Stoner Health & Counseling Center
Stoner Health & Counseling Center

Counseling Services

The Counseling Service is located in the Stoner Health Center in Campus Center 146. Free and confidential counseling services are offered to all full-time Heidelberg University students by Karen Raber, Johanna VanRenterghem and Erin Perry, licensed professional counselors.

Campus Center 146 (Within Stoner Health & Counseling Center)
John Sharp, LPCC-S, Karen Raber, LPCC-S, Johanna VanRenterghem, LPCC
For appointments, call 419-448-2145 or 419-448-2041

The Counseling Service is located in the Stoner Health Center in Campus Center 146. Free and confidential counseling services are offered to all full-time Heidelberg University students by Karen Raber, Johanna VanRenterghem and Erin Perry, licensed professional counselors.

How to Make an Appointment

Individuals may schedule an initial appointment by visiting Stoner Health and Counseling Center or calling 419-448-2145. You can also email in order to set up an appointment time. At the initial appointment, the counselor will assess the student's needs and make recommendations for appropriate services, either focused time limited services at the counseling center or through an appropriate off campus provider.

Individual Counseling

In individual counseling, clients meet with a counselor to discuss concerns and learn coping strategies in a private, confidential setting. The counselor will collaborate with the student to set counseling goals and evaluate progress toward those goals. Individual counseling services at Heidelberg are time-limited.


Counseling at Stoner Health and Counseling Center is confidential and is most effective when a student can be direct and honest with a counselor without fear that personal information will be shared. Counselors do not release information about a student (age 18 or older) without that student's written permission, except as directed by Ohio law, in cases of imminent danger to self or others, child/dependent abuse, court order or where otherwise required by law. Notations of counseling are not part of a student's university records.

For individuals under the age of 18, one assessment session is provided. Further services require a parent's or legal guardian's notarized signature on the "Parental Consent for Services for Underage HU Students."

In order to provide quality care, counselors may consult with or receive supervision from another member of our professional staff concerning the service we are providing. Information about the characteristics of the individuals who use counseling services and the services clients have received is maintained in a secure filing system.

Client Rights

Clients have the right to:

  • Receive services regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation
  • Receive information about the methods being used and the training background and credentials of the counselor
  • Refuse treatment at any time
  • File a complaint about services with the director or supervisor
  • Review clinical records in the presence of a counselor, unless in the opinion of the counselor the information would be harmful to the client or to the client's progress
  • Request and be granted a change in assigned clinician; the request may be made to the assigned clinician or to the director

For additional questions, please email

Ulifeline: Ulifeline is an online resource for college mental health. It includes a self evaluator in order to assess whether or not you could benefit from seeking counseling. It also provides a wealth of information about a variety of mental health issues that pertain specifically to college students.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is a mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. The mission of NAMI is to improve the quality of life and ensure dignity and respect for persons with serious mental illness and offer support to their families and close friends.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual violence with free, confidential services around the clock.

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation: Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation aims to provide suicide prevention organizations information and resources, raise awareness, eliminate stigma and increase help-seeking behavior for all Ohioans. Their mission is promote suicide prevention as a public health issue and advance evidence-based awareness, intervention and methodology strategies which will support all Ohio-based suicide prevention efforts.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA has a mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA's core competencies include releasing and managing block grants and special programmatic funding and providing states, providers, communities and the public with the best and most up-to-date information about behavioral health issues and prevention/treatment approaches. Increasingly, they are expanding those competencies to focus collectively on using SAMHSA's resources and influence to effect real and measurable differences in the lives of people and communities throughout America.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA is a long-standing self-help organization for people who want to stop drinking or using other drugs. AA uses a 12-step program based on a spiritual connection to a higher power (such as God) to help people overcome their addictions. Although the program's success has not been validated by scientific study, it has helped many people. For information about dates and times of local meetings, please go to days a week

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Communication between the student and the staff of the Counseling Center is confidential and will not be disclosed without the student's written permission. The law in the State of Ohio provides the following exceptions:

  • if the therapist has knowledge of abuse of a child, elder or a person with a disability
  • if the therapist has knowledge of intent to harm himself/herself or others
  • if the therapist receives a court order to the contrary
  • if the therapist or graduate student in training is supervised or consults with another clinical or counseling psychologist or mental health counselor within the center


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.

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

Rebecca Gosche
Assistant Director of Health, Counseling & Disabilities Center

Campus Center
Tiffin, OH 44883


Mon - Fri: 7:15am - 4:00pm

Walk-in clinic hours to see the nurse practitioner
Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 11:00am

Our Team

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