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Here at the Wellness Center: Counseling Service, located on the ground floor of Finnegan Fieldhouse, our door is wide open for you. Whether you have a serious concern or simply a curious question, our staff encourages you to call or drop by to see us. Everything that’s important to you is important to our staff.

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring Semesters: Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and some variable evening hours each semester. Closed weekends, and daily from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Summer Sessions: Please call office for hours.

Counseling Service: Our Mission

Your emotional and mental well-being affects everything else in your life. If you are experiencing an emotional difficulty, we are here to help you work through it. If you are concerned about a friend, roommate, or family member’s psychological health, we are available for consultation.

Our staff of professional counselors and social workers strives to blend the best in mental health care with Christian principles to help students lead effective and satisfying lives.

Getting Started

To make a counseling appointment, please follow these simple steps:

  • Complete our Initial Intake Form and put it in a sealed envelope addressed to
    Joseph Loizzo
    Director of the Wellness Center
    Finnegan Fieldhouse
  • A member of the Counseling Service staff will either call or email you to set up the first appointment.

What Happens Next

After an assessment interview, a counselor will work with each student to create a personal treatment plan. This plan might include individual or group counseling, along with instructions for you to research new ways to deal with the problems or to try to incorporate new behaviors. You always retain the right to decide for yourself whether to do these activities or not.

As part of the treatment plan, you will be encouraged to identify your strengths and weaknesses to help you manage the problem. One strength will be to recognize how your faith in Christ can assist you in resolving your problem.

Services We Provide

  • Individual Counseling: Initial one-hour session with a staff counselor*, development of a treatment plan, and possible further counseling with a staff counselor, graduate student counselor, or referral to an outside provider. Services are based on a brief treatment model, followed by a referral as needed.

    *Please note that, for training purposes, a student from our Graduate Counseling Program will normally be present during the initial assessment interview.
  • Group Counseling: Groups target specific areas for change in a supportive atmosphere, begin at the start of each semester, and are free of charge.

Additional Help

  • Crisis Hotline: In an emergency situation, after 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, please call the Jefferson County Crisis Hotline at 740-264-1627.
  • Support Groups: Information about local support groups can be found daily in the Herald-Star newspaper (search: Community Calendar), and on our Franciscan University Counseling Service Web page.
  • Refer to the Wellness Center Counseling Service webpage for information on mental health topics such as addiction treatment, stress management, anxiety, and depression.

Contacting Us

Parents, students, and other members of the Franciscan University community with inquiries are encouraged to call us at 740-284-7217. (Our fax number is 740-284-7036.)


There is a fee of $10 per appointment for routine office visits. Fees are paid at the time of the office visit by cash, check, or credit/debit card. Please see the secretary for payment details.


As a patient, you can be assured of confidentiality in all services. By law, no one may access your health records without your written consent.*

*Exceptions to confidentiality provision include the following: records subpoenaed by a Court; you intend to physically harm someone; you intend to commit suicide; you are involved in a felony; a medical emergency threatens another person’s life or health; there is evidence that you have been involved in abusing a child, elderly person, or a person with mental retardation; or spousal abuse/neglect.

Meet the Staff

Please note that while the staff will aim to meet as many of your needs as possible, we do not have the same capacities as a full-service mental health clinic. If we cannot meet your needs in our office, you will be referred off campus for treatment. You will be financially responsible for expenses incurred for these services.

Counseling Staff

Counseling Center Staff:

(pictured, left to right)
  • Diana Bessler, LPCC-S
  • Joseph A. Loizzo, MSW, LISW-S
    Director of the Wellness Center
  • Mary Jo Yanda, LPCC-S
  • Cynthia Vaudrain, LPCC-S
  • Matthew Burriss, LPCC-S
Not pictured:
  • Christin Jungers, LPCC-S
  • Don Kissinger, LPCC-S
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