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Neil O’Donnell is a Senior EOP Counselor at Buffalo State College where he provides personal, academic and career counseling for students during and after their undergraduate journey. Neil also devotes time to educating communities about Obsessive-compulsive Disorder through discussion of his own battle with OCD. Additionally, Neil is an author of books including The Career-Minded Student and Bellwood, OCD and Me. You can find more of his career and stress management advisement at

  • Woodland Therapy

    May 17, 2016
    I love woodlands. Between hiking, bird watching, and just sitting on a cliff face in Acadia National Park listening to the collective sounds of nature harmonize, the woodland settings always put a huge dent into the stress my OCD induces. Certainly others have likewise noted that the “ambience” of woodland environments can serve a stress-reliever (Milligan 2007:32).
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  • Preparing For Stress of Fall Semester

    May 09, 2016
    As academic counselors are now seeing their students off for summer vacation, it’s a good time to think ahead in preparation for the Fall 2016 semester. Specifically, it’s important to consider the stress students endure during late August and early September as they adjust back to college life. To reduce stress for students, it helps if they remaining mentally active throughout the summer.
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  • The Connection: Speaking with Someone Who Knows

    May 02, 2016
    Aside from my daily counseling duties, I lecture about my experience battling severe OCD, a battle that’s been with me since before I was ten years old. The lectures are a great release for me, but they also serve to give grad students in counseling programs to get to speak directly with someone battling a disorder they are likely to encounter through their years in the field.
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  • College Finances: The Stress of it All

    Apr 19, 2016
    It goes without saying that college is an expensive endeavor. Faced with long-term loan debt and ongoing news of tuition and fee increases, it is no wonder that students are under significant financial pressure. In turn, we counselors are often helping students through difficult moments, moments which are exacerbated by the financial pressures our students face. What are we as counselors to do?
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  • Managing Stress from Industry Changes

    Apr 12, 2016
    Regardless of the client (college student, recent graduate or seasoned professional), I often meet with someone battling work-based stress. I previously covered general work stress that everyone encounters. However, there is an additional outlet for work stress I feel needs addressing; stress due to changes in a client’s industry.
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