Student Wellness Services



About Us and Who We Are

The Counseling and Student Development Department is part of the CCSU Student Wellness Center and  is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. We support the mission of the University by actively collaborating with members of the CCSU community in the process of creating conditions and/or personal attributes which promote psychological, emotional,  inter-personal, and intellectual well-being for all members of the university community through our counseling and student development programs.

We offer counseling to full-time and part-time students throughout the academic year as well as during summer sessions. If you have a personal issue or concern about your emotional well-being, please give us a call at (860) 832-1926 to set up an appointment. You may discuss your concern with a counselor in a confidential manner.. Please visit our What to Expect: Your First Visit section of our website, where you will find information about our intake process. You may also find valuable information in our  Frequently Asked Questions section.

While most students are self-referred, students also may be referred for counseling by faculty, staff, administrators, parents, other students, and other off-campus professionals. Counseling is considered a voluntary student support service.

In addition to individual and family counseling, we offer a variety of counseling groups. 
This semester, our group offerings include:

Group Name


Day of the Week



Connections Men’s Resource Group

for men to focus on maximizing potential, and leading healthier/more productive lives



William Fothergill

Latina Personal Development and Leadership Group

for Latina students to focus on their adjustment to college life and development of leadership skills



Gladys Moreno-Fuentes

Woman-KIND Group

for women who would like to connect with other women to build coping and resiliency skills together



Victoria Ginter

Listen Without Prejudice Group

for students who identify as LGBTQ+ to focus on building healthy coping and resiliency skills



Victoria Ginter

Coping and Resiliency Group

for students who struggle with anxiety and depression to focus on coping skill development



Jessica Ofray

Grief Recovery Support Group

for students who experienced any type of loss to focus on support and working through bereavement


2:00pm-  3:30pm

William Fothergill

Narrative Therapy Group

for students who wish to reframe and script their life stories in a manner that focuses on their abilities, competencies, proficiency, and personal resources needed to create and sustain health



William Fothergill



Meet the Staff
Counseling services are provided by a highly skilled and compassionate team of Doctoral and Master’s prepared licensed counselor, as well as graduate level interns.  Our counselors utilize innovative, best-practice clinical approaches and are highly invested in student success. 

Student Wellness Center:  Counseling Staff
Michael Russo, Psy.D. - Director of Counseling and Student Development
Shannon Jackson, Psy.D., MS Ed. -  Associate Director of Student Wellness, Counseling
William Fothergill, MA, MSW, LPC - Counselor
Gladys Moreno-Fuentes, MSW, LCSW - Counselor
Victoria Ginter, MS, CRC, LPC - Counselor
Jessica Ofray, MS, LPC - Counselor