The Counseling Center provides psychological support to students as they pursue their academic and personal goals, and strives to enhance the quality of each student’s experience at Oberlin.
Oberlin College’s Counseling Center is here to support the Oberlin community while we all adjust to COVID-19. The Counseling Center is open and eager to support you. We are providing all services through secure remote video (Zoom) to any registered student on-campus or residing in Ohio. Students out-of-state can receive consultation to help them access care in the community where they are currently residing. Due to state licensure laws, telemental health appointments can only be provided to students who are physically located in the state of Ohio.
To make a counseling or psychiatry appointment, please call (440) 775-8470. If you are experiencing a crisis, daily crisis appointments will be provided at 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.
We will also be offering Let’s Talk (see information below), a service that provides brief, drop-in consultations from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays on a first-come, first-served basis.
Counseling center professionals are dedicated to making our care accessible to all students. Our staff is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment.
Should you need immediate assistance for a mental health emergency, please go to an emergency room, call 911, or use one of the following crisis resources:
- 24/7 crisis support available with a licensed counselor at 440-775-8470, press option 2
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline | 800-273-8255
- Crisis Texting Line | Text HOME to 741741
- Lorain County Mental Health Line | 800-888-6161
Resources to help identify mental health care:
- Psychology Today: Users are able to narrow down mental health providers by numerous areas, including who takes specific insurances, gender, location, specialty areas, etc.
- Better Help: An online resource for counseling that is both convenient and affordable
- Talkspace: Another online resource for counseling
Additional mental health resources:
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
In an emergency, call 911 or Campus Safety at 440-775-8444.
Let’s Talk is an informal consultation service only for those who are currently enrolled in classes. Let’s Talk is not counseling. Let’s Talk consultations are different from traditional counseling services. Let’s Talk consultations are brief, free, no paperwork is required, consultations occur only outside of the counseling center, and no appointments are necessary.
Although Let’s Talk counselors are mental health professionals, Let’s Talk consultations do not replace psychotherapy. Let’s Talk consultations do not constitute mental health treatment.
We will make every effort to ensure that Let’s Talk conversations are confidential. Any questions related to confidentiality should be addressed with your Let’s Talk consultant before you begin personal disclosure. You should be aware that there are some limits to confidentiality. If there is an emergency, your Let’s Talk consultant may need to share information with others. When there is an immediate threat of harm to you or others, Let’s Talk counselors are required by law to report this. When a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated is being abused, Let’s Talk counselors are also required by law to report this.
Explore SHACC MindSpa, a virtual relaxation space designed to provide a refuge for students, a means to offer relaxation resources and strategies for coping with the myriad challenges in life.
In case you missed ‘‘How the Health Are You? A Minority Mental Health Roundtable,’’ don't worry: The recording is now online via the college website and YouTube channel. In this 60-minute recording, you can view students and alumni of color discussing their mental health journeys and how they support themselves and their communities. You‘ll also learn strategies for optimal mental health.
The values of diversity, inclusion, and equity are at the core of our profession and the services we provide at the Counseling Center. As a center we respect, support, and embrace differences in identity.