News and Updates from Counseling Services

September 2021 Update:

Typically our counseling center tends to carry a short waiting list at limited times during the semester, especially in the months of October and April, when we can see a large influx of student requests for appointments. On average, a student will be seen for an initial intake appointment within a few days, but depending on the availability of the student and counselors, as well as the demand at certain times of semester, that wait could be extended to about a week. When it comes to having regular counseling appointments, students at certain busy times of the year can wait a few days or sometimes as long as seven to fourteen days.

At present we are witnessing a substantial influx of students seeking appointments for counseling and psychiatry, especially for the first time, and our wait times may be longer than usual.

Bowdoin College Counseling & Wellness Services now has partnerships with three organizations to offer greater access, range, and diversity of mental health care to our students. Through the telehealth platform LifeWorks/MySSP, all Bowdoin students have access to crisis management and short-term counseling via text chats, phone calls, and video sessions, as well as a host of online educational and coping resources. Additionally, our partnership this year with Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) will provide students with a host of online self-help resources, including interactive exercises, coping tools, and educational modules. Lastly, we will also be collaborating locally with LifeStance to offer a robust network of providers in Maine that will prioritize our students for services that include counseling, psychiatric care, and psychological assessment. 

To access these three resources, please see our Telehealth/Online Services.

Our Message of Solidarity 

You are seen. You are heard. You are valued.

We in Counseling and Wellness Services join the rest of the Bowdoin community in taking a stand against the deplorable and unconscionable acts of injustice, oppression, inequity, and systemic racism that are rampant in American society and deeply impact our students, our wider communities, and our nation. While this has long been the legacy of our nation, we recognize how the year 2020 was yet another turning point in the collective consciousness regarding the deep, systemic roots and traumatic effects of racism in America. We re-commit our services and resources to promote and uplift Black health and well-being, to seek healing, justice, and safety for Black communities, and do our part to remedy and heal the deadly effects of structural racism and racial trauma.

As we continue in this global pandemic, we acknowledge the ongoing burdens of financial crisis, sickness and death, healthcare and housing shortage, political and social unrest, anxiety and uncertainty, and loneliness and disconnection.  We also acknowledge the disproportionate burden of illness, death, and emotional distress on communities of color. This unacceptable reality is the result of centuries of systemic inequities in our healthcare system as well as every other sector of society. We recognize how even in the events of domestic terrorism on our US Capitol and other places in America in early 2021, systemic oppression and inequity are evident in the differential response of police and government officials to those responsible for this terrorism and those nonviolently protesting over the last year in the name of justice for Black lives.

Unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.

If we truly value our emotional well-being, both individually and collectively, we must contend with this inherent darkness, this inherited shadow on our culture and our history that is racism and racial traumatization – both inwardly and outwardly. It is about utterly examining ourselves and deeply understanding the basic assumptions which guide the way we live our lives and make us complicit in systems of inequity and injustice. It is about interrogating, disrupting, and dismantling systems of power that serve to oppress and exploit Black people, communities of color, and other marginalized populations. It is about being true to who we say we are, what values we hold, and the world we want to build for ourselves and each other.

We each have a role to play in the healing and liberation of our society. This is not solely about uplifting, protecting, and honoring our Black communities and other marginalized communities. This is also about each individual having the support, dignity, and freedom to be able to understand themselves and their history, to be who they are, to feel that they belong, and to realize the kind of world they want to live in and how they can contribute to it.

We realize it is never enough to issue statements of solidarity or read the latest trending racial justice literature. We re-commit to doing the very deep, personal, and transformative work of uprooting our individual racism and actively demanding justice, empowerment, and healing in every domain of human society.  

Click for Resources for Racial Trauma.