Substance Use

Substance Use Screening, Assessment and Counseling Services

At the Personal Counseling Center, our primary focus is on providing individualized therapy services, tailored to meet the unique needs of each student. Staff members Susan Ellingwood, LICSW, Clinical Counselor and Substance Use Counselor, with Peter Gray, LICSW, Clinical Counselor and Substance Use Counselor, specialize in a range of therapeutic approaches that help students navigate their goals around mental health and substance use.

In addition to individual therapy, we offer educational programs on alcohol and drug use, emphasizing harm reduction techniques and the promotion of healthy choices. We also support the journey of recovery by connecting students with the PC Graduate Peer Recovery Support Network for peer guidance. For those needing more intensive care, we facilitate referrals to specialized treatments such as partial hospital programs, intensive outpatient programs, and detox facilities. Moreover, we connect students with vital community resources, including peer recovery coaches and various support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gambling Anonymous and many more to ensure comprehensive support both on and off campus.

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  • Confidential Services (HIPPA, 42CFR Compliant)
  • Screening and Assessment of all substance use
  • Screening and Assessment of co-occurring mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, mood , gambling, and other behaviors of concern.
  • Treatment Planning
  • Individual Counseling that includes coping strategies to cut back or abstain specific to individual students goals.
  • Group Counseling
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Coordination of Care
  • Crisis and Urgent Appointments
  • Consultations: including how to help a peer

Referrals to Community Providers for:

  • Detox
  • Substance Use Recovery Centers
  • Recovery Coaches
  • PC Alum Peer to Peer Recovery Support Network

Confidential Online Self Assessment Tools:

*Download a Printable PDF Brochure of our Services:


Contact Information

Personal Counseling

Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm during the academic year
Lower Bedford Hall

If you are experiencing an emergency on campus, please contact Public Safety at 401-865-2222. For off campus emergencies, contact 911.

After hours mental health support: 
Call 401-865-2343 and press option 2 to speak with an on-call crisis counselor when the office is closed.

Please do not use email to contact Personal Counseling Center staff for urgent/crisis purposes

Additional 24/7 off-campus Resources