Counseling Services

Counseling Services

​​​ Welcome to Counseling Services!

Central Ohio Technical College has implemented modified campus operations that began Monday, March 23, and will continue indefinitely. The university remains open for business remotely – all campus buildings are closed to the public and no in-person services will be available.

The Office of Student Life will continue to serve students via phone and email contact. All face to face contact with students is suspended until our campus can safely resume regular operations. This includes Counseling Services. For students who are currently using counseling services, you may interact with your counselor via phone, Zoom and email. We are maintaining our regular office hours for communications with us.

Students who haven't used our services this semester can call our main Student Life number at 740.364.9578 and request a phone consultation. You will be given a time that works for you. The assigned counselor will call you at the scheduled time.

  • Immediate crisis concerns, call 911.
  • For locating resources near you, call 211.
  • Remember you can text "start" to 741741 to text with a volunteer at The Crisis Textline.

See additional links to resources below.

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. 

Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW

Stephayne Harris, MSW, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker

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


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.


Megan Hughett, MSW, LISW
Mental Health Counselor

Office 740-755-7307
Email hughett.12@mail.cotc.edu


Megan Hughett is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who earned her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University in 2015. Megan’s professional work has involved community mental health where she was previously a case manager, a therapist and a clinical coordinator. She enjoys working with diverse populations and is a strengths-based clinician. Her specialties include treating anxiety and depressive/mood disorders, ADHD, self-esteem/body image issues, grief/loss and trauma. Megan is client-centered and utilizes solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapies to assist her clients. Her therapeutic style is laid back, transparent, as well as goal focused. Megan is an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. She frequently implements self-care and stress management techniques in her sessions with clients.

Megan is looking forward to assisting you on your journey to well-being today.


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


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/


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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

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