Counseling Services

Counseling Services

​​​ Welcome to Counseling Services!

Student Life Counseling Services is a limited outpatient service. We do not have the full resources to treat urgent psychiatric situations onsite; therefore, some students may be directed to a facility with greater urgent care capacities.

Who is Eligible for Counseling?

Counseling services are free to currently enrolled students at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. College Credit Plus Students are not eligible for this service and should refer to their sponsoring high school for assistance.

Why Students Often Seek Counseling?

  • Family Conflicts or Turmoil
  • Loss and Grief
  • Academic Pressures or Testing Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse or assault
  • Body Image Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQ Concerns
  • Adjusting to college
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Relaxation Techniques

What Can I Expect in Counseling?

  • Counseling Services is interested in your personal, academic, and intellectual growth.  Some students meet with their counselor on a weekly basis, some on a bi-weekly basis, and others at varying intervals.
  • In these 50-minute sessions, you and your counselor talk about what is causing you to distress currently and explore ways to understand and alleviate these concerns. 
  • If you are 15 minutes or more late for your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.
  • Initially you will meet with the counselor who will collect preliminary information about you and your concerns. Together, you will decide on ways to address your concerns.
  • This may involve individual or group counseling, referral to a physician, or referral to a clinician outside the agency. 
  • Our services are provided on a voluntary basis (students choose to come to counseling), and you need not be referred by anyone to participate in the counseling process. 
David Wirt, M.Ed., ​LPCC-S


David Wirt, M.Ed., LPCC-S
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
(Please note email is not a confidential form of communication.)
Phone: 740-366-9464
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David Wirt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisor Endorsement licensed through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. David earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1990 and his Master's Degree in Education/Counseling from the University of Dayton in 1996. He has worked both in Social Work and Counseling as a therapist since 1995 and uses an eclectic approach to counseling to help identify individual needs and create helpful approaches to change. David enjoys the challenges of helping people with many issues including, but not limited to, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, OCD, Adjustment Disorders, Grief and Loss issues, and Family and Relationship concerns.


Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW


Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker

Office 740-755-7262
Email harris.137@cotc.edu 

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Stephayne Harris is a Licensed Independent Social Worker licensed through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Board. Stephayne received her MSW from The Ohio State University in 1991. Independently licensed since 1993, Stephayne has offered outpatient counseling in a variety of settings to people in central Ohio.

Anxiety and depression are the most common issues presented in counseling sessions. Managing stress can be quite a balancing act. Our emotions are a result of our thoughts: counseling can help us double check our thoughts for accuracy-we cannot believe everything we think! 

Community referrals are arranged for extended counseling or specialized services as needed.

Schedule An Appointment

To Schedule an appointment call: 740-364-9578

College Credit Plus Students should contact their sponsoring high school for assistance.​


Crisis Services

IF SAFETY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS IS AT RISK, CALL 9-1-1.

Issues that are not at imminent risk of harm to self or others may call 740-364-9578 during business hours to schedule an appointment.

Additional Crisis Resources

Ohio State University (Columbus location) Counseling and Consultation Service 614-292-5766

In Knox and Licking Counties: Dial 2-1-1 

24/7 suicide hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQI): 866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741

Crisis Text Line/The Steve Fund for young people of color: Text STEVE to 741741

Counseling Links:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Crisis Text Lines: www.crisistextline.org

The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org

Trans Lifeline: www.translifeline.org

The Jed Foundation:  www.jedfoundation.org

Veteran's Crisis Line: www.veteranscrisisline.net

Licking County Job and Family Services: www.lickingcountyjfs.com

Ohio Job and Family Services: www.jfs.ohio.gov

Tobacco Cessation: www.cotc.edu/Life/Documents/Tobacco_Cessation_Resources.pdf

Violence – Awareness and Prevention Guide: www.learnpsychology.org/now/violence/

Gambling Help: www.collegegambling.org

Student Mental Health Guide: www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-student-mental-health/

 

Campus Corner Student Food Pantry

Open to all Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State Newark Students in need.

Mondays: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesdays: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, Room 250

Student ID Required


Foster Scholars

Are you a student in college who has previously been placed in the foster care system and/or receiving assistance from the Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)? We have staff placed in key campus areas who are trained to understand your needs. For more information, contact David Wirt, Foster Care Liaison, at wirt.9@osu.edu, wirt.9@cotc.edu, or 740-366-9464.

ACTIVE MINDS NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

​The purpose of Active Minds​ is to use the student voice to increase awareness issues of mental health, symptoms of mental illness, and available resources in and around the Newark community; to become a point of reference for information on depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder; and to become a liaison between students and the mental health community through fact sheets, hosting and/or sponsoring charity fundraisers, guest speakers, and related events.

The Newark chapter of Active Minds is currently recruiting new students to join.​​ If you would like information on meetings and events, contact David Wirt, Counselor at Central Ohio Technical College. ​​

 

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