Counseling Services

Counseling Services at Ave Maria University is coordinated by Dr. John Aragona, a Licensed Psychologist with extensive experience in community mental health and school-based services.  Additional mental health counseling services are provided by Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Fr. Francis Paolo, OFM, LMHC. Services are provided free of charge to students and utilize the best practices of 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 involve: adjustment, stress and time management, alcohol/drugs, anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, eating disorders, and relationship issues.

Services offered include:

  • individual personal counseling
  • mental health consultation
  • crisis intervention
  • medical and psychiatric referrals
  • workshops, discussion groups and video screenings

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 239-280-2540 or emailing:

Clinical counseling services involve an initial assessment interview and the development of an individual plan to deal with identified problems, which may include further counseling or a referral to a service provider in Naples or Immokalee.

Related Resources:

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

College-Student Mental Health Resources:

American Psychiatric Association online mental health resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Area:

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

Narcotics Anonymous Family Groups (For those affected by someone else’s addiction):

Eating Disorders:

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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