Please see Fall 2020 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.

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.

Brene' Brown Book Club Series:

During the Fall 2020 semester, the Wellness Center will be hosting a weekly book club discussion of 4 different books written by the amazing “storyteller/researcher” Dr. Brene Brown! All students who are feeling the weight of loneliness, social separation, and mental fatigue are invited to join the Wellness Center and our campus partners on a weekly journey towards wholehearted living, connection, and shared belonging, through these weekly, virtual, book club discussions. Each week, group leaders and students will not only reflect on the content of the assigned reading, but will also explore additional media such as TED Talks, podcasts, and blogs that are relevant to current racial, sociopolitical, and identity issues. We hope students and leaders alike will take this opportunity to connect with each other and bring their authentic selves to the discussion! 

Please note that each group is designed with a specific academic year in mind, but students may choose to join a group that is focused on a book of personal interest if they are comfortable with that peer group. Attendance every week is not required, but it is encouraged to get the most benefit from this experience. These groups will be held in Zoom or Microsoft Teams and dates/times for each group are listed below. Please sign up in EngageD.

  • The Gifts of Imperfection (Recommended for First Year Students): Thursdays 12-1pm starting September 17th
  • Daring Greatly (Recommended for Sophomores): Wednesdays 12-1pm starting September 16th
  • Rising Strong (Recommended for Juniors): Fridays 3:30-4:30pm starting September 18th
  • Dare To Lead (Recommended for Seniors): Thursdays 12-1pm starting September 17th

Deep Breathing, Meditation, & Mindfulness Group

The Daily Breath with Dr. Megan Nesbitt, will provide deep breathing exercises, relaxation, guided visualization, and mindfulness activities for supporting calm, promoting mental balance, and managing anxiety. Each episode will be only a few minutes long, so as to fit easily in to your day. Each will focus on a single technique, with a new posting every few days.Daily Breath.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 720 9514 6417
Passcode: 0xtAsp


Meets Fridays, 1pm to 2pm starting 9/19/20

Facilitator: Todd Drazien, LCSW 

In this group, film/television clips and short films will be used to promote group discussion about stress management and anxiety issues. Each group will feature a live stream clip or short from YouTube that can be viewed by participants in real time. These clips will depict characters struggling with a situation or event that has caused a significant amount of stress and anxiety. Group members will be encouraged to share their thoughts and impressions about each clip, as well as any relatable personal experiences they feel comfortable sharing. The facilitator will offer clinical interpretations as well as information about treatment modalities and interventions that might be helpful to the character.  The sharing of personal information will be limited and students will be encouraged to participate at their own level of comfort.

Please register in advance for this meeting via Zoom:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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.