Counseling Services | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Counseling Services

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    • Overview of Our Services

      Capital University students who are enrolled in at least one Capital University course are eligible for counseling sessions during that semester. The center is staffed by a blicensed supervising independent social worker, licensed supervising professional clinical counselor, and counselor trainees. The center provides individual, relational and group counseling in addition to outreach programming and consultation services. Crisis counseling hours are available from 9 to 10 am Monday through Friday.  

      Schedule a counseling appointment by calling the CHW, or email us at Please provide full name, student ID number, and a phone number where you can be reached . While all attempts are made to keep email messages confidential, the confidentiality of electronically transmitted communication cannot be guaranteed. 

      • Capital University students enrolled in at least one course are eligible for unlimited, counseling sessions, included in the cost of attendance.    
      • Individual, relationship, and group counseling services are provided.
      • Workshops, consultations, and outreach services are also available.  

      Common reasons students seek counseling services include:

      • homesickness 
      • depression 
      • anxiety 
      • academic/job struggles 
      • sleep concerns 
      • difficulties managing stress 
      • death of a loved one 
      • relationship concerns 
      • family conflict 
      • low self-esteem 

      Law students may seek counseling services at the CHW, or at the Law School's counseling office. Please call, email, or visit the Law School web page to make an appointment.


      Parents, Family and Loved Ones

      While limits of confidentiality apply to students ages 18 and older, the CHW staff encourages parents and loved ones to contact the university if you are worried about your student’s well-being. The following behaviors/symptoms may be reasons for you to contact us at or We are happy to help.

      • Withdrawing more than usual/isolating from others, especially close friends/family
      • Significant weight loss/gain
      • Increase (or decrease) in sleep
      • Unable to reach student/student has not been in touch for several days and this is unusual
      • Any expression about thoughts of self-harm, not wanting to live/exist
      • Student’s consistent concerns about feeling down, empty, “not myself”, unhappy

      If you have concerns that your student may be in imminent risk of harm to self or others, please call Capital University Public Safety anytime at 614-236-6666.

    • Group Counseling Services

      Participating in a structured group may be a good option for you if you feel alone in your struggles, are seeking outside perspective, are craving connection, and/or are struggling in your relationships. Group can be an effective way to:

      (a) gain support and encouragement from others
      (b) learn how you are perceived by others
      (c) gain specific skills to improve your life
      (d) engage in thoughtful and rewarding conversation
      (e) develop relational skills

      Ground rules, including confidentiality, are typically established with group members to help promote trust. For most benefit, consistent attendance is strongly encouraged.

      Groups are offered through the CHW that address student concerns in a variety of areas. Some of the groups are population and/or issue specific, while other groups consist of skill building and experiential learning. The needs of the students determine the types and numbers of groups available. A screening with a counseling staff member is typically required for participation. Most groups are 60 minutes long and they consist of 5 to 8 members.