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What is the Center for Counseling Center and Student Development?

The Center for Counseling and Student Development is a campus agency staffed by professional psychologists or social workers trained to help you discover ways to better cope with your concerns. Our staff has a commitment to meeting the unique needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including differences of culture, race, gender, ability and sexual orientation. Our services are confidential with regard to legal and professional guidelines of the state of Rhode Island.

Who can use our services?

Full-time undergraduate, graduate, and law students attending Roger Williams University are eligible to use all of our services free-of-charge. Free consultation and referral services are available for part-time undergraduate students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Where is the Counseling Center located?

The Center is located on the second floor of the Center for Student Development, across from Cedar Hall.

When is the Center open?

The Center's hours are from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, on non-holidays during the academic year. Summer and winter break hours are 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Friday on non-holidays.

Why do students seek counseling?

Students visit the Counseling Center for a variety of concerns. The following are some of the reasons a student might seek assistance:

  • Feeling hopeless or sad
  • Feeling worried or anxious
  • Experiencing a traumatic event
  • Relationship difficulties with friends, roommates, family members, or others
  • Improving social relationships and interpersonal skills
  • Feeling unmotivated or unable to concentrate
  • Experiencing a loss of a significant relationship
  • Feeling that something is wrong, but not being able to figure out what it is
  • Loss of self-confidence or self-esteem
  • Issues of bias, harassment, or discrimination
  • Problems with eating, sleeping or sex
  • Overuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling a high level of stress

What services do we offer?


Individual, couples, and group counseling are provided in a confidential setting. Our orientation tends to be short-term and solution-focused with the goal of helping you to deal with various personal and interpersonal concerns.


Staff, faculty, and administrators may wish to consult with the Center's staff about a student or about their own concerns. We can advise you in regard to a concern you have about a student's well-being or offer you a referral for services regarding your own concerns.

Emergency Services

After hours or on weekends, crisis consultations are provided either by the Center's staff or by East Bay Mental Health. For assistance with mental health-related emergencies, first contact a Student Life staff member (e.g., an R.A., Public Safety) to initiate emergency procedures.