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Counseling Services

At Counseling Services, our focus is your success – both at Kent State University at Stark and beyond.

Located in the lower level of the Campus Center, Counseling Services offers students individual therapy sessions, educational workshops and training programs for students and the campus community.

Comfortable, professional, and private, Counseling Services offers students the opportunity to pursue free, confidential individual therapy. Sessions are available all year, allowing students to focus on regaining balance, empowerment, promoting healing, and self reflection to make changes in their academic and personal lives. When things are becoming difficult, not going the way you want, or when you feel that other people don’t understand or don’t know how to help – Counseling Services is here for you!

No matter what is bothering you – burn out, family issues, relationship problems, anger management, stress, worry and anxiety, a recent loss, self esteem issues, sexual identity, drug or alcohol problems, or any other mental health related concern – Counseling Services will help you find what best fits your needs to enhance your success and improve your life.

Upcoming Counseling Events

View ALICE Training Sessions 
FS - for faculty and staff 
BC - meets faculty and staff Beyond Compliance requirement
S - for students

Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention Week
| S
Monday, Oct. 15 - Friday, Oct. 19
(includes events listed below)

FYE Success Series: Managing Stress | S
Monday, Oct. 15
2 - 2:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

  • Take 30 minutes to learn some fast and easy to implement stress management skills.

Mental Health Resource Fair | FS | S
Tuesday, Oct. 16
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Campus Center

  • Includes Dogs on Campus, Flash Ups and community resources.

Light After Loss: Stories from Survivors
Wednesday, Oct. 17
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Campus Center

  • All students, faculty and staff are welcome to listen to two survivors of suicide talk about their journey of hope and recovery. Counseling Services and the speakers will then answer question as a panel, discuss college student mental health, and provide connections to on and off campus resources.

National Depression Screening Day | S
Thursday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Counseling Services (Campus Center lower level)

  • Drop in to Counseling Services to take an anonymous in-person mental health screening and meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss your results.

Mental Health First Aid | FS | BC 2 hours | S
Friday, Oct. 19
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
124 Science & Nursing
Registration required

  • This is an evidence-based training course that teaches people to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. In this course you will learn risk factors and signs of addictions and mental illness, information about the impact of mental and substance use disorders, a 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help, and where you can find local resources to assist during a crisis.

Final Exam Stress Buster Week
Dec. 4 - 6
This week of activities will help you take a breather before gearing up for Final Exam Week. Activities include:

  • Dogs on Campus | FS | S
    Tuesday, Dec. 4
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Campus Center
    Furry friends from Dogs on Campus Pet Therapy will be visiting campus to help you relax before your exams.
  • Glitter Away Your Stress | S
    Tuesday, Dec. 4
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Campus Center
    Make your own glitter jar and stress ball - tons of colors and sizes to make it your own!
  • Build Your Own Self-Care Kit | S
    Wednesday, Dec. 5
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Campus Center
    Everybody deals with stress differently and having your self-care accessible is a must! Build your own self-care kit from a variety of materials like bubblewrap, tip sheets, stuffed animals and more!
  • Boost Your Mood Food | S
    Thursday, Dec. 6
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Campus Center
    Just like it says: good food = good mood! Make your own special goodness packed trail mix from foods that are scientifically proven to give your mood a boost as you prepare for Final Exam Week!