Counseling Services


Welcome to Counseling Services

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We are so glad you’re here!

The therapists of Counseling Services provide treatment to all enrolled Central Ohio Technical College students. Services provided include individual therapy, group therapy (on an as needed basis), education/consultation, on-campus referrals, and off-campus referrals within the community. All of these services are free and confidential.


Quick Counseling

Free, confidential 20-minute sessions.

Drop-in sessions do not require an appointment or any previously completed paperwork. Sessions are available first-come, first-served. 

Spring Semester 2023
Sessions start the week of Jan. 16 and continue until the end of the semester.
Monday–Thursday: 10–11 a.m. and 2–3 p.m.

John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, Office of Student Life, Suite 226

For more information: 740.364.9578 or


Walk the Balanced Path

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

Do you have a difficult time managing feelings?
Feel lost when you try to be assertive with others?
Want to learn healthy coping skills? 

Counseling Services is hosting an 8-10 week Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group during spring 2023 semester starting on Feb. 7 for all COTC and Ohio State Newark students. The group meets weekly from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Warner Center 230. Students will learn how to regulate their emotions, assert themselves with others and practice mindfulness skills. Students can join the group until Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. 

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Questions? Contact Megan Hughett, MSW, LISW-S


Student Organizations

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Student organizations have a significant impact in providing effective learning environments for students, preparing them to live in a multicultural society and work in a global community. If you have an interest in joining either of these two organizations sponsored by the Counseling Services office, please contact us.


Counseling Services Staff

Students experience a wide variety of concerns during their time at college. The Office of Student Life’s Counseling Services staff can be a helpful resource in identifying their mental health needs.

Charles DePriest, MA, LPCC-S

Licensed Mental Health Therapist

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Charles DePriest is a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of Ohio. He attended Ashland Theological Seminary earning his master’s degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling, and attended Mount Union University for his undergraduate degree. Charley has 20 years of experience as a counselor working in numerous settings including residential treatment, private practice and community mental health. Most recently, he worked at Columbus State Community College serving as a counselor and then as a supervisor to the Counseling Services Department.  He uses a number of different treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, a client centered focus, brief solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing.  He is also experienced in crisis intervention and in helping client’s begin treatment in drug and alcohol counseling. He enjoys working with college students, meeting them where they are at, and providing support and direction to promote their interpersonal growth and increased well-being.   

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Stephayne Harris, MSW, LISW-S

Licensed Independent Social Worker, with Supervision Designation

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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.

Mental wellness includes balancing our thoughts, emotions, physical and spiritual selves. Counseling assists with achieving balance as a college student juggles academics, work, relationships and self-care. Currently, requests for counseling are additionally reporting struggles with the symptoms of trauma and stress resulting from the current pandemic and/or the ongoing trauma of racial injustice.

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Megan Hughett, MSW, LISW-S

Licensed Independent Social Worker, with Supervision Designation

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Megan Hughett is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation who earned her MSW from The Ohio State University in 2015. She also previously attended The Ohio State Newark campus during her graduate program. Megan attended Ohio University – Zanesville campus for her undergraduate degree in Children & Family Developmental Studies with a minor in Communication Studies.

Megan’s professional work has mostly involved working in various community mental health agencies where she held roles as a case manager, therapist, and clinical coordinator/supervisor. She enjoys working with diverse populations, and is a strengths-based and trauma-informed clinician.

Her specialties include treating anxiety disorders, depressive/mood disorders, ADHD, grief/loss focused issues, and trauma. Megan utilizes interventions from Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist her clients reach their treatment goals.

Her therapeutic style is laid back, transparent, as well as goal focused. Megan has also recently gained basic training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. Megan is an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. She frequently implements self-care and stress management techniques in her sessions with clients.

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