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Personal Counseling

Personal problems and mental health concerns can get in the way of realizing your potential at the College of Medicine. At times, just talking can make a difference; while other times, more intervention is needed. All services are confidential as stipulated under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Information is only released with the written permission of the student.

  • Crisis Counseling: While most of our counseling services are scheduled on an appointment basis, there may be crisis situations that require immediate or same-day intervention. Such events include struggling with the death of a loved one, personal illness, or divorce. We will help you evaluate, set priorities, and find appropriate resources while you continue to manage your academic schedule and meet expectations.
  • Relationship Counseling: Balancing the demands of medical school while trying to form or maintain a relationship with a significant other can be daunting. Relationship counseling offers new perspectives and positive options to help you resolve your issues.
  • Interpersonal Issues: It’s possible that at some time during your medical career here, a past or current problem will take on overwhelming proportions. These issues can range from adjusting to medical school and accepting criticism to dealing with gender issues and respecting cultural diversity. We’ll work with you to assess specific challenges and to tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs.
  • Counseling for Depression and Anxiety: No one is immune from depression or anxiety. If you find the intensity and atmosphere of medical school taking a toll on your mental outlook, the first step is to contact us. Our counseling services will help you understand what is bothering you, how it is affecting you, and what is causing it.
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Assessments: We recognize dependency on alcohol, drugs, and many other addictions as treatable conditions and offer programs and services for medical students with these problems.  
  • Body Image Issues: Medical students, like others their age, share the same concern about dating and fitting in and preoccupation with appearance. Understanding body image, healthy eating, and eating disorders can help you to recognize warning signs and to know when to ask for help. Our goal is to help you feel the best you can and support you in being happy with the person you are.
  • Grief Counseling: Grief is a normal response to loss. We all handle it differently, and at times some of us cope better than others. Our on-site aspect of counseling guarantees earlier intervention with less disruption of the student’s own life.

For additional information, contact:

Lora Eberhard, MS, PCC, LCDCIII
Personal Counselor
138A Meiling Hall
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. or as needed
(614) 292-3340

Darryl Brush, MD
Medical Director, Outpatient and Partial Hospital Services
OSU Harding Hospital
1670 Upham Drive
(614) 366-8378 (intake)

Related Links

The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service

Stress Management in Medical School PDF

Healthy Sleep Habits PDF