FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there a difference between therapy and counseling?
  2. Why do students go to therapy?
  3. Should I go to counseling?
  4. How can therapy/counseling help me?
  5. How much does counseling cost?
  6. How many sessions can I have?
  7. How do I make an appointment?
  8. How long will the appointment take?
  9. Do I have to go to a session every week?
  10. What will happen at my appointment? 
  11. Will my parents be notified?
  12. Will my sessions go on my official student record?
  13. Is this confidential?
  14. What if I feel that I am not a good match with Dr. Belanger?
  15. Can faculty and staff go to counseling services for counseling?
  1. Is there a difference between therapy and counseling?
    Although they have different meanings depending on the context, at Counseling Services, “therapy” and “counseling” mean the same thing and are used interchangeably.
  2. Why do students go to therapy?
    Students come to Counseling Services about a variety of personal, academic, and relationship problems. No problem or concern is too big or small.  Some of the reasons that students go to Counseling Services are:
    Depression and suicidal thoughts
    Stress and anxiety
    Poor academic performance and study skills
    Roommate conflicts
    Homesickness and difficulty adjusting to the university
    Disappointing social relationships
    Alcohol and other substance use and abuse
    Difficulty in love relationships
    Loneliness and isolation
    Eating and body image problems
    Depression and suicidal thoughts
    Cultural identity
    Sexuality and sexual identity
    Family conflict
    Grief and loss
  3. Should I go to counseling?
    As a student you may experience a range of issues that can become barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to lower academic performance and/or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities.  Counseling Services are here to assist you in addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing.

    Here are some signs that you should make an appointment with Dr. Belanger:

    You frequently feel sad, anxious, or upset.
    You have been withdrawing from your friends and family.
    You don’t enjoy things like you used to.
    Your grades have gotten a lot worse.
    You are sleeping a lot more or less than usual.
    You have been harming yourself (e.g. cutting).
    You are thinking about suicide. 

    Some students think that their problem is not big enough to go to counseling.  Some students think that their problem is too big for a therapist to handle.   Counseling Services are here to help you achieve and maintain positive psychological wellbeing.  That includes supporting you when you have small/temporary concerns, when you have big/long-term concerns, and when you don’t really have concerns and just want to understand yourself better. 
  4. How can therapy/counseling help me?
    Counseling can help you gain insight, improve skills, set goals, and get support.  In therapy, you can learn and practice new problem-solving or coping skills, increase self-understanding, explore life patterns, and gain a better sense of how you are influenced by your surroundings.
  5. How much does counseling cost?
    All of our services at ATI Counseling Services are FREE to students.
  6. How many sessions can I have?
    All students are eligible for up to 10 individual therapy sessions per academic year.  The exact number and frequency of sessions will be based on your therapeutic need and availability of services.
    Counseling Services assists students with problems typical of students that can be managed with short-term counseling. If a student can best be helped by longer or more intensive counseling, then Dr. Belanger will assist you in finding suitable care in the off-campus professional community.
  7. How do I make an appointment?
    Appointments are offered on weekdays from 9:30am to 5pm.  To make an appointment with Dr. Belanger, please email her at belanger.24@osu.edu and provide days and times that you would be available during the week.  Dr. Belanger will try to respond within one business day with the first available appointment that matches your schedule.  

    During especially busy times, there may be a delay in Dr. Belanger’s response.  Please be assured that appointments are scheduled in the order that your requests are received. 
  8. How long will the appointment take?
    Individual Counseling appointments last about 45-50 minutes. 
    Group therapy sessions usually range between 45-90 minutes.
  9. Do I have to go to a session every week?
    Not at all.  Sometimes students want to come on a regular basis, but sometimes a student will also come for one or two sessions.
  10. What will happen at my appointment? 
    The Counseling Services office is in Student Success Services.  When you arrive for your appointment, tell the front desk staff that you have an appointment with Dr. Belanger.  Dr. Belanger will come get you from the waiting area and walk you to her office.  *Please note: Sometimes things can get hectic at the front desk.  If it’s more than 5 minutes after your appointment time, and Dr. Belanger hasn’t come to get you, please remind the front desk staff that you are waiting.

    When you come to your first appointment (called an intake session), you will be given the Informed Consent form to read and sign.  Dr. Belanger will review the limits of confidentiality with you.  Then, Dr. Belanger will get to know you by asking about your personal history and ask you about your reason(s) for seeking counseling.  

    The intake appointment will often feel different than later sessions, because there is more focus on gathering background information.  Therapy sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each client.     
  11. Will my parents be notified?
    Counseling Services will not notify your parents that you are attending counseling.  Additionally, if Counseling Services are contacted by your parents, they will not be informed that you are attending counseling.  If there is information that you would like to be released to your parents, you will fill out a Release of Information form, and only the specific information that you identify will be shared.
  12. Will my sessions go on my official student record?
    No.  Counseling Services records are separate from all other records within OSU and are kept confidential.
  13. Is this confidential?
    In keeping with the ethical standards of mental health professions and Ohio state law, both the fact that you seek/attend counseling and any information about the counseling sessions will not be shared without your knowledge and consent.   

    However, we are required by law to report situations involving imminent danger to a client or someone else or circumstances involving the neglect or abuse of a child (under 18) or an elderly person. By law, we must also respond to court ordered subpoenas of client records.
  14. What if I feel that I am not a good match with Dr. Belanger?
    At any time or for whatever reason (whether you have been met with Dr. Belanger or not), Dr. Belanger will do her best to help you make a successful connection with an outside provider.   
  15. Can faculty and staff go to counseling services for counseling?
    Our counseling is only for students.  Staff and faculty have access to free counseling through our EAP program, though.  For more information on the EAP program and services, visit https://osuhealthplan.com/members/ohio-state-employee-assistance-program-eap, call 800.678.6265, or email eap@osumc.edu.

Dr. Belanger provides consultation for staff and faculty about students.  Some common reasons for seeking consultation:

  • Concern that a student is showing signs of impairment in daily functioning
  • Questions about a student’s development (academically or socially)
  • Alarm that a student is showing indications of self-destructive or unusual behaviors

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Appointments:
Email belanger.24@osu.edu 
Please include your available times to meet. 

Location:
Student Success Services
Skou 128

Mailing Address: 
1328 Dover Rd
Wooster, OH 44691

Email:
belanger.24@osu.edu

Voicemail:
(330) 287-1306