Counseling and Mental Health

Counseling Services

a safe, confidential environment

At Oakland City University, we believe it is a sign of strength and courage when a member of the university community decides to seek help. With an open mind and a will to better your life, counseling can result in healthier choices and personal growth for those who go through the process. Many individuals come to us during times of crisis, high stress or emotional confusion. We can assist in developing and strengthening coping mechanisms and healthier lifestyle choices.

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Personal counselors provide individual counseling for students right here on campus. You will find a safe, confidential environment where individuals can address personal issues and conflicts by seeking professional assistance. Our staff have experience in handling a broad range of clients and issues.

Personal counselors can provide crisis intervention, short-term psychotherapy, and referral services to off-campus resources. Our appointments are free of charge and confidential.

Possible reasons to seek professional assistance:

  • Grief
  • Homesickness/family issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Addictions
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Eating problems
  • Alcohol/drug concerns
  • Depression/isolation
  • Academic issues
  • High stress/anxiety
  • Sexual Assault
  • Suicidal thoughts

Meet Our Counselors

FahKara Malone

FahKara Malone


FahKara Hawkins received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Indianapolis.

She believes that everyone has the capacity to grow and heal when provided with adequate support and connection. FahKara will draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Family Systems Theory, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

FahKara will seek to deliver supportive, client-centered, solution-focused therapy with integrity and professionalism.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 812.749.1278
Office: Johnson Center – 214
Hours: Monday mornings, from 8:00 a.m. – Noon (by appointment only)
Friday mornings, from 8:00 a.m. – Noon (by appointment only)

Leah Houghton

Leah Houghton


Leah Houghton is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she received her Masters of Social Work degree.

She is privileged to have worked for over 20 years in intensive outpatient, inpatient, crisis, justice system, and counseling center settings. Her approach will incorporate use of a number of best-practice treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and/or Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

She believes that we are created in God’s image and we are fearfully and wonderfully made to be a whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually. Leah has a sincere passion for walking the journey of healing and health with anyone seeking change. In a world filled with so many “what ifs,” she has a sincere heart for individuals experiencing challenges in any area of their life. She truly believes we can meet the discomfort of uncertainty that comes from living in a fallen world with confidence and practical skills for living boldly.

Email: [email protected] (preferred communication)
Phone: 812.749.1396
Office: Chapman Seminary – 111
Hours: Flexible Hours (by appointment only)

Online Resources
Offers self-help mental health, and substance abuse resources that cater to individuals at any phase of their recovery journey as well as links to local treatment options like peer support groups and treatment centers.