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. 

Counseling Services
:  Information for Parents of New Students

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:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression and other mood related concerns
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Relationship problems
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Academic struggles
  • Identity related concerns
  • Substance abuse

Our office is staffed by experienced licensed psychologists, licensed professional counselors, and advanced practicum trainees from doctoral psychology programs.  All practicum trainees work under the close supervision of one of our staff psychologists.  Additionally, all of our clinicians are specialists at working with college students and at helping students address the unique challenges that accompany the college years/young adulthood.

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:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Consultation for Concerned Others
  • Educational Workshops and Training

E-mail inquires about our services should be sent to

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 Center

The 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.

  •  The health center is available to all students at no cost for routine visits and services.
  • The center is staffed by one physician, three mid-level practitioners (PA, FNP), certified athletic trainers, a medical technologist, a drug and alcohol counselor, and experienced registered nurses and office staff. Registered dieticians, as well as a board certified psychiatrist also are available for consultation.
  • Students who need emergency care or more specialized attention are sent to MaineGeneral Medical Center, a major hospital within a mile of Colby.

Colby Emergency Response is a group of students trained as radio-dispatched emergency medical technicians who respond to health emergencies on campus. This network ensures that all accident/illness victims on campus are assisted swiftly and skillfully.

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

Paul D. Berkner, Medical Director
Lydia Bolduc-Marden, Nurse Practitioner
Katie Sawyer, Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Programs

Donna A. Jurdak-Roy, Nurse/Laboratory Coordinator
Judith A. Whyte, Health Center Head Nurse

Jennifer G. Riddle, Nurse Practitioner
Holly G. Weidner, Nurse Practitioner

Laura K. Patterson, Nurse
Robin Shafer, Nurse

Timothy Weston, Head Athletic Trainer