We provide counseling and consultation to currently enrolled full time Otterbein students. Counselors work from a short-term therapy model, and meet with students up to five sessions per academic year, based on specific clinical needs. There is no charge for appointments. We have professional relationships with Otterbein's Health Center and with mental health providers in the local community, and can refer students for adjunctive therapy, medication evaluation, or specialized care as needed.
When students first come to Otterbein, if they have been in ongoing counseling or under the care of a physician for mental health medications management, we invite you to come meet our Counseling Center staff and discuss continuing care options.
What is counseling?
Counseling--or therapy as it is sometimes called--is a relationship between you and your counselor. It requires mutual trust. You trust that your counselor will listen respectfully and attentively, and is knowledgeable about ways to help you change so you can feel better. Your therapist trusts that you will be honest and willing to work hard to change.
Together with your counselor, you will pursue the following goals:
- Identify and reach clarity about what is troubling you;
- Invest effort into changing perspective, thoughts, feelings or behaviors;
- Tolerate some discomfort that sometimes comes with making changes; and
- Celebrate progress and successes as they occur.
Our counselors are skilled in helping you to open up and share your thoughts and feelings. Once in awhile there may be a mismatch between your style and your therapist's. If you feel that is the case, we ask that you discuss it with your counselor. When appropriate, you may change counselors in order to find a better fit.
Students seek help for many different reasons. Our staff has experience working with a wide range of multicultural populations. We do our best to intentionally attend continuing education seminars which provide information to keep us aware of and specifically sensitive to current psycho-social issues and treatments. If there is a pocket of cultural knowledge we are missing, please let us know so we can seek further education.
We are committed to treating each student with dignity, respecting their individual and unique concerns. Thank you for placing your trust in us.