Quinnipiac University

Counseling Services

Quinnipiac University and Hartford HealthCare

Quinnipiac’s Counseling Services is proud to partner with Hartford HealthCare to offer a range of clinical services and mental health support at no cost to undergraduate and graduate students.

Hours and Location
Mount Carmel Campus, York Hill Campus, and North Haven Campus
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Counseling Services: 203-407-4020, option #1

Mental Health Care by Phone 24/7
Licensed Mental Health Provider (24/7 access): 203-407-4020, option #3

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call 988 or Text 988
Department of Public Safety: 203-582-6200
Police, fire or ambulance: Call 911 or Text 911

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Locations and Hours

Mount Carmel Campus Office

275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, Connecticut 06518

Counseling Services, operated by Hartford HealthCare, is located in the newly renovated Recreation and Wellness Center, near the Arnold Bernhard Library.

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Additional Counseling Locations

York Hill Campus

Rocky Top Student Center, RTSC-SHS
305 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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North Haven Campus

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NMH-276
370 Bassett Road
North Haven, CT 06473


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24/7 Support and Emergencies

988 is the suicide and crisis lifeline

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

The national lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish

The lifeline is staffed by crisis counselors who are committed to providing individuals in emotional crisis, including connection to specialized services.

Start a conversation:

Call 988

Text 988

All conversations are free and confidential.

Mental Health Care

Licensed Mental Health Provider (24/7 access)

203-407-4020, option #3


Department of Public Safety: 203-582-6200

Call 911

About Counseling Services

We’re here for you

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Our Counseling Services is partnered with Hartford HealthCare to provide resources for a variety of mental health issues and situations such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, sexual violence, eating disorders, grief, and alcohol or drug abuse — all at no cost. We strive to promote the educational success of students by supporting their intellectual, emotional, and social development through the provision of culturally aware clinical services. Our staff is committed to creating a welcoming and affirming space where all members of the QU community are valued and celebrated.

Services we offer include:

  • Diagnostic Evaluation
    Each student seeking help through the counseling service is evaluated by the counselor assigned to the case. At the end of the first visit, the diagnostic evaluation is completed, and the student is given feedback regarding the nature of the problem and how it might be resolved or treated.

  • Urgent Visit Services
    Emergency evaluation and intervention are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any student in crisis is seen promptly by a counselor during reserved urgent visit hours. If a student feels that they can’t wait, they should call 203-407-4020 and follow the prompts to speak with a mental health professional over the phone, or go directly to the emergency rooms of Yale-New Haven Hospital or The Hospital of Saint Raphael.

  • Same Day Consultation (in-person and telehealth)
    Students may contact the Counseling Center by calling 203-407-4020.

  • Individual Counseling (in-person and telehealth)
    Confidential consultation with a counselor is available to any undergraduate or graduate student. In this modality, counselors generally rely upon brief treatment methods.

  • Consultation to Faculty and Staff
    Counselors frequently provide consultation to faculty members or staff who may have concerns about the well-being or functioning of a student. For consultation services, counselors may be contacted by phone or email.

  • Outreach Programs
    Outreach Programs are offered to the university community as requested. Typical presentation topics include introduction to the Office of Counseling Services, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, mindfulness, etc.

  • Referral and Consultation to Off-Campus Physicians and Therapists
    In situations where a student has requested a referral to a community provider or has been referred to an off campus mental health professional, we can assist in transfer of care. With the student’s permission our counselors will contact the provider and share their evaluation of the student being referred.

Group Therapy

Groups are held in the Mount Carmel Campus Recreation and Wellness Center group therapy room, unless noted otherwise. To learn more about group therapy, contact Counseling Services at 203-407-4020 or QUCounseling.general@hhchealth.org.

Groups offered include: 

Navigating Your Stressful Family

When: Group is open ended and will start based on student need
Where: Recreation and Wellness Center, Counseling, Second floor
Topic: Are you supporting a family member with a substance addition or mental health issue? Is there stress related to a parental divorce? Do you feel like you are walking on eggshells around specific family members? Is there a lot of anger and hostility in your family? If so, you have the opportunity to connect with other students and share your story as well as gain information, strategies and support in this support group. The Counseling Center is providing a safe, nonjudgmental and confidential group.
Facilitated by: Jennifer Zitser MSW, LCSW
How to join: If you are interested in participating, contact Jennifer.Zitser@hhchealth.org to sign up. Group date and time will depend on the availability/preference of student interested in attending.

