Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides free confidential services for JWU students, including individual and group counseling, emergency psychological services and sexual assault support services.

Counseling Services and Outreach
Our educational outreach programming includes the LGBTQ Resource Center, an online resource center for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally students, faculty, and staff.

We also offer psychological consultation to students, faculty and staff, or parents who are concerned about a student.

However, we do not provide long term care or court ordered treatment or counseling that is involved in litigation. Counseling cannot be mandated or required for students. For counseling to be effective, it must be voluntary. In life-threatening situations, authorities at JWU may require a safety assessment for a student.

Our Staff

The center is staffed by professionally qualified Doctoral and Masters level clinicians. In addition, we offer internship training for social work students. If you have a preference regarding choice of a counselor, we will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Scheduling an Appointment
Call us at 401-598-1016, or visit the Downcity Office on the second floor of Wales Hall to make an appointment in person. Please give 24 hours notice if you have to to cancel an appointment.

Evening appointments may be available. During the summer months the office closes at 1pm on Fridays. After business hours or for emergencies, please contact Safety & Security at 401-598-1103.

Joseph Barresi, Jr., PhD, LICSW, LCDP, associate dean  
Stephanie Dixon, LICSW, director

Clinical Staff
Elizabeth Briggs, LMFT, Trauma Specialist
Catherine Calise, LICSW, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Specialist
Maureen Minarik, PhD
Jean Russell, LICSW

MSW Trainees
David Landry
Jill Wagner

Support Staff
Kim Bouchard
Kristine Colardo

Downcity Location
Wales Hall, 2nd Floor
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903
phone 401-598-1016
fax 401-598-2220
Mon–Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

Harborside Location
The Friedman Center, 2nd floor
Mon–Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

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