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.
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 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
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
Athletic Counseling Intern
B.S., Texas Christian University
As a second year master’s student in athletic counseling at Springfield College. Hayley enjoys helping athletes reach their goals and overcome various obstacles in their path. She is honored to help the Post community as their Athletic Counseling Intern.
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 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.
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
To make an appointment, stop by, call or email:
Leever Student Center
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 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. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 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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