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What services does the Counseling Department offer?
The counseling department at Ohio Dominican University offers free and confidential counseling services to all full-time and part-time students.  College students often find it helpful to talk to someone during their time at school, and the Wellness Center is open Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.  Some common counseling themes include stress management, relationship issues, academic concerns, mental health difficulties, severe anxiety, and depression.

Are the counselors credentialed?
Yes. We have two full-time Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) who are credentialed by the state of Ohio to work with mental and emotional disorders. Additionally, Counseling Services often has part-time interns that are under supervision and credentialed as counselors-in-training.

How do I make an appointment with a counselor?
You can schedule an appointment by calling 614-251-4570 or visiting by the Wellness Center, located in the Bishop Griffin Student Center, room 235. Appointments generally last for one hour. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m – 5 p.m. during the school year.

Can I see a counselor without an appointment?
Counselors normally see students by appointment, except in cases of emergency.

Am I assigned a particular counselor?
Students normally see one counselor during their time at ODU. Unless you have a specific request, we will pair you with the counselor that best fits your unique needs and schedule.

How much does it cost?
Counseling services are free for students.

Will a record of my counseling services be kept confidential?
Any information shared between you and your counselor will be kept confidential.  The right to release any information regarding your case belongs to you and information can only be released by your authority and written consent.  The Wellness Center does not disclose counseling records, attendance, progress, or otherwise to any person, including academic records.  There are exceptions to confidentiality which your counselor can discuss with you.

What should I do in case of emergency or other urgent situation?
In case of emergency, always call 911 first.  If you are on campus, call Public Safety at 251-4700 to assist you before notifying Counseling Services.

What should I expect from counseling?
The counselor will talk to you about the issues and help you to identify your own personal goals for counseling. For example, this could be improving how you manage feelings, or dealing more effectively with relationships.

Counseling works best as a collaboration between you and the counselor. The counselor may ask questions to help understand your feelings and thoughts and how they affect your life. The counselor may make direct suggestions or may refer you to a more appropriate professional.