The Counseling Center offers a variety of services to support student success. While individual and group counseling are available only to currently enrolled BGSU students, the Center offers consultation and outreach to all members of the BGSU community including faculty, staff, and parents. There are no additional fees for the services offered by the Counseling Center. Below is a list and description of our services.
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The Counseling Center offers brief individual therapy to students for a variety of personal concerns. Most students are able to meet their goals for counseling in less than 16 sessions and are seen for 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 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 an 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 a relationship break-up. The Counseling Center typically offers several counseling groups based on student need and demand.
The Counseling Center offers couples counseling which can help address concerns that may cause difficulties in a romantic relationship. Couples counseling can offer students the opportunity to gain insight into the dynamics of their relationship, refine communication skills, and develop skills necessary to resolve future conflicts.
Alcohol and 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 and Crisis Intervention
Counselors are available during normal office hours to consult with students, faculty, staff, parents, 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.
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.