Grief Group

When: Weekly on Thursdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m., now through the end of the year
Where: Recreation and Wellness Center, Counseling, Second floor
Topic: You’ve lost someone important to you. Your grief may always be there, or it may present itself at unexpected times. You may feel confused, angry, sad, or alone. However you are feeling, we will provide a safe and supportive environment to express yourself and find support from others who likely know how you feel. This group will help you create meaningful connections with others and find support for your grief.
Facilitated by: Adrienne Koenigsberg MSW, LCSW
How to join: If you are interested in participating, please contact Adrienne.Koenigsberg@hhchealth.org to sign up.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

When: Weekly on Tuesdays, 9–10 a.m., now through the end of the year
Where: Recreation and Wellness Center, Counseling, Second floor 
Topic: You will learn the five essential modules of DBT: mindfulness, emotional regulations, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and walking the middle path. The DBT skills group is for students who would like to learn to cope more effectively with intense emotions, addictive behaviors and/or relationship struggles. The group is to help increase basic life skills on how to manage painful emotions and be able to create balance in your life through a commitment to the program but, more importantly, to yourself!
Facilitated by: Sheila van den Broeck, LCSW
How to join: If you are interested in participating and are already seen in the Counseling Center, please speak with your current counselor for a referral. If you are not currently receiving services in the Counseling Center, please call 203-407-4020 for a pre-group screening appointment.

A Mindfulness and Meditation Group Series

When: Weekly on Mondays, 5–6 p.m. (or as decided by group members)
Where: Recreation and Wellness Center, Counseling, Second floor 
Topic: Mindfulness is about developing a conscious awareness of your thoughts, emotions, impulses and behaviors, and using that awareness to cultivate a space between you and your thoughts, emotions and impulses so that you can become more awake, compassionate and deliberate in your life and experiences
What will I learn in the mindfulness and meditation group?
You will learn how to be present in your life, develop compassion towards yourself and others, and see the world actually as it is- unclouded by judgments. Along with the basic biology behind why you think and feel what you do and how to change it. Further, you will learn how to respond — and not react — to unpleasant situations and emotions that arise in your life. Lastly, you will create and/or nourish a growing meditation practice that will aid you in your life for years to come.
Facilitated by: Jennifer Zitser, LCSW
How to join: If you are interested in participating, contact Jennifer.Zitser@hhchealth.org

Hartford HealthCare behavioral health network

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network affiliates provide a full array of behavioral health services for all ages, with specialty services to treat the full spectrum of mental health needs.

Learn more about the Behavioral Health Network

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Our Counselors

Chris Chew, Hartford HealthCare

Christine Chew

Christine Chew, Ph.D., (she/her) is a licensed psychologist who earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at Saint Louis University. Chew has more than 20 years of experience working in a variety of multidisciplinary settings including hospitals, primary care clinics, outpatient counseling practices and on medical teams. She has been the psychology internship director at two previous sites and has taught in a medical residency program. Her clinical orientation is primarily cognitive behavioral, addressing the ways thoughts and behaviors impact mood, anxiety and coping. Chew is interested not only in providing evidence-based counseling services, but is also interested in prevention of behavioral health issues by promoting good self-care and health coping strategies for all students. When not at work, Chew enjoys exploring nature and spending time with her wife, their adopted son, and their two, three-legged goldendoodles.

Jamila Lamucha Ayeh, Hartford HealthCare

Jamila Lamucha Ayeh

Jamila Lamucha Ayeh (she/her) is a licensed master’s social worker with a diverse clinical experience in individual and group therapy. With a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York Geneseo and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, Ayeh has worked in several outpatient clinics where she has assisted patients with their mental illnesses and substance-use disorders. She is well-versed in a range of modalities, including trauma focus cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing. Ayeh takes a whole-health, integrated approach to her practice, prioritizing the physical, emotional, occupational, social, environmental, intellectual, financial and spiritual well-being of her clients, with their goals and values at the heart of her work. Ayeh is also an active member of the U.S. Army, serving with distinction in the Connecticut Army National Guard.

