Student Health Center front entrance

Student Counseling Service

“I came to [my counselor] at a very low point in my life. Her expertise and warm heart were able to bring me back to the person I truly am.”
—Miami University Student

The Miami University Student Counseling Service provides primary, secondary, and tertiary level mental health interventions to assist students in developing and maintaining healthy personal, emotional, and psychological functioning as they set and attempt to achieve academic goals.


Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides a range of clinical mental health services including:

  • Evaluation and screening
  • Mandatory substance abuse and threat assessment evaluations
  • Short-term individual and group counseling and psychotherapy
  • Pharmacotherapy and medication management

In addition, staff provide a range of primary and secondary level intervention services, including:

  • Consultation to faculty, staff, parents, and students
  • A wide range of psycho-educational workshops
  • “Gatekeeper” programs to train faculty, staff and students to identify and assist students of concern
  • Educational outreach programs covering a wide range of mental health concerns

All SCS staff are generalist practitioners with specialized administrative and/or programming roles such as women’s services, training, substance abuse, international students, multicultural services, etc.


The Office maintains a nationally recognized psychology pre-doctoral intern training program accredited by American Psychological Association (APA), consisting of four FTE pre-doctoral interns selected via a national matching process. This program significantly expands service availability at low cost and contributes to a vibrant departmental climate.

Student with puppyKey Facts and Figures

Mental health services have been the fastest growing service over the past decade.

  • 11% of Miami student body utilized SCS last year
  • 22% of MU community has completed mental health gatekeeper training
  • 66% of SCS clients report the service made them more likely to continue their education at Miami
  • Miami students utilize mental health services 21% more than students at comparable size universities
  • Staff present 300+ outreach events to over 23,000 participants—a 53% increase in the past five years