Licensed staff endeavor to provide students with an array of psychological services.
- On-campus emergencies: Dial 767 from a campus phone, Campus Safety will put you in touch the therapist on call
- Off-campus emergencies: Dial 802-447-4250
- To schedule an appointment: Call Lori Willis at 802-440-4426 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- To contact April Stein, PhD, Director of Psychological Services: Call 802-440-4450
- Ongoing therapy: By appointment seven days a week and for emergencies 24 hours a day
- during term: M–F 9:00–11:30AM, 12:30–5:00PM
- summer/FWT: closed
- a staff member is on-call 24 hours a day
- Commons, second floor
Psychological Services provides confidential counseling services for Bennington College students seven days a week. We offer individual, group, and couples counseling, as well as evaluation for medication and medication management. Our therapists specialize in the wide range of issues that can occur in young adulthood and are dedicated to helping students work to develop skills to manage the stresses of college and growing up. Our goal is to enable students to explore their behavior and their minds so that they can feel fully ready to manage their lives and experience the relationships and academic opportunities that Bennington College has to offer.
What to Expect
Bennington students come to the Psychological Services Office with a wide variety of concerns and symptoms. We offer an individualized and professional approach to treatment and use a variety of techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Mindfulness techniques. Problems treated include: relationship difficulties, academic concerns, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and sexual concerns. Each student will come with their own individual needs and we work to provide a place for them to explore themselves, develop their sense of self-agency, and self-control in a safe and nurturing environment.
Mental Health Services
Psychological Services provides mental health services, which include diagnostic evaluations, short- and long-term individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychiatric consultations, and referrals. These services are available to all students at the College, and treatment is confidential within the professional guidelines and legal requirements in the state of Vermont.
The Psychological Services staff includes a psychiatrist, psychotherapists and social workers. A member of the staff is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day.
- Individual therapy
- Group therapies
- Substance use assessments
- Eating issues assessments
- Couples counseling
- Consultation regarding relationships
- Medication management
- Consultation regarding academics
- Emergency on-call services
Issues treated include, but are not limited to
- Relationship issues
- Academic concerns
- Sexual concerns
- Substance use issues
- Eating issues
Information for Parents
The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is one of tremendous change and adjustment—these changes can often also impact parents. At Bennington, your child will be gaining a newfound sense of independence, experiencing new situations, exploring and questioning their own values and taking in and creating new academic and intellectual pursuits.
As students grow academically and in their relationships, they will also face academic and personal challenges related to growing up. These can include:
- Frustrations with roommates, administration, and teachers
- Problems with their schedule
- Problems with executive functioning, scheduling and time management Performance anxieties
- Doubts about college
- Financial issues
- “Culture shock”
- Managing issues related to substances
Although most of our students are far from home, the College is deeply committed to helping them manage this transition in a positive and effective manner. Psychological Services plays a critical role in providing support for those students who need short-term support, for those who seek ongoing therapy, medication management and crisis intervention.
All Bennington students have access to the Psychological Services Office.
- 50-minute therapy session: $150
- Medication management session: $175
These fees will be charged to the students’ insurance policy. If finances are in issue, students can appeal to the Business Office for a reduction in rates. No student will be denied needed services because of their financial situation.
April Stein, PhD
Dr. Stein is a graduate of Bennington and of The California School of Professional Psychology. She did her post-doctoral work at The Karl Menninger School Of Psychiatry. She specializes in psychoanalytically informed therapies and DBT.
Dr. Lesley Brodie
Dr. Brodie is board certified in both child and adolescent psychiatry. She received an MD and a Masters in social work from the University of Vermont. She is available for medication management, consultation, and evaluation for medications.
Danielle Frank, MSW
Danielle started her career in the fine arts, graduating with a BFA in visual arts before deciding to change careers and go into social work. She received an MSW from The Smith College School of Social Work and did a post masters fellowship at Bennington College. She specializes in relational psychodynamic psychotherapies.
Penny Owen, LMHC
Penny received a BA from Bennington College and a Masters degree from the Antioch New England Graduate School. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. She has a special interest in mindfulness based practice.
Sarah H. Winchester, MSW
Sarah received her MFA from the Massachusetts College for Arts and Design and an MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work. She did a post-master’s fellowship at Bennington College. She specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapies.
Heidie Vazquez-Garcia, PhD
Dr. Vazquez-Garcia received a BA from Brown University and a MA and PhD from Penn State University. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral therapies.