Wellness Center Counseling Services

Individual Counseling

  1. Teletherapy with a TimelyCareMD 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 and download the new TimelyCare App. 
  2. Teletherapy for students residing in Ohio OR in-person therapy with a MSJ staff counselor- free to all MSJ students. Call 513-244-4949 or email Wellness.Center@msj.edu to schedule an appointment. TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is the HIPAA complaint tele-portal used for this service. 

Single-Session Consultation with LionsHealth: 24/7 immediate help with a TimelyCare counselor

TalkNow is immediate single-session help with a Timelycare counselor, via LionsHealth, 24/7. Offered anytime and free to MSJ full-time students. Sign-up here.

After hours/ Crisis intervention: if you do not feel safe, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room

  1. If you have an urgent concern and can not wait to discuss this concern during business hours with a counselor, you can call 513-807-2516 to talk to the  On-Call MSJ Counselor, after regular office hours.
  2. When the University is closed, the on call number will be forwarded to Campus Police who will connect student with appropriate services.
  3. Local Crisis Text Line:  Text "TALBERT" to 839863
  4. National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  5. 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


Other mental health hotlines - local and national

Anxious about Returning to Campus?

A MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENTS:  Returning to campus to a "new normal"...Consider these questions:


What is my emotional response to returning to campus?  You may notice that returning to campus could elicit  different emotions. You may feel excitement, fear,  worry, relief, sadness, numbness, thrill, empathy, etc.  Do not ignore these emotions! It’s important to name that all of these emotions are valid and that they are a normal response to the stressors of last year. They are also a normal response to the newness of adjusting to the rhythm of the 2021-2022 academic year.

What are my needs now? You may notice that your needs may have shifted in the last 18 months. What was a need for you before, may  look differently as you adjust to being on campus again. Take note of your overall well-being and  your physical, emotional, mental, environmental, relational, intellectual, financial, cultural, and  spiritual needs. 

Do I need to communicate with others differently? With being at home and physically  distancing for so long, socializing with others may  feel different and new. It will be important to take  things slow and communicate your needs as clearly as you can.  Practice what you may say to others, and create  boundaries when necessary. Remember, it’s okay  to say “no”! 

Have I taken a break? There may be a need to feel overly productive, social, and active as we transition back to in person events and activities, but  it’s also important to remember taking a break can help with motivation and reduce procrastination. Try taking small breaks throughout the day to help build up that self-care! 

Help! I have forgotten how to socialize! What should I do? This is a normal feeling to have! A lot of people  may be nervous to interact with people face-to-face  again. Try easing your way into social interactions, and plan for virtual and in person activities. Discuss with others possible ways to connect regularly with  others to help you get used to it. 

How will I attend classes again? Great question!  Remember that class attendance information may change and shift as we enter into the Fall quarter. Try finding out if your classes will be online, in person, or hybrid. It may be helpful to familiarize  yourself with campus, your commute, and setting up a routine. Reach out  to professors, academic advisors and coaches!


How will I manage my time? Give yourself  more time to get to class, and plan for in person or virtual study groups. Also, it may be  helpful to chunk your work by doing work for  25 minutes with a 5 minute break, and  alternate with this pattern for 2 hours. 

What will I do if I am tired of virtual classes?  Zoom fatigue is real! To help with this, it may be  helpful to avoid multitasking, reduce other on screen stimuli, and turn off your video if you can. Use the 20/20/20 rule to help with screen fatigue: every 20  minutes, look at an object that is 20 foot away for at least  20 seconds. This will help you take breaks from the screen. 

What are some coping strategies that would be  helpful in managing this transition? Coping strategies can look different for every person. Here are some coping skills that could  be helpful for you or your community: meditation, deep breathing, exercise, staying connected with family and friends, getting outside, journaling, creating art, making a mental health playlist, and taking social media breaks.  


How do I navigate post-lockdown anxiety? It’s important to remember that we are navigating this new time together. Boundaries will be on a continuum for you and others, and it’s okay for things to look differently from one individual to the next. For example, it’s okay to wear your mask and engage in social distancing,  whereas others may. We encourage you to follow current UCI guidelines and requirements regarding physical distancing, masks, and vaccines.

What if I have difficulty sleeping? We know transitioning back to school may mean that your sleep schedule may need some adjusting. We encourage  you to be patient with this adjustment, and build a new sleep hygiene routine. To get more tips about sleep hygiene, check out our sleep awareness videos on YouTube: What is Sleep Hygiene? Learn how to build a Sleep Routine

Where can I get additional support?

There are several offices on campus that can support you! The Wellness Center Counseling Center here to support you with  your mental health needs. Please feel free to visit our website to learn more about counseling services, TAO:Therapy Assistance Online and LionsHealth: Wellness Center Counseling Services. Call us at 513-244-4949 or email Wellness.Center@msj.edu to make an appointment.  more information. 

 *Information adapted from Iowa State University and Virginia Tech Counseling Center You’ve made it this far, and we can get





Wellness Center Counseling Staff

Patsy Schwaiger Willig, LPCC-S
Phone: 513-244-4371
Mariah Dern, LPCC
Phone: 513-244-4738
Molly McDaniel, LPCC
Phone: 513-244-4206

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.

For students

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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. 

Explore self-help and inspirational mental health podcasts.

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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Relaxation Exercises