The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College has implemented modified campus operations that began Monday, March 23, 2020. The Office of Student Life will continue to serve students via phone calls, Zoom meetings, and email contact during our regular business hours (Monday – Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). All face-to-face contact with students is suspended until our campus can safely resume regular operations.
Welcome to Counseling Services
We're so glad you're here.
Students who are interested in receiving Counseling Services can call our Office of Student Life phone number at 740.364.9578 and request a phone consultation. You will be given a time and day that works best for you. The assigned counselor will call you at the scheduled time. Every effort is made to schedule a first-time consultation within a week of the initial call. Student Life Counseling Services is a limited outpatient service. A student may be referred to a community provider for their mental wellness needs.
Wellness Wednesday (virtual)
Beginning on Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Who: The Office of Student Life Counseling Services is inviting YOU!
What: "DROP BY” resource for mental wellness-could you use a few minutes to exhale and express yourself, could you benefit from additional stress management techniques, could you use some advice on available resources,or do you have questions about counseling?
Where: ZOOM Click to join.
When: 2-3:00 p.m. WEEKLY (ongoing) If interested in an evening option for a “drop by” time, email your interest and available evening times to Stephayne Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why: Students are reporting increasing amounts of stress related to the pandemic (online classes, social isolation, mood changes, impaired focus, increased financial stress) on top of the typically stressful hurdles of daily living.
About Our Services
Our counselors are committed to serving diverse students.
Our counselors are required to maintain their State of Ohio license by completing at least 30 hours of continuing education bi-annually. In order to better meet our students’ needs, our counselors are committed to continue learning about the needs of our students. While gaining education about diverse topics is ever evolving, here are some of the trainings our counselors have completed during 2020:
- Multiple webinars focused on student mental health during the pandemic
- 6-week series focusing on providing culturally competent services to our Muslim students and families
- What does it mean to be Anti-Racist?
- The Color of Trauma: Validating Experiences, Accepting Differences, and Acknowledging Mistakes
- Supporting International Student Mental Health during Changing Times
- The Ethics of Being an LGBTQ+ Ally
- Creating Welcoming and Inclusive environment for LGBTQI students
- Addressing Racial Bias in Social Work Practice
- Affirmative Therapy for Transgender/Gender Diverse Youth & Adolescents
- Military Culture & Working with Military Families
- Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders within the Military Population
- Addressing Suicide with Military-Connected Families
- Ethical Considerations for working with Military Members and Veterans
- 2020 CIRC Conference “Continuing to create a community of belonging”
Our counselors are dedicated to ensuring that a student’s mental health needs are being met. They treat all students, staff and faculty with courteous and respectful communication.
Who is eligible for counseling?
Counseling services are free to currently enrolled students at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. College Credit Plus Students are not eligible for this service and should refer to their sponsoring high school for assistance.
What are some of the common reasons students request counseling?
- Academic stressors
- Adjusting to college
- Anxiety and stress management
- Family conflicts or turmoil
- Feeling down or depressed
- Feeling stressed out or overwhelmed
- Focusing or inattention concerns
- Grief and Loss
- Organizational issues
- Relationship concerns
- Relaxation techniques
- Resource referrals
- Sexual Orientation/Identification
- Sleep problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Time management issues
What can I expect in counseling?
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 30- or 45-minute sessions, you and your counselor talk about what is causing you distress currently and explore ways to understand and alleviate these concerns. If you are 15 minutes or more late for your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.
Initially you will attend a 30-minute telephone screening appointment with the counselor who will collect preliminary information about you and your concerns. Together, you will decide on ways to address your concerns. This may involve individual or group counseling, referral to a physician, or referral to a clinician outside the agency.
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.
Need help now?
While Counseling Services does not offer crisis management services, we can assist you to get the help you need to ensure your safety. If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or others, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. For locating resources near you, call 211.
To speak to someone outside of normal office hours, Ohio State Newark students can reach the Ohio State University After-Hours Line at 614.292.5766.
The National Crisis Hotline and Crisis Textline are available 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Call 800.273.8255
- Text “START” to 741741
- BIPOC students can text "Steve” for a BIPOC counselor
What if I don’t know if Counseling Services is right for me?
It is very common for students to be apprehensive about starting counseling services: they might not know what happens in counseling, would the counselor understand my cultural beliefs, what if the counselor doesn’t look like me, or is the counselor a safe space to explore identity issues. Students who are uncertain if they can benefit from our services can schedule a phone consultation by calling the Office of Student Life at 740.364.9578.
Our counselors will gladly discuss if Counseling Services is the best fit for you. We are currently building a diverse provider referral database, and we are committed to linking students to alternate referrals when the student does not feel the campus counselors would be a good fit for them.
What if I am a parent or loved one of a student I am concerned about?
Being a college student can be both an exciting and stressful time. There can be a lot of obstacles to navigate as students learn to balance academic priorities and other responsibilities. It is understandable to be concerned about your student and wondering how they will adjust to college life. While our counselors are unable to share information specific to your student, they can consult with you and offer additional information and clarification about mental health resources available to your student.
If you have concerns and would like to discuss available and helpful options for your student, you can call the Office of Student Life at 740.364.9578 and request to speak with an available counselor.
Please be aware that students must contact our office on their own in order to schedule with a counselor. Faculty, staff, families, friends or loved ones are not able to schedule on the behalf of students.
By law, we are not allowed to disclose any health-protected information about any of our clients without a client’s written consent except if a client is an immediate threat to themselves or the community. Please talk to your student regarding whether you have permission to their health information before asking us about their treatment with us.
