Counseling

Counseling Services During COVID-19:

The Counseling Center recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 public health crisis is having on our campus community and we remain committed to supporting students emotional growth and wellbeing. We are available to provide services to currently enrolled Dartmouth students who would otherwise be eligible to receive care through Dartmouth's Health Service, in all 50 states and US territories. We are able to provide consultations for our students internationally and assist them in finding ongoing resources if they are needed. 

Counseling Center services include: triage appointments, short-term therapy, medication management, crisis services, nutrition appointments, groups, anxiety workshops, consultations and community referrals.

To protect the welfare of both students and our staff, there has been a shift in the way we provide services during this unprecedented event. We have transitioned from in-person contact to teletherapy (phone or HIPAA approved Zoom). To schedule an appointment, or ask questions about our services, please call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442. Our phone lines are staffed Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (EST).

IMPORTANT: Crisis services are available to all actively enrolled students 24/7. The on-call counselor can be accessed Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. by calling the Counseling Center, 603-646-9442. After hours, the on-call counselor can be accessed by calling the Inpatient Nursing Department (IPD), 603-646-9440.

Triage Appointments

The first appointment with the Counseling Center is called a "triage" appointment. The total appointment time is 45 minutes. The first 15 minutes are spent completing paperwork and an online assessment. After, the student meets with a counselor for up to 30 minutes to discuss their concerns. At the end of the appointment, the counselor will make recommendations for the next step. Sometimes, students find the triage appointment has met their needs and no further services are necessary.

When further services are needed, the triage counselor will discuss their recommendations with the student. Options might include the following:

  • a referral to one of our workshops or therapy groups
  • an appointment for an Intake for short-term individual counseling within the Counseling Center (Intake appointments are generally scheduled at least a week after the initial triage appointment to allow time for students to think about their goals for therapy).
  • a referral to meet with a nutritionist
  • a referral to other campus or community resources
  • a referral for a psychiatric medication evaluation
  • a referral to an off-campus mental health provider
  • if your situation is critical, we offer same-day crisis appointments

Same-Day Appointments

The Same-Day appointment is a one-time appointment that is intended for students who need support to problem-solve a specific concern. Examples might be:

  • Advice on a roommate or relationship conflict
  • How to best manage stress
  • Coping skills regarding anxiety
  • Discuss a possible medical leave

The same-day appointment is designed to be goal oriented. A counselor works with the student to create a personalized action plan based on their concern. Things to know:

  • Same-Day appointments are available daily on a first come-first served limited basis
  • The Same-Day appointment is a one-time appointment and is not meant to serve as ongoing counseling
  • It will help to arrive to the appointment with an identified goal in mind
  • The one-hour appointment length includes filling out demographic and clinical information on an iPad, followed by speaking with a counselor
  • The same day appointment is NOT an on-call appointment. A student who is in crisis should call the Counseling Center at (603) 646-9442

Individual Counseling

At the end of the triage appointment, the student may be referred for individual counseling. During individual counseling, the students meet one-on-one with a counselor to establish goals for their work together. Session length, duration, and frequency vary and are determined by treatment goals.

The Counseling Center adheres to a short-term therapy model with the focus on helping students resolve or manage specific concerns. Since challenges vary from student to student, the length of short-term therapy also varies; it is based on goals set by the counselor and student, as well as an ongoing clinical assessment of the effectiveness of treatment.

If students' goals do not fit within a short-term model, or, if their treatment goals are not sufficiently managed in a short-term model, they can work with a counselor to get a community referral for treatment.

For additional information or to schedule a triage appointment please call the Counseling Center at (603) 646-9442, 2nd floor Dartmouth College Health Service (Dick's House).