Even as we celebrate our diverse community made up of students from varied backgrounds with different experiences, identities and abilities, we also know that members of our community听can feel marginalized and face systemic oppression. Because students in these communities are often more at risk of victimization, harassment and discrimination, BT天堂鈥檚 guidance counselors have developed a network of therapists for students of color, LGBTQ+ students and others who seek support. In addition, BT天堂鈥檚 guidance counselors seek regular training to better support our students and their needs.

BT天堂 promotes mental health and well-being on campus by ensuring that students have access to counseling and other forms of mental health care that is respectful of their identity, culture and needs. The following statistics from The Trevor Project鈥檚听National Survey of LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020听and Mental Health America highlight why access to such care is essential:

  • Transgender and non-binary youth suicide attempt rates decreased by half when their pronouns were respected by all or most of the people in their lives, in contrast to those who typically did not have their pronouns respected.
  • 40% of LGBTQ听youth in America have seriously contemplated suicide in the last year, with more than half of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considering suicide.
  • One in three LGBTQ youth report that they have experienced physical violence or intimidation at least once in their life because of their sexuality or gender orientation.
  • Over 60% of transgender and non-binary youth report being obstructed or prevented from accessing bathrooms that affirm their gender identity, with schools being the most frequent place where this discrimination occurs.
  • In 2018, 2.4% of Black Americans aged 18 to 25 made a suicide attempt, compared with 1.5% in 2008. 听
  • Adult Blacks and African Americans are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than adults who are white
  • Native and Indigenous Americans report higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol dependence than any other ethnic group.

听Seeking counseling

BT天堂's听听are听available for confidential mental health support and, in addition, can provide referrals to mental health specialists, including Black therapists, therapists of color and LGBTQ+ friendly therapists.听

  • Pamela Montfort: Monday to Friday 鈥撎齋chedule an appointment:听听
  • Charlotte Vernier: Monday to Friday 鈥撎齋chedule an appointment:听听

Alternatively, you can contact one of our off-campus therapists directly if you do not wish to seek support through BT天堂 counselors. BT天堂 works in partnership with off-campus therapists who provide weekly sessions to BT天堂 students in the Fall and Spring semesters. The off-campus therapists have their private practices independent from BT天堂, yet work in conjunction with the Student Development Office听to promote and support student health and wellbeing.

  • Anne-Marie Galliot
    • Licensed clinical psychologist听trained in cognitive and behavioral therapy听and acceptance and engagement therapy
    • Tel. +33 6 95 91 59 18
    • Schedule an appointment:

  • Eva Kemppainen
    • Licensed clinical psychologist听trained in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
    • Appointments听:听
    • Tel. +33 6 50 68 03 28

  • Kay von Bogenberg
    • MA clinical psychotherapist
    • Tel. +33 6 82 34 77 68
    • Appointments听:听

These consultations are financially covered by BT天堂 and can be scheduled via the Student Guidance Counselors听or听by听.听It is not necessary to share the reason(s) of the visit when scheduling an appointment, unless the student chooses to.

The approach of these sessions is based on a brief therapy and assessment model during a first, 40-45 minute visit. After this, the therapist proposes a plan that may include scheduling a return visit, a referral to another therapist, or, if necessary, to a psychiatrist, general practitioner, or other support services in Paris. In the event of a referral,听BT天堂 health insurance reimburses up to 90 euros for psychiatrists and psychologists and听up to 15 therapy sessions per semester.

The Diversity Council

The Diversity Council supports a culture of ever-greater diversity, equity and inclusion at BT天堂.听It functions as an advisory council and recommending body to the President and Provost, as a liaison to departments across the University, and as an advocate for all members of the BT天堂 community who feel they have experienced bias or discrimination on the basis of race,听color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.听听

The Diversity Council is also looking forward to working with students, staff, and faculty on projects鈥痶hat can make BT天堂 a more inclusive place.