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Dartmouth Counseling Center:

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.

About the Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a variety of psychological services to assist students in managing the many demands and developmental challenges of college. Students seek counseling for many different reasons, including:

  • adjusting to college life
  • relationship troubles with family, friends or romantic partners
  • difficulties arising from ethnic, cultural and racial differences
  • alcohol and other drug issues
  • LGBTQIA+ 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
  • same day emergency/crisis situations

College life can be exciting and challenging. Social and emotional concerns can interfere with academic performance and social interactions. The Counseling Center is committed to helping students get the most from their college experience.  Talking with a counselor in a supportive atmosphere is a great way to help with self-understanding and the resolution of personal concerns.

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
  • an appointment for an Intake for short term therapy within the Counseling Center (Intake appointments are usually scheduled the following week to give students time to think about what their goals for therapy are)
  • 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

How to Make an Appointment

Appointments can be made by calling the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442 or by stopping by the Counseling Center (2nd floor of Dick's House) during regular office hours. Counseling appointments cannot be scheduled online.

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.

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 the Counseling Center 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 Counseling Center clinicians.

Counseling records are kept separate from medical records and require separate authorizations in order to release information. For further information, please review our Confidentiality and Release of Information page.

Last Updated: 3/7/18