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Am I eligible to use the Counseling Center?

All currently enrolled University of Dayton undergraduates, graduate assistants, law students, PA students, and Lalanne teachers are eligible for services at no charge.  Graduate students, Intensive English Program participants, and non-matriculated undergraduate students are eligible for services but pay a charge for the counseling center’s services.

Will I have to pay a charge to use the Counseling Center?

Current undergraduates, graduate assistants, law students, PA students, and Lalanne teachers are eligible for services at no charge.

Graduate students, Intensive English Program participants, and non-matriculated undergraduate students pay on a charge-for-service basis.


1st Session

Subsequent Sessions

Individual Therapy
Psychiatric Services

$25 No-Show Charge for any appointment not canceled before the start of the appointment. This charge will go directly to your student account. 

Will anyone know if I come to the Counseling Center?

Your clinician will not speak with your parents, teachers, friends, or anyone else about your confidential concerns without your written permission. As you enter therapy, a client record or file is begun (separate from any university or health center record) which includes information about your history, treatment goals, progress and any testing results or correspondence which may occur. Generally, information about you is not released from the Counseling Center unless you provide written consent.

Your privacy is protected unless the law requires that we do so. This might occur:

  • When a court order is received
  • If there is an emergency or a situation which threatens your life or the life of another
  • If evidence suggests endangerment to a minor or vulnerable adult
  • If you are minor seeking services and we must have a parent's consent to treat you
  • When otherwise required by law

How do I make an appointment at the Counseling Center?

Existing clients call the Counseling Center at 937-229-3141, Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, excluding holidays, to schedule an appointment to see a therapist. If you would like to come in to schedule your appointment, we are located on the first floor of Gosiger Hall.

How long will my appointment take?

An initial intake appointment will take around 45 minutes. The first 15 minutes doing paperwork and the other 30 minutes talking with a therapist. All first counseling appointments and returning appointments take around 45 minutes.  First time psychiatric appointments are 60 minutes and follow up psychiatric appointments take about 30 minutes.

How many times can I see a therapist?

Everyone is different; an individual action plan is developed for each student and may include services within or outside the counseling center.

How do I cancel or change an appointment?

We do understand that there are times where you may need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.  All that we ask is that you please contact us and cancel the appointment as far in advance as possible. You may do this by calling the Counseling Center 937-231-3141 or responding “cancel” to your email reminder. 

Can I switch therapists?

If you feel that you are not connecting with your therapist you may call or stop by the front desk and ask to be reassigned to a different therapist.

Does the Counseling Center prescribe medication?

Our general therapists do not prescribe medication. The Counseling Center does provide psychiatry services and they are able to prescribe medications to clients who are in need. A student must be referred to the psychiatrist by a Counseling Center therapist.  It is the Counseling Center's policy that a student must continue therapy in order to continue receiving psychiatric services.

What if I just need medication?

If you are only in need of medication and not therapy, the Counseling Center can provide you with a referral to a psychiatrist in the Dayton area. We also recommend you check with your insurance provider to determine which providers might be covered under your plan. 

Can I request a certain therapist?

If you have a particular request, please let the receptionist know this when you schedule your first appointment. Although we cannot always fulfill your request, when asked we do try to honor this request. However, the wait time for the appointment may be longer in this case.

How can I get the most out of my counseling center experience

Maximize your progress by being an active participant as you work with your therapist.

  • Clarify your goals — write down your thoughts, be specific, and prioritize your concerns
  • Complete the brief assessment tool
  • Be descriptive about your concerns— this gives your therapist insight
  • Arrive on time and try not to miss your scheduled appointments — this maximizes the time you have with your therapist
  • Be open and honest, ask questions, and seek clarification
  • Let your therapist know if you are feeling worse
  • Be honest about safety concerns — your safety is our priority
  • Make time to think about the things you have discussed with your counselor in between sessions
  • Follow through on homework assignments from your therapist — practice strategies and skills discussed in your session, and keep a journal
  • Complete the wellness screener 

Counseling Center

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0910