The Wellness Center offers counseling and psychiatric services to all Dickinson students (no insurance required). Services focus on mental health prevention and intervention, while simultaneously promoting general wellness in the Dickinson community. Staff members are also available to meet with campus groups or classes to provide educational presentations on mental health related topics and faculty/staff and parents for consultations as needed.

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Open Hours (AVAILABLE FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS)

Monday - Friday
11 a.m. - noon
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(No appointment needed)

About your visit: During Open Hours, students are seen individually by a mental health professional on a first-come, first-served basis. Visits typically last 15-20 minutes and provide students with an opportunity to discuss immediate concerns and collaboratively identify solutions or receive recommendations for managing them. The counselor will then plan with the student for any follow up services if needed.

APPOINTMENT-BASED SERVICES

Initial Assessment

Students interested in counseling services first meet with a counselor for an individualized assessment. During these assessments, counselors ask students questions about their reasons for seeking assistance, their history, and their goals for treatment. Counselors then discuss the options for treatment with students and a plan is formed. Treatment options may include individual or group counseling at the Wellness Center, referrals to other campus resources, or referrals to providers in the community if the kind of services needed by the student are not offered on campus.

Individual Sessions

The Wellness Center offers short-term individual psychotherapy to Dickinson students. Students often seek assistance for a variety of concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, disordered eating, adjustment to college, and sexual assault. The frequency of sessions and length of treatment varies for each student, but is closely tied to the goals for treatment. Most students receiving individual counseling are seen every other week; however, arrangements to be seen more or less frequently can sometimes be made.

Group Sessions

The Wellness Center offers a variety of group counseling options. These include wellness workshops, support groups, structured treatment groups, and process-oriented treatment groups. Groups change each semester in response to student needs and expressed interests. Current offerings are listed below.

Mindfully Managing Stress

Mindfulness is a forward-thinking approach to stress management and the treatment of depression and anxiety. Over the course of an 8-week structured program, group members will learn awareness exercises and cognitive interventions designed to help them deal with depression and anxiety and increase their feeling of control and direction in their daily lives. Students interested in this mindfulness group should call the Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, at 717-245-1663 to schedule an appointment.

Interpersonal Process Group

This co-ed group provides students with a safe environment where they can increase their understanding of themselves and how they relate to others. The focus of the group is on examining how group members interact with one another and exploring their own roles in their relationships. Therefore, group members often benefit from sharing their feelings in group and providing honest, respectful feedback to each other. Members are asked to make a commitment to attend all weekly group meetings and notify us ahead of time if you cannot attend that week. The group will have between 5 and 10 members, and members will be informed once we have a starting date.

Queer and Questioning Support Group

Do any of these thoughts seem familiar? I'm out at school but I don't know how to tell my family. I think I might be gay (or bi or trans, etc.) but I'm not sure. I want to come out but I'm scared. My religion/culture conflicts with my sexuality. I'm nervous about graduating and being gay in the "world." I have a crush on someone but he/she doesn't know I'm gay. I don't feel comfortable in other Queer groups on campus. If so, join Queer and Questioning, a small group run by an LGBTQ identified psychologist, Dr. Aryela Levy. This group is open to queer and questioning students in ANY phase of their queer or questioning identity. If you are interested, please email caps@dickinson.edu or call the Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, at 717-245-1663.

Psychiatric Services 

The Wellness Center offers psychiatric services to all Dickinson students during the fall and spring semesters. Dr. Shawna Brent, M.D. is a licensed psychiatrist who holds office hours in the Wellness Center on Thursdays during the academic year. Students already taking psychiatric medication or those who may wish to explore that option, are eligible to receive psychiatric services through the Wellness Center. To schedule an appointment with the psychiatrist, students must first see a counselor for an intake and be in regular therapy or case management sessions with that therapist. The counselor will refer the student for psychiatric services.

Substance Use Services

The Wellness Center offers substance use evaluations, group sessions, and individual therapy sessions for students interested in identifying the role that substances are currently playing in their life or why their use of a particular substance has recently increased. Additionally, students are also seen for mandated substance use assessments as part of conduct sanctions received through the College.