The Ohio State University at Newark

Counseling Services

Welcome to Student Life Counseling Services

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- e. e. Cummings

Who is Eligible for Counseling?

Counseling services are free to all currently enrolled students at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College.

Initially you will meet with the therapist who will collect preliminary information about you and your concerns. You and the therapist will decide on a way to address your concerns. This may involve individual or group counseling, referral to a physician, or referral to a clinician outside the agency.

Why Students Often Seek Counseling

  • Family Conflicts or Turmoil
  • Loss and Grief
  • Academic Pressures or Testing Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse or Assault
  • Not Fitting in with Peers
  • Body Image Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQ Concerns
  • Difficulty to Adjusting
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Relaxation Techniques

What Can I Expect in Counseling?

  • Counseling aims to help you understand yourself better, become more effective in reaching your goals and, in the process, become more successful.
  • Counseling Services is interested in your personal, academic, and intellectual growth. Some students meet with their counselor on a weekly basis, some on a bi-weekly basis, and others at varying intervals.
  • In these 50-minute sessions, you and your counselor talk about what is causing you distress currently and explore ways to understand and alleviate these concerns. Each student is permitted 10 sessions for each academic year.
  • You will be asked to reschedule your appointment if you arrive 15 minutes or more after the scheduled starting time.
  • Our services are provided on a voluntary basis (students choose to come to counseling), and you need not be referred by anyone to participate in the counseling process.

David L. Wirt, M.Ed., LPCC-S
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor


David Wirt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisor Endorsement licensed through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. David earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1990 and his Master's Degree in Education/Counseling from the University of Dayton in 1996. He has worked both in Social Work and Counseling as a therapist since 1995 and uses an eclectic approach to counseling to help identify individual needs and create helpful approaches to change. David enjoys the challenges of helping people with many issues including, but not limited to, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, OCD, Adjustment Disorders, Grief and Loss issues, and Family and Relationship concerns.

Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker

Office 740-755-7262
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Stephayne Harris is a Licensed Independent Social Worker licensed through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Board. Stephayne received her MSW from The Ohio State University in 1991. Independently licensed since 1993, Stephayne has offered outpatient counseling in a variety of settings to people in central Ohio.
Anxiety and depression are the most common issues presented in counseling sessions. Managing stress can be quite a balancing act. Our emotions are a result of our thoughts: counseling can help us double check our thoughts for accuracy-we cannot believe everything we think!

Scheduling An Appointment

Counseling services are available to Ohio State Newark and COTC students enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at:

Counseling Services
Warner Center 226
Phone: 740-364-9578
Fax: 740-364-9646

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