or longer term clinical contract best answers the student's presenting needs; an open dialog between student and counselor will help to shape clinical goals as a student's needs change. Individual therapy sessions are a maximum of 50 minutes long and usually occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.