Stoner Health & Counseling Center
Stoner Health & Counseling Center

Counseling Services

The Counseling Service is located in the Stoner Health & Counseling Center in Campus Center 146. Free and confidential counseling services are offered to all full-time Heidelberg University students while classes are in session.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all counseling services are offered remotely through Google Hangouts Meet. To schedule a session, a student should email and follow the instructions from the automated response. Students experiencing a crisis or emergency can call the Health and Counseling Center during business hours at (419) 448-2041.

Services are provided by:

  • John Sharp, LPCC-S, Associate Director of Counseling
  • Karen Raber, LPCC-S
  • Mary Felton Ziegler, LPC

How to Make an Appointment

Students seeking to engage in counseling services must email or call (419) 448-2898.

Upon return to the traditional class schedule, individuals seeking counseling services can stop into the Stoner Health and Counseling Center, call (419) 448-2041, or email to set up an appointment.  Students have access to the counseling staff Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Counselors may provide evening hours throughout the academic year, although this varies from semester to semester.

Services Offered

The counseling center offers students a variety of services including: individual counseling, group therapy, consultations, and crisis counseling. Students do not need diagnosable symptoms in order to utilize counseling services. A typical counseling treatment episode will include a diagnostic assessment, identification of treatment goals, use of evidence based interventions, and evaluation of progress towards treatment goals. There are no restrictions to reasons of use or limits to counseling sessions. The counseling staff may identify the needs of a client as outside of their scope of practice and collaborate with the client to identify resources which will appropriately meet their needs.


All counseling services at the Stoner Health and Counseling Center are confidential in nature and information shared during these sessions are protected by HIPAA. Confidentiality and protected information does not include the presence of imminent danger as defined by the State of Ohio.  Information can be shared with the entity of the clients choice with a signed Release of Information or when required by law.

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What services are provided?

Individual Counseling: Staff members can help students explore, understand and work through problems on a one-to-one basis. Individual personal counseling can help students find alternatives, expand choices and overcome obstacles that interfere with personal development and a sense of well-being. The clarification and resolution of personal problems often facilitate a student's ability to concentrate, increase clarity regarding academic direction and career choice, and stabilize and enhance relationships.

Couples Counseling: Couples counseling can help students learn how to communicate more effectively with a partner resolve conflicts and develop a more mutually satisfying relationship.

Group Counseling: Group counseling is an effective treatment modality for many types of interpersonal concerns. It allows you to share your concerns with other students who have similar issues while receiving support from group members and counselors. You also have the opportunity to learn about alternative ways of looking at personal problems. Lastly, you learn new ways of relating to others.

Outreach: Outreach programs are a service provided by the Counseling Center to assist in the development of Heidelberg University students. Programs focus on relevant issues that students may face on a daily basis. These issues include stress management, relaxation, eating disorders, time management, relationship building and interpersonal skills.

Consultation: We are available to consult with students, faculty, staff and parents.

Who is eligible to use the Counseling Center services?

A Heidelberg University full-time undergraduate or graduate student who is currently registered is eligible for services.

Is a spouse, partner or family eligible for services?

A spouse or partner is eligible for services if both are registered students.

How many sessions are students eligible for?

The Counseling Center offers as many sessions as needed to address the specific area of concern which is determined during the initial interview.

Is there a charge for the services?

No. Services for counseling are provided to registered students at no cost.

Will the student's counseling records be a part of his/her academic record?

All counseling records are confidential and are not part of the academic record.

Do some graduate schools, professional board or regulatory agencies request counseling records?

Yes. Some graduate schools, professional board or regulatory agencies request counseling records. It is the decision of the student to acknowledge whether s/he has received therapy when asked. However, the Counseling Center can only release information with written permission.

What hours is the Counseling Center open?

Counselors are available by appointment between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, when classes are in session.

How does a student know if she/he needs counseling?

Counseling is appropriate for anyone who is troubled by a specific problem or has a general concern. Students seek out counseling for personal growth, increased self-awareness, depression, anxiety, family and interpersonal issues, as well as for acute problems or crises.

Contact Information

Campus Center


Our Team

Janelle Baldosser
Director of Health Center & Counseling
Campus Center
Jenifer Bayer
Campus Center
Autumn Crawford
Graduate Assistant
Rebecca Gosche
Assistant Director of Health,Counseling & Disabilities Center
Campus Center
Rebecca Goshe
Lori Groves
Registered Nurse
Karen Raber
Campus Center
Karen Raber
John Sharp
Assistant Director of Counseling
Campus Center 134
john sharp
Mary Ziegler
Mary Felton