In a Crisis?

In an emergency situation after 4:30 P.M. or on weekends, contact one of the following crisis hotlines:

  • Jefferson County (740) 996-7127
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • Text “4HOPE” to 741741
Crisis Hotline and Other Resources

The Crisis Hotline is a local 24-hr. helpline. It is run by the Coleman Professional Services and is staffed by professional counselors and social workers. This service is to be used if there is an emergency and a professional is needed to give advice or direction in a crisis situation.

Trinity Health System is the local Catholic Hospital located at 4000 Johnson Road in Steubenville. (It is approximately 3 miles west of the University on Route 22.)Services at Trinity include both inpatient and outpatient treatment for persons with addictions and psychiatric disorders.

Other helpful numbers:

Visits, Appointments, & Hours
Request a Counseling Appointment

The Counseling Service at the Wellness Center will meet with each student who requests counseling to assess the student’s problem and establish a treatment plan. To request an initial assessment meeting, please download the Counseling Request Form, fill it out, put it into a sealed envelope, and mail it to:

Matthew Burriss, MA, LPCC-S
Director of the Wellness Center
Finnegan Fieldhouse

Regular Hours

Monday: 9:00 a.m to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 a.m

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Note: We make every attempt to accommodate our students. There is usually little or no delay for services. However, during times of high demand for services, delays may occur. We appreciate your patience while we deliver every student the time and attention required.

Counseling, Groups, and Referrals

After the initial assessment appointment a treatment plan is devised that may include any or all of the following:

Our services provide one-on-one confidential individual counseling for University students. The initial visit consists of a one-hour session with one of the professional staff counselors to assess the student’s problem. Based on this assessment, a treatment plan will be determined which may include further counseling with a professional staff counselor, graduate student counselor at Wellness Center: Counseling Services, or referral to a service provider in the Steubenville area. A nominal fee of $10.00 is charged for each session following the first visit here at our offices.

Your counselor will bring his/her professional knowledge and experience to the session, but the ultimate responsibility for growth and change rests with you. You are invited at any time to ask questions about your counselor, the methods being used, and the direction that you are taking in treatment.

Depending upon the nature of your difficulty you might also experience uncomfortable emotions such as anger, fear, and frustration during the course of counseling. While your counselor cannot remove these feelings from you, he/she will help you work through them or find an alternative counselor. You are free to discontinue counseling at any time. Most people remain in therapy until they feel that they have learned better methods of thinking, feeling, and acting with regard to their difficulties.

Services are offered on a short-term basis, approximately 8-9 sessions. If a student requires additional counseling the appropriate referral can be arranged for a provider of services in the local Steubenville area.

Since this is a counseling and teaching center, the initial assessment interview will normally take place with a graduate counseling student present for the purpose of their training in counseling methods and skills.

Group counseling provides an excellent opportunity for students to work on specific areas for change in a supportive atmosphere. The groups start at the beginning of each semester and are FREE of charge.

Groups will be offered depending on the needs and interests of the students. In the past, groups on eating disorders, recovery from sexual trauma, body image, and coping skills were conducted. We will be conducting a group counseling experience for women diagnosed with depression as the primary treatment choice for these students. Please call the Counseling Center for more information on any of these groups.

The local Steubenville area offers a wide variety of support groups. A listing for local groups can be found daily in the Herald Star Newspaper.

Adult Children of Alcoholics is a 12 Step group designed to learn how to cope with the family problems stemming from living with an alcoholic parent. Other groups may be offered depending on the needs and interests of the students.

Other Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Jefferson County can be found at the local Alcoholics Anonymous website.

A Recovery, Inc. group for those dealing with fear and anger management. Contact the Counseling Center for more information.

A Sexual Addiction Support Group meets regularly in the Steubenville area. Contact the Counseling Center for more information.

An Alcoholics Anonymous group meets weekly on campus. Contact the Counseling Service office for more information.

Referrals to local agencies or private service providers can be arranged depending on the needs of the student. Although these referrals are made at the expense of the student; most health insurance plans cover some type of outpatient counseling. We will work with you to find a suitable provider covered by your insurance plan. In the event that it is necessary to refer you to another service provider, our staff will schedule follow-up appointments with you to evaluate the service you are receiving and to support the treatment plan.

Preventative Mental Health Programs

In an effort to help all students with common problems and share helpful, healthy information, we offer Preventative Mental Health Programs during the semester on topics such as:

  • Alcohol 101: Responsible Alcohol Use
  • Date Rape: Can it happen here?
  • Eating Disorders: Dying to be thin
  • Pornography: The Hidden Addiction

Other programs can be offered depending on the interests of the students. Call the Counseling Center for more information.

About Our Counseling Services
Caring for your emotional well-being

In accordance with the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Wellness Center provides clinical counseling services grounded in Catholic doctrine and understanding of the human person. Our services are provided by licensed counselors and social workers, as well as by graduate student interns in our Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program under supervision. Our counselors and social workers have all graduated from an accredited institution with a master’s degree in counseling or social work, and all are licensed by the state of Ohio to provide professional psychotherapy (i.e., “counseling”) services.

Phone: (740) 284-7217


Information from the following third party websites is intended for general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a professional healthcare provider.

Additional Topics
Privacy and Confidentiality

All interactions with the Wellness Center are considered confidential in nature. By law, no one may access your health records without your consent. However, there are circumstances and situations in which Wellness Center staff may be required by law to break your confidentiality, possibly without your permission or knowledge. The exceptions to confidentiality include, but may not be limited to: if you indicate that you intend to physically hurt yourself; if you indicate that you intend to physically hurt someone else; involvement in a felony; or if a medical emergency threatens your life or the life of another and information from your record is needed to provide adequate care. Our staff are mandated reporters; we are required to report evidence of domestic violence, as well as the abuse and/or neglect of minors, elders, and persons with a developmental disability to child protective services and/or law enforcement. We may also be required to break confidentiality if we receive a subpoena from a court of law requesting documentation from services you have received at the Wellness Center. If you wish the Wellness Center to communicate with an outside party, such as a parent or professor, you will need to complete a Release of Information form, which you may request from the Wellness Center.