Office of Counseling & Consultation

The Office of Counseling and Consultation offers a variety of services by licensed mental health professionals. College of Veterinary Medicine students can take advantage of counseling services ranging from one to multiple sessions for issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties. The staff can also assist with consultation regarding communications skills, stress management techniques, faculty and staff consultation regarding student concerns, education regarding mental health and wellness topics and assist with crisis intervention through safety assessments and de-escalation. 

The staff at the Office of Counseling and Consultation cannot prescribe medication, provide psychological testing (for ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, or other), complete emotional support animal paperwork, or treat severe mental illness or substance abuse. However, we can and do make referrals to other campus or community resources for these services.

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Crisis Resources

If you are in crisis and are in need of immediate help, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.

  • OSU Police: 614-292-2121
  • Netcare Access: 614-276-2273
  • OSU Counseling and Consultation Afterhours: 614-292-5766, Option 2
  • Local Suicide Prevention: 614-221-5445
  • 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988
    When you dial the national suicide prevention line, you are calling the crisis center closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will then be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will carefully listen to your concerns and tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
  • You can also visit to chat with a crisis worker or for additional resources.

Wellbeing Resources

How to Access the Office of Counseling and Consultation Services

The College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Counseling and Consultation is a resource that is available to all College of Veterinary Medicine graduate and professional students. Services are free and confidential. For emergency matters, please call 9-1-1.  Email is not monitored 24/7

For non-urgent appointments:

Email and please provide:

  • A brief summary of your presenting concern or reason for seeking services
  • A list of 3-4 dates and times you are available to meet over a two-week period
  • If you have no day/time preference, please specify that you will take the first available appointment regardless of day/time

If you would like to work with Annie or Katie specifically, please email them directly and include the abovementioned information.

Annie or Katie will email you to confirm your appointment date, time, and location. Please email again if you have not heard from our office within two business days.

For emergency matters, please call 9-1-1.  Email is not monitored 24/7

Your first appointment is called an intake and will be scheduled for approximately one hour.  You will be asked to complete some paperwork, similar to what you might have to fill out at other doctors’ offices.
Additional appointments are typically scheduled for approximately 60 minutes but can vary in length depending on the goals of the session.

Counseling and consultation can help you increase your understanding of yourself, utilize effective strategies for problem-solving, increase healthy coping skills, and help you become more successful overall.

For issues requiring longer term or intensive services, referrals are provided.

Areas of Counseling

Students are able to address a number of concerns with CVM OCC, including but not limited to the following:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Interpersonal Difficulties

  • Grief and Loss

  • LGBTQ+ Concerns

  • Academic Difficulties

  • Stress Management

  • Family Conflicts

  • Trauma

  • Eating Disorders

  • Identity Concerns

Psychiatry Services

The college has made arrangements with Dr. Mike Stauber, of Ohio State’s Harding Hospital, to provide our students and graduate professional students FREE psychiatric services. Psychiatric services are medical services that generally include the use of medications for symptom management. 
Psychiatric care is an adjunct to, not a replacement for, counseling services. Dr. Stauber generally advises those who utilize his service to work concurrently with a counselor for ongoing care. 
To schedule with Dr. Stauber:

  • Call 614-293-9600 (option 2)
  • Indicate that you are a veterinary student needing a meeting with Dr. Stauber.
  • Location: Dr. Stauber can schedule in-person meetings in Goss 333 or virtually for veterinary students. Visits are by appointment only.

Additional Counseling Services

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  • Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) is located on central campus in the Younkin Success Center and in offices located at Lincoln Tower (both are walkable from the vet campus). CCS may schedule with you directly or can triage your call and make referrals to other providers as needed. CCS is also available for after-hours consulting.  The first 10 free visits to CCS are free and are not dependent upon your insurance coverage. Contact 614-292-5766 to schedule or inquire about services or visit
  • The OSU Couple and Family Therapy clinic serves individuals, couples, and families. The clinic does not accept insurance. They operate on a sliding fee scale, so the ability to pay should not deter you from seeking their services. OSU students pay as little as $10.00 per session, which is less than many insurance co-pays.  The CFT Clinic can be reached at 614-292-3671 or
  • For OSU Employees: Contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-678-6265 or

The number of providers in Columbus and the surrounding area are too numerous to list here.  Below is a link to a list of providers that can be used as a starting point.  If you have insurance, you may contact your insurance company directly for a list of providers who accept your insurance plan. Suggestions for specific counselors are provided on a referral basis only. 

If you are interested in a specific referral, please schedule an individual consultation session with Annie Abraham or Katie Reid to discuss your unique situation.  It can be confusing and overwhelming to pick a community provider.  Please let us know if we can help.

OhioPHP encourages healthcare professionals to improve their health and well-being through educational and confidential well-being programs.  When we have a healthy workforce, we ultimately impact the quality of care for all of Ohio’s patients. 

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About Our Staff

Annie Fahrbach, MEd, LPCC, RYT-200 

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Annie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over a decade of experience providing a wide range of professional counseling services to adolescents, adults, and families.  Her clinical areas of specialty are eating disorders, body image and self-esteem, anxiety and depression, perfectionism, trauma and traumatic grief, relationship concerns, parenting and maternal wellbeing, identity development, and mild substance use disorders.  Additionally, she has worked regularly with intellectually and emotionally gifted adolescents and adults.

In this role at CVM OCC, Annie provides brief counseling services.  She is a good starting point to get support, process any concerns, and determine a plan that will best fit the needs of the student.  Annie is here to help as a neutral, nonjudgmental resource.  She utilizes a warm and genuine approach, so please reach out if she can be of assistance.

Annie’s office is located in VMAB 265.  She will generally be able to schedule appointments between the hours of 9am and 4pm M-F, or by special appointment only.

Katie Reid, Psy.D. 

Katie Reid

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with experience providing counseling and consultation services to adults, couples, and adolescents in a variety of clinical settings, including graduate student counseling.  Her areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationship difficulties, professional and personal identity development, stress management, couples counseling, trauma, and grief.

In her role at CVM OCC, Katie provides brief counseling and consultation services.  She is here to offer compassionate, nonjudgmental support to help students process and work towards identifying possible solutions to their concerns.  If students are unsure of their needs, an initial meeting is a great place to start!  Collaboration can help determine the best course of action for a student’s unique needs. 

Katie's office is located in VMAB 389.  Appointments are generally scheduled between the hours of 9am and 4pm M-F, or by special appointment only.