Location + Contact

The Counseling Center provides information and assistance to help you identify and deal with emotional problems and mental health concerns before they develop into more serious issues. Center staff will help you understand your own mental health needs and provide a safe place to express yourself, without judgment.

Monday – Friday: 9am to 6pm

Dr. Jose Rodriguez. Dean of Students
T: 718-489-5315 (during business hours)
E: jrodriguez2300@sfc.edu

24 Hour Help: 347 633 1374

Counselors

JeanMarie Kelly, LCSW

I joined the St. Francis College Health and Wellness Center in September 2016. Previously, she held nearly five years of experience as Senior Social Worker in Surgical Oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center. I have experience working with youth, adults across the lifespan, and at-risk families, with particular focus on adjustment issues, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, palliative care and bereavement.

I received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY Hunter College. Previously she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication, with focuses in Journalism and Advertising, and a Minor in Psychology at Marist College. I completed two years of post-graduate training in relational psychoanalysis through The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center.

I maintain professional membership with The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Prior to my career in social work, I worked in advertising, with experience in both creative and accounts management.

Donna Cavalluzzi, LCSW

I have over 20+ years of experience as a therapist, with a specialty in Women and Adolescent Health. My treatment approach is based on the needs of the individual client, concentrating in psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy. I work with adults, women and adolescents struggling with the pain and challenges of the stressors that come with life. However, going beyond technique and theory is what makes therapy work – – it’s the realm of the trusting relationship: the ongoing human-to-human connection that provides the foundation for change.

I provide a safe and warm environment that allows the client to engage with me in their process of change. Without a therapeutic relationship, there is no therapy. I combine empathy with humor to help the client feel comfortable and bring a humanistic approach into the room. I have advanced clinical expertise in the areas of interpersonal violence and will work with the client to bring back their self-esteem and function in the world independently.

Counseling Services

What can counseling do for me?
Counseling is what you make of it. By talking with a counselor you can work to understand yourself better, resolve problems, come to terms with important issues, or manage stress. The purpose of counseling is not to tell you what to do, but to emphasize the choices that are ultimately yours to make, and help you implement them.

What can I expect when I come in for counseling?
Being a college student isn’t easy. Balancing classes, friends, jobs, homework and family can be very stressful. At times, your life may seem to be overwhelming and confusing. At the counseling center a therapist will listen to you and help guide you through this difficult time. You will work together to better manage your stress.

How many times will I need to come in for services?
After an initial assessment, you and your counselor will decide on the number of sessions required to meet your goals.

Who will know that I am coming to the counseling center?
The counseling center operates under a strict confidentiality policy. All personal information collected is kept confidential. With very few exceptions, no information is given out to professors, parents, or anyone else without your written consent.