Counseling Services
The Counseling Center at Villa Maria College provides professional counseling in a safe, confidential and comfortable setting.


Services for Every Student

Some people think counseling is only for people who have problems.
The fact is, we all have challenges at one point or another.
Counseling is for people who want to learn how to become more successful, self aware, independent and resourceful.

Mission Statement

The Counseling Center provides counseling care, services and programs to promote and enhance the personal growth, mental health
and well-being of students in an environment that is supportive and inclusive.

Need Help?

Counseling is a helping process that takes place in an atmosphere of acceptance, respect and trust. The counselor works with students in a safe and confidential environment to help them understand themselves, their behaviors, feelings and relationships. Whether facing personal, educational, interpersonal and/or social concerns, counseling can help.

Personal Counseling

The personal counseling process can help you sort out your situation, identify obstacles, explore options and create strategies for how to proceed and resolve issues. Whether facing issues like depression, anxiety, loss, relationship concerns or just day-to-day stress, counseling can help students gain self-awareness, identify personal strengths and learn techniques for coping and overcoming obstacles to help develop full potential. Some concerns may be related to normal development while others may be related to specific issues. Some common issues of concern are:

  • Managing anxiety
  • Reducing stress
  • Adjusting to college
  • Dealing with loss
  • Self doubt
  • Dealing with depression
  • Making difficult decisions and clarifying choices

  • Self esteem
  • Coping with incidents of sexual assault/trauma
  • Homesickness
  • Overcoming shyness
  • Handling unexpected events
  • Procrastionation
  • And more…

Couples Counseling

Couples counseling can help you and your partner improve communication, enhance understanding and deal with relationship issues.

Educational Counseling

Educational counseling can help promote your development as a successful student.Individual sessions provide opportunity to identify your areas of concern and cultivate strategies for how to achieve academically. It can help you set goals, improve time management skills,communication skills, deal with test anxiety, deal with fear of public speaking and/or other related issues that nay influence academic performance.

Workshops & Presentations

The counselor offers presentations and workshops on a variety of topics including:

  • Stress management
  • Improving communication/presentation skills
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Balancing college and life responsibilities
  • Assertiveness training
  • Healthy relationships
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Understanding personality types
  • Promoting emotional health
  • Dimensions of Wellness
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Requests for presentations are gladly accepted

Programs and Outreach


Villa’s counseling staff collaborates with other student life staff to participate in additional programming to assist in the overall development of students. The Villa Maria College Wellness Team, which consists of Health Services and Campus Ministry, provides outreach, activities and small group workshops to help students understand the connection between body, mind, and spirit and promote the dimensions of wellness.

Support for Adult Students

Returning to school can be exhilarating and stressful. We can help. Our H.A.N.D.S. (Helping Adults New Dreams Succeed) program, provides opportunity to meet with the counselor to address your particular situation to gain insight into how you can set goals, manage multiple roles, determine appropriate strategies and possible connect with alumni who successfully returned to school after several years.

Making an Appointment

Students may make an appointment by calling or visiting the Counseling Center. Students are typically iffered an appointment within a few days of the time they contact the Center. During periods when demand is greatest, however, a student may not be able to be seen right away. If a students needs to cancel or reschedule an appointment, they are asked to give notice.

Eligibility for Services

Counseling is free of charge and all enrolled students are eligible to receive counseling services. Students may be referred off campus if specialty care is needed. When time and circumstance permits, students on leave, graduates, faculty, administrators and staff members may consult with counseling staff for a referral to a mental health service in the community.


The Counseling Center provides a safe, confidential environment that ensures a positive working relationship with student clients. Counseling information is not released to anyone without the student’s written permission except in limited circumstances as may be required by law.

Self Help Resources / Helpful Counseling Links / Self Assessment

If you need help right away, or would like to talk now you can visit our page on  ULifeline which offers a directory of services and convenient confidential contact information.

Virtual Pamphlets on numerous mental health topics are published by Counseling Centers throughout the nation and made available here.

The websites listed below are available to provide information relating to mental and emotional health including: anxiety, depression, stress, sleep, grief, trauma, suicide prevention, relationships and communication, mental health and more.

  • ULifeline: This website is a confidential, online resource center designed specifically for college students where they can be comfortable searching for information they need and want regarding mental health.
  • Self-Evaluator Online Screening: ULifeline also offers an online Self Evaluator, an anonymous screening that may help you recognize and identify problematic behaviors and uncomfortable feelings. The evaluator will help identify problem areas such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Alcohol Abuse, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. The assessment is not intended for diagnostic purposes.  If screening suggests follow-up, you are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center or make an appointment with a mental health professional in the community. The names and locations of mental health resources are available in the Counseling Center.
  • this website includes numerous videos and information on emotional health and connects students to resources
  • National Institute of Mental Health: a comprehensive website is a component of the National Institute of Health
  • a trusted guide to mental and emotional health
  • Allaboutdepression.comaccurate, current, and relevant information about clinical depression to the public
  • Relaxation Exercises: a variety of relaxation exercises as QuickTime files that you can play on your computer
  • NCAA Mental Health: The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes

Need More Info or Assistance?

Palma Zanghi
Director of Counseling

Contact Info:
Phone: 716-961-1821

Office Location:
Library Building
Ground Floor
Room L50

As we walk through the path of life, there are always places to reach out for support along the way.
As we walk through the path of life, there are always places to reach out for support along the way.

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