Counseling Services

We offer short-term, solution-focused, on-campus mental health treatment including the following services:

  • intake and evaluation
  • workshops and group counseling (see GROUP COUNSELING section below)
  • limited short-term individual counseling as appropriate and determined during intake visit
  • psycho-pharmacological evaluation and medication management (after referral from a counselor)
  • crisis intervention services
  • referral to off-campus clinicians for specialized and/or long term/intensive treatment
  • outreach and consultation
  • psycho-educational programming

All students are eligible for an initial consultation with a Counseling Services therapist, and based upon that conversation the clinician and student will work together to find a course of action that best suits the student's needs. Options include but are not limited to skill-building workshops, themed based groups (such as stress management, building healthy relationships, time management), and limited short-term individual counseling on campus.

For needs outside our scope of practice, or if you may benefit from longer-term therapy, you may be referred to an off-campus partner.

We are staffed by five licensed mental health clinicians and also supervise a part-time graduate-level intern.

Intake Appointments

During the Fall and Spring semesters, brief appointments for students new to the counseling center are available Monday through Friday 9am-4pm, with evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. These appointments can be scheduled online at the Nazareth Student Health Portal.

Students in Crisis

Brief appointments for students in crisis are also available at the counseling center during business hours. If you experience a mental health crisis outside of business hours, please contact Mobile Crisis at 585-275-5151, or Campus Safety at 585-389-2850.

Counseling Services

Counseling Options

Health & Counseling Services operates on a stepped-care model.  Students are seen for a same/next-day consultation during business hours, and then referred to the appropriate level of care based on their needs.  

Many students will be referred to one of our skill-building workshops to help address common issues like adjustment, stress, interpersonal conflict, and anxiety.  After completing these evidence-based workshops, most students find they do not need to seek regular counseling.

We also offer confidential, time-limited bi-weekly individual counseling sessions. Students work collaboratively with their therapist to determine the frequency of visits and session length. There is no-cost for services provided by our counseling staff.

If a student needs to be seen for more than one semester, or are in need of weekly intensive therapy, they will typically be referred to one of our excellent providers within the Rochester community.  Fees associated with off-campus services will be dependent on the student's health insurance carrier. 

Crisis Prevention and Resources

Counseling Services staff are available for both consultation and crisis management. The college also has a Crisis Response Team under the auspices of the President and senior staff of the University, which is activated as necessary.

For immediate assistance, please contact Campus Safety on-campus or 911 off campus.

Psychiatric Services

Health & Counseling Services can help students with their psychiatric medications in a number of ways.  Our Family Nurse Practitioners are experienced in prescribing medications for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. They will also work with students' home providers to help ensure continuity of care while the student is at Nazareth. Lastly, for more complex psychiatric cases, students may be referred to an off-campus psychiatric specialist if needed.

Faculty & Staff Consultation

Faculty and staff can call or email to speak with a clinician if they have specific concerns about a student.  Below are some tips for handling common student issues.

Addressing a student distress problem

  • Speak with the student in private, specifically stating your reasons for concern. Mention concrete behaviors and observations rather than speculations about what the student might be thinking or feeling.
  • Listen carefully, avoiding criticism, labels, and judgment. Offer support by expressing interest in the student's experiences and feelings. For more guidance about how to approach the conversation, contact us.
  • If you feel the student would benefit from coming to Counseling Services, convey this to the student. When you do so, normalize help-seeking by letting them know that seeking help is courageous and that many students come to Counseling Services. Tell them what you know about our services and staff.  Feel free to walk them over to speak with a counselor at Health & Counseling. 

Unsure what to do? Contact us with questions.

Group Counseling: Spring 2024


Have you ever wanted to try out one of the Counseling Center's groups?  Workshops are a great way to ease into the idea of group therapy without feeling like you will be expected to share. They are time-limited and journal-based, meaning you will not have to participate out loud any more than you feel comfortable!

