Do you need someone to talk with? One of your options on campus is to connect with and receive support from a Peer Counselor.

What is a Peer Counselor?

A Peer Counselor is a Colby student who is trained and supported by Colby Counseling Services. PC’s create an intentional space for meaningful social connection on Colby’s campus.  They are here to listen and to provide one-on-one support for their fellow students as they navigate their College experience. 

It is important to note that meeting with a PC is not a substitute for professional counseling and students who are in need of clinical services should reach out to a licensed mental health professional. 

Connecting with a Peer Counselor

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Peer Counselor is by sending an email to  [email protected]

Outreach Programming

The Peer Counseling Program is dedicated to improving the overall well-being and resiliency of our fellow students on the Hill. One of the ways we serve the campus community is through our outreach programming.

Upon request, the PC program offers presentations and workshops that address important topics such as self-care and mindfulness, sleep hygiene, and procrastination. If you are interested in a program or workshop for your organization/club, please email us at [email protected]

Interested in becoming a Peer Counselor?

Being a Peer Counselor provides valuable experiences that will help one improve their active listening and communication skills, relationship building skills, and professional presentation skills.  It also offers a unique experience for your graduate school application, as well as meaningful opportunities to connect with and to help your fellow students. 

Those who would be a good fit for the PC program are:

  • interested in connecting with their peers and building a supportive community on campus
  • invested in helping others
  • committed to building strong empathic listening and communication skills
  • enthusiastic about designing and facilitating mental health related programming for the campus community
  • dedicated to working effectively within a collaborative team environment

The PC program recruits a new training class each spring. Interested in being an additional support system for your peers during the 24-25 academic year? Fill out this Google Form.

Contact

To contact Peer Counselor Services, email [email protected].

Administrative and clinical support

Alfonso Ortega Psy.D

 

Alfonso Ortega Psy.D

Director and supervisor of Peer Counselor Program
[email protected]

Sadé Greenidge ‘24

Sadé Greenidge ‘24

Hi! I’m Sadé Greenidge (she/her), a senior from New York, majoring in general psychology here at Colby. I’ve wanted to work with the counseling center since my sophomore year, so I’m ecstatic to be a part of the peer counseling team. Outside of academics, I’m on the track team and run a monthly coalition group with Hardy Girls.  In my leisure time, I enjoy reading, hanging out with my family, trying new restaurants (especially boba shops), and knitting. I want students on campus to know that everyone deserves a safe space where they are truly heard, supported, and seen.

Contact Counseling

[email protected]
207-859-4490

Garrison-Foster Building, 2nd Floor