Adrienne Koenigsberg, Hartford HealthCare

Adrienne Koenigsberg

Adrienne Koenigsberg (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker who received her master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience and has provided services in hospitals, group homes, community agencies and private practice. In addition to providing individual counseling at Quinnipiac, Koenigsberg facilitates a weekly grief support group and a sexual assault support group.

Jordan Nesi, Hartford HealthCare

Jordan Nesi

Jordan Nesi (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker with a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut. With more than five years of experience in mental health and substance-use disorders, Nesi has worked in various settings, including schools, youth services agencies, and shelters for unhoused women and families. Jordan uses a person-centered, relational approach and mindfulness-based interventions to help her clients build stress resilience and effectively cope with life's challenges. Additionally, Nesi is an LGBTQ+ affirming counselor who takes pride in working with gender diverse and queer/questioning individuals.

Mary Pellitteri, Hartford HealthCare

Mary Pellitteri

Mary Pellitteri (she/her) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Central Connecticut State University. She has more than 30 years of experience working with people with mental health and substance disorders. She takes a holistic approach to wellness, promoting physical, intellectual, psychological and spiritual well-being. She believes that understanding family dynamics is often important in the path to personal growth and that the heaviest burdens we carry are the thoughts in our head.

Carlos Riollana, Hartford HealthCare

Carlos Riollano

Carlos Riollano (he/his) completed two years of post-doctoral training at Yale Health and University of New Haven. He earned his PhD degree in clinical psychology from Albizu University. He has an MBA from the Interamerican University where he also earned his BA degree. Riollano specializes in working with students struggling with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. He focuses on providing a compassionate humanistic approach and adequate evidence-based strategies to help students cope with stress related to academic, career, interpersonal, and family issues, as well as other mental health problems. Having a lifelong passion for the sport of tennis, Riollano has a special interest in helping student-athletes regain self-confidence and enhance their problem-solving skills. His research interests include the evolution of tele-psychology and the ways it could become an added value to the therapeutic process.

Sheila van den Broeck, Hartford HealthCare

Sheila van den Broeck

Sheila van den Broeck (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker in Connecticut with more than 15 years of service in individual and group therapy. She earned her master of social work from Fordham University in 2005 while working as a case manager, which cultivated her passion for social work. van den Broeck has studied several modalities which include cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as dialectical-behavioral therapy, and applies them to bring healing and growth for the students’ goals in therapy.

Jennifer Zitser, Hartford HealthCare

Jen Zitser

Jen Zitser (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing psychotherapy for over 30 years, with nearly two decades at Quinnipiac. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from University of Connecticut. Zitser’s style is direct, interactive and supportive. Her work often focuses on recognizing patterns from the past that are being unknowingly recreated in the present, and involves an examination of how family and other early relationships influence the way we view the world. She believes that all obstacles have the potential to lead us to discover new aspects of ourselves and she often encourages clients to push themselves to generate new ways of addressing problems they face while providing a safe, supportive environment for exploring their concerns.

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Health Services

Hartford HealthCare is Quinnipiac's partner to operate our on-campus Student Health Services. With successful experience serving student populations at other institutions, HHC offers a collaborative and coordinated healthcare model and the ability to provide expert consultation to the university on a wide range of campus health issues including student wellness, mental health, athletic training and infection prevention strategies.

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Fitness and Recreation

There is no shortage of recreational opportunities at Quinnipiac. From yoga and Zumba® classes to road races and hikes — our Mount Carmel Campus is across from Sleeping Giant State Park, after all — we have fun activities for every level of fitness.

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Academic Support Services

The Learning Commons provides a wide range of academic support services geared toward individual strengths, learning styles and goals. Our approach does more than raise test scores. Peer educators and support staff members teach students to think and learn with intention and to make connections between many academic disciplines.

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