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Students benefit from Counseling Center

Wednesday, October 24, 2007  
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By Tracy Corcoran

The Health and Wellness Center offers multiple services to the students on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. The center provides general medicine and nursing attention well as psychological services.

Randy Cochran, the director of counseling services, is available to listen to students and give advice on personal, relational and academic issues as well as other problems a student may have.

Director of Freshman Experience in Student life, Amy Janzen, feels it is vital for students to know there is someone they can talk to when facing challenges in their lives.

“It is important for students to realize that there is help for anyone who is struggling,” Janzen said. “Cochran genuinely cares about our students and does an excellent job as the director of counseling services and our primary certified professional counselor on campus. We are blessed to have him on our campus.”

Sophomore Jonathan Coulter made an appointment with Cochran because he wanted an unbiased view about a relationship problem.

“He helped me sort out my thoughts and gave me a more rational point of view about my concern,” Coulter said. “After talking to him, I had a more realistic idea of what I wanted and how I should go about achieving that idea.”

The Health and Wellness Center offers every student enrolled at Oklahoma Christian eight free sessions per semester lasting 45 to 50 minutes each.

Students’ appointments are on campus at the center on the west side of the Student Center.

Junior Danna Nieto feels the Health and Wellness Center is not only convenient but also comfortable.

Nieto knew she would be speaking to a Christian who shared her own beliefs. She would have never gone to a counselor off campus since it would involve not knowing the person she spoke with and driving somewhere on her own.

“I think it is great for people who need help and who are hurting,” Nieto said. “It is comforting to know that when something horrible happens to you, you can walk to the Health Center and talk to someone.”

Coulter feels it is very important for students to be honest during their sessions with Cochran.

Cochran is not there to judge any student or situation but to help and guide them through their struggles.

“It always helps to talk to someone who doesn’t know you, yet will listen, and take you seriously without judging you,” Coulter said. “From my experience, they also give great, usable advice.”

Coulter advises being honest and open with the counselors.

“They want to help you, and they will if you let them. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. I think that’s very important when wanting counseling,” Coulter said.

If students are struggling with classes or life in general and need someone to talk to, they should not hesitate to make an appointment with Cochran. Students can call (405) 425-5250 or stop by the Health and Wellness Center to schedule an appointment.

“As Christians, we all have problems, and 90 percent of us know we don’t have it all together, and that’s okay,” Nieto said. “I really did benefit from seeing Dr. Cochran.”

Nieto encourages students not to hesitate in taking advantage of the counseling services when they are hurting and need someone to talk to.

“Don’t be afraid to do it. I think so many people think it’s weird to go talk to a counselor, but in all reality, if it is what you need, then go do it,” Nieto said. “They are there to help you and from personal experience, it does really help.”

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