Information about Counseling Services for Students

Student Information

The Counseling Services staff provides personal counseling services for the OTC community. Our services are primarily provided in a private office setting, meeting one-on-one with a counselor, although some services may also be provided in a small-group setting. Staff also works closely with our Academic Advising staff to provide advising/educational planning services.

Personal counseling services are available to currently enrolled post-secondary students and OTC staff where one of the goals is to promote student personal development and psychological well-being. 

(NOTE: For information about counseling and career assessment services available to OTC's Career Center students, please visit the Career Center website.

"Personal counseling" (sometimes referred to as mental-health counseling) is sought by individuals (or small groups) who have issues in their lives which are interfering with their life satisfaction. Common examples of "personal counseling" issues may include (but are not limited to) struggles with anxiety (test, performance, and/or generalized anxiety), depression, stress, relationship communication, abuse, grief, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Counselors are available to work with minors (under the age of 18) for personal counseling issues.  However, a minor will need to obtain parent or guardian permission if he/she wishes to participate in more than one personal counseling session.

Counseling is a process that requires participation from both the student and the counselor.  Ultimately, though, it is the student who needs to take the steps toward making healthy changes.  One of these steps can include completing a mental health screening.  Click on the link below to complete a free, anonymous mental health screening.

Online Mental Health Screening

If you are concerned about your own drug use experience or are concerned about someone else, the online drug link offers an anonymous screening, an opportunity to learn additional information, and resources to find help.

Online Drug Screening

Mental Health First Aid (PSY 295)

Learn more about certification in Mental Health First Aid that is available to you through the PSY 295 class.  You can find PSY 295 on the class schedule.  This class is currently being offered on the main campus only.

Referral Guides and other resources can be found on the main page for Counseling Services.

Contact us at 417-447-6974 or email counseling@otc.edu.