Please see Spring 2021 Policies & Procedures - Wellness Center Operations

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 - 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.


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.


Virtual Group and Workshops

The Wellness Center offers a variety of group counseling options virtually. 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, Relaxation, and Mindfulness Workshop

Weekly on Thursdays, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM, spring semester 2021

Dr. Megan Nesbitt

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 mind-body techniques for calming anxiety. Each meeting will begin with deep breathing and then focus on a relaxation exercise, a mindfulness technique, or a guided visualization. Beginners welcome.  No need to attend every week, drop-ins welcome. 

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Meeting ID: 720 9514 6417 

Wellness & Short Film Discussion Group

Weekly on Fridays at 1 pm beginning March 5 - May 7, 2021.

Todd Drazien, LCSW

This will be a remote group using the Zoom platform. Each week the group facilitator will show a short film related to wellness topics such as mental health, substance abuse, coping skills and resiliency as a way to promote lively discussion amongst group members regarding their own direct and indirect experiences. This is a drop-in group and open to all members of the Dickinson College community. No prior registration is required. 

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 818 8112 9614

Passcode: 739024


Dickinson Copes


Dickinson Copes is a weekly opportunity for members of the Dickinson community to come together to acknowledge our shared lived experience of the pandemic and other challenges we have all been facing. Participants will be encouraged to share their unique perspectives of our current situation and provide mutual support to each other. All are welcome to join us for this brief period of togetherness each week, but we will invite specific staff and faculty members each week who students might not have the chance to hear from regularly. Dickinson Copes will be hosted by Rabbi Marley Weiner, Director of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, Todd Nordgren, Director of the Office of LGBTQ services and Don Domenici, Executive Director of the Wellness Center.

Wednesdays from 5-5:30pm