Counseling Services


Counseling Services at Ave Maria University are directed 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 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 thoroughly reviewed by Ms. Ana Maria Li-Rosi, LMHC, NCC, Counseling Services Director, in order to determine the most appropriate counselor for the student and his/her presenting concerns.

Clinical counseling services involve an initial assessment interview and the development of an individualized treatment plan to work through the identified areas of concern. This may involve additional counseling sessions or a referral to a service provider in Naples or Immokalee.

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

Request for Counseling Services

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Maria Li-Rosi, LMHC, NCC, Director of Counseling Services, by calling 239.304.7372 or emailing: AnaMaria.LiRosi@avemaria.edu

Ana Maria Li-Rosi, LMHC, NCC, is the Director of Counseling Services at Ave Maria University. 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. Ms. Li-Rosi 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 the Golden Key and Chi Sigma Iota honor societies. Ms. Li-Rosi 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. Ms. Li-Rosi has conducted volunteer work at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France, is and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and was recently inducted as a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

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:

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/people/college-students

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

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in the Area:

http://naples.net/social/selfhelp/aasched.html

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

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

http://nar-anon.org/naranon/About_Nar-Anon

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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