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PEER COUNSELING PROGRAM


If you have a serious pressing concern, a difficult decision to make, or just need someone to talk with, one of your options for receiving support is a Peer Counselor.

These dedicated and well trained students are available for in-person visits on Mondays & Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4-10 p.m., and Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. You can schedule an appointment and see bios of our amazing Peer Counselors anytime, call their office at 315-859-4508, or email them at peercounseling@hamilton.edu.

What are Peer Counselors?

PCs are a group of trained students supported by the Counseling Center who are here to provide additional Peer Counselorsresources to our students as they navigate difficult decisions, points of crisis, or everyday aspects of student life. PCs work cooperatively with the campus to respond to student needs, promote student safety and personal wellness, meet individually with students to discuss any emergent concerns, and hold events that cater to student wellness and stress reduction. They seek to raise awareness, provide education, and serve as a resource to other students on a wide variety of health issues including: stress management, social skills, depression, anxiety, healthy relationships, safe sexual relationships, alcohol, drugs, eating/weight concerns and risk of suicide.

How do I connect with a Peer Counselor?

There are several ways to connect with a Peer Counselor! The easiest is to schedule an appointment online. You can also call their office at 315-859-4508 or email them at peercounseling@hamilton.edu. We have a well trained and skilled group of peer counselors waiting to help.

Interested in becoming a Peer Counselor?

Being a Peer Counselor can provide valuable experience for your graduate school resume; specialized training in counseling techniques, crisis management, leadership, and human relations; and a unique opportunity to help your fellow students. If you are a student in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and possess the listening and leadership skills necessary to positively and objectively interact with your peers, we encourage you to contact the Counseling Center office for an application. You can also email the Program Coordinator, Heather Cosgrove, at hcosgrov@hamilton.edu for an application or more information.

Administrative & Clinical Support

Sarah Fishman ’16

Founder and Student Director Emerita

Sarah is a 2016 graduate who majored in comparative literature. After speaking with peers as well as researching equivalent programs at other colleges and universities, Sarah, in collaboration with the Counseling Center, created a program uniquely suited to the diverse needs of the Hamilton student body. She played on the rugby team and was a member of the Hamilton College Orchestra during her time on campus. Sarah now lives and works in the Boston area.

Isabel O’Malley '18

Student Coordinator of Training

A member of the first Peer Counseling class, Isabel worked with our staff counselor Heather to create the training manual. She received an Emerson grant to research Peer Counseling at other schools and universities, co-write the manual, and help plan training and other aspects of the program. Isabel is a Psychology and Creative Writing double major interested in increasing the accessibility of mental health services.

Heather Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

Heather is a staff counselor in the Counseling Center and serves as the lead administrative coordinator and clinical supervisor of the Peer Counseling Program and the Peer Counselors. Heather has a passion for clinical training and is pleased to be able to help students obtain valuable experience in the clinical field.

Dennis G. LaLonde, Jr., Psy.D.

Program Trainer

Dennis is a staff counselor in the Counseling Center and is assisting with clinical supervision and training for Peer Counselors. Dennis’ years of experience in college mental heath settings are an invaluable resource for trainees, and he is excited to work with our amazing group of counselors.

Contact Information


Counseling Center

100 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
In Crisis?
Help at Any Time

In Crisis?


Call 315-859-4340 and press option 2 to speak with a counselor 24/7/365

If you want off-campus help, call 1-800-372-TALK or text “START” to 741-741

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