What is Counseling?
Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique, confidential helping relationship. In these relationships, counselors are facilitators who help their students understand themselves and their environments more accurately. Individuals are encouraged to understand their feelings and behaviors, relationships with others and life circumstances. Discussion of issues enables growth in making healthier choices and taking responsible action with themselves, relationships, family and academics. Psychotherapy can feel difficult because you are coming to discuss unpleasant aspects of your life. You may feel exhausted, sad, angry and frustrated. You can be confident that all of these feelings will dissipate as you work through your issues.
The most common concerns that students bring to counseling are:
- Academic difficulties and career indecision
- Adjustment to college
- Controlling the use of alcohol and other drugs
- Depression and anxiety
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Personal growth
- Relationship issues
Who is Eligible?
Any full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at Oglethorpe University may use our services. For those under 18, a signature from a parent/guardian is needed when consenting to counseling.
What can I Expect?
During the first meeting with a counselor, you will be asked to describe your concerns and what you hope to gain from counseling. This is an opportunity for you and the counselor to best decide your treatment options. You may decide to continue counseling and meet with an intern counselor to work on your concerns either individually or in a group with others expressing similar concerns. At times, people are only seeking brief therapy to gain clarity about issues. In certain circumstances, a referral to another resource on or off campus might be the best treatment option.
Who Will Know?
The Counseling Center staff regards your inquiries and discussions as private and confidential. All of the people who work at the Center of Counseling and Health Services are legally bound to keep your visit confidential. No information of any kind is given to anyone unless you specifically request it in writing.
How to Make an Appointment & Hours of Operation?
Visit, call 404.364.8456 or email Leanne Henry-Miller, Director of Counseling. You will be given an appointment shortly.. Emergency appointments will be given priority.
The Counseling Center is located in Goodman Hall, across from the conference room. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Who are the staff members?
Leanne Henry-Miller, Director, Counseling Services
Ms. Henry-Miller obtained a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a Clinical Specialty from the Georgia School of Psychology in 1997. She is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Georgia. She has worked in both mental health and addiction settings providing individual, couple, family and group counseling. She also has experience providing outreach, supervising interns, and aiding individuals in crisis. Special interests include: wellness programming, counseling college age students from diverse socio-economic background and alcohol and drug prevention and recovery.
The other counselors at the center are at various stages of completing their masters or doctorates in Counselling.