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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)

Counselors work with students to accommodate busy schedules. Please keep in mind, counseling is short-term, solution-focused in nature. If the student requires additional and/or intensive services, the counselor will work with the student to connect with agencies and other counselors in the surrounding community for ongoing care.

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)
  • 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/guardians, ESF staff or faculty will not be informed of your participation in counseling.

Well Wishes:
Living at home:
Domestic violence:

counseling office staff

Counseling staff, from left: Ruth Larson, Evelyn Piccoli, Maggie McCurdy, Roger Howard

Counseling Services Links

Location and Hours

110A Bray Hall
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Call 315-470-4716 to make an appointment for non-crisis related issues, or stop in.

Crisis Help

  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
  • If you need to reach University Police for an urgent matter, call x6666 or x6667 from any campus phone or 315-470-6666 or 315-470-6667.
  • If you have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, 24-hour emergency support services are available:
    • Crisis Hours:
      • Monday-Friday at 10 am and again at 2 pm.
    • Crisis services after-hours/weekends: 315-470-4716

Meet the Staff

Ruth A. Larson, Director of Counseling Services
Ruth has been a counselor for over 20 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.

Maggie McCurdy, Staff Therapist
Maggie has been a counselor since 2013 and been providing mental health counseling in higher education settings since then. Maggie's areas of focus are adjusting to college, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and LGBTQ issues. Maggie is a registered member of The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation and the American Counseling Association.

Evelyn Piccoli, Office Assistant 2
Evelyn has worked for over 13 years at several medical practices. She has several years of experience working as a secretary at an outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic.