The Counseling Center offers year-round psychological health care to our students and campus community.
The Counseling Center at Otterbein University
Location: 146 W. Home St.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Welcome to the Counseling Center
Students come to counseling when something is not quite right in their world. They may not be sure what is wrong, or they may lack the energy, skills, confidence, or motivation to change. Otterbein counselors meet with students to understand their current situations and develop plans to move forward in more healthy and satisfying ways.
Meet Our Staff
Licensed mental health professionals, with varied educational backgrounds and treatment styles, staff our Center. All have experience in working with college-age students and understand the unique developmental needs of students at this age and stage of growth.
Dr. Kathy Ryan, Ph.D, Director
Dr. Doug Bennent, Ph.D, MBA
Bob Crawford, MA, LPCC-S
Maria Piersall, ATR, LPCC-S
Our counselors work from a short-term therapy model, and tailor the number of individual sessions to the individual students’ specific clinical needs. There is no charge for appointments. We have professional relationships with Otterbein’s Health Center and with mental health providers in the local community. We refer students for adjunctive therapy, medication evaluation, specialized care, or longer-term therapy, as needed.
When students first come to Otterbein, if they have been in ongoing counseling or under the care of a medical professional for mental health medications management, we invite them to come meet our Counseling Center staff and discuss continuing care options.
The types of services we provide include:
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Crisis Intervention & Debriefing
- Triage Appointments for Urgent Needs
- Wellness Outreach
- Student & Faculty Consultation/Education
During the academic year, appointments are available daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Urgent triage appointments are available daily at 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm on a walk-in basis. During academic breaks and throughout the summer, appointments are available, with reduced availability dependent upon demand.
Our Counseling Center will provide a supportive, therapeutic relationship and safe space for students to address and work through challenging situations, grow in their relationships, and realize their potential as active members of their communities. The Counseling Center will positively affect not only the health of individual students, but also the culture of campus wellness through outreach, advocacy, and healthy relationships with the Otterbein community.
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