What is Counseling?
Counseling gives you the opportunity to maximize your potential by addressing personal, social, emotional, and/or academic concerns. For more serious concerns such as mood disorders, anxiety, disordered eating, substance abuse, etc., the counselor will work collaboratively with medical providers in The Wellness Center at Whisler Hall.
Counseling is an active process in which you implement new behaviors, skills, and insights. There are many reasons to seek counseling. You and your behavioral health provider will work together to define realistic goals and explore available options. Counseling may be short-term for concerns that can come to a quick resolution, or long-term for more complex problems. A referral may be made to outside community resources if The Wellness Center at Whisler Hall cannot provide the appropriate level of care.
Many concerns are best addressed in groups. We offer several groups and workshops on specific topics. You and your counselor may decide a group workshop is an effective course of action for you.
Why should I seek Counseling?
It can be hard to understand when 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 your new academic skills. You can find help at the Academic Resource Center.
- 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 accessed counseling prior to college, you may benefit from continuing this practice while you are here.
Our behavioral health team 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 practices for our work. Biographies of our clinicians are available by clicking the particular name.
Schedule an appointment: You can schedule individual counseling sessions by appointment by calling 740-587-6200 (Press #1 for scheduling). Sessions are usually 45-50 minutes, bi-weekly, Monday-Friday. Some evening hours are available.
Please come 15 minutes early to your first appointment. You will be greeted by our client service representative. Before you see your counselor, you will need to complete a standard general information intake form. Your information is confidential. You will be asked to read and sign a counseling services Informed Consent Form to make you aware of our policies regarding the confidentiality and informed consent. This intake paperwork is valid for one academic year.
On-Call Crisis Intervention: Counseling Services offers walk-in hours Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM. After business hours, a behavioral health provider is available on-call. This provider can be accessed by calling the triage nurse at 740.587.6200.
Psychiatric Services: The Wellness Center at Whisler Hall contracts with an on-site psychiatrist, by referral from one of our medical or behavioral health professionals.
Consultation & Outreach: Counseling services provide consultations for campus staff and faculty. Behavioral health staff provides outreach programming on issues such as suicide prevention and managing stress. Staff may provide referrals to community providers as necessary to meet the needs of students. On-going groups and workshops also address some of these issues.
External Referrals: If your recommended level of care falls outside of our scope of practice, we can help you connect to a provider in the community.
We have partnered with ThrivingCampus, an online referral resource designed to help college counseling centers connect with local mental health providers. You can narrow the provider list based on distance, practice areas, accepted insurances, etc. The default location for the map is set at Denison University, though you can change the location to find providers across the country. Note: Maximum search radius is set at 20 miles. To find additional providers in the Columbus area, change the location setting under the distance feature.
Services are not available when we are CLOSED during Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer breaks.
Our mission is 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.
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: