Counseling Services

On-Campus Services

Our professional team are licensed clinicians from the fields of psychology, counseling, social work, chemical dependency, psychiatry, and nutrition. We are a confidential resource on campus, and there is no cost for counseling services.

Individual Counseling

Ultimately, students are the agents of their mental health. Entering into counseling with a licensed clinician is a collaborative effort, which is available to all students at Denison. 

Same-Day Appointments for Urgent Concerns

For immediate or urgent concerns, you can meet with a licensed clinician for a same-day appointment. These brief meetings can help deescalate immediate distress and identify resources and supports. Same-day appointments are available every weekday.

24/7 Crisis Line

For urgent or immediate concerns after business hours, you can connect with a licensed clinician through our crisis phone line at 740-587-6647. Students can access the crisis line whether at home, on campus, or studying abroad. For additional support lines, view additional resources.

Psychiatric Care

Our team includes medical providers who are able to prescribe and manage most medications for students. A combination of counseling and medication management may be most helpful for managing symptoms and improving overall wellbeing. Appointments with our psychiatric providers are free, however there are costs associated with prescribed medications.

Nutrition Services

Students with concerns related to appetite, eating habits, and body image may benefit from additional medical, nutritional and dietary support. If you do not have a primary doctor, students with these concerns may schedule a medical appointment to discuss them. In addition, our registered dietitian can meet with you to discuss nutritional goals, weight management, and dietary planning. Referrals are required for all dietician appointments. Your healthcare team can make the required dietician referrals.

Help Others in Distress

Counseling staff can consult with members of the Denison community about counseling or mental health related concerns pertaining to a student. As always, our confidentiality policies are in place. Contact the Wellness Center for more information or report a concern for a student.

Groups & Training

More Tools to Help Develop Holistic Wellbeing

People are multidimensional. Denison’s holistic approach to wellbeing embraces physical and mental wellbeing, as well as academic, career, financial, spiritual, social, food security and safety wellness.

Off-campus well-being resources

To help students thrive when they are off campus, Denison provides a list of curated resources for counseling and psychiatric care.

Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

You can learn how to recognize signs of distress, respond to students of concern, and refer them to campus and local mental health resources. Counseling Services staff offers students, staff, and faculty training using The Jed Foundation’s “You Can Help” programs. If you are interested in organizing a presentation for your team or organization, contact us at

ADHD & Academic Anxiety

The Productivity Circle is a group workshop that provides support to students with academic struggles or difficulties managing ADHD symptoms. Students can learn strategies for time management, find ways to help with organization, and form connections with one another. For more information or to sign up, email Jennifer Vestal.

Meet the Counseling Services Team


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