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Counseling Services

As part of the Office of Special Services, the Rose State College Counseling Center provides counseling and referral services to students, faculty, and staff. Licensed and license-eligible counselors assist those experiencing difficulties that are impacting their education or ability to perform their responsibilities. Short-term, solution-focused counseling can effectively assist individuals utilize adaptive coping mechanisms to help alleviate current stress. Counseling sessions may occur in the campus office or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know If I Need Counseling? Anyone can be under stress from problems that are difficult to handle, and this can lead to feelings of confusion, worry, or ongoing sadness. Counselors are trained to address with you concerns such as test anxiety, relationship and family conflicts, time management, anxiety and depression, coping with loss, drug and alcohol use, and many others.

What Can I Expect at My First Appointment? You will fill out several forms that give us basic information about you and your concerns, a brief assessment form, as well as client rights and professional disclosure forms. When you first meet with a counselor, they will get to know you and ask a number of questions to evaluate your concerns. You will be able to discuss what is going on and to ask any questions you may have.

Is There Any Fee? Rose State College students, faculty, and staff can receive short-term counseling at no cost. For issues that require longer term counseling, we will refer you to agencies or individuals in your area who may charge a fee and/or utilize your insurance plan.

Is Counseling Confidential? Information you disclose in counseling sessions, including the fact that counseling has been sought, is confidential and will not be revealed to anyone outside this office without your prior written consent. There are laws, however, that do require us to contact others if you are deemed a serious threat to yourself or to others, or if we believe someone is being subjected to physical or sexual abuse.

Contact Us

You can make an appointment by calling 405.733.7373 or by coming to our offices located on the far north end of the first floor in the Learning Resources Center, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also email us at:

In an emergency, call call 988.


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Kognito takes only 30 minutes in the student version and 45 in the faculty version. This can be completed in multiple settings, or you can repeat scenarios if you would like to explore different conversations.

National and local resources are provided.

TAO - Therapy Assistance Online

What is TAO?

TAO includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

How to Register for TAO?

  • In your browser window, navigate to
  • Enter First Name, Last Name, and your school email address
  • Create a Password and Confirm your Password 
  • Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank. 
  • Click Sign Me Up
  • Check your email. You will be sent a Welcome to TAO email with a confirmation link which you must click on to sign in.

Community Resources

View the page containing links to resources available to the community. You may call 2-1-1 to find more resources in your area (or call Toll Free 877-362-1606 for Oklahoma City and Western Oklahoma).

Choosing a Major and a Career

As a college student, you will spend a lot of time and money preparing for a career. The following websites are helpful providing you with the opportunity to learn more about your own interest, abilities and personality and how these compare with a variety of careers. If you are interested, print your results and schedule an appointment with a counselor to help you process the information. 

Take a Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional - they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

Take a screening 

Additional Resources

  • Check out Healthy Place for mental health support, resources & information or ULifeline.
  • Help Guide HelpGuide is a trusted non-profit with over 200 science-based articles and other resources to help you overcome mental and emotional challenges, improve all your relationships...and much more.
Joanne Stafford
Joanne Stafford
Director, Special Services Student Life
(405) 733-7373
Katherine Hadden-Brueggemann
Katherine Hadden-Brueggemann
Administrative Assistant to Special Services Student Life
(405) 733-7373

Michael Shuttic
Michael Shuttic
Coordinator, Student Access Services Student Life
(405) 733-7373

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(405) 733-7373
Contact Information

The Office of Special Services is here to assist students, faculty and staff. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and/or concerns.

Office of Special Services
6420 SE 15th Street
Learning Resources Center, Room 106
Midwest City, OK 73110
Phone: (405) 733-7373
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.