The Counseling Center at Post University
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”
― Brené Brown
Good listeners can be the greatest help.
Counseling offers a safe place to talk to a trained professional about your life and anything that may be painful or confusing. We explore thoughts, perceptions, reactions, behaviors and emotions in order to gain insight and make positive changes in your life.
If you feel that something is getting in the way of your academic and/or personal life, schedule an appointment to find out if counseling is right for you.
How We Help and Our Mission
How We Help
We provide main campus students with an opportunity to explore their problems and concerns confidentially with a professional psychotherapist. Main Campus students have access to psychiatric services through the Center as well. We provide individual, couples and group services. Outreach is also available to student organizations, residence halls, faculty and staff.
If you’re concerned about a student, contact us by phone or in person. Off-campus referral information is available upon request.
The mission of the Counseling Center is to provide professional counseling services and wellness resources to students so they can achieve their full potential in their personal, academic, and professional lives. The Counseling Center provides outreach programs and consultation services to students, faculty, and staff, as well as classroom instruction and advocacy for university mental health initiatives.
Meet Our Staff
Renée Pitre, Ph.D., RDT/BCT, LPC
Director of Counseling Center
B.A., University of Alberta; M.A., Concordia University; Ph.D., Lesley University
Dr. Pitre has 15 years of clinical experience in delivering trauma-centered psychotherapy and drama therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in clinics, communities, and classrooms. She has taught clinical supervision and trained therapists nationally and internationally. She has also served as an adjunct faculty in numerous university settings. Dr. Pitre is passionate about the opportunity for collaboration that counseling provides, especially during the expansive time that college offers.
Lisa Antel, LCSW
Outgoing Director of Counseling Center
B.A., Bates College, M.S.W., Smith College
“It’s not about giving advice. It’s about empowering students to find their own answers.”
Lisa has been working with Post students since 2001. She also teaches in Post’s Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services program. Lisa views college as a time of challenge, opportunity and growth. She feels honored to work with Post students at this pivotal time of their lives.
Aubry Fappiano, LCSW
Assistant Director of Counseling Center
B.A. and M.S.W, Boston College
“Asking for help is courageous and helps us assign meaning to our stories.”
Aubry works full-time for the Counseling Center, and joined Post in August 2018. Aubry has worked in mental health and higher education settings since 2010. She enjoys helping students cope with anxiety, depression, life transitions, learning differences, and other stressors. Aubry truly believes that taking the time to explore our strengths, struggles, and shortcomings is a valuable experience.
George Hayes, LCSW, LADC
B.S. and M.S.W., Springfield College
“It seems that no cellular transmission can replace the effectiveness of a face-to-face connection.”
George has been working with Post students since 2007, and he enjoys connecting with students who randomly stop by the Counseling Center.
Nakia Miller, LCSW
B.S., Post University, M.S.W., University of Connecticut
“The process of giving people space to heal and be empowered to rediscover themselves.”
Nakia has been serving diverse communities and settings for over 15 years. She is committed to enhancing the mental wellness of college students. She combines her clinical skills and understanding of social justice and cultural shifts to address the unique needs of college students. Nakia enjoys collaborating with individuals to heal, feel empowered, and persevere through life’s challenges
Brittany Henderson, LPC, LMHC
Athletic and Wellness Counselor
M.S. in Athletic Counseling and C.A.G.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Springfield College
Brittany Henderson, LPC, LMHC, works as a full-time Athletic and Wellness Counselor at Post. She has experience working in college counseling centers as well as community health centers. Brittany received her B.A. from Loyola University Maryland as well as a M.S. in Athletic Counseling and C.A.G.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College.
Dr. Robert McWilliam
B.A., M.D., University of Vermont
Dr. McWilliam provides psychiatric services in his Woodbury, CT office, just a short drive from campus. Psychiatric appointments may be arranged with your counselor.
Student Online Assistance Resource (SOAR)
Post cares about your well-being and success. The defining tenet of Post is to make your journey personal and extraordinary. Student Online Assistance Resource (SOAR), provides 24/7 access to several important services, including counseling, financial resources, legal support, and personal convenience services. SOAR is the result of a partnership with http://www.compsych.com/, the world’s largest employee assistance program provider. With over 35 years of experience in the field, ComPsych provides services to more than 56,000 organizations, including many major universities, throughout the United States and 190 countries.
Student Online Assistance Resource (SOAR) services include the following:
- Counseling Services – Crisis calls and up to three confidential counseling sessions per issue per year to address personal, emotional, and psychological concerns by contacting licensed, professional counselors.
- Financial Resources – On-staff Certified Public Accountants stand ready to assist you with financial planning, debt resolution, tax guidance, and more.
- Legal Support – Unlimited access to “on-call” licensed attorneys to provide legal guidance on matters such as divorce, custody, adoption, home purchase or sale, will preparation, and more.
- Personal Convenience Services – Specialists are available to provide qualified referrals for child and elder care, pet care, food and housing needs, college planning, buying a car, and more.
This service, at no extra charge, is confidential and available to family members living within the same household as a Post student.
To access SOAR, go to https://post.edu/soar.
First-time users will need to register and will need a Post Web ID. To obtain the SOAR Post Web ID students can login to the Student Portal.
Also Post faculty and associates can also utilize SOAR as a professional and confidential resource for consultation. For further information, please refer to “Instructor Resources” on Blackboard or The Nest.
[email protected] is a user-friendly platform that takes a holistic approach to student wellness and success. It links you to hundreds of multi-media, self-help resources as well as on campus resources. In addition to searching for different topics, you are able to set up a profile, set goals, log achievements toward your goals, and take “self checks” to personalize your feed.
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What Students Think
Students are often unsure or nervous about seeking counseling, but many of them find the experience to be productive, positive, and beneficial. Here are a few anonymous student comments:
“I thought it was very good. I have been going through a tough semester and my counselor has been really helpful to me. I look forward to each session.”
“My counselor is very personable and understanding. I don’t feel judged during our session, which is important to me, and it allows me to open up.”
“Always nice, helpful, friendly, kind, and confidential.”
“I am senior here, and the Counseling Center has always been a help for me.”
Location and Hours
The Counseling Center is located on the first floor of the Leever Student Center, the last door on the left before the stairs that lead to the Eagle’s Nest. Our second office in the Leever Student Center is. We also have an Athletic Counseling and Wellness office located in Drubner Athletic Center. The Counseling Office in Drubner is on the main level near the team and officials’ rooms. The Counseling Center is open five days a week. The door will be closed if we are not in the office, or if we are seeing a student. If the door is open, please feel free to drop in.
To make an appointment, stop by, call or email:
Leever Student Center
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For campus students in a crisis situation, please call 203.228.8706.
We recognize that ongoing incidents of social and racial injustice continue to impact our students and associates. The Counseling Center staff’s message offers our support to the Post community.
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