Counseling and Wellness

What to expect when beginning services at CWS

The mission of Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) is to promote optimal student wellness and mental health and the pursuit of social justice through the provision of quality education, consultation, and clinical service and training as an active presence in the Wright State University community with an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity.

We offer a warm, relaxed and confidential place to talk things out.  Talking with someone who is invested in understanding your experience and helping you reach your goals can be extremely helpful. 

We offer group, individual, and couples therapy as well as psychiatric (medication) services and assessment (testing services).

Here’s how you can get started with services through CWS:

Initial appointment:

  • To get started, you’ll complete a 15-minute Evaluation for Services appointment with a provider from our office.  This first meeting is done on a walk-in basis, M-F, from 11:00 – 3:00, in our office in 053 Student Union.  Times vary on Wednesday, so please call our office (937-775-3407) or check our webpage (www.wright.edu/student-affairs/health-and-wellness/counseling-and-wellness) for specific hours.
    • After you complete some paperwork, you’ll meet with one of our therapists to talk about your situation and your goals/needs.  You’ll have a chance to ask questions and together, you and the therapist will determine what the next steps might be to help you get your needs met.
  • After the initial meeting, you will either schedule your intake appointment or be contacted by a provider to schedule an intake appointment.  During periods of high service demand there may be a wait before you start working with your ongoing provider at CWS.  We know it can create anxiety to wait.  The person you met with for your Evaluation for Services will call you each week to check in and you can always schedule to meet with that person face-to-face to talk through things while you wait.  Please make sure you return phone calls or respond to letters we may send you; we take those steps to make sure that you are getting the support you want and ensure that you stay active in our system to receive services.  We are here to help!

The intake appointment

  • Once you get assigned to your ongoing provider, you’ll complete a 50-minute intake appointment.  The intake is a chance for you and your provider to get to know each other and gather additional information that helps us create a plan that meets your unique needs.

Common questions students ask about our services:

Who can access my file? – Services at CWS are confidential.  We don’t share your information with anyone outside of CWS without your written permission to do so.  There are some exceptions to confidentiality, and your provider can explain those specific instances to you in more detail.

How do I talk to someone when the office is closed? – CWS is open, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  When the office is closed, you can contact Raider Cares, a 24/7/365 hotline.  Raider Cares is staffed by off-site mental health professionals who provide emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention strategies.  They can be reached at 855-224-2887 (TTY: 855-327-9151).  If you prefer text communication, the Crisis Text Line offers 24 hour, 7 day per week text contact with trained crisis counselors - reach them by texting "LISTEN" to 741-741.  The Crisis Text Line is NOT affiliated with Counseling and Wellness Services or WSU.

For students who are experiencing a mental health emergency, we encourage you to come to CWS any time when our office is open.  You will be asked to complete a brief form which provides the therapist information to best serve you at that moment.  If the emergency occurs after our regular business hours, please contact the police (911 on campus - or 937-775-2111) or the Raider Cares Line (see above).