Counseling Services

Why should I seek Counseling?

It can be difficult to understand when it is appropriate to seek out counseling and information about mental health. These guidelines may be helpful.

  • Normal stress and adjustment. It is normal to experience some difficulties, discouragement, and self-doubt as you navigate through college.
  • Academic stress. The skills and strategies that helped you to do well in high school may not transfer seamlessly into the college setting. You may struggle with self-doubt and perfectionism as you continue to build and develop these necessary skills.  
  • Crisis. There may be times when your current stressors exceed your ability to cope. You should access mental health services when you feel overwhelmed or unable to manage these issues alone.
  • Prior mental health history. If you have been involved in counseling prior to college, you may benefit from continuing this practice while on campus.

Integrated Services

Counseling Services at the Wellness Center are provided by licensed mental health professionals. As part of an integrated collegiate health care team, we provide mental/behavioral health care that coordinates with medical services. We strive to address the whole person, not just one aspect of the student’s health care needs. Our work reflects a holistic approach to health care and wellness that is strengths-based and person-centered. Shared communication, as well as care coordination and management, provides a higher quality of care and support for the student.

We offer individual counseling, workshops and support group, consultation, crisis management, and outreach services. We participate in various planning initiatives within Student Development.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Counseling Services to promote the well-being of our students. Students’ mental and physical wellness impacts performance in the classroom, engagement in the community, and the ability to persist in college. We align with the strategic plan of Denison to be a benchmark campus by helping students develop habits of wellness that will be crucial to their long-term health well after graduation. We respect each student’s developmental needs and strive to promote student autonomy, accountability, and agency. We honor and embrace diversity and inclusion. We strive to reduce barriers to access mental health services for an increasingly diverse student body.

Counseling Staff

The counseling staff is comprised of experienced licensed mental health professionals from the fields of social work, counseling, or psychology. Sometimes we employ graduate level trainees for an academic year, and they are supervised by a licensed professional with supervisory status. While each clinician has particular strengths and practice preferences, all work from an evidence-based model. The ethical guidelines of our respective professions (social work, counseling, psychology) and the State of Ohio provide standards of practice for our work.

Contact Us


Please call 740-587-6200 and press #1 to schedule an appointment with a member of our medical or behavioral staff

*Given demand for student appointments, we ask that you cancel any appointment you are unable to attend.

Counseling “Walk-in Hour”:

No appointment necessary
Monday through Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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