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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Drop-in Hours

For students who are not sure what type of services would be best for them, drop-in times provide an opportunity to speak with a counselor about your concerns. The counselor may provide some immediate problem-solving strategies to help you address the problem and/or may suggest on-going counseling, e-coaching or some other service. Drop-in is the perfect time to learn more about what the counseling center does and how our services might be helpful to you, without making an on-going commitment. Drop-in hours are reserved for students not currently in ongoing therapy at OU. Drop-in hours are available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6-7:30 p.m.

To access drop-in hours, please text 470-231-5836 and a counselor will contact you within 10 minutes to direct you to the zoom room.

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). Most groups will have a different topic each week, announced in advance. All students are eligible to participate in support groups regardless of residency.

Register here the first time you participate in a group.

Groups planned for Fall 2020 (each group will be every other week for 5 sessions each) are:

  • Men of Color Support Group (Facilitated by Byron Kellam, MA, LPC, CPCS):
    All male support group for men of color to explore topics related to diversity and inclusion. Any student who identifies as a male of color is welcome.
    Meets every other Wednesday 6-7:15 p.m. beginning September 16, 2020.
  • Women of Color Support Group (Facilitated by Essence Washington, LCSW):
    In this group, we engage in healthy discussion around specific experiences and situations of women of color. Students will explore the history of self and how it has shaped who they are today. We address how to handle the pressure of the world and racism in specific settings. The group will learn how to establish healthy relationships and create their own lane in their career and academic path. Any student who identifies as a female of color is welcome.
    Meets every other Thursday, 4-5:15 p.m. beginning September 17, 2020.
  • Social Justice Ally Support Group (Facilitated by Claire Fuller, PhD):
    A group for students to discuss ways to support people in oppressed or marginalized groups. Open to all students interested in social justice advocacy whether or not focused on a specific marginalized group or groups.
    Meets every other Tuesday 6-7:15 p.m. beginning September 22, 2020 (will meet Wednesday, November 4, 2020 8-9:15 p.m. the week of Election Day).
  • Anxiety Management Support Group (Facilitated by Byron Kellam, MA, LPC, CPCS):
    A support group for individuals experiencing anxiety. Designed to discuss anxiety’s meaning, signs, coping skills and transforming mindsets.
    Meet every other Wednesday 6-7:15 pm beginning September 23, 2020.
  • Healthy Relationship Support (Facilitated by Essence Washington, LCSW):
    Are you struggling to maintain healthy relationships? Do you want to learn how to improve your relationships? 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 what a healthy relationship looks like for self, friends, family, co-workers and romantic partners.
    Meets every other Thursday 4-5:15 p.m. beginning September 24, 2020
  • Living With Family Support Group (Facilitated by Claire Fuller, PhD):
    A group for students living with family to discuss benefits and challenges of living with family while being a full-time college student forging a young adult independent identity. This group is not structured with a topic each week.
    Meets every other Tuesday 6-7:15 p.m. beginning September 15, 2020.


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 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