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  • Gannon University Counseling Center

     Counseling Center

    Hours of Operation

    Monday through Friday - 8 AM to 4:30 PM

    *Excluding Gannon University identified holidays

    Office Coordinator

    Jill Amenta
    amenta005@gannon.edu
    Phone Number: 814-871-7622
    Location: 210 West 6th Street Erie, PA 16541
    (Lower-Level of Harborview Apartments at the corner of 6th and Sassafras Street)

    Counseling Staff

    Jodi Giacomelli, Ph.D., LPC

    Licensed Psychologist
    Associate Director, Counseling Services
    (814) 871-7741
    organ002@gannon.edu

    Christine Agnello, LPC

    Staff Therapist, Counseling Services
    (814) 871-5884
    agnello005@gannon.edu

    Alyson Eagle, LPC, NCC

    Staff Therapist, Counseling Services
    (814) 871-7011
    eagle002@gannon.edu

    Services

    Initial Consultations & Walk-in Hours

    Students interested in beginning counseling can stop in to the Gannon Counseling Office during "walk-in hours" for an initial consultation. "Walk-ins" take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the hours of 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (closed from 12-1 PM).  Students will be asked to complete information on an iPad and then meet with a counselor who will conduct an initial consultation. Based on the consultation and nature of the concern, the counselor will develop a treatment plan with the student.

    Individual Counseling

    Therapists in the Counseling Office will provide assessments, evaluations, and short-term counseling to students enrolled at Gannon University. Students who require extended or specialized counseling may be referred to an off-campus mental health provider.

    Group Counseling

    Students experiencing common concerns (i.e. anxiety, grief, self-esteem, relationship problems) may benefit from group counseling. Groups are formed based on counselor assessment and student interest. Please contact the Counseling office for additional information about group counseling offered on-campus.

    Couples Counseling

    ​​Students who are both currently enrolled at Gannon University can meet with a counselor for short-term couples counseling. Both students must be interested in couples counseling and both must complete separate initial consultations prior to starting couples counseling.

    Somebody I know May Need Support

    The GU therapists are available for consultation if you are concerned about a friend, roommate, and/or family member. The counselor will discuss your concerns and work with you to develop possible options for you to implement while reaching out to your loved one. You can also complete a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) form regarding your concerns about a student currently enrolled at Gannon University, which will be reviewed and addressed by the on-campus BIT Team.

    Psychiatric Services

    The Counseling Office has a consulting psychiatrist for limited hours per week during the academic year. Students must complete an initial consultation with a therapist to determine eligibility for psychiatric services.

    Crisis Intervention

    If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, GU therapists are available for crisis consultations. Please call or come to our office immediately for further assistance.

    Confidentiality

    In accordance with the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), students who are 18-years and older are considered to hold the privilege of privacy to their health and counseling records. However, information may be released when there is clear and present danger to a student, another person and/or to the Gannon community. In this case, only relevant and pertinent information will be released which is meant to ensure the safety of the students and the members of the Gannon community.

    Relaxation Room

    The Gannon Counseling Center houses the Relaxation Room, a free and unlimited service available to the students enrolled at Gannon University. Contents of the Relaxation Room include:

    • A heated, reclining & massage chair
    • Aromatherapy - Diffusers & essential oils
    • Various selections of tea
    • Guided relaxation/ breathing exercises
    • Calm lighting & other relaxing activities

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    Crisis Services & Resources

    If you have thoughts of suicide, please reach out for support immediately to one of the following resources:

    • Erie Police Department at 911
    • Gannon Police and Safety at (814) 871-7777
    • Erie Crisis Services at (814) 456-2014

    Gannon Counseling Center 

    The Gannon Counseling center provides crisis intervention services Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please call and/or come to the Counseling Center and make it clear that you are in a state of crisis. Every effort will be made to respond as soon as possible.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

    1-800-273-8255

    This Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

    Crisis Text Line

    Text 741741

    The Crisis Text Line to provide an alternative medium, outside of phone-based and in-person services, to access crisis services. This is a national crisis support line and it's a FREE service that provides access to 24/7 crisis support via text messaging.

    Steps for the Crisis Text Line:

    Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.

    • A crisis does not ONLY mean suicide: it's any painful emotion for which you need support. Text a volunteer at 741741.
    • Your opening message can say anything: Some opt-in words you see advertised ("HELLO," "START").

    A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform.

    The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.  

    Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Services

    Crime Victim Center of Erie County
    125 West 18th Street
    Erie, PA 16501
    814-455-9414
    *Individual counseling & 24-hour crisis intervention

    Local Hospitals in Erie County

    UPMC Hamot
    201 State Street
    Erie, PA
    (814) 877-6000

    Saint Vincent Hospital
    232 West 25th Street
    Erie, PA
    (814) 452-5530

    Millcreek Community Hospital
    5515 Peach Street
    Erie, PA
    (814) 868-8270

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