TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is a new service offered by MSJ Counseling Services. Click or select the logo to access their site:

TAO - Therapy Assistance Online

Wellness Center Counseling Services

Counselors are available to all students for mental health counseling via tele-counseling through S121. Counseling will be provided for short term counseling (6-8 sessions per semester).  When necessary and appropriate,  we will schedule face-to-face counseling by appointment only.  While two mental health counselors are available for our students for tele-counseling, our counseling licensing jurisdictions do not extend beyond the state of Ohio.   If you are out of state and would like to speak to a counselor and are a full-time student, you have access to a new resource, Lions Health, which also provides immediate contact with a mental health provider through a feature called TalkNow.  The link to Lions.Health is here : Lions.Health

For students still residing in Ohio, we are open to taking new students who wish to access our services using the confidential and HIPAA compliant videoconferencing feature of the TAO: Therapy Assistance Online. If you are interested in establishing a counseling relationship with one of the counselors, you can contact Patsy.Schwaiger@msj.edu. 

We will continue our Counselor-On-Call service.  If you have an urgent need and want to speak with a counselor after hours, you can call the MSJ On-Call Counselor at 513-807-2516. If you call this number for an urgent need, the counselor on call may be speaking with another student. Please leave your name and number and that counselor will return your call. 

In an emergency  

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 



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....

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.

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

Coping with COVID-19

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Tips for Parents

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Relaxation Exercises