Counseling Services


Counseling Services are provided free of charge to students and utilize the best practices in mental health treatment, along with Christian principles, to support students as they pursue their educational goals.  Common concerns that college students bring to this office include adjustment, stress and time management, alcohol/drugs, anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, eating disorders, and relationship issues.

All counseling appointments can be scheduled by clicking on the link below:

Services offered include:

  • Individual personal counseling
  • Mental health consultation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Medical and psychiatric referrals
  • Workshops, discussion groups and video screenings

Counseling requests will be reviewed by AMU counseling staff.  Clinical counseling services involve an initial assessment interview and the development of an individualized treatment plan to work through the identified areas of concern. After an initial assessment, staff counselors will be able to recommend future counseling needs to the student.

All counseling appointments can be scheduled by clicking on the link below:

Request for Counseling Services 

If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students in the Office of Student Affairs.

Nestor Levesque 

Nestor is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Masters Certified Addictions Professional with more than 30 years of experience in individual and group counseling. Nestor received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and obtained his master’s degree in education/counseling from Bridgewater State University.

Nestor has worked in a wide variety of treatment settings with children, adolescents, adults and seniors who are living with mental health and/or addictions issues. Nestor has trained local and county law enforcement personnel in the Memphis Model of Crisis Intervention to assist them in more effectively managing mental health and substance abuse situations.

Nestor was also the chair of the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition Marijuana Task Force which helped to provide education and information about marijuana to local schools and other interested community partners. Nestor has been a speaker at a wide range of venues, including local television, radio, colleges and universities talking on subjects related to mental health and substance abuse concerns. Nestor spoke before the Massachusetts legislature to advocate for continued funding of state wide substance abuse services which were at risk for being cut. He has also authored a number of articles for local papers about mental health concerns.

Nestor has been married for 32 years and is a father of three children and a very proud grandfather.

For help for yourself or someone else, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK.

College-Student Mental Health Resources:

http://www.ulifeline.org/

Addiction Center
(877) 655-5116
https://www.addictioncenter.com/rehabs/florida/

American Psychiatric Association online mental health resources:

http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/key-topics/all-topics

Weekly student AA meetings are held on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters. For further information please contact: counselingservices@avemaria.edu.

Eating Disorders:

Eating Disorders Guide

http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Disclaimer: The information provided on our web page and at other Internet sites is not intended as a substitute for assistance from a qualified mental health professional. For personal assistance, AMU students should visit Counseling Services (on the second floor of the student union).

Ave Maria University Counseling Services maintains this Internet page as a service to the AMU community. It is intended as a resource to inform and to educate. Included are direct links to other Internet sites, which we believe may be helpful. However, this does not imply that AMU Counseling Services endorses all of the information provided on each of these sites. Furthermore, while we attempt to monitor and update our listings on a regular basis, AMU Counseling Services cannot make any claims or assume responsibility as to the reliability or functionality of the URL’s provided or the information contained at these sites.

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