The Ohio State University at Newark

Counseling Services

Welcome to Student Life Counseling Services

Student Life Counseling Services is a limited outpatient service. We do not have the full resources to treat urgent psychiatric situations onsite; therefore, some students may be directed to a facility with greater urgent care capacities.

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.

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
  • Body Image Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQ Concern
  • Adjusting to college
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Relaxation Techniques

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 50-minute sessions, you and your counselor talk about what is causing you to 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 meet 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.

Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker

Office 740-755-7262
Email or

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!

On December 21, 2018, David Wirt, M.Ed., LPCC-S will be leaving the Newark Campus. If you have any questions regarding our counseling services please contact

Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW,
Office 740-755-7262
Email or

Scheduling An Appointment

To Schedule an appointment call: 740-364-9578

College Credit Plus Students should contact their sponsoring high school for assistance.


Issues that are not at imminent risk of harm to self or others may call 740-364-9578 during business hours to schedule an appointment.


Ohio State University (Columbus location) Counseling and Consultation Service 614-292-5766
In Knox and Licking Counties: Dial 2-1-1
24/7 suicide hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1
Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQI): 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741

Crisis Text Line/The Steve Fund for young people of color: Text STEVE to 741741


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Crisis Text Lines:
The Trevor Project:
Trans Lifeline:
The Jed Foundation:
Veteran's Crisis Line:
Licking County Job and Family Services:
Ohio Job and Family Services:
Tobacco Cessation:
Violence – Awareness and Prevention Guide:
Gambling Help:

Student Mental Health Guide:


Open to all Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State Newark Students in need.
Mondays: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Tuesdays: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, Room 250
Student ID Required


Are you a student in college who has previously been placed in the foster care system and/or receiving assistance from the Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)? We have staff placed in key campus areas who are trained to understand your needs. For more information, contact David Wirt, Foster Care Liaison, at,, or 740-366-9464.


The purpose of Active Minds is to use the student voice to increase awareness issues of mental health, symptoms of mental illness, and available resources in and around the Newark community; to become a point of reference for information on depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder; and to become a liaison between students and the mental health community through fact sheets, hosting and/or sponsoring charity fundraisers, guest speakers, and related events.

The Newark chapter of Active Minds is currently recruiting new students to join. If you would like information on meetings and events, contact David Wirt, Counselor at Central Ohio Technical College.


Drinking Self-Assessment
Anxiety Self-Assessment
Depression Self-Assessment
Disordered Eating Quiz