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.
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.
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.
Mindfully Managing Stress
Mindfulness is a forward-thinking approach to stress management and health promotion. Over the course of a 5-week structured program, group members will learn awareness exercises and cognitive interventions designed to help them deal with stress and increase their feeling of control and direction in their daily lives.
Interpersonal Process Group
This 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 of planned absences. The group typically has between 4 and 10 members, of various class years.
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.
The SMART Approach to Substances
This weekly group is modeled on SMART Recovery, a nationally recognized self-empowering support group in which members learn tools to address substance use issues using evidence-based models. The group facilitator is SMART Recovery trained.
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.