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Thank you for visiting the Peer Counseling Program's page!

If you just need someone to talk with, one of your options for receiving support is a Peer Counselor (PC). These dedicated and engaged PCs are available for remote (Zoom) visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 6-9 p.m. and Sundays 4-7 p.m. You can see bios of our amazing PCs and schedule an appointment. Also the PCs are available to provide outreach programming for your club/organization. If you have questions about the PC program, please email them at peercoun@hamilton.edu.

What are Peer Counselors?

PCs are a group of trained students supported by the Counseling Center who are here to provide additional resources to our students as they navigate difficult decisions or everyday aspects of student life. PCs work cooperatively with the campus to respond to some student needs, promote student safety and personal wellness, meet individually with students to discuss lighter 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. Read Testimonials and follow us on Instagram.

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 email them at peercoun@hamilton.edu. We have a skilled group of peer counselors waiting to help.

**Please note that Peer Counselors are a listening service, and may not be the best resource given your specific concerns or needs. If PC service is not an appropriate resource, we may refer you to a professional therapist and/or your professional therapist may decide that Peer Counseling is not in the best interest of your treatment. In these cases, the PC program coordinator or your therapist will connect with you about the best plan moving forward.

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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 Suicide Gatekeeper Training. If you are interested in a program or workshop for your organization/club, please email us at peercoun@hamilton.edu . 

Interested in becoming a Peer Counselor?

The Hamilton College Peer Counseling program recruits a new training class each Spring. Look for emails in the Spring of 2022!

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. Those who would be a good fit for the program are: strong leaders on campus, skilled in listening and providing compassionate support to others, enthusiastic about designing and facilitating programs for the campus community and work effectively within a collaborative team environment.

Administrative & Clinical Support

David Walden, Ph.D.

David Walden, Ph.D.


Hi! I'm the Director of the Center and the Peer Counseling Program Supervisor. I'm excited to work with the PC's, and I'm proud of this unique program and the impact it makes on our community. Visit me on Instagram.

Sarah Fishman ’16

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.

Isabel O’Malley ’18

Isabel O’Malley ’18

Former Student Coordinator of Training

A member of the first Peer Counseling class, Isabel worked with our staff counselors 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 was a Psychology and Creative Writing double major interested in increasing the accessibility of mental health services.

Contact Information

Counseling Center

Johnson Center
Clinton, NY 13323
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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 1-800-273-TALK or text “START” to 741-741

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