The Wellness Center offers counseling and psychiatric services to all Dickinson students. Staff members are also available to meet with campus groups or classes to provide educational presentations on mental health related topics.
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 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.
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. 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 email@example.com or call the Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, at 717-245-1663.
The Wellness Center contracts with Holy Spirit Behavioral Health Services to provide psychiatric services for our clients. Dr. Shawna Brent, M.D. is a licensed psychiatrist who holds office hours in the Wellness Center on Thursdays during the academic year. She will provide an initial assessment regarding the possibility of using medication and offer medication recommendations to students following the initial evaluation and continued follow-up by a therapist.