Services Offered

Please note that groups are not for students to gather information for their research/projects/class assingments. 

***BIPOC Drop-in support group will not meet 4/3/2023***

The Counseling Center offers a variety of services to support student success. While some services are available only to currently enrolled BGSU students e.g. process group, brief short-term individual therapy, structured groups, and alcohol and other drug counseling. The Counseling Center offers consultation and outreach to all members of the BGSU community including faculty, staff, and parents/families.  There are no additional fees for the services offered by the Counseling Center. Below is a list and description of our current services.

The Counseling Center welcomes all students. We aspire to respect cultural, individual, and role differences. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive and affirming climate for individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, gender identities, sexual/affectional orientations, religions, ages, abilities, sizes, socioeconomic statuses, languages, and cultures.

Individual Counseling

The Counseling Center offers brief short-term individual therapy to students for a variety of personal concerns. Most students are able to meet their goals for counseling in less than one semester. Many students find that the initial meeting itself is all they need to explore and clarify their feelings and options.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is an excellent form of counseling that been shown to be as effective, and at times, more effective, than individual counseling. Groups not only offer students opportunities to get support and feedback from others, but they are also designed to facilitate healing, learning, and change. Some groups address general concerns, while others focus on specific concerns such as body image or managing emotional ups and downs. The Counseling Center typically offers several counseling groups based on student need and demand.

Current Counseling Groups

Relationship Counseling

The Counseling Center offers relationship counseling which can help address concerns that may cause difficulties in a romantic relationship(s). Relationship counseling can offer students the opportunity to gain insight into the dynamics of their relationship(s), refine communication skills, and develop skills necessary to resolve future conflicts.  

Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention Services

The Counseling Center offers individual screening for alcohol and other drug concerns, individual and group counseling, education, consultation and referral for BGSU students. These services are free to all students who come in on their own. There is a $200 fee for students sanctioned by the Office of the Dean of Students or court ordered. To set up an appointment or ask questions please contact the Counseling Center.

Student Assistance & Advocacy (SAA)

Student Assistance & Advocacy assists students in overcoming obstacles they encounter by problem solving and identifying solutions. It serves the needs of students by providing referrals, coordination, and follow-up beyond counseling services to link with community mental health and social service agencies.  SAA also assists students in navigating the university procedures and coordinating services for students involved with several BGSU offices. The Student Assistance & Advocacy Specialist is the Ohio Reach liaison for BGSU and works with former foster youth to orient them to supports on and off campus.


Students may be introduced to resources which offer more or different services from those available through the Counseling Center. Referrals may be made to other offices on campus or to professionals off campus.

Consultation & Crisis Intervention

Counselors are available during normal office hours to consult with students, faculty, staff, parents/families, or others who are concerned about the well-being of BGSU students. Counselors are also available to assist students in the aftermath of campus crises or tragedies.

Community Intervention

Outreach programming and psychoeducational workshops are periodically offered. The Counseling Center offers a variety of training and professional development presentations for many University departments and organizations. An Outreach request can be made by anyone on campus including Residence Life staff, instructors, and student groups by completing the Counseling Center Program Request Form.

Psychoeducation & Support Groups

  • Flexible Falcons (Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
  • OUT Falcons (LGBTQIA+ Support Group)
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Support Group
  • International Student Support Group
  • Recovery Support Group
  • Sexual Trauma Support Group
  • Body Image Support Group
  • Neurodivergent Support Group
  • BGSU Belonging Chats
  • FSL Support Group
  • Graduate Student Support Group

For information about requesting services described above, refer to:

Help Us to Help You: A guide to making referrals and requesting services

Updated: 03/28/2023 08:53AM