The ONU Counseling Center is a place where you can come to share personal concerns. These are years when you may be confronted with very real questions about yourself, about your relationships with others and about your plans for the future. The Counseling Center is a place where you can talk to someone and work out solutions and explore options.
Everyone enrolled at ONU is eligible for counseling services. Both individual and couples counseling are available. There are no fees for these services.
We adhere to a professional code of ethics in providing confidential services. Information, including whether or not you have received counseling, will not be released without your written consent. Exceptions to this arise when parental consent is required to provide services to a minor or if someone’s safety is a concern.
We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere of compassion and concern where problems of any type can be examined and discussed. Some issues commonly dealt with include:
- Feeling depressed or unmotivated
- Feeling anxious, worried or stressed
- Traumatic experiences
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sadness and grief
- Problems with roommate
- Relationship issues
- Feelings of low self-worth
- Academic Stress
- Time management
- Substance/alcohol abuse or dependence
- Loss of appetite or compulsive eating
PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS
We are available to make presentations to campus groups. Popular topics include:
- Signs and symptoms of depression
- Stress reduction and relaxation
- Assertiveness training
- Improving relationships
- Improving self-esteem
- Sexual assault/date rape awareness/education
- Time management
- Suicide prevention awareness
Appointments for counseling can be made by contacting our administrative assistant by phone, email or in person.
Concerned faculty, staff, parents or friends may refer a student to the Counseling Center by phone or email. We are also available for consultation to discuss concerns about a student. However, once a student is referred to us, we cannot discuss the particulars of his/her situation, or even acknowledge the fact that counseling is being provided, without written consent by the student.
If a student is in crisis, the Counseling Center staff will see the student immediately. Otherwise, it is best to make an appointment with the administrative assistant.
OTHER CAMPUS RESOURCES
We are a part of the Office of Student Affairs at ONU, and we provide support assistance to you by working closely with the following offices:
- Vice President for Student Affairs
- Dean of Students
- Student Health Center
- Residence Life
- Chapel and the Chaplain
- Multicultural Center
- Student Development/Leadership
- Career Services
- Public Safety
- SART (Student Affairs Response Team)