Individual Counseling

“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.”
-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Individual therapy is generally time-limited but strict session limits have been eliminated. Services will be based on each student’s specific needs. Feel free to read counselor profiles and request a specific counselor. We will make every effort to accommodate these requests. Individual counseling is only available to students residing in Georgia. Contact for referrals near you if you are not residing in Georgia.

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Empowerment Coaching

Empowerment Coaching (E-Coaching) is a new program for students seeking to achieve specific goals related to education, school-related activities/concerns and/or life situations. The primary goal for E-coaching is helping students develop skills that can be used independently in order to continue to achieve their goals.

For example, the desire to improve sleep or to improve time management are appropriate goals for e-coaching while depression is more general and would be addressed better in counseling. You will meet your coach regularly (frequency to be determined together) for 5-15 minutes each time to discuss progress and strategies towards your goals. Students can self-enroll and/or be referred for E-coaching services.

Students interested in enrolling in e-coach services, please contact Essence Washington, LCSW at All coaches are mental health professionals. Students cannot request a specific coach at this time. E-coaching is only available to students residing in Georgia.

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Support Groups

Facilitated by a mental health counselor, groups are places where students with common interests or concerns can come together to share ideas and get support from peers. Groups are confidential but open. That is, a student may attend one group session or the entire series (open group). Students and facilitators commit to not speaking to others outside the group about what any other member said (confidential). All groups are drop-in and do not require registration; however, students must email the facilitator weekly to receive the Zoom password of the week. All students are eligible to participate in support groups regardless of residency.

Groups planned for Spring 2021 are:

  • Navigating Current Social and Political Turmoil Support Group (Facilitated by Byron Kellam, MA, LPC, CPCS):
    Our society has endured monumental changes over the past year. The fabric of our nation and the pillars that have served as its foundation have been illuminated and tested. Consequently, our country’s people are more divided than ever, resulting in violence and civil unrest. Political views, social injustice, and seeming cracks in our democracy have created a climate of uncertainty and brought forth manifestations of inequality permeating every aspect of our lives.  Where do you stand amidst this turmoil? What feelings are you experiencing? How has your life been impacted? In what ways can our OU family begin to chart the course towards a more peaceful and united union on our campus and in the wider world? Join the conversation in our “Navigating Current Social and Political Turmoil”.
    Meets every Thursday 7-8:15 p.m. beginning February 18, 2021.
  • Healthy Relationship Support (Facilitated by Essence Washington, LCSW):
    In this group, you will learn the importance of self within your relationships, as well as establish healthy communication and conflict resolution skills. Members will discover past behaviors that may be affecting current relationships and how to identify toxic situations/people. The group will develop an understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like for self, friends, family, co-workers and romantic partners.
    Meets every Wednesday 4-5:15 p.m. beginning February 17, 2021


Counseling Center staff are available to speak with students, faculty, or staff who are concerned about a student they care about. The Counselor will help develop a strategy for intervention. Email


For those not eligible for OU Counseling Center services or who need specialized care, we are happy to assist you in finding appropriate services. Referral services are available for students not residing in Georgia and for faculty or staff seeking mental health services for themselves or a loved one. Email or