Many times students are able to meet life’s challenges and deal with them on their own. Other times students are faced with issues that requires help from others. Short-term individual and group counseling is free for current OSU-Cascades students and is provided by licensed professionals. OSU Ecampus students are eligible if they pay the student fees for the term they are seeking services.
Common concerns addressed in counseling include depression and anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, academic problems, LGBTQIA support, self-esteem, eating issues and stress management. For students who are considering whether they should seek counseling, free and anonymous online screening is available for anxiety disorders, depression, alcohol abuse and eating disorders.
Counseling is confidential. In accordance with state and federal law as well as professional and ethical guidelines for mental health providers, we maintain confidential records of all contacts with clients. This means that no identifying information - written or otherwise - about your contact with student wellness counselors will be disclosed to anyone outside student wellness counselors without your written authorization. This includes academic departments, the registrar's office, student health services, and other campus entities; no one gets to know what you talk about (or even that you are coming here) unless you want them to know. There are some legal exceptions to this confidentiality; they rarely apply but we want you to know about them.
Counselors may need to disclose certain information in four general situations: