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 (For urgent and emergent needs)

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

Our same-day crisis services are designed to assist students who are confronting life-threatening circumstances, current or recent traumatic crises, and serious mental illness.  A counselor is available to meet with students in crisis when not being seen immediately could lead to serious consequences or seriously aggravate their existing condition. The reason it is limited to these circumstances is that another student’s counseling visit may need to be interrupted to provide you with crisis services.  

Virtual-Based Services

TAO includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

How to Register for TAO?

1.In your browser window, navigate to https://us.taoconnect.org/register

2.Enter First Name, Last Name, and your school email address

3.Create a Password and Confirm your Password 

4.Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank. 

5.Click Sign Me Up

6.Check your email. You will be sent a Welcome to TAO email with a confirmation link which you must click on to sign in.

APPOINTMENT-BASED SERVICES

Initial Screening

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.

Individual Therapy

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.

Psychiatric Services

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.

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Group Counseling Options

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. 

Mondays 
 
Building Balance: Skills for Managing Mood and Well-Being 
Mondays 12:30 – 1:30 pm (alternative time 3:00-4:00 pm) 
Nicole Lavertue, Psy.D. 

Building Balance is a 4-week skills-based group intended for students who want to improve their ability to manage their mood, increase their ability to cope with stressors, and learn empirically supported ways to improve their overall well-being. Topics covered in Building Balance include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Self-Care, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Registration is required and participation in each of the 4 sessions is requested. 
 
Adult Children of Alcoholics Group 
Mondays 1-2 pm 
Rebecca Anderson, LCSW and Missy Taylor, Ph.D. 

This group is for individuals that have been impacted by growing up in an alcoholic or drug addicted family environment. Topics often discussed include understanding the impact of these family patterns, learning how to recognize and develop healthy relationships, and addressing negative beliefs about oneself. 
 
Tuesdays 
 
Interpersonal Process Group 
Tuesdays, Noon - 1:15pm, fall semester 2021 
Megan Nesbitt, Psy.D. & Rebecca Shoemaker, Psy.D. 
 
This group provides students with a safe environment where they can increase their understanding of themselves and how they relate to others, as well as trying new ways to interact with peers. 
 
Wednesdays 
 
Deep Breathing, Relaxation, and Mindfulness Workshop 
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 
Megan Nesbitt, Psy.D. 

 
Feeling anxious in these unpredictable times and struggling to practice focus and calm? Has it been difficult to interrupt worrying and be present? This group will meet weekly to engage in body-mind techniques for calming anxiety. Each meeting will begin with deep breathing and then focus on a relaxation exercise, a guided visualization, or a therapeutic mindfulness technique. Beginners welcome. No need to attend every week, drop-ins welcome. Meetings will be in person at the Wellness Center, as health protocols permit, but there is also an option to join virtually.  
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72095146417?pwd=N3RQYkFRMW81QVpVUGMvNzBSWEd3UT09  
Meeting ID: 720 9514 6417 
 
Wellness Center Drum Circle Group 
Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm 
Todd Drazien, LCSW, Drummer 

 
“Drum Circles aren’t just for hippies anymore” --Robin Cardell, Oshkosh Rhythm Institute 
 
Percussion is one of the oldest forms of musical expression and seems to tap into something deep within us. Whether it’s through dance, drumming, vocalization or tapping your foot most people seem to be attracted to this form of expression in some way or another. Drum Circles have long been associated with lowering stress, strengthening the immune system, and fostering a sense of connection with others; plus, they’re also just a lot of fun. Join us every Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Wellness Center and wind down your day with some fun and calming grooves and rhythms. Percussion equipment provided and no musical experience required. Just bring your willingness to express yourself through sound and music and connect with others. Hope to see you there. 
 

Thursdays 
 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy-informed Skills Group 
Thursdays, Noon–1:15 p.m. 
Todd Drazien, LCSW & Missy Taylor, Ph.D. 

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 coping skills. 

Perfectionism: Debunking Myths & Developing Coping Skills 
Thursdays 5-6 pm starting 9/9/21 
Rebecca Shoemaker, PsyD 
 
This workshop is designed to help students identify common myths that drive perfectionistic behaviors, understand the experiences and social messages that may play a role in these behaviors, and learn skills to cope with the pressures associated with unrealistically high expectations set before them. This workshop will include both educational and practical components and will have a drop-in (use as you need) format as each week will highlight a different topic and skillset. Students are encouraged to call the Wellness Center at 717-245-1663 to inform front desk staff that they are planning to attend, but walk-ins are always welcome 
 
*The group will meet in person, but additional support resources will be made available online later this semester 
 
Fridays 
 
Building Balance: Skills for Managing Mood and Well-Being 
Friday12:30 – 1:30 pm (alternative time 3:00-4:00 pm) 
Nicole Lavertue, Psy.D. 
 
Building Balance is a 4-week skills-based group intended for students who want to improve their ability to manage their mood, increase their ability to cope with stressors, and learn empirically supported ways to improve their overall well-being. Topics covered in Building Balance include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Self-Care, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Registration is required and participation in each of the 4 sessions is requested.