Counseling Services


Therapy with specialized light boxes
creates biochemical reactions helpful
in relieving stress, improving mood
and boosting energy.

Mind Spa - A Resource for Students

Stress is the most commonly identified barrier to academic performance among college students and the number one self-reported reason for seeking counseling support here at BW.  In fact, many studies have linked high levels of distress with multiple adverse outcomes including anxiety and depression for college populations.

Support for Students
The Mind Spa is an
innovative and creative way to help our student body better cope with stress.  The Mind Spa offers cutting edge technology in a restorative, relaxing environment that helps students to learn and practice skills necessary to intentionally manage their physiological response to stress.

Menu options that students can choose from include:
  1. self-directed biofeedback training using three different computerized biofeedback games that promote relaxation, focus and centeredness,
  2. guided meditations for stress relief, relaxation, health, and happiness,
  3. breath training with emWave, a handheld device that monitors heart rate and conditions heart rhythm,
  4. relaxation CDs,
  5. utilizing a light box to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and/or plugging in an ion generator that produces biochemical reactions helpful in improving mood, relieving stress, and boosting energy,
  6. aromatherapy to support physical and emotional health, and
  7. a chair massage for soothing sore muscles and relieving stress and tension in the upper and lower back.
The Mind Spa is housed in the Health Center and is available to all students on a first-come-first-served, sign up basis.  Appointments are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30am to 3:30pm in increments of 30 minute sessions and are available beginning the second week of fall semester through the end of spring semester.   Although there is NO FEE for this service, please bring your Jacket Express card when signing in for identifying and tracking purposes.  Due to the nature of the services provided by Health and Counseling Services, everyone using the Mind Spa must complete a waiver.
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