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Counseling and Student Development


APPOINTMENT LINE (860) 832-1926
General Inquiries (860) 832-1927
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Willard-DiLoreto Hall, W101

The CCSU Department of Counseling and Student Development provides mental health counseling and a wide range of student development services designed to support academic success, as well as help students resolve emotional, inter-personal, behavioral, and , and other personal challenges. In addition, we offer services and programs intended to promote mental health, while helping students acquire the skills and resources needed to thrive in a university setting.

All services are provided at no cost, confidential, and available to all enrolled full- and part-time CCSU students

Counseling Services Offered:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling and support groups
  • Family counseling
  • Psychiatric referral services
  • Referrals for specialty, long term, or more intensive services
  • Case management services
  • Crisis Intervention services
  • Risk assessments

Student Development Services Offered:

  • Psychoeducational workshops and webinars for students
  • Consultation and involvement with campus, centers, programs and initiatives
  • Training for CCSU faculty and staff on a variety of mental health related issues
  • Consultation to CCSU faculty and staff

Our services are provided by licensed mental health providers and advanced graduate student trainees directly supervised by a licensed mental health provider.

We are located on the first floor of the Willard-DiLoreto Complex, W101.

Please drop by or all 860-832-1926 to make an appointment.

Meet the Staff

Counseling and Student Development

Michael Russo, Psy.D. (Department Director) is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years of experience, including 25 years of supervisory and administrative experience.  He has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is licensed in the State of Connecticut. Prior to coming to CCSU, he worked in community mental health where he gained expertise in the areas of clinical intervention for at-risk students, multi-disciplinary special education services, clinical supervision, and mental health program development.  He has worked extensively with young adults, adolescents, children, and families from diverse backgrounds.  Dr. Russo values interdisciplinary collaboration and believes that a whole person approach to enhancing student mental health is critical to ensure that students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs succeed in college. 

Shannon Jackson, Psy.D. (Department Associate Director) is a clinical psychologist and an experienced college student mental health clinician and administrator.  He has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, is licensed in the State of Connecticut, and is credentialed as a health service psychologist with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. In addition, he has a master’s degree in Kinesiology.  Dr. Jackson has completed advanced training in several cognitive behavioral therapies.  He directs the department’s graduate training program and can sometimes be found teaching graduate and undergraduate Psychological Science courses.

William Fothergill, MSW, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut with over 25 years of clinical experience. He has master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Social Work. In addition, he is a Certified Professional Life Coach, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Grief Recovery Specialist.  Mr. Fothergill’s style embraces a holistic approach to self-work. He uses an integrated approach to care that incorporates concepts and techniques that are a blend of several therapeutic strategies, including cognitive-behavioral techniques, life coaching, motivational therapy, narrative therapy, positive psychology, person-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused interventions. Throughout his career, he has worked with a variety of student populations in educational, juvenile justice, and private practice settings.

Victoria Ginter, LPC, CRCis a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut with a master’s degree in Counseling.  She uses an eclectic approach to Counseling with a focus on client-centered techniques.  Ms. Ginter encourages students to move towards healthier daily choices, including developing healthier relationships, positive mindsets, better sleep cycles, and better nutrition, as well as promoting mindfulness, making substance use changes, practicing meditation, and developing a personalized self-care toolbox.  Building student’s coping and resiliency skills via Positive Psychology is at the heart of her work with students.  Ms. Ginter works on helping students practice self-care and take personal responsibility for shaping their daily lives.

Gladys Moreno Fuentes, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Connecticut who has a master’s degree in Social Work and has been providing clinical services since 1994.  She is certified as a trauma practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and as a Life Coach.  Her clinical approach is informed by evidence-based and strength-based approaches that include cognitive behavioral therapy, body-centered, and mindfulness-centered therapies tailored to each client.  Her goal is to create a safe, respectful, and supportive space for the therapeutic process to unfold naturally.  Ms. Moreno Fuentes has worked in a range of settings including community based mental health, foster care, public schools, and colleges and universities.  She is bilingual in Spanish.

Jessica Ofray, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut and has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She views counseling as a process in which she supports students to navigate their unique journeys as they explore challenges, celebrate successes, and create meaningful change in order achieve their goals. Ms. Ofray approaches therapy from an integrative lens tailored to meet each student’s unique lived experiences and current concerns. She values collaboration, humor, and exploring different perspectives.  In her clinical work with students, Ms. Ofray frequently draws on acceptance and commitment, mindfulness, person-centered, and creative/expressive modalities with a focus on empowering students.  She is bilingual in Spanish.

Davin Williams, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  He strives to provide a safe and comfortable environment where students can address their concerns, while establishing attainable goals to foster personal growth.  Mr. Williams utilizes evidence-based interventions in his clinical work with students, including cognitive-behavior approaches, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  His solution-focused approach helps students identify and achieve personal goals designed to improve their quality of life and foster academic success.  He has worked extensively with diverse populations in educational, hospital, and out-patient settings.

Managing Stress while Learning On-line

While mild to moderate levels of stress are typical for college students, heightened and prolonged feelings of stress can lead to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges, as well as medical issues.  Adapting to new technologies, feeling less connected to peers and campus supports, and coping with other changes can leave students feeling overwhelmed and not in control.  Taking proactive steps to minimize stress is vital to effectively managing the stress that can come from this rapid change while also coping with the stress and worry associated with COVID19.  Click here to access strategies we recommend to cope with stress under these unusual circumstances.