What if I am a faculty or staff member, and I am concerned about a student?
As a faculty or staff member, some students may feel comfortable sharing more personal information about themselves with you. Your response can be a critical factor in determining whether the student accesses available mental health resources. It is important to know what to look for and how to reach out for consultation if you are concerned about a student.
Here are some possible signs of distress:
- Excessive procrastination
- Change in performance
- Repeated requests for special consideration or accommodations
- Excessive absence or tardiness
- Excessively anxious when called upon in class
- Unusual or change interaction patterns
- Inability to stay awake in class
- Disruptive or threatening behavior
- Written work with reference to self-harm or content that appears bizarre
- Change in appearance and hygiene
- Dramatic weight gain or loss
- Swollen or red eyes
- Uncharacteristic changes in mood
- Impaired speech
- Inappropriate or exaggerated emotional reactions
- Smell of alcohol/marijuana, or evidence of excessive alcohol/drug use
- Difficulty concentrating
- Disrupted sleep or appetite
If you have concerns for a student, call the Office of Student Life at 740.364.9578 to consult with a counselor or to discuss how to make a referral. When our representative answers, please say that you are a faculty or staff member and would like a call back from a counselor. As always, if you are aware of immediate risk of harm to a student or anyone else, call 911.
- Please be aware that students must contact our office on their own in order to schedule with a counselor. Faculty, staff, families, friends or loved ones are not able to schedule on the behalf of students. You may contact us while the student is present, however we will need to speak directly to the student.
What should I do after referring a student?
Follow up. It can be helpful to arrange a time to speak with the student again after making a referral. This helps to communicate your concern and interest.
Maintain. Continue to provide clear and consistent boundaries and expectation with the student in your staff or faculty role.
Can I get an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) letter?
Emotional Support Animals are pets that help their caregiver deal with everyday life while they are struggling with a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or certain phobias. These animals are not formally trained to help their caregivers meet their emotional needs. According to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), ESAs are not considered services animals and they do not have the same rights. Service animals can accompany their owners anywhere in a public setting according to the ADA. On the other hand, ESAs need advanced approval as an accommodation. For example, ESAs may be permitted as a travel companion on planes or live with their owner in a housing unit if an ESA letter is provided by a qualified professional (primary care physician, licensed mental health professional such as a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist).
Additionally, students who reside in a housing unit may ask our therapists to write an ESA letter in order to have an animal stay with them under the Fair Housing Act. Our therapists will not write letters for ESAs for housing, travel accommodations or course accommodations unless clinically necessary for students who are actively participating in on-campus counseling services. Ultimately, the decision to write an ESA letter for a student is up to each individual therapist’s clinical discretion. However, our therapists are happy to connect the students with a community-based provider to help determine disability status and need for an ESA or Service Animal if needed.
What are some additional and available community mental health resources?
The listed community resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not “approved” or “endorsed” by The Ohio State University or Central Ohio Technical College.
- FOR OHIO STATE NEWARK STUDENTS ONLY: Ohio State University (Columbus location) Counseling and Consultation Services: 614.292.5766
- Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800.273.8255, press 1
- Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQI Individuals): 866.488.7386
- Trans Lifeline: 877.565.8860
- Crisis Textline/The Steve Fund for young people of color: Text "STEVE" to 741741
Campus Corner: Student Food Pantry
Open to all Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State University Newark students in need. Only a student ID is required to utilize the Campus Corner.
The Ohio CareLine is a toll-free emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered in community settings. Behavioral health professionals staff the CareLine 24 hours a day, 7 days/week. They offer confidential support in times of personal or family crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with challenges in their lives. When callers need additional services, they will receive assistance and connection to local providers. Call 1.800.720.9616.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities: College2Careers
If you are interested in these services, or to see if you qualify, please contact Cyndi.Mignone@ood.ohio.gov or text/call 740.421.1272. Ohio College2Careers (C2C) is a partnership between Ohio State University Newark, Central Ohio Technical College and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. C2C helps students with any type of disability to ensure they have the support and tools they need to complete their degree and/or credential, earn higher wages, and meet the demands of the ever-changing workforce. Many of our students who struggle with mental illness can benefit from C2C services.
SAMHSA National Hotline Virtual AA, NA, and Overeaters Anonymous group meetings are available. For more information about these resources and others follow the link.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) RESOURCES
Meadows Counseling Group
Chante Meadows, LLC
1350 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 112, Columbus, OH 43212
Psychotherapy, Training, and Supervision
We are providing Telehealth therapy at this time and will be doing so for the foreseeable future. We accept Ohio State University Student Health Insurance, Molina and CareSource, along with other insurances. We have a flat rate student fee we are able to offer students, in addition in January we are starting an Graduate Student Intern Program with sessions as low as $30 a session.
Stone Counseling Services, LLC
Jeff Stone, MSW, LISW
2020 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Oh 43219
Stone Counseling Services serves clients ages 8-21. If you are a young adult or have a child/teen that is experiencing any stressors, behavioral issues, wanting support to reach goals or alleviating emotional distress,please call or email Stone Counseling Services today for an individual consultation. Stone Counseling services is in network with the following insurance provides; CareSource, Molina, Buckeye Health, United Healthcare and Optum. Stone Counseling Services currently accepts clients both via Telehealth and in-person. Cost: $100 per session while also offering a sliding scale based upon income.
View our mental health presentation with the Office of Multicultural Affairs on 12/01/2020.
Help is (always) Here: A Discussion about Available Mental Health Resources during Challenging Times
Stephayne Harris, MSW, LISW-S
Megan Hughett, MSW, LISW-S