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About the Center

The Counseling Center provides individual counseling for students, outreach programming for the campus community, and consultation for staff and faculty. All Counseling Center services are confidential and free of charge.

Our Mission:

We help students effectively manage academic, developmental, and interpersonal challenges to support them as empowered student-citizens. We provide individual counseling, crisis assessment, community outreach and preventative programming, and consultation to staff and faculty.

Our Vision:

We work to increase awareness of mental health as part of student’s overall wellness and to decrease the stigma of mental health conditions, issues, and treatment. We provide clinical mental health services in the Counseling Center and promote accessibility and visibility within the campus community.


Meet Our Staff:

Jennifer Walsh, MA, ATR, LMHCJennifer Walsh, MA, ATR, LMHC:  Jen is a registered art therapist (ATR) and licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) having received her BA in Art Therapy from Emmanuel College, and MA in Expressive Therapies - Art specialization from Lesley University. Jen provides conversational, person-centered therapy focused on helping students find empowerment, build confidence, and foster resilience. She has researched and presented the use of art therapy as effective stress management for college students. Jen is committed to encouraging students to harness their strengths through individual counseling, and decreasing the stigma of mental health issues through community

Dr. Valerie SharpeDr. Valerie Sharpe: Dr. Sharpe practices general adult psychiatry and has a special interest in women’s mental health and perinatal psychiatry. She provides psychiatric services at Bay Path for three hours per week. She also works as an outpatient psychiatrist at Baystate Medical Center and as a consulting psychiatrist for the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms. She attended American University of the Caribbean for medical school and completed her residency training at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine.

Tara Black, LICSW: Tara is a licensed independent clinical social worker; she received her bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, and her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Tara provides strength based, trauma informed therapy to the Bay Path University students as they navigate significant challenges, transitions, growth, and identity development issues. Her integrative approach to counseling includes relational, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral strategies as appropriate. Working in community and college mental health settings over the previous 10 years, Tara has applied a social justice framework as she remains committed to supporting individuals as they narrate their own stories.


Forms:

All forms completed on the Medicat patient portal.