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Health and Counseling
Understanding wellness and practicing healthy lifestyle choices are critical components in a balanced and well-rounded education. The health care professionals at Colby (both in counseling and at the student health center) are uniquely situated to help students to become informed and active participants in establishing and maintaining good personal health habits both at college and in their lives after Colby.
The college years are filled with tremendous opportunities for intellectual and personal growth, for the development of lifelong friendships, and for laying the foundation for one’s life’s work. In Counseling Services, we are committed to helping students make the most of these opportunities and to helping them develop the necessary skills to successfully navigate the many challenges they may encounter throughout their college journey and beyond. It is not uncommon for students to struggle to varying degrees while at college and for those struggles to potentially interfere with academic and/or personal success. When this is the case, we strongly encourage students to reach out to our office and to connect with a professional counselor who can help them develop the skills and strategies to work through and to overcome their struggles.
Some of the more common concerns that students face include:
Our services are free and confidential and students can access them by calling our office at 859-4490, or stopping by Garrison-Foster 205 to set up an appointment. Our services include:
Finally, we at Counseling Services are thrilled you and your student are a part of the Colby family. There are amazing opportunities in this community for learning and growth and we are here to support that learning and growth for all Colby students.
The Staff at Counseling Services
Alissa Benziger, Administrative Coordinator
Eric Johnson, Director of Counseling Services
Todd MacFarlane, Staff Counselor
Dicle Turkoglu, Staff Psychologist
Jing Ye, Staff Counselor
Health CenterThe mission of the Garrison-Foster Health Center is to enhance Colby’s academic environment by providing quality health care, health education, and preventive services to students in a caring, cost-effective, and convenient manner. The center provides a bridge for the health-care needs of students as they transition away from home, often for the first time, and emphasizes preventive and outpatient care.
Appointments with the medical practitioners are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can use the walk-in clinic to see the nurse if they are sick or injured after hours. Students may also arrange to see the nurse for allergy shots and immunizations for travel abroad.
The health center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit www.colby.edu/administration_cs/healthservices/
Paul D. Berkner, Medical Director