Counseling Services

Counseling Services

​​​​​Welcome to Counseling Services!

The m​ost wasted of all days is one without laughter. -  e. e. Cummings

​Who is Eligible for Counseling?

​Counseling services are free to all currently enrolled students at Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark.

Why Students Often Seek Counseling?

  • Family Conflicts or Turmoil
  • Loss and Grief
  • Academic Pressures or Testing Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse or assault
  • Not Fitting in with Peers
  • Body Image Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQ Concerns
  • Difficulty to Adjusting
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Relaxation Techniques

What Can I Expect in Counseling?

  • ​Counseling aims to help you understand yourself better, become more effective in reaching your goals and, in the process, become more successful. 
  • Counseling Services is interested in your personal, academic, and intellectual growth.  Some students meet with their counselor on a weekly basis, some on a bi-weekly basis, and others at varying intervals.
  • In these 50-minute sessions, you and your counselor talk about what is causing you distress currently and explore ways to understand and alleviate these concerns.  Each Student is permitted 10 sessions for each school year.
  • If you are 15 minutes or more late for your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.
  • Initially you will meet with the counselor who will collect preliminary information about you and your concerns. You and the counselor will decide on a way to address your concerns.
  • This may involve individual or group counseling, referral to a physician, or referral to a clinician outside the agency. 
  • Our services are provided on a voluntary basis (students choose to come to counseling), and you need not be referred by anyone to participate in the counseling process. 
David Wirt, M.Ed., ​LPCC-S

David Wirt, M.Ed., ​LPCC-S
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
(Please note email is not a confidential form of communication.)
Phone: 740-366-9464
David Wirt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisor Endorsement licensed through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. David earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1990 and his Master's Degree in Education/Counseling from the University of Dayton in 1996. He has worked both in Social Work and Counseling as a therapist since 1995 and uses an eclectic approach to counseling to help identify individual needs and create helpful approaches to change. David enjoys the challenges of helping people with many issues including, but not limited to, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, OCD, Adjustment Disorders, Grief and Loss issues, and Family and Relationship concerns.

Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW

Stephayne Harris MSW, LISW
Licensed Independent Social Worker

Office 740-755-7262


Stephayne Harris is a Licensed Independent Social Worker licensed through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Board. Stephayne received her MSW from The Ohio State University in 1991. Independently licensed since 1993, Stephayne has offered outpatient counseling in a variety of ​settings to people in central Ohio.

Anxiety and depression are the most common issues presented in counseling sessions. Managing stress can be quite a balancing act. Our emotions are a result of our thoughts: counseling can help us double check our thoughts for accuracy-we cannot believe everything we think! 

Community referrals are arranged for extended counseling or specialized services as needed.​​​​​​

Schedule An Appointment
Counseling services are available to COTC and Ohio State Newark students enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at:

Counseling Services
Warner Center 226
Phone: 740-364-9578
Fax: 740-364-9646

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​The purpose of Active Minds​ is to use the student voice to increase awareness issues of mental health, symptoms of mental illness, and available resources in and around the Newark community; to become a point of reference for information on depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder; and to become a liaison between students and the mental health community through fact sheets, hosting and/or sponsoring charity fundraisers, guest speakers, and related events.

The Newark chapter of Active Minds is currently recruiting new students to join.​​ If you would like information on meetings and events, contact David Wirt, Counselor at Central Ohio Technical College. ​

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