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.

Silvia Natarelli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a license in both the states of Florida and Connecticut, and is an Approved Supervisor by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  Mrs. Natarelli grew up in Southern California and lived in Northern Virginia and Connecticut. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, where she also earned her Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Mrs. Natarelli has extensive experience working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families in various settings, including private practice. As part of her professional development efforts, she received a National Certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) as well as completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy at the Ackerman Institute in New York City. Mrs. Natarelli uses an integrative approach to therapy that allows for individualized treatment plans that best fit her clients, including faith-based interventions. In her prior professional endeavor, she was the coordinator of a not-for-profit organization’s Trauma and Hispanic Outreach programs, as well as the manager of a satellite office located at a local university in Connecticut, where she worked in close collaboration with university faculty and graduate students. Mrs. Natarelli has also provided clinical supervision to interns and master level clinicians from various disciplines.

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:

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

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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