Oglethorpe University Counseling Center
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.”
-Brené Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection
Heal. Grow. Discover. Strengthen. Challenge. Explore.
Oglethorpe University Counseling Center offers mental health, wellness, and consultation services to support the campus community and current students’ pursuit of their academic and personal goals. Programs are designed to empower and motivate students to think and promote change about issues relating to health and wellness.
Voicemail and Text available for scheduling: 470-231-5836.
We encourage students to contact us to discuss counseling needs as soon as possible, especially freshmen who have been receiving services in high school.
The Counseling Center will work remotely (via Zoom) for the foreseeable future. The pandemic requires physical distancing and wearing masks that are not conducive to face-to-face counseling.
Students Living Out of State
Georgia State Licensing laws prohibit mental health clinicians from providing services to clients who are not in Georgia, even if enrolled in a university within the state of Georgia. All enrolled students may participate in support groups. We apologize that we are unable to provide individual counseling or e-coach services to students not located in Georgia at this time. We are available to assist students in securing affordable services near where they are staying.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for referral assistance.
Supporting Student Growth and Life Satisfaction
What is counseling?
The generic term “counseling” often refers to individual therapy, when a client meets with a trained professional to get help with problems. Sometimes, that is what counseling is about. The Oglethorpe Counseling Center provides such 1:1 sessions but we do much more. See the Services page to learn more about Individual Counseling, Groups, Coaching, Drop-in hours and other opportunities.
Counseling is not just about problems. The Counseling Center provides a confidential space for you to discuss whatever is on your mind. It is a place where you can speak to a caring adult with special training and experience in assisting others and be assured the conversations will be private. Your counselor will not speak to other faculty, staff, or students about your participation in counseling. If you are at least 18 years old, your counselor will not speak to your parents without your permission. See Confidentiality page for exceptions based on safety. See Minors page for instructions for students under age 18.
All students enrolled at Oglethorpe and currently residing in Georgia may use Counseling Center services.
Consultation is available for faculty, staff, and parents who are concerned about a currently enrolled Oglethorpe student.
All Counseling Center Services are free
Common concerns that students bring to counseling
- Relationship issues
- Personal growth
- Identity exploration
- Body image issues
- Low self-confidence
- Depression and anxiety
- Controlling the use of alcohol and other drugs
- Adjustment to college
- Academic difficulties and career indecision
- Assault/ rape or other trauma
Oglethorpe University Counseling Center is dedicated to providing culturally-affirming services to the OU community, serving all students in a manner that supports their inherent dignity, worth, and value. We strive to create an atmosphere of openness and safety, where diverse attitudes, beliefs and values can be explored. We work to educate ourselves on issues related to power, privilege, institutionalized oppression and discrimination. We recognize that issues related to diversity influence students’ mental health and personal growth and we strive to help students grow and flourish in an inclusive environment where diversity is embraced and celebrated. As professional mental health therapists, we take active steps to be culturally self-aware and to challenge our own biases. We embrace this learning as an on-going, ever-evolving process and welcome feedback individually and to the Counseling Center as a whole when we are not living up to these ideals.
Black Lives Matter!
The Counseling Center supports undocumented students!
The Counseling Center supports LBGTQ students!
In case of emergency, call 911.
On-campus, contact Campus Safety at 404-504-1998 when it’s safe to do so.
- Mental Health Crisis Hotlines
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741
- Georgia Crisis & Access Line: 1-800-715-4225
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ students: 1-866-488-7386