Wellness Center Counseling Services

Individual Counseling- Updated 9/28/20

  1. Teletherapy with a MSJ staff counselor- free to all MSJ students residing in Ohio. Call 513-244-4949 or email patsy.schwaiger@msj.edu to schedule an appointment. TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is the HIPAA complaint portal used for this service. 
  2. Teletherapy with a TimelyMD counselor via LionsHealth- free to MSJ Full-time students regardless of where you currently reside. Click here to access the the HIPAA complaint portal used for this service. Part-time students can access this portal for $79.00 per semester. 

Drop-in, Single-Session Consultation

  1. Let's Talk is an informal, 15-20 minute confidential conversation with a MSJ Counselor, via Zoom. Offered on Thursdays and free to all MSJ students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-up here
  2. TalkNow is immediate single-session help with a TimelyMD counselor, via LionsHealth. Offered anytime and free to MSJ full-time students. Sign-up here.

After hours/ Crisis intervention

  1. Any student can call 513-807-2516 to discuss urgent needs with an On-Call MSJ Counselor, after regular office hours.
  2. Call "911" or go to your nearest emergency room if you do not feel safe.
  3. When the University is closed, the on call number will be forwarded to Campus Police who will connect student with appropriate services.
  4. Local Crisis Text Line:  Text "TALBERT" to 839863
  5. National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  6. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255

Self-Help/ Screenings

  1. Access to self-help modules and mindfulness library via TAO (Therapy Assistance Online)- available to ALL students regardless of residency.
  2. http://www.ulifeline.org/stjoseph
  3. https://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/msju


Resources for Racial Trauma


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.

As our world struggles with COVID-19 and the grief associated with 100,000+ lives lost in our country alone, we also are faced with the race-based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation.  The incidents we have all witnessed since the tragic death of George Floyd last week, reflect the structural and systemic oppression and injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing.

In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt.  As mental health providers, we are committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by racial trauma.

We encourage all to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with reactions to current events of racial violence.   We also encourage you to know your limits, and allow yourself permission to set boundaries in conversation and around social media so that you can take care of yourself. Here are resources specific to the needs of our BIPOC students. 

Mental Health Resources for Blacks, Indigenous People and People of Color 



Patsy Schwaiger Willig, LPCC-S
Phone: 513-244-4371
Mariah Dern, LPCC
Phone: 513-244-4738

After Hours Mental Health Emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency (suicidal thoughts or feelings), please call 513-807-2516 to speak with the counselor on call. This number is for after business hours and on weekends when the Wellness Center is closed. If your emergency needs more immediate attention, please dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for assessment and treatment.

Best Self-Help Apps for Depression and Anxiety

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Using mindfulness techniques to manage your stress/anxiety?  Here are some great apps you can download.

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This website is a great resource for finding out information regarding mental health issues faced by college students.

Wondering about your mental health?  Take screenings for Mental Health issues online! 

Ulifeline will connect you to information about stress, mental health issues and other information that will help you succeed in college. If you click on the "Self-Evaluator" tab at the top of the main page you will be able to assess yourself for issues that could keep you from staying well: alcohol/substance use, depression, PTSD, eating/body image issues, etc.

For students who are dealing with suicidal thoughts and would like to reach out for help through texting...this is a valuable resource!  Don't hesitate to ask for help!

This website has a number of resources to help students with psychiatric disabilities navigate college life.

Campus Safety Guide for online students, as well as safety apps to download for any student.

Take the Pledge to stop sexual violence on campus. 

Many sexual assault survivors are afraid to come forward for fear of not being believed, or being blamed for what happened to them. If you’ve experienced an assault or feel confused about a questionable sexual situation, know that you are not alone. Resources are available to you. Here are some statistics on the demographics of students facing sexual violence.

A quick and comprehensive guide to help manage stress and anxiety.  Check this out!

A mindfulness course that could help you during a stressful time....

Do you struggle with an eating disorder?  Here are some tools to use during a time of crisis. 

Wellness Video

Addiction Treatment Resources

Do you need long term or intensive treatment for a drug/alcohol problem co-occurring with other mental health issues? Here are some resources that may be helpful to you.
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Al-Anon Family Groups are for the families & friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, & hope in order to solve their common problems. Al-Anon is supported by the contributions of its members, and there are no dues or fees to attend a meeting. We believe there shouldn’t be any barriers to obtaining sobriety. We respect all members privacy and anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all Al-Anon Traditions.

While not local to the area, The American Addiction Center specializes in dual diagnosis and provides 30, 60, and 90 day treatment options for those looking for more intensive treatment. For more information Joan Burger-Holt, a treatment consultant for the Center is located in Butler County and can give you more information. You can call her at 513-313-7828 or jburgerholt@contactaac.com to begin an assessment process

StartYourRecovery.org is a tool that helps students take steps toward a more healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. On the site, students can learn about the experiences of people like them, find the answers they need, and locate support. It’s a free resource and was developed based on input from leading clinicians, people in recovery, and experts from the White House and SAMHSA. We have also added a new content page directed specifically at a collegiate audience: College Students Page.

When someone with an alcohol use disorder makes the decision to give up alcohol, it requires a permanent life change. After detox, the recovery process includes lifestyle changes and creating a support system. 

While the most known program is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the 12 Step program, this faith-based program doesn’t work for everyone. SMART Recovery is an abstinence-oriented, not-for-profit organization for individuals struggling with addiction. 

Their science-based program focuses on self-empowerment and teaches the skills required to achieve self-directed change. It is open to anyone suffering from alcohol abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, or any other type of addiction. 

Coping with COVID-19

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Tips for Parents

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Relaxation Exercises