Counseling Services

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The Counseling Services department provides confidential and free support for Southern State students experiencing a wide variety of problems including stress, anxiety, depression, suicide, relationship problems, and many more. Appointments are available at all locations.

Flexible times available upon request. Counseling hours available via appointment. Contact any Campus Location to schedule your appointment.

Confidential appointments can be obtained by calling ext. 2825.

Office Hours

To schedule an appointment with Tom Payton please:

  • Call
  • Misi Griffith – 1-800-628-7722 ext. 2825
  • 1-740-505-1123 (cell)


How We Can Help

We are here to help you when life becomes overwhelming. Personal counseling is free and confidential to actively enrolled students and their family members for problems such as stress, grief and loss, adjustment to life change, job loss and other concerns. We also offer the Ohio Benefits Bank Services.

  • "I am responsible at this moment, not for past failures, but for my current choices and my current direction and I can change."
  • -Robert Wubbolding, Ed. D.
  • Reality Therapy for the 21st Century

Impact Student Life Assistance. Call 866-780-0855 for live support.

Counseling Services

Southern State provides one-on-one counseling services to its students and family members. These services are completely free, are available at all campuses and include:

  • Counseling for adjustment to life changes
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Job loss
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management skills training
  • Time management skills training

Contact Tom Payton to schedule an appointment.

Mental Health Resources


Reflections | Br. David Steindl-Rast

Be a Man | Joe Ehrmann

How to Make Self-Compassion Work for You

Listening to Shame | Brene' Brown

How to Find Strength Amidst Uncertainty | Mark Epstein

Self-Testing Resources