If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency call 911 or visit the emergency room nearest to you. 

Additional resources: 

  • National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline text or call 988
  • Common Ground 1.800.231.1127
  • Disaster Distress Hotline 1.800.985.5990 or text RESTORE to 741741 to connect to a crisis counselor for free confidential support

We're here to help you achieve emotional and mental well-being while on your academic journey at OCC.

Hotlines & Helplines 


Meeting with a Counselor

We understand this may be a stressful time for you. Counselors and Support Staff are working to serve you. We are offering:

  • Phone Appointments
  • Zoom (online face-to-face) Appointments
  • Email Appointments

Contact Counseling

We’ve Got Your Back

Have questions about classes, careers, or issues outside school? The counselors at OCC can help you find answers. They can help with questions like:

  • What classes should I take?
  • How can I get help with my course work?
  • What kind of career best suits me?
  • How can I overcome life challenges that affect my schooling?
  • How do I transfer to another school after graduating from OCC?

They have one overriding goal: to help guide you to success in school, a career, and your life.

OCC provides more than 60 counselors at our five campuses. They all have graduate degrees in counseling, psychology or related fields, and most are licensed professional counselors through the State of Michigan.

It’s easy to get help from a counselor. If possible, you should work with the same counselor throughout your time at OCC. This helps you and the counselor develop a relationship that benefits both of you.

Be sure to also check out Resources to Help You Succeed, a list of nearly 100 websites compiled by OCC counselors. It can point you to everything from free software for OCC students to job listings to sources of low-cost health care.

Nahrein Atkinson, Counseling Faculty at OCC

You can visit with a counselor by appointment or during scheduled walk-in times. If you have questions, contact any campus counseling office.

NEW OPTION IF YOU ARE A RETURNING STUDENT: If you are in good academic standing you can make an appointment online through your MyOCC account.

WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS: Suspended until further notice.


Educational Counseling

Educational counseling: Counselors can help you plan your education and make sure your class choices will meet your goals. They can discuss topics like OCC programs and degrees, registering for classes, graduation requirements, transferring, College policies, and the Student Handbook, among others.

Nahrein Atkinson, Counseling Faculty at OCC

Career Counseling

If you’d like to explore what kind of career best suits you, counselors can help. They’ll talk to you about your interests, skills, and strengths, and will hook you up with resources – either on or off campus – where you can get the information you need to make a great choice.

Personal Counseling

Sometimes life gets in the way of your academic success. Health problems, job layoffs, family issues, transportation problems, and more can pose serious challenges. Counselors can help you sort through your options and guide you to useful resources both on and off campus.


Southfield Campus
Ask a Counselor @ Southfield

2nd Floor of A Building
Phone:  248.233.2750
Fax:  248.233.2740

Service Hours:

Mon,Thur & Friday | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Onsite & Virtual Services)
Tue & Wed: 8:30 am - 7 pm (Onsite & Virtual Services)
Sat (see dates below): 8:30 am - 12:30pm (Virtual Services Only)

• August 13, 20, 27 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• September 3 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• October 22, 29 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• November 5, 12, 19 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)
• December 3, 10, 17 (Orchard Ridge & Royal Oak Only)