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SEHS Counseling Center

The SEHS Counseling Center is a no-cost service offering personal and career counseling. We are located in 250 Pawley Hall on the campus of Oakland University. The SEHS Counseling Center is a teaching and research facility for the counselor education program at Oakland University. The center enables graduate students to integrate and apply counseling theory with practice, as well as provide supervised professional counseling assistance to persons in need at no cost.

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Contact:
Ashley Karas MA, LPC, CAADC, NCC
250A Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2633
fax: (248) 370-4141
dunham@oakland.edu
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Are you looking for someone who will really listen to your concerns? Do you need help coping with daily living issues? The SEHS Counseling Center offers caring, confidential, counseling to help with:

  • anxiety
  • assertiveness training
  • career counseling
  • communication skills
  • grief and loss
  • life transitions 
  • relationship problems
  • separation from loved ones
  • situational depression 
  • stress management
  • test anxiety
  • time management
  • and many other issues
  • Individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults, couples and family counseling on a limited basis
  • Specialty groups are frequently available such as: 
    • career transition
    • men in transition
    • women in transition
    • parenting
    • study skills

Contact us to determine if we can offer appropriate services for your needs.

The SEHS Counseling Center is not a crisis center and is not for those who are court ordered into counseling, severely mentally ill, suicidal, or dealing with substance abuse issues.

If you feel you are in crisis and need to talk to someone, please use the area appropriate number below as you deem necessary.
  • Macomb County – Macomb County Crisis Center (586) 307-9100
  • Oakland County – Common Ground (248) 456-0909
  • St. Clair County – Safe Horizons (810) 985-5538
  • Wayne County – Neighborhood Services Organization (313) 224-7000


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After you register using the form below, a counselor will personally contact you to set up your first appointment. Generally, you'll meet with your counselor for one or two 50-minute counseling sessions per week for a period of 5-14 weeks. You should plan to come to your first session a bit early to fill out a few forms in order to obtain necessary information. Among these forms is a client consent form which allows sessions to be recorded for the purpose of supervising your counselor. You can also register by calling us or stopping by the office to complete a brief intake form.



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You can talk to trusted friends, family members, or others 
Share your feelings and thoughts with someone you feel you can trust, you are comfortable with and who cares for you.

Taking a bath/shower 
Taking a relaxing bath or shower may calm you down.

Take a walk 
Go outside or somewhere inside to walk and release tension.

Write
Take a few minutes every day to write about your thoughts and feelings. You may also decide to share these writings with your counselor.

Eat healthy
It is important to take care of your body by eating healthy.

Practice meditation
Go online or purchase a book to learn meditation.

Breathe deeply 
Go online or purchase a book to learn breathing exercises.

Get enough sleep
Talk with your medical doctor about your sleep patterns if needed.

Spiritual needs
If you feel you have spiritual needs attend to them in a way that is right for you.

Set small goals
Focusing on one thing at a time may keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

Always remember to consult with your medical doctor concerning your health before engaging in any health tips. In case of a health or psychiatric emergency proceed to the nearest emergency room as you deem necessary.


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The SEHS Counseling Center is located in 250 Pawley Hall on the campus of Oakland University (see map). If you need directions, call (248)-370-2633.

The SEHS Counseling Center is open year round and is always pleased to accept referrals.

Hours are as follows 
  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9a.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • Closed Sundays, during regular university breaks and closings. The center opens on the first full day of classes and closes on the last day of classes each semester.

If you feel you are in crisis and need to talk to someone, please use the area appropriate number below as you deem necessary.
  • Macomb County – Macomb County Crisis Center (586) 307-9100
  • Oakland County – Common Ground (248) 456-0909
  • St. Clair County – Safe Horizons (810) 985-5538
  • Wayne County – Neighborhood Services Organization (313) 224-7000


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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I REGISTER?
A counselor will personally contact you to set up your first appointment. They may call from a non-university phone number and if they leave a message, they will only identify themselves as calling from Oakland University. Generally, you'll meet with your counselor for one or two (50 minute) counseling session per week for a period of 5-14 weeks. You should plan to come to your first session a bit early to fill out a few forms in order to obtain necessary information. Among these forms is a client consent form which allows sessions to be digitally recorded for the purpose of supervising your counselor. 

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT SUPERVISION?
As a teaching facility for graduate students in the Counseling program we are required to provide close supervision of our counselors by fully Licensed Professional Counselors. Consequently, all sessions will be audio and digitally recorded. These recordings are carefully secured and stored in our center. They are viewed by your counselor's supervisor (as needed) to provide feedback for your counselor. ALL RECORDINGS ARE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AT THE START OF EACH SEMESTER. At your first appointment you will be asked to sign a consent form which will give your counselor permission for these recordings. Please discuss this with your counselor or the Coordinator if you have further questions or concerns.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
The Counseling Center is not a crisis center and is not for those who are mentally ill, suicidal, dealing with substance abuse or legal issues. Counselors normally do not work with people who are seeing other mental health care providers except in the case of career exploration and other specific areas of treatment. A signed release form will be requested in these cases.

WHERE IS THE COUNSELING CENTER LOCATED?
The Counseling Center is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The University is situated near the intersection of Squirrel Road and University Drive just east of I-75 and north of M-59. We are on the second floor of the new Education and Human Services Building, (Pawley Hall) Room 250. When you schedule your first appointment with a counselor, you will be given more detailed instructions on where and when to meet.

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