Chatham University

Counseling Services

Greetings from the Director of Counseling Services

Elsa Arce

Elsa Arce, Ph.D.
Director for Counseling Services

Mission Statement

Our mission at Counseling Services is to provide Chatham University students with professional treatment in a secure and private manner that will promote healthy change in their overall development.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services is committed to aid your personal growth and development in order to help you gain the maximum benefit from your educational experience. We provide a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space to work through issues that many students face. The most common issues that students come to the Counseling Services for include: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, academic concerns, and relationship issues. If you are a full-time registered student, there is no charge for our services. Free evaluations and external referrals are offered to part-time regular undergraduate and graduate students. Our goal is always to help and to guide you towards clarity, authentic happiness and maximum success in your educational journey.

To schedule an appointment please call (412) 365-1282. Fall and spring term office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Facts about Counseling Services:

  • Approximately 12-15% of the student population requests services every year
  • Nearly 1200+ counseling appointments are provided annually
  • About 4% of students receive crisis intervention services every year
  • Students requesting services represent all levels of education and cultural backgrounds

Meet the Staff

  • Elsa M. Arce, PhD
    Licensed Psychologist, Director
  • Perry Henschke, PhD
    Licensed Psychologist
  • Nicole Marinacci-Magee, MSW, LSW
    Licensed Social Worker
  • Jenny Knight, AAS
    Administrative Assistant

Graduate Intern Counselors for 2012/2013:

  • Ashley Hinds, BA
  • Amanda Smith, BA
  • Camille O'Connor, MA
  • Jacob Rusczek, MA
  • Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, MA
  • Erin Wentroble, MA

Hotlines & Resources

Crisis Services

Re:solve Crisis Network

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

National Drug Information Treatment & Referral Hotline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
(412) 687-8005

Eating Disorders

Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.
(412) 765-3004

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous (CEA)
(724) 942-5132

Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention


The Compassionate Friends, Inc.

The Good Grief Center
1-888-GRIEF88 or (412) 461-1776


Nationwide RAINN

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)

National Rape Crisis Hotline
1-866-END-RAPE (363-7273)


National Suicide Hotline
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Support Blogs






U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veteran Services, Health and Well-Being, Mental Health

Veterans Crisis Line
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Pittsburgh Medical Centers

Real Warriors


Types of Mental Health Professionals


Choosing a Mental Health Professional

When choosing a mental health professional in the community, you might experience to be a challenging task.  Here are some questions you can ask yourself about a professional to determine if that individual is the right one for you:

Are You Satisfied With Your Treatment?

When in counseling it is important that for you to be satisfied with the treatment you are receiving. It may be difficult for you to determine if you are satisfied with the level of care you are getting if you are new to counseling. To help you to objectively evaluate your treatment ask yourself the following questions:

I am not satisfied with my treatment, what can I do?