Counseling and Wellness Center


The Counseling and Wellness Center at Rivier University is dedicated to providing students with psychological services in a way that students can meet their academic needs while having the opportunity to develop emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. The Center also provides a professional response to individuals or groups in emotional crisis and offers consultation to University faculty, staff, and administration.

Learning Commons facade_webOur Wellness programs help students develop healthy and balanced lifestyles. Events target different areas of health including physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual.

The decision to begin counseling is an important one. Counseling is not a “quick fix” cure to one’s problems. The counselor is there to help students explore feelings, thoughts and concerns, to examine options, and to assist in achieving desired goals. Services are offered free of charge to all full-time students, and counselors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful of individual differences.

The first counseling session is designed to obtain relevant background information and family history, and to identify the specific concerns that led a student to seek counseling. At the conclusion of the session, the counselor will discuss appropriate resources and recommendations to assist in resolving concerns.

Pamela Graesser, M.Ed, LCMHC
Director of Counseling and Wellness Services


  • Alcohol and substance use and abuse
  • Conflicts in a relationship
  • Stress
  • Breaking up
  • Feeling isolated and lonely
  • The death of a friend or family member
  • Eating disorders
  • Lack of confidence and self-esteem
  • Family problems
  • Fears about talking to a professor
  • Sexual identity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Academic concerns and test anxiety