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Counseling services


All students enrolled at ONU, full-time and part-time, are eligible for counseling services; wives and husbands of ONU students are eligible for counseling services if the problem is related to the martial relationship. There is no fee for our service.

Personal Counseling

The counseling staff provides a non-judgmental atmosphere of compassion and concern, where problems of any type can be examined and discussed. Here is a list of concerns students often discuss in personal counseling:

  • Not feeling connected to other students
  • Experiencing anxiety in the classroom and/or before tests
  • Feeling unmotivated
  • Inability to stay focused
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Feeling unusually sad
  • Experiencing insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Loss of appetite or compulsive eating
  • Loss of pleasure in life
  • Feelings of unworthiness
  • Feeling tired much of the time
  • Feeling lonely
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Loss of friendships
  • Anger outbursts and/or irritability
  • Personal and/or academic problems related to drugs and alcohol
  • Conflicts in romantic relationships
  • Coping with illness or death of someone close
  • Break-up in a relationship
  • Homesickness

Online Screening for Mental Health

The Counseling Center participates in an online screening program developed and coordinated by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. Screening is available for depression, anxiety, alcohol, and eating disorders. This anonymous screening is free and available to every Ohio Northern student. Immediately after completing each screening test, the student will receive a printable report to take to a professional in either the Counseling Center or Student Health Services for further evaluation. A screening test is not a substitute for an evaluation by a professional at the Counseling Center,but it can help a student identify whether or not he or she might want to seek further assistance. Use the keyword ONUNIVERSITY.

Career Counseling

Some students have difficulties choosing a college major or deciding on a career direction. Other students may have already chosen a major but are not as sure of their choice as they once were. Still others find that they are struggling academically in their major and decide that they need to choose another.


Counseling requires mutual trust and freedom to discuss sensitive issues without worry. For the vast majority of clients no exceptions to confidentiality are made. Counseling records are kept separate from academic, disciplinary and medical records to ensure privacy of confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality  include when students give written permission to disclose specific information, when students are assessed to be a danger to themselves or others, when records are subpoenaed or when reporting (for example, abuse or neglect of a minor) is required by law. Even in these cases, students would be informed if possible and no more information than is necessary would be released.

Career counseling usually starts with the identification and exploration of your interests, values, abilities and personality traits. This stage of counseling is usually supported by a variety of tests and inventories. You might complete interactive computer programs to further explore and clarify issues. The career counseling process usually identifies a number of college majors and occupational areas for you to consider.

Guidance in Stress Management

Because stress management can contribute to academic productivity and the quality of life, the Counseling Center offers guidance in stress management. This guidance includes counseling as well as instruction covering such topics as study skills, time management, coping skills, boundary issues, cognitive reframing, assertiveness training and relaxation techniques. The aim of this guidance is to help you develop an effective stress-management plan.

Outreach Programs

The counseling staff often makes presentations to campus groups on popular mental health topics. Examples of such topics include test anxiety, improving memory, weight control, improving relationships, personality assessment, stress management, coping with depression and study skills.


Counselors are available to consult with staff, faculty and students on a variety of student mental-health issues. Sometimes faculty members will consult a counselor about a student who may be experiencing problems. A Student may be concerned about a family member or friend. Counselors can also help individuals who are in conflict with one another.

Virtual Pamphlets

The virtual pamphlet collection is a compilation of booklets from different university counseling centers on various topics. Examples of topics include anxiety, grief, depression, stress, traumatic events, helping others, relationships and study skills. We hope these pamphlets provide you with helpful information. These brochures are not a substitute for counseling, so if you would like further assistance please contact the Ohio Northern University Counseling Center.

Off-Campus Referral Information

Counselors are available to meet with faculty, staff or students in providing information in regards to off-campus psychological, psychiatric or clinical counseling available to students in the surrounding area.