Am I eligible to use the Counseling Center?

All currently enrolled undergraduates, graduate assistants, law students and Lalanne teachers are eligible for services at no charge.  Graduate students, Intensive English Program participants and non-matriculated undergraduate students are eligible for services but pay a fee for the counseling center’s services.

Will I have to pay a fee to use the Counseling Center?

Current undergraduates, graduate assistants, law students and Lalanne teachers are eligible for services at no charge.

Graduate students, Intensive English Program participants and non-matriculated undergraduate students pay on a fee-for-service basis.


1st Session

Subsequent Sessions

Individual Therapy
Psychiatric Services

Is my problem serious enough to come to the Counseling Center?

A common myth about receiving counseling is that people must be really sick or distressed to benefit from services.  Our therapists certainly can work well with individuals undergoing serious mental health concerns, the majority of students are functioning rather well and simply benefit from working with an unbiased professional who is able to help them better understand and address their concerns. From stressors that first appear in college to those that might have occurred in the past, the Counseling Center is well-equipped with a friendly, helpful, and qualified staff to assist you when needed.

One of the most important elements to ensure success and enjoyment of your time during your undergraduate years is having a solid support system. This includes old and new friends, family, community members, and faith, in addition to the supportive resources provided at UD such as the Residence Life staff, Campus Ministry, professors, staff, the Dean of Students and the Counseling Center. Sometimes it is difficult to talk about highly personal and vulnerable matters with friends, family, and others. This is a big reason why counseling can be so helpful and effective, our therapists are here to address your concerns and do so in a safe, confidential environment.

When people think of counseling, images of older men with beards, clipboards, and couches often come to mind. This is not the case at the Counseling Center. Some of us may have facial hair but our sessions are typically seated conversations that are face to face. A lot of students are nervous about coming to counseling for the first time and often wait until matters become too overwhelming to manage alone.  Please give us a call if you're struggling, that's why we're here!

Will anyone know if I come to the Counseling Center?

Your clinician will not speak with your parents, teachers, friends, or anyone else about your confidential concerns without your written permission.
As you enter therapy, a client record or file is begun (separate from any university or health center record) which includes information about your history, treatment goals, progress and any testing results or correspondence which may occur.
Generally, information about you is not released from the Counseling Center unless you provide written consent.

Your privacy is protected unless the law requires that we do so. This might occur:

  • When a court order is received
  • If there is an emergency or a situation which threatens your life or the life of another
  • If evidence suggests endangerment to a minor or vulnerable adult
  • If you are a minor seeking services and we must have a parent's consent to treat you
  • When otherwise required by law

What are the benefits of seeking counseling?

Personal commitment to your own growth and change is crucial to success in counseling, also known as therapy. You can enhance your development by taking risks, such as disclosing information that is difficult to talk about, being open, honest, and actively participating. Between sessions you can think about what you have talked about and experienced during sessions, focus on the changes you want to make, and work on challenges that you and your therapist decide would be helpful.

How do I make an appointment at the Counseling Center?

Please call the Counseling Center at 937-229-3141, Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, excluding holidays, to schedule an appointment to see a therapist. If you would like to come in to schedule your appointment, we are located on the first floor of Gosiger Hall.

How long does it take to get a counseling appointment?

Typically, it will only be a few days for you to get an initial appointment with the Counseling Center but during very busy times it may be as long as a week or two.  Please call the Counseling Center at 937-229-3141 and the receptionist will help you to find a time that works with your schedule.

How long will my appointment take?

An initial intake appointment will take around 45 minutes. The first 15 minutes doing paperwork and the other 30 minutes talking with a therapist. All first counseling appointments and returning appointments take around 45 minutes.  First time psychiatric appointments are 60 minutes and follow up psychiatric appointments take about 30 minutes.

How many times can I see a therapist?

Students are not limited to a certain number of appointments.  It will be up to the therapist and student to decide how often the student needs to be seen.

How do I cancel or change an appointment?

In order to get the most out of your experience, you should personally commit to keeping appointments, being on time, and staying for each full 45-50 minute session.

We do understand that there are times where you may need to cancel and reschedule your appointment.  All that we ask is that you please contact us and cancel the appointment as far in advance as possible. You may do this by calling the Counseling Center 937-231-3141 or responding “cancel” to your email reminder. Because usually it is not beneficial to engage in shortened sessions, you will likely need to reschedule your appointment if you are more than 15 minutes late for your session.

Can I switch therapists?

If you feel that you are not connecting with your therapist you may call or stop by the front desk and ask to be reassigned to a different therapist.

Does the Counseling Center prescribe medication?

Our general therapists do not prescribe medication. The Counseling Center does provide psychiatry services and they are able to prescribe medications to clients who are in need. A student must be referred to the psychiatrist by a Counseling Center therapist.  It is the Counseling Center's policy that a student must continue therapy in order to continue receiving psychiatric services.

What if I just need medication?

In order to see a member of our psychiatric team, you must be actively involved in clinical treatment with a therapist at the Counseling Center and they will refer you to one of our psychiatric staff for an appointment. It is the Counseling Center’s policy that clients who see one of our psychiatric staff for medication must also participate in therapy.

Can I request a certain therapist?

If you have a particular request, please let the receptionist know this when you schedule your first appointment. Although we cannot always fulfill your request, when asked we do try to honor this request. However, the wait time for the appointment may be longer in this case.

How can I get the most out of my counseling sessions?

Maximize your progress by being an active participant as you work with your counselor.

  • Clarify your goals — write down your thoughts, be specific, and prioritize your concerns
  • Complete the brief assessment tool
  • Be descriptive about your concerns— this gives your counselor insight
  • Arrive on time and try not to miss your scheduled appointments — this maximizes the time you have with your counselor
  • Be open and honest, ask questions, and seek clarification
  • Let your counselor know if you are feeling worse
  • Be honest about safety concerns — your safety is our priority
  • Make time to think about the things you have discussed with your counselor in between sessions
  • Follow through on homework assignments from your counselor — practice strategies and skills discussed in your session, and keep a journal

Counseling Center

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0910