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A message from our director:


Counseling Services joins the rest of the Xavier community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American community. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt.  As a mental health service, Counseling Services is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. Additionally, we are collaborating with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to offer further support.  Please stay connected for upcoming resources.

With love and solidarity,
Jamie Baxter, Director of Counseling Services
Staff of Counseling Services

Xavier University Counseling Services is here for you and is committed to your health and wellbeing. We also understand that this is a trying time for all. We are going to offer virtual Let’s Talk virtual sessions on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 pm to provide support for students who need ongoing outlets following death of Prof Prues as well as support during this time of racial unrest.  Counseling Services is available to meet with any interested Xavier Student via HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing (teletherapy). Students who wish to get connected with a therapist should call 513-745-3022, option 2, for more information.

Please also consult our special Covid-19 and Mental Health resource page for opportunities to webinars and resources to navigate through the impact of Covid-19 on your personal wellness.

Hours of Operation

Counseling Services Hours of Operation: Located at the Health United Building, we are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, 513-745-3022, option 2.

AFTER HOURS: A therapist is on-call 24/7. If you are in a crisis and need to speak with a therapist after hours, please contact Xavier Campus Police at 513-745-1000, who will put you in touch immediately with the on-call therapist. Please only utilize calling campus police if it is an urgent mental health need after-hours. All other after-hours questions and concerns should be directed to the staff at Counseling Services during regular business hours, 513-745-3022, option 2.

Who We Are

The clinical psychologists and counselors on staff at Xavier Counseling Services are licensed in the state of Ohio. The staff also includes a board-certified consulting psychiatrist for you if you need medication or hospitalization. Free of charge, students can benefit from the same quality of service that's available in a private practice. In addition, Xavier University is a designated JED Campus, a nationwide initiative designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of developing comprehensive systems, programs and policies with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.

Xavier Health and Counseling Services welcomes you! We know that making your first appointment with a therapist can be scary. It may even be the most difficult step in your journey to wellness. You are not alone. We support you and will be right along with you as you take steps to improve your mental health and well-being.

Issues We Help You Address

Staff at Xavier Counseling Services can help you address a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to:

  • Depression or mood swings
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety or stress - check out this great video addressing anxiety as a college student.
  • Dating or peer relationship problems
  • Family relationship problems
  • Eating or body image
  • Sexuality
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Anger
  • Perfectionism or procrastination
  • Recovery from verbal, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Recovery from sexual assault

If you cannot decide whether counseling is appropriate for you, take the Self Evaluator assessment. This brief self test may help.

Also available to our students, and people nationwide, is the Crisis Text Line. Text 741741 to be connected with a trained Crisis Counselor any time of day. Please note, this is not run and operated by Xavier University. For more information about the Crisis Text Line please visit their website.