Counseling and Human Development

Counseling and 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. Any enrolled Dartmouth student is eligible for counseling services.

Students are typically seen first during a scheduled “Intake” session. During an “Intake,” the counselor will seek to understand each student’s strengths, as well as the problems that brought them into CHD. The counselor and student collaboratively explore what services might be most helpful to best meet the student’s needs. These options may include individual counseling, group therapy, psychiatric medication evaluation, or a referral to an off-campus mental health provider.

CHD offers 24-hour crisis counseling for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student. A student in crisis can come directly to CHD and an assessment will be done as soon as possible. The counselor will provide immediate care and work with the student to form a plan to help them through a difficult time.

Why Do Students Seek Counseling?

College life can be exciting and challenging. It is a time when students engage their intellect, explore their individual identities, and discover future life paths. College can be an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. It is also common for students to experience increased levels of stress while adjusting to these life changes, particularly within the context of a competitive academic environment. Social and emotional concerns can interfere with academic performance and social interactions.

Students come to CHD for a variety of reasons. Some are seeking help with the transition to college life. Others want to learn more effective ways of developing, negotiating, or maintaining relationships. Counseling can be beneficial for students who are feeling depressed or anxious, as well as those who want to examine their beliefs or explore their current life situation.

CHD offers a variety of psychological services to assist students in managing the many demands and developmental challenges of college. We are committed to helping students get the most from their college experience – so that they can make the most of their time at Dartmouth and beyond.

What Can a Parent, Guardian, or Family Member Do?

While many students come to CHD on their own, a parent is often the first person to recognize that a student is not functioning at his or her best. Students who are struggling or facing new challenges may turn to you for help in figuring out what to do because they know and trust you. CHD counselors are available to consult with you when you have concerns about how to best help your student.