About the Center
The Counseling Center provides individual and group 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.
Counseling Center Mission and Vision
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.
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, 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 outreach and preventative programming.
Eliana Ward, LICSW: Eliana is a licensed independent clinical social worker, having received her BA in Psychology and African-American Studies from Smith College, her Master of Social Work (MSW) from New York University and a postgraduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Subjectivity. Eliana engages with students from a relational, interpersonal approach, with the goal of providing support towards self- empowerment, insight and emotional regulation. She is committed to connecting with students in a variety of formats, including individual and group counseling, psychoeducation and community programming/events.
Dr. 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.