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Counseling Appointments

Scheduling Appointments

Appointments with the Counseling Center are required and can be scheduled by phone or in person. Counseling appointments cannot be scheduled online.

To schedule an appointment by phone, please call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442. The Counseling Center is located on the 2nd Floor of Dick's House. Feel free to stop by during office hours to schedule an appointment.

Cancelling Appointments

If you have a scheduled appointment that you need to cancel please notify us as soon as possible, preferably 24 hours in advance. This will allow us to open up the time for another student.

Counseling Center Phone Number and Hours:

Phone: 603-646-9442

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (fall, winter, spring terms)
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (summer term and term breaks)

Location and Directions:

The Counseling Center is located on the 2nd floor of Dick Hall's House, 7 Rope Ferry Road, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755.

What to Expect

Your 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. You will then meet with a counselor for 30 minutes to discuss your 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 you. Options might include the following:

  • a referral to one of our workshops or therapy groups
  • a referral to other campus or community resources
  • a referral for a psychiatric medication evaluation
  • a referral to an off-campus mental health provider provider
  • an appointment for an initial intake for short term therapy within the Counseling Center
  • if your situation is critical, we offer same-day crisis appointments

Your first appointment, you will meet with a counselor to discuss your personal concerns and expectations from counseling. At the end of the session, you and your counselor will discuss treatment options that will best address your needs.  These options may include: individual counseling, group therapy, psychiatric medication evaluation, or a referral to an off-campus mental health provider. 

Request a Specific Counselor

Students may request a specific counselor on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or professional training, but it may mean a longer wait until such a counselor becomes available.

Emergency/Crisis Appointments

If you are in crisis and need to speak with the on-call counselor please call the Counseling Center during office hours at 603-646-9442. If it is after hours please call Safety & Security at 603-646-4000.

Eligibility for Services

Students: Counseling Center services are available for all full-time, enrolled students. There is no charge for counseling services on a short-term basis. Students needing long-term therapy may receive a referral from the Counseling Center to a community mental health provider.

Spouses/Domestic Partners of Students: Spouses or domestic partners of full-time enrolled students are eligible for a one time courtesy visit to obtain a referral to a community mental health provider.

Dartmouth Faculty and Staff: Dartmouth Faculty and Staff seeking counseling services are not eligible to be seen at the Counseling Center. Faculty and Staff should contact Dartmouth College’s Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (FEAP), 844-216-8308, Faculty/Employee Assistance Program.

Last Updated: 1/31/18