The Counseling Center is a complete psychological services center at The University of Akron. The Center is part of Student Affairs and is located in Simmons Hall (Rooms 306 and 304) near the center of campus. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
Any student currently registered for credit courses or developmental courses may use the services of the Counseling Center. Full-time or part time faculty and staff also may use the services for consultation or referral, once for personal and family concerns and as often as required for university matters.
Students visit the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons including: coping with a personal crisis, dealing with a wide range of personal issues such as concerns about self-esteem, sexuality, ethnic identity, alcohol/drugs, and family conflicts or relationship issues. You might wish to seek help in deciding on a major and a career direction or in improving study skills or overcoming learning problems.
The staff at the Counseling Center includes psychologists, psychology interns and advanced doctoral students in psychology. They represent a variety of theoretical orientations and specialties.
Many times in life people must face difficult situations. Problems can seem confusing and overwhelming. Sometimes choices appear so limited that every possible outcome feels like more discomfort and unhappiness. An objective professional can often help you during these times. The Counseling Center provides a quiet place where you can discuss your concerns in private with an experienced professional.
All communication is held in strict confidence. All identifying information, including the fact that you have visited the Counseling Center, may be released to others only at your written request. The only exception is the unusual situation in which there is clear danger to yourself or to others.
There is no charge to eligible students except for fees associated with LD testing and nominal fees for career and psychological tests.
You may make an appointment for personal or career counseling by calling (330) 972-7082 or (330) 972-7083, or in person at Simmons Hall 306. Appointments for testing may be made by calling (330) 972-7084 or by coming to the testing service at Simmons Hall 304.
You can usually be seen for an intake session within several days of the first contact. If you request a particular counselor, you may have a longer wait. In case of emergency, you can be seen with a minimum of delay.
The counselor will obtain background information from you, assess your needs, determine the appropriateness of services at the Counseling Center, assign you to a counselor or make a referral to another service on or off campus.
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During fall and spring semesters, we are also open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer.
Hezzleton E. Simmons Hall 306
277 E. Buchtel Avenue
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4303
The Counseling Center is located in Hezzleton E. Simmons Hall. Counselng Services is in room 306. The Testing Services is located in room 304.