The Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness (CHW) provides individual, couples’ and group counseling focused on a range of clinical issues. The CHW has a diverse professional staff that works from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Marietta College students come to the CHW for a wide variety of reasons. Some students find that talking with a counselor once is sufficient to resolve the immediate concern. Many of the students who come into the CHW are experiencing academic difficulties, including time management issues, concentration problems, lack of motivation, or questions about study skills. Some students are having trouble adjusting to college life or are having a conflict with a roommate or their parents. Many of our clients have a specific concern related to depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance abuse, eating concerns or a similar clinical issue. For more information, please contact the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness at (740) 376-4477.

Types of Counseling

Our counseling center is staffed by state licensed, professional clinical counselors. We are here to help students with mental health concerns. We 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. (Add link to “planning for counseling.”) It may even be the most difficult step in your journey to wellness. You are not alone. We support you and will be right there along with you as you take steps to improve your mental health and well-being.

Please call Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness if you would like to learn more about treatment options and to schedule an appointment.

Phone: 740.376.4477

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, 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. To schedule an appointment, call the CHW (Center for Health and Wellness) at 740-376-4477 or email
  2. Filling 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. Arriving at your appointment
    1. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment to finalize any last-minute paperwork.
  4. Going in for your initial meeting
    1. The initial intake appointment is a one-hour in-person appointment that will provide you with an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about your immediate concerns. Your counselor will talk with you about some of the reasons 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 the immediate concern. Others may require ongoing support. If further services would be beneficial, your counselor will talk with you about 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. Scheduling follow up appointments
    1. After you and your counselor decide on a treatment plan together you will decide on a day/time/schedule for future appointments.

Counseling FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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 CHW (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 written consent of the patient.

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 frequency of appointments will be determined by the counselor and the student. 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 relationship the client has with their counselor. If you do not feel comfortable with your counselor or have a problem with the counselor, you are able to 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. During peak usage times, such as in October/November and March/April, students may have to wait a little longer. Our staff is aware that situations requiring immediate attention do exist. We do offer same-day crisis services that are 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 has a strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality, in fact, Ohio law requires it. 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 CHW prescribe medications for ADHD/ADD?

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

Counseling Resources



  • Headspace
  • Exhale
  • Unplug: Meditation
  • Insight Timer
  • Finch - self care app
  • Plant Nanny - track daily water intake



Intrusive Thoughts



Bipolar Disorders

Dating/Intimate Partner Violence




Self Harm

Sexual Violence


Emergency Numbers & Hotlines
  • Life Threatening Emergency: call 911
  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: call 988
    • Confidential, free 24/7 support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Local Crisis Hotline: call 740-373-8240
  • Suicide Prevention: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • OHIO Crisis TEXT Line: text 4HOPE to 741741
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • Confidential, free 24/7 treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental
      and/or substance use disorders.
  • 24 Hr. Opioid Hotline: text Opioid to 898211 to connect with local resources
  • Trevor Project Lifeline/LGBTQ Hotline: call 1-866-488-7386 / visit
  • Trans Hotline: call 1-877-565-8860
  • SAFEline: call 1-512-267-SAFE (7233) / text 737-888-7233
    • Confidential, free 24/7 support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking & child abuse.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: call 1-800-656-4673
  • Get Local Help: call 211 / text your zip code to 898-211
    • Confidential, free, 24/7 information service connecting you to local resources and assistance
Campus Resources
  • Center for Health & Wellness
    • Phone: 740-376-4477 / Email:
      Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Location: Harrison Hall, entrance on Seventh Street by the 2 large pillars
  • MCPD (Marietta College Police Department): 740-376-3333
  • The CARE Team (Collaboration, Assessment, Response, Engagement)
    • A multidisciplinary group helping at-risk students obtain the needed support and assistance to be
      successful at Marietta College. For more info, contact Suzanne Walker or Amanda Mullen through Navigate.
  • Marietta Mindset Club
    • Student led club promoting positive mental health activities and education for students.
  • Manage Your College Stress Peer Support Group
    • Meets the first and third Monday of each month, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Andrews Hall.