Anxiety Toolbox

This workshop focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. The sessions include modules dedicated to (1) understanding anxiety, (2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety. By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety. 

Wednesdays 2:30-3:20pm (with IPAW-assist from Orion the therapy dog!) in Smyth 21

OR Thursdays 2:30-3:20pm in Smyth 21 (dog-free)

Please email Kathryn DeVinney if you are interested!

The Nazareth University Health and Counseling Center would like to acknowledge and thank our colleagues at Counseling Services, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo for generously sharing their Anxiety Toolbox program with us.  We would also like to thank The University Counseling Services at California State University, Northridge for working with us to implement this program.  

Self-Esteem Workshop: TBD

If you would like to be on the priority list for attending this workshop, please email

Embody @ Naz Body Positivity Workshop

Embody @ Naz is a group that supports students in feeling good about their bodies and belonging in the world of beautiful and diverse beings. It teaches people about a health model based on the simple premise that the best way to improve your health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting good self-care habits for the sake of wellbeing. Embody @ Naz aims to redefine what society portrays as “health” and “beauty” and works to build a school community where students feel loved and celebrated and are confident in themselves. 

Day: Thursdays 

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM 

Location: Colie's Cafe 


  • February 22nd: Embody Kickoff with Body Love Yoga, and inclusive yoga practice with an introduction to upcoming Embody Naz group 

  • February 29th:Welcome to Embody 

  • March 7th: Body Stories 

  • March 14th:Reclaim Health 

  • March 21st: No Group Spring Break 

  • March 28th:Cultivate Self-Love 

  • April 4th:Practice Intuitive Self-Care 

  • April 11th: Pleasure, Shame and Intuitive Sexuality 

  • April 18th:Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty 

  • April 25th: Beauty Stories 

Understanding Self and Others

Learn to build social connections more effectively, understand yourself, and come together with others who are struggling to do the same. Open to both neurodivergent (ASD, ADHD, etc.) and neurotypical students!!

Fridays 12:10-1:00 at Health & Counseling beginning February 9

Path to Healing

This group is for female-identified students who have experienced sexual assault and/or sexual abuse who are looking to manage the impact of that trauma in community with others.

If you meet the above criteria and it has been at least a year since you engaged in self-harm, substance abuse, experienced active suicidal ideation, or were hospitalized for mental health reasons, please reach out to Kathryn DeVinney

A full screening before participation is required to ensure safety of all group members.

Mental Health Support

A group to help learn coping skills to manage feelings of anxiety, sadness, or isolation and to process with others.

Mondays 12:10-1:05pm in Health & Counseling beginning February 5

The Focus Group

This group is for students struggling with time management, executive functioning, and procrastination. Learn skills to help manage and share your successes! Open to students with or without an official ADD/ADHD diagnosis.

every other Tuesday 12:10-1:05pm in Health & Counseling beginning February 6

Crisis Resources

Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: text "start" to 741-741


Clinical information about students is NOT shared between Health Services and Counseling Services without the written consent of the student.

Counseling Services clinicians are ethically and legally bound to confidentiality. There are three situations in which Counseling Services staff may ethically and legally need to breach confidentiality to protect the client and other people:

  • if the client is an imminent danger to him/herself or others
  • if physical and/or sexual abuse of a child or elder is suspected
  • if a valid court order for clinical records is issued

The Counseling Services staff works as a treatment team and may share information about clients within the team for consultation and supervision purposes. The Counseling Services staff also works closely with a consulting psychiatrist, and information may be shared between these two parties in order to coordinate care. In all other situations, client information will only be released with the student's express consent. In group counseling, confidentiality is explicitly discussed and group members agree to keep the group members' identities, as well as the information they reveal in group, confidential.

Health and Counseling at Naz

All of our therapists are Safe Zone trained. 

Counseling Satisfaction Survey

This survey is opened at the end of each semester--check your email for announcements! If you have feedback you'd like to give between surveys, please feel free to email

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