Counseling Services

Counseling Services at Ave Maria University is coordinated by Ana Maria Li-Rosi, a Licensed Mental Health and National Certified Counselor. 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

All requests for counseling appointments can be scheduled by calling 239.304.7372 or emailing:

Counseling requests will be thoroughly reviewed by Ms. Ana Maria Di Rosi, LMHC and Counseling Services Director, and Dr. Aragona, in order to determine the most appropriate counselor for the student and the student’s presenting issues.

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.

Ana Maria Li-Rosi, LMHC, NCC, is Director of Clinical Counseling services at AMU.  Ms. Li-Rosi is a Licensed Mental Health and National Certified Counselor. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Studio Arts from the University of Miami where she received a National Science Foundation Fellowship for her research contributions to the Mood Lab’s Bipolar Studies. Ana Maria earned her Master of Science degree in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track, from Florida International University where she graduated at the top two percent of the university’s student body and was inducted in the national honorary society Phi Kappa Phi, as well as Golden Key and Chi Sigma Iota. Ana Maria has extensive experience working with adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and chronic psychiatric patients in both outpatient and partial hospitalization settings. She previously managed two Juvenile Services Department Diversion Programs for delinquent juveniles in Miami Dade County, as well as provided clinical supervision to Master level interns in the fields of Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy while maintaining an established private practice in Coral Gables, FL.  Ana Maria has conducted volunteer work at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. Ms. Li-Rosi is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and was recently inducted as a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

John A. Aragona, Ph.D., continues providing counseling services to AMU students this year. Dr. Aragona is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in providing mental health services in community-based and educational settings.  He is available to help students with personal difficulties and common problems that can interfere with student performance and general well being.  Anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, problems with concentration, sleep and eating disorders, and relationship problems are some of the difficulties college students experience.

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

College-Student Mental Health Resources:

Addiction Center
(877) 655-5116

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:

Eating Disorders Guide

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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