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Counseling Center

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. Download the Counseling Center Brochure.

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.

Our Mission
Our Mission is to provide professional counseling services to students so they can achieve their full potential in their personal, academic and professional lives. The Counseling Center also provides outreach programs and consultation services to students, faculty and staff; classroom teaching; and leadership and advocacy for university mental health policy and initiatives.

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Antel, LCSW
Director of Counseling Cente
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B.A., Bates College, M.S.W., Smith College
lantel@post.edu
203.596.4585

“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.

Glenn Xavier, MSW
Counselor 

B.S. and M.S.W, Southern Connecticut State University
gxavier@post.edu
203.591.7417

“My life passion is to help others understand their direction in life, set personal goals, and assist them with positive life outcomes.”

Glenn has been in the helping profession for over 20 years. A first generation American, Glenn was born and raised in Queens, New York. He found his way to Connecticut via a football scholarship to Southern Connecticut State University. He has coached track and football at both the high school and college levels.  He has utilized his therapeutic skills in sports, schools, and various mental health treatment facilities.

Aubry Fappiano, LCSW
Counselor

B.A. and M.S.W, Boston College
afappiano@post.edu
203.596.4658

“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.

Kathryn Colby, BA
Athletic Counseling Intern

B.A., St. Norbert College
kcolby@post.edu
203.591.5640

Kathryn Colby is a second year Athletic Counseling Graduate student at Springfield College. She received her B.A. from Norbert College. As an athletic counselor, she enjoys helping student athletes with personal, professional, athletic, and mental health needs as well as combining her two biggest interests of sports and counseling.

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 53,000 organizations, including many major universities, throughout the United States and 170 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 Our Post.

 

 

You@Post

YOU@Post 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

During COVID-19 restrictions, all Counseling Center appointments will be conducted via teletherapy. To make an appointment, please contact counseling@post.edu

MondayLisa Antel
Glenn Xavier
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
TuesdayLisa Antel
Kathryn Colby
Aubry Fappiano
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WednesdayLisa Antel
Aubry Fappiano
Kathryn Colby
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ThursdayLisa Antel
Aubry Fappiano
Glenn Xavier
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FridayAubry Fappiano11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


In a crisis situation, please call 203.228.8706.

(NON-COVID)
To make an appointment, stop by, call or email:
Leever Student Center
203.596.4585
counseling@post.edu

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.

Providing 24/7, professional and confidential access to a variety of helpful services whenever it is most convenient for you.

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