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Counseling & Human Development (CHD), is the College's counseling center dedicated to student mental health and well-being.  We are housed within Dartmouth College Health Service and are located on the second floor of Dick's House, 7 Rope Ferry Road.  We offer a variety of psychological services to assist students in managing the many demands and developmental challenges of college. These services, provided by a diverse and multiculturally competent professional staff, include short-term counseling, group counseling, medication evaluation and monitoring, and consultation.  Additionally, we provide same-day services for crisis and emergency situations.

Students seek counseling for many different reasons, including:

  • relationship troubles with family, friends or romantic partners
  • difficulties arising from ethnic, cultural and racial differences
  • alcohol and other drug issues
  • gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual issues
  • food and nutrition
  • sexual assault/harassment/relationship violence/stalking
  • stress: stressful academic and/or social pressures
  • troublesome feelings such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, shyness, fear and anger
  • taking care of ourselves and building community, response to tragedy, building vs. dividing community, helping others, taking care of self
  • loss of a loved one or other bereavement including loss by suicide

College life can be exciting and challenging.  It can also be stressful.  Social and emotional concerns can interfere with academic performance and social interactions.  We are committed to helping students get the most from their college experience.  One way students can do this is by talking with a CHD counselor in a supportive atmosphere to help with self-understanding and the resolution of personal concerns.

Counseling is Confidential

Our staff recognizes the importance of privacy and safety as the basis of effective therapy.  We do not share information about students seeking help at CHD with anyone without written permission.  Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and specifically mandated by law and professional ethics.  We make sure to review confidentiality during our first contact with all students and are available to answer any questions about confidentiality as they may arise in the course of treatment.

Safeguarding information shared by students in the context of the counselor-client relationship is an ethical and legal responsibility of all CHD clinicians.

Counseling Records are kept separate from the medical records so if a student is seen for the flu, details about counseling sessions are not available. For further information, please review our confidentiality statement.

Last Updated: 6/1/17