As The Ohio State University at Newark moves to reopening campus as of August 16, 2021, Counseling Services is currently in development of a plan to offer hybrid services to students. If you are currently receiving counseling from one of our counselors, they will discuss available options with you. If you are not currently receiving counseling from our staff but would like to explore this option, please call the Office of Student Life front desk at 740.364.9578 and ask to
schedule a phone screening to discuss available options.
Welcome to Counseling Services
We are so glad you're here!
The therapists of Counseling Services provide treatment to all enrolled Ohio State Newark students. Services provided include individual therapy, group therapy (on an as needed basis), education/consultation, on-campus referrals, and off-campus referrals within the community. All of these services are free and confidential.
If you are an enrolled Ohio State Newark student, you can schedule an appointment one of three ways:
- Call the Office of Student Life at 740.364.9578 to request an appointment.
- Email either and/or both therapists at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete this form to request an appointment – Counseling Services Appointment Request Form
You will be scheduled with one of our therapists for a phone screening that takes about 30 minutes of your time. If the therapist you talk to indicates you would be a good candidate for our services, then they will explain the rest of the intake process to you during the phone screening.
We look forward to hearing from you!
If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or others, please call 911 or go to the closest Emergency Department. Ohio State University students can call 614.292.5766 to speak with someone after business hours. For local resources, call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211. 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.
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, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. For local resources, call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211. 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.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800.273.8255
- Crisis Text Line – Text “START” to 741-741
- BIPOC Resources/The Steve Fund – Text “STEVE” to 741-741
- Ohio CareLine – Call 1.800.720.9616
- Trans Lifeline – Call 877.565.8860
- Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQI Individuals) – Call 866.488.7386
- Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800.273.8255, press 1
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 community-based resources?
The listed community resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not “approved” or “endorsed” by The Ohio State University.
SAMHSA National Helpline
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Resources:
Meadows Counseling Group
Black owned business in Columbus that provides telehealth therapy, psychotherapy, training and supervision.
Chante Meadows, MSW, LISW-S
1350 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 112, Columbus, OH 43212
Stone Counseling Services, LLC
Black owned business in Columbus that serves clients ages 8-21 who may be experiencing any stressors, behavioral issues, wanting support to reach goals or alleviating emotional distress.
Jeff Stone, MSW, LISW-S
2020 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Oh 43219
Therapy for Black Girls
Online space encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls; referral tool to find a therapist in your area.
The Loveland Foundation
Financial assistance to Black women & girls seeking therapy
Therapy for Black Men
Primarily a therapist directory for Black men seeking therapy; includes some resources and stories
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
Changing the perception of mental illness in the African American community by encouraging people to get the help they need; focuses on stigma/self-stigma reduction and building trust between
Black people and the mental health field.
Directory of mental health providers and programs that serve the Black community; includes therapists, support groups, etc., but also digital content, faith-based programs,
educational programs, etc.
- Ohio State Newark Office of Career Development
- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities: College2Careers
- Campus Corner Student Food Pantry
- Coshocton County Food Resources
- Food Pantry of Licking County
- Knox County Food Resources
- Knox County Food Pantry Locations
- Knox County – Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter
- Kno – Ho – Co – Ashland Community Action Commission – Housing
- Licking County Coalition for Housing
- Salvation Army Shelter Locater
Southeastern Ohio Legal Services
Local Department of Job & Family Services Websites:
- Coshocton County Health Department
- Coshocton Regional Medical Center
- Equitas Health (HIV/STI Testing)
- Knox County Public Health
- Knox Community Hospital
- Licking County Health Department
- Licking Memorial Health Systems
Mental Health Provider Lists:
- Coshocton County Community Mental Health Providers
- Knox County Community Mental Health Providers
- Licking County Community Mental Health Providers
Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Resources:
- Knox County – New Directions Shelter
- Licking County – The Center for New Beginnings
- Family Health Services of East Central Ohio
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline
- Victim Services of East Central Ohio
Emergency Financial Assistance
Ohio State University students can apply to receive Emergency Financial Assistance related to mental health treatment up to $3,000. This financial assistance can help students who accrue(d) mental health related expenses between March 14, 2020 – June 30, 2022. Here is some more information:
Approved mental health expenses:
- Intensive treatment programs (IOP, PHP)Counseling/therapy sessions
- Student health insurance premium—in order to receive mental health treatment
- Transportation costs to medical appointments/treatment
- Childcare costs associated with attend counseling/therapy sessions
- Currently enrolled Ohio State University student (undergraduate and graduate/professional). Note: online only programs and non-degree granting (such as Continuing Education) are NOT eligible.
- Students who are in all online courses as a result of the health crisis CAN receive funds.
- Students from all campuses are eligible.
- Must be enrolled in at least one (1) credit hour in a degree granting program.
- Must be a domestic student. Note: International students and DACA students are NOT eligible.
- Student must have a FAFSA on file and be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
- No financial need based requirement.
- Funding up to $3,000.
The link to the application can be found on the Ohio State University Student Advocacy Center’s website: http://advocacy.osu.edu/emergency-financial-assistance/. Students will be asked to provide documentation (receipts, invoices, etc.) in order to be considered for funding. The application will be available beginning Monday, May 10, 2021.
Disclaimers: While our office does our best to try to serve every student, we do have certain exceptions to students we are unable to serve.
We are not able to see students who are court ordered to treatment. If a student has any legal problems, court disputes, charges, or lawsuits that may require our staff to get involved, we do not offer opinions for court or provider letters for attorneys. We do not offer any psychological testing as we do not have psychologists on staff. We can provide diagnostic evaluations that are within our department’s scope of practice and based on our competency areas. Lastly, it is up to the therapist’s discretion whether they write an Emotional Service Animal (ESA) letter for a student who is requesting a letter for accommodations in a housing unit.
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
Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation
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. Mental wellness includes balancing our thoughts, emotions, physical, and spiritual selves. Counseling assists with achieving balance as a college student juggles academics, work, relationships, and self-care. Currently, requests for counseling are additionally reporting struggles with the symptoms of trauma and stress resulting from the current pandemic and/or the ongoing trauma of racial injustice.
Megan Hughett, MSW, LISW-S
Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation
Megan Hughett is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who earned her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University in 2015. Megan’s professional work has involved community mental health where she was previously a case manager, a therapist and a clinical coordinator. She enjoys working with diverse populations and is a strengths-based clinician. Her specialties include treating anxiety and depressive/mood disorders, ADHD, self-esteem/body image issues, grief/loss and trauma. Megan is client-centered and utilizes solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapies to assist her clients. Her therapeutic style is laid back, transparent, as well as goal focused. Megan is an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. She frequently implements self-care and stress management techniques in her sessions with clients.
Megan is looking forward to assisting you on your journey to well-being today!