Ashland University Psychological Counseling Services

COVID-19 Updates:

Ashland University Psychological Counseling Services will continue to adjust its operations based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and other related governing bodies.  
On Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, Counseling Services suspended all face-to-face services and has been exclusively providing remote services to students.
In Spring 2021, Counseling Services plans to continue providing remote services. Per regulatory guidelines, all intake sessions will be via video chat. Counseling Services is offering additional face-to-face video conferencing, phone, text chat, and email support services to students once they complete their intake session.
Face-to-face, in-person services will resume when it is safe. Students are encouraged to continue using our remote services.
Please note that in June and July of each year, Counseling Services is on a summer recess and has restricted availability.
Interested in meeting with a counselor? Please email Dr. Oscar McKnight at  

If you are a faculty or staff member with concerns about a student’s mental health, please email or call Dr. Oscar McKnight, LPCC-S, LSW, BTMH, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Psychological Counseling and Health Services, Ashland University at or 419.289.5065 or contact the Counseling Services office at 419.289.5307.

Please see this webpage for additional help coping with COVID-19: “Coping with COVID-19”.

Counseling Services for Ashland University Students

At Ashland University, there is a place on campus that will help you pursue your academic and personal goals. Personal counseling services are FREE to all traditional full-time students and are designed to enhance the quality of your university experience. Ashland University provides personal, social, academic or career counseling and related services to further address a variety of student's needs. Such services include: 

Addressing Personal Mental Health Concerns

  • Building self-confidence
  • Coping with anxiety & stress
  • Counseling for personal concerns
  • Dealing with obsessive thoughts & compulsive behaviors
  • Depression management
  • Exploring identity & self-concept
  • Grief counseling

Adjusting to Academic Stress

  • Accelerated learning
  • Memory improvement
  • Speed reading
  • Test anxiety & relaxation
  • Training for improvement of study skills

Developing Healthy Habits

  • Addressing impulsive habits & behaviors
  • Alcohol & drug awareness
  • Proper sleep hygiene
  • Stress management
  • Time management

Establishing Healthy Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communication skills
  • Human sexuality information & counseling
  • Relationship building
  • Roommate conflicts
  • Social anxiety

Planning for the Future

  • Career testing
  • Decision-making strategies
  • Guidance for professional school
  • Life coaching
  • Premarital & marital decision making
  • Test preparation: MCAT, GRE, PRAXIS, LSAT


The goal of Ashland University Counseling is to accent individual student development. As such, if we can assist with any personal, private, or professional concerns, please contact the office of Psychological Counseling Services. Students can be assured that personal concerns will be treated as COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL, within the parameters of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the Licensure Board of the State of Ohio.
In the event of an EMERGENCY, please contact:

  • Ashland University Safety Services

Dial extension 5555 (when calling from an on-campus phone)
Dial 419.207.5555 (when calling from a cell phone)

  • University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center Main Number: 419.289.0491
  • Emergency Response: 911
  • Remember to check the "Local Resources" Link as well

Contact Us

Psychological Counseling Services

Hawkins Conard Student Center
401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Dr. Oscar McKnight, LPCC-S, LSW, NCC, BC-TMH
Associate Dean of Students
Director, Psychological Counseling Services

Office: 419.289.5307
Fax: 419.289.5209

Karen Gilman, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor          

Tim  Hull, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor


How Do I Schedule an Appointment?

Ashland Healthy Mind App

TalkCampus App

AU Prayer Request Form