Please click on any section for a more in-depth explanation of the specific service. In addition to these, the Counseling Service also offers relevant retreats, programs, workshops, and classes throughout the college community. Please call 724-3145 with any additional questions that you may have.
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. (needs to be changed)
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.
The Counseling Service offers brief consultations for students who are concerned for the well being of another. Counselors are available to sit down either with a single student or a small group of students who share concern for a friend. The goal of a consultation is for the counselor and student(s) to jointly come to a better understanding of the situation and to discuss possible courses of action. Students may also use this time to garner support for themselves and to become aware of support systems throughout the college community. Consultation appointments usually last for 30 minutes and can be scheduled by calling 725-3145.
Whether or not you choose to schedule a consultation, if you are currently concerned about a friend, we encourage you to look through the worried about a friend section of this website; it may be of some help to you at what can be a worrisome and challenging time.
The Counseling Service is available to help groups of individuals explore topics of interest and/or to work through shared concerns. These workshops vary in duration and can be held throughout the campus. Groups who have previously participated in workshops include sports teams, residence hall floors, and student lead organizations. Open workshops have also been offered for interested members of the college community at large. Topics of discussion have included stress reduction, disordered eating, grief/trauma, test anxiety, performance enhancement, and sleep. If you are interested in arranging a workshop on any of these topics or on another topic of interest, please contact us to learn more at 725-3145.
Counseling and Treatment
The Counseling Service staff are experienced in working with students who are struggling with their use of alcohol or drugs. In addition, we provide two free confidential sessions with Gino Ring, LADC, an off-campus licensed alcohol and drug counselor, for students who think their alcohol or drug use may be getting out of hand. Students may also consult with Mr. Ring, LADC, or any clinician at the Counseling Service if they are concerned about a friend or family member’s alcohol or drug use.
The Counseling Service staff also meets with students who are mandated for a three session alcohol and drug evaluation with Mr. Ring. Typically the Dean’s Office initiates these referrals following a series of alcohol/drug related infractions. In this case, students are responsible for the evaluation fee with Mr. Ring, LADC, ($300) and a report will be generated at the conclusion of the assessment that will be sent to the Counseling Service where it will remain confidential. Only a brief summary will be shared with the Dean’s Office to verify that a student has been evaluated and that a treatment or follow up plan is in place.
Additional referrals for substance abuse treatment are also available through community resources such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous (NA), intensive outpatient chemical dependency treatment and also inpatient hospitalization for chemical dependency.
For information about physical and medical consequences of alcohol and drug use, relevant state and federal laws, and Bowdoin’s policies and disciplinary sanctions, please follow this link.
Help On Campus
The Health Center Staff: 725-3770
Counseling Service: 725-3145
Alcoholics Anonymous for Bath-Brunswick: hotline 882-1000 or 1-800-255-1060
Addiction Resource Center, Brunswick: 373-6950
Mid Coast Hospital: 729-0181
Parkview Hospital: 729-1641
Geno Ring, LADC
Geno Ring is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been working with teens and young adults for over twenty years. He worked for eleven years in the Bath public school system and has also been an independent contractor with the Hyde School located in both Bath, Maine and Woodstock, CT since 1987. He has been working with Bowdoin as both a consultant and an evaluator since 2005.
Mr. Ring works with Bowdoin students to assess their use of substances and the impact it is having on their lives. He also helps provide strategies to students who are interested in changing the role substances have in their lives. Students are able to see Mr. Ring for two sessions at no cost if they have concerns about their use or are being impacted by someone else’s use. He can also be a resource for parents who may have concerns for their Bowdoin student. In addition, Mr. Ring provides 3 session substance abuse evaluations to students on Social Probation for alcohol/drug policy violations.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the Counseling Service at 725-3145 or Mr. Ring directly.
Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor
49 Longfellow Ave
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone: (207) 319-4104
Collaborative Treatment of Disordered Eating
The Counseling Service collaborates with the Health Center to ensure that eating disorders are treated as effectively and beneficially as possible. Severe eating disorders can trigger serious medical consequences requiring both psychological and medical interventions. Consequently, there is a need for close collaboration between the Counseling Service and the Health Center. Toward this end, an eating disorder treatment team exists at Bowdoin College to provide consultation and support to students. The team consists of a nurse, physician’s assistant, nutritionist, psychiatrist, and two Counseling Service clinicians. All information is kept strictly confidential and is not shared with any other person or office of the College without permission from the client, unless there is a serious danger to self or others.
For more information about identifying disordered eating, treatment, and supportive resources, please visit the Health Center's disordered eating page.
Help On Campus
The Health Center Staff : 725-3770
Counseling Service: 725-3145
Mid Coast Hospital:729-0181
Parkview Hospital: 729-1641
There is mounting evidence that mind-body techniques such as biofeedback, mindfulness practice, and hypnosis affect our physical, cognitive, and emotional well being. Several clinicians at the Counseling Service are trained in various mind-body techniques including but not limited to Biofeedback, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, and Mindfulness Practice. These techniques may help in addressing stress management, sleep difficulties, anxiety & panic, performance anxiety (athletic and academic), as well as the management of chronic health conditions. Those students for whom it is clinically relevant, are given the choice to explore how the mind and body can affect one another in both constructive and maladaptive ways. Mind-body practices may stand alone or be incorporated into more traditional psychotherapy. If you have any questions regarding Mind-body work, please call Lindsay Jacobs at 725-3145.
In addition to Mind-Body interventions offered at the Counseling Center, the new Buck Center for Health and Fitness offers many classes and events to support wellness on campus. Check out the 2014 wellness class schedule for more information.
Group therapy is an important clinical adjunct to individual psychotherapy treatment. Past examples of groups have included body-image/eating disorders, children of alcoholics, academic self-management, as well as loss and grief. A member of the Counseling Service staff facilitates group sessions. Please ask your individual counselor for a referral or call 725-3145 to inquire about on-going groups or to suggest a group topic. We would be happy to refer you to a member of the Counseling Service staff to discuss your idea and explore options for its implementation. Off-campus referrals for relevant groups may be another option.
We have two psychiatrists on staff at the Counseling Service to provide assessment, prescriptions, and medication monitoring. In most cases, students receiving medication through the Counseling Service must first meet with a staff counselor. In some cases, students may be asked to continue meeting with the counselor in order to monitor the effects of a new medication and/or to support the student in effective behavioral changes. All appointments with the psychiatrists are made through the Administrative Coordinator, Lindsay Jacobs. If you have any questions regarding the Counseling Service's psychiatric services, please call Lindsay Jacobs at 725-3145
ADHD or Learning Disabilities
The Counseling Service is available to support students who wish to be evaluated for a possible learning disability or for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Meeting with a counselor can help to clarify any questions you may have, to determine what type of assessment is indicated, and to refer you to an off-campus neuropsychologist for assessment if appropriate. Support services for a learning disability such as ADHD cannot be implemented at Bowdoin without such testing. In addition to facilitating an assessment referral for ADHD, the Counseling Service offers the opportunity for continued supportive and/or behavioral counseling in adjunct with possible psychiatric management. We can also help to connect students with on-campus services that encourage your full learning potential; chief among these is the Baldwin Learning Center. If you are interested in learning more about our assessment services and the process of referral please call Lindsay Moore at 725-3145.
Head Trauma – Post Concussive Syndrome
Following a head injury, whether incurred in the athletic arena or elsewhere, students may experience what is referred to as Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS). Symptoms may include dizziness, light and noise sensitivity, headaches, irritability, fatigue, memory impairment, diminished ability to concentrate, as well as delayed information processing and reaction time. While many people experience these symptoms shortly after a head injury, they typically remit within 3-6 months. When they do not, individuals are said to have PCS.
Health Services and the Counseling Service work collaboratively to help students address the physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges of PCS. Meeting with a counselor can help you to identify what might be going on, to explore assessment and treatment options, and to discuss the impact of PCS on both personal and academic activities. If you are interested in learning more about PCS or in meeting with a care provider, please call either the Counseling Service at 725-3145 or the Health Service at 725-3770.