The Wellness Center offers counseling and psychiatric services to all current Dickinson students regardless of insurance. Services include, but are not limited to individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, alcohol and drug counseling, psychiatric medication management, consultation, prevention programming and educational workshops.
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.
Students interested in counseling services first meet with a counselor for an individualized screening. During these screenings, counselors ask students questions about their reasons for seeking assistance, their history, and their goals for counseling. Counselors then discuss the options for treatment with students and a plan is formed. Treatment options may include services 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.
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.
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. Students interested in joining should come to Open Hours or schedule an initial screening.
Deep Breathing, Meditation, & Mindfulness Group
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Feeling stressed and too busy to practice focus and calm? Let us help. This group will be an introduction to mind body techniques for calming anxiety, mindfulness strategies, and beginning meditation. Drop-ins welcome.
Interpersonal Process Group
Tuesdays, Noon-1:15 p.m.
This group provides students with a safe environment where they can increase their understanding of themselves and how they relate to others.
Anxiety and Stress Management Group
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
This is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) class where students will learn the physiology of stress and how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact stress levels and the body. Specific stress management skills will be reviewed as well as strategies for maintaining serenity.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy-Informed Skills Group
This is a structured, time limited psychoeducational group that will teach a variety of skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). There are four main skills the group will cover: mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT skills were developed to help people who feel overwhelmed by their emotions and/or have a history of difficult relationships. The goal of this group is to improve quality of relationships and to replace destructive behaviors with more effective skills.
Transitioning To College
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
The transition to college is exciting but can also be stressful for many students. This group is designed for first-year students with the purpose of fostering a sense of connection and support regarding common challenges experienced during your adjustment to college. We will discuss adaptive ways to cope with typical first-year concerns, including stress, making friends, homesickness, anxiety, depression, academic challenges, etc. in a safe, supportive environment where you will realize you are not alone.
The Wellness Center offers psychiatric services to all Dickinson students during the fall and spring semesters for those currently on or considering starting psychiatric medications. To schedule an appointment with the psychiatrist, students must first see a counselor for an initial screening and be in regular therapy or case management sessions with a counselor at the Wellness Center. The counselor will refer the student for psychiatric services.
Substance Use Services
The Wellness Center offers substance use evaluations, group sessions, and individual counseling 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 or following hospitalizations for alcohol intoxication.