Counseling Services

The Counseling Services department coordinates career development for Southern State. We offer students and alumni assistance in clarifying career goals, exploring educational options and acquiring job search skills.

Office Hours & Locations

  • Central Campus
  • Student Services Office
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm (Monday)
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm (Wednesday & Friday)
  • Fayette Campus
  • Faculty Offices – Room 103
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday)
  • North Campus
  • Room 316A
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
  • Brown County Campus
  • Director’s Office
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Tuesday)

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

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

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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Spread the word, educate and build awareness. Check out the links below:

ULifelineCrisis Text LineSPRC Virtual Learning LabAFSP Out of the Darkness WalkMental Health Tool KitJED Foundation 8 Ways to Get InvolvedHalf of UsMake it OkGuide to Starting the Conversation College and Your Mental HealthVideo Tips on Mental health for School Administrators and StaffVA Campus Tool KitFree Screening ToolsCampaign to Change DirectionArt with Impact - Movies for Mental Health

Relationship Resources

Videos of the Month

Listening to Shame | Brene' Brown

The Three Scariest Words a Boy Can Hear | Joe Ehrmann

Resilience now | Joan Borseynko

Cultivating resilience | Greg Eells

Career Counseling Testing Resources

Explore your Career Quality World through these resources:

  • Holland Self-Directed Search
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Values Inventory
  • Strongs Interest Inventory
  • and many more

Contact Tom Payton to get started!

Self-Testing Resources