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Counseling Services

Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness is staffed by state-licensed, professional clinical counselors. They are here to help students with mental health concerns. They are committed to supporting these needs by providing a wide range of services, including individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, prevention, and crisis intervention services for undergraduate and graduate students.

Emotional health is a critical topic for college students - particularly considering the traumatic experiences our society is facing.  We know that making your first appointment with a therapist can be scary. It may even be the most difficult step in your journey to wellness. You are not alone. We support you and will be with you as you take steps to improve your mental health and well-being.

Please call 740.376.4477 or email if you would like to learn more about treatment options and to schedule an appointment.

Services Offered

Counseling services are provided for many issues, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Stress
  • Mental health issues (anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc.)
  • Sleep problems
  • Coping with new and/or difficult medical diagnoses
  • Learning, attention, and/or memory problems
  • Behavioral changes (diet/exercise, quitting smoking, alcohol use concerns)
  • Family, relationship, and friendship issues
  • Stressors related to LGBTQ identity
  • Gender-based/harassment/violence concerns
  • Homesickness
  • Victimization
  • Grief/Loss
  • Academic/Job struggles
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem issues

In-person sessions, as well as Telehealth appointments, are available. Referrals can be made, when needed, to outside services including psychiatry and inpatient care.

Planning for Counseling
  1. Schedule an appointment
    1. Call the Center for Health and Wellness at 740-376-4477 or email to schedule and appointment.
  2. Fill out paperwork
    1. You will receive intake forms and consents via your student health portal. These can be completed online and returned via the portal.
  3. Arrive promptly for your appointment
    1. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment to finalize any last-minute paperwork.
  4. Your initial meeting
    1. The initial intake appointment is a one-hour in-person appointment that will allow you to discuss your immediate concerns confidentially with a counselor. Your counselor will talk with you about why you scheduled the appointment and will work with you to evaluate what services and campus resources will be most helpful for you. Some students find that this initial appointment is sufficient to resolve their immediate concerns. Others may require ongoing support. If further services would be beneficial, your counselor will discuss why this recommendation is being suggested and work with you to answer any questions you may have. These additional services may include resources offered by the Counseling Center or referral to a community resource.
  5. Schedule a follow-up appointment
    1. After you and your counselor decide on a treatment plan together, you will decide on a day/time/schedule for future appointments.

Counseling FAQs

Do I need an appointment?

All patients need to schedule an appointment in order to be seen. Crisis walk-ins will be allowed if necessary.

How do I make an appointment?

Call the Center for Health and Wellness at 740.376.4477 or email to make an appointment.

Does it cost anything to come to the Student Health Center?

No! All counseling services provided by Marietta College are included in fees collected with your tuition. If referrals are necessary for additional treatment and/or medication those would be billed through insurance by local agencies.

Will anyone find out if I come in for an appointment?

All Student Health Center appointments are confidential, and no information can be given without the patient's written consent.

What if I can’t make my appointment?

If you are unable to keep an appointment that you previously scheduled, please call as soon as possible to notify staff so that another student can take your place.

How many sessions do I get?

The Counseling Center provides an unlimited amount of appointments. The counselor and the student will determine the frequency of appointments. When school is not in session, all counselors are licensed through the state of Ohio, which allows them to provide services to anyone currently in the state either via telehealth or in person, if local.

What if I don’t like my therapist?

Psychotherapy is very much based on the client's relationship with their counselor. If you feel uncomfortable with your counselor or have a problem, you can request a switch of providers within the center.

What is the counselor’s availability to students?

Depending on the time of year, students are generally seen within a week of calling for an initial appointment. Students may have to wait a little longer during peak usage times, such as in October/November and March/April. Our staff is aware that situations requiring immediate attention do exist. We offer same-day crisis services designed to assist students who are confronting life-threatening circumstances, current or recent traumatic crises, and/or serious emotional distress. A counselor will work with the student to stabilize the situation and schedule a follow-up appointment as needed.

What kind of issues do students bring to the Counseling Center?

Students come to the counseling center for many reasons. Many have concerns related to common developmental issues that arise during the college years, including adjustment to college, dependence, independence, autonomy, making friends, dating, identity, career, and changing values. At times students have more significant problems coping and may be struggling with depression, anxiety, difficulties with eating or sleeping, eating-disordered behavior, substance abuse or addiction, and serious problems with school work. Our staff can meet with students to come to a mutual understanding of counseling needs in these situations, some of which may warrant long-term counseling and consultation about off-campus psychiatric services.

Is the Counseling Center staff available to speak with parents?

Our staff understands that parents may have concerns and wish to communicate information or consult with us about their concerns. In the event that a parent wishes to speak to their student’s therapist, a signed release of information must be obtained from the student. If a release is not signed, no information or even confirmation of the student’s participation in the center’s services can be confirmed. The center is strongly committed to maintaining confidentiality as required by Ohio law. The only exceptions are that counselors are required to report current child, elder, or disabled person’s abuse and to make appropriate notifications when there is an imminent risk to a person’s life or safety.

Does the Center for Health and Wellness prescribe medications for ADHD/ADD?

No, we do not prescribe medications for ADHD / ADD. We will refer the student to our local hospital’s outpatient Department of Psychiatry if a prescription is needed. The CHW will acknowledge a student’s symptoms and make a referral for additional treatment and possible medication.