For the safety our clients and our staff, Oasis has physically closed its office space (effective March 19th, 2020) and will be offering telemental health services (through Google Meet) for the duration of the COVID-19 situation.

After careful consideration of several HIPAA compliant options, we have opted to utilize Google Meet - part of the G-Suite professional services our agency utilizes for email and other features, in large part because of their diligence and encryption. Additionally, we are finding Google Meet to be user friendly and reliable.

We would like to reassure everyone that, if you are an active client, your counselor has space for your sessions on their calendar and would like to continue working with you. So, please do not worry that you're "taking up" someone else's space. We, as an agency, are fully prepared to continue operating as close to normal capacity as possible to ensure our clients received the mental health care they need and that our small business survives these difficult times.

Each of our active clients have been sent out a DocuSign containing our Telemental Health Consent Form. Please take moment to read through it and sign it so that you will be able to continue your routine sessions with your counselor without delay.

If you have not received a consent form through DocuSign please email our Office Manager, Paige Ragogna (

Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the situation! Please let us know what questions and concerns you have.

We wish you all well,

Oasis Counseling Center


Are you looking for extra support through a challenging situation you're currently facing? Are you overwhelmed by daily life? Have you been feeling like you're all alone in your struggles?

We strive to be an oasis for you in the difficult moments you are facing. We are not here to preach to you or tell you what to think or feel, but to work with you as you seek out personal answers, increase your coping skills, and make choices that are healthy for you. We provide an empathetic and non-judgmental environment and offer practical feedback, tools, and resources to help you make positive changes in yourself and your life.

We can work together during your counseling sessions to better understand, move past, and navigate current concerns and/or heal from past traumas so that you can have a fulfilling and meaningful life.

We offer free 15-minute phone consultations with one of our counselors so you can determine if counseling at OCC is right for you.

Laura Howell, Psy. D., LPC

Laura has experience in dealing with trauma/abuse, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, anger management, and substance abuse.

Laura is currently accepting new clients. She offering our self-pay rate of $45-$80 based on income and able to work with the following insurances:

  • Cigna
  • UHC/Optum
  • Aetna
  • BCBS

We've moved!

Location Information

1720 Lexington Rd, Suite A • Athens, GA 30605

706-543-3522 • 706-543-3523 FAX

Oasis Counseling Center is located at the corner of Lexington Rd and Johnson Dr, right across the street from the BP Gas Station.

When you enter the building, walk through the second glass door and turn left. Our doorway will be propped open. Check-in Office is the first door on the right!

I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you, yourself, stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.

- William Faulkner

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

- Buddha