Counseling Services

In-House ESF counselors are here for students! Students are encouraged to meet with counselors for consultation, crisis intervention, and/or help with...

  • Mental Health (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD)
  • Alcohol and/or Drug Use
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual and/or Relationship Violence
  • Interpersonal Concerns (adjusting to college, homesickness, roommate issues, assertiveness or communication skills)

Calendar of Events

  • January 24, 2017
    How Not to Date a Psycho

    Centennial Hall 8pm - 9pm
  • January 26, 2017
    Safe Zone Training for Students

    Bray Rm 217 11am - Noon
  • January 31, 2017
    Suicide Prevention training for Students, Faculty & Staff

    Bray Rm 14 11am - Noon
  • February 9, 2017
    Safe Zone Training for Staff & Faculty

    Bray Rm 217 11am - Noon
  • February 17, 2017
    Random Acts of Kindness Day

    11am - 1pm Gateway

Counselors work with students to accommodate busy schedules. If the student requires additional and/or intensive services, the counselor will work with the student to connect with agencies in the surrounding community for services.

ESF counselors offer dozens of prevention, education and outreach events to students throughout the year. Some events include:

  • QPR (Suicide Prevention)
  • Safe Zone (Learn how to be an ally to our LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty)
  • How NOT to Date a Psycho
  • Stress Less activities prior to Midterms
  • Quit Kits for tobacco awareness
  • The Clothesline Project for domestic and sexual violence awareness 


Counselors take your confidentiality very seriously. What you say in counseling stays in counseling with a few, very specific exceptions:

  • You are an imminent danger to yourself or others
  • You make terroristic threats
  • You are abusing a child or vulnerable adult
  • Your file is subpoenaed by a court of law and the subpoena is signed by a judge

Client counseling files are securely kept and never become part of your academic record. Your parents, ESF staff or faculty will not be informed of your participation in counseling services.

Counseling Services Links

Location and Hours

105 Bray Hall
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
to make an appointment or for any questions

Crisis Help

  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
  • If you need to reach Campus Police for an urgent matter, call x6666 or x6667 from any campus phone or 470-6666 or 470-6667.
  • If you have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, 24-hour emergency support services are available:
    • Crisis Services during Regular Business Hours: call 315-470-4716 and ask to speak with the On-Call Crisis Therapist, or come to the Counseling Center at 105 Bray Hall.
    • Crisis Services After-Hours/ Weekends: 315-470-4716

Meet the Staff

Ruth A. Larson, Director of Counseling Services
Ruth has been a counselor for 22 years and her focus is on Adjusting to College, Depression, Anxiety, Mindfulness, Grief and Loss, PTSD, Sexual and Relationship Violence, and LGBTQ issues.  She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective tool for PTSD and phobias. 

Roger D. Howard, Staff Therapist
Roger has worked in the human services field for 10 years, with the last 7 years working as a counselor. Areas of focus are: Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment to College, Grief and Loss, Healthy Relationships, Cultural Issues, Substance Abuse, and LGBTQ. He worked as a Domestic Violence Educator for 6 years, Grief Therapist for 3 years, and a Mental Health Therapist for 4 years.

Evelyn Piccoli, Office Assistant 2


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