Nova Southeastern University

NSU Center for Student Counseling and Well Being (CSCW)

The NSU Center for Student Counseling Services and Well Being offers student counseling services to the student body of Nova Southeastern University to help them maximize their best self academically, personally and professionally. NSU’s clinical partner is Henderson Behavioral Health, a leader in behavioral healthcare providing comprehensive, recovery-focused services and is accredited at the highest level for Student Counseling Services by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Services provided at CSCW range from stress management and coping strategies to psychiatric assessment and crisis intervention. The center provides the student with an assessment, counseling, consultation, psychiatric services, wellness and recovery education, and when needed case management services and linkage or referral. In addition, the Center for Student Counseling and Well Being provides various outreach programs and support groups on such topics as stress management, transitions to college and grad school, as well as coping with oneself and others.

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Mission / Philosophy

College is an exciting transformative time, but along with these changes often comes a variety of challenges and concerns that are new and unique to the student population. Stress, anxiety and a range of other emotions are normal reactions to the demanding school programs and transition to college life. When these emotions become difficult to deal with alone, Student Counseling Services provides the student with an opportunity to benefit from working on personal issues with experienced and licensed professionals.

Henderson Behavioral Health is the higher learning institution’s primary behavioral health provider for its students and/or campus community. The mission of the program is to collaborate directly with students to reduce barriers that stand in the way of the definition, implementation and accomplishment of their educational, personal, and or career goals. The center staff will provide students with an opportunity to develop personal insight, identify and solve problems, and implement positive strategies to better manage their lives both academically and personally. They will be sensitive to issues of cultural diversity including but not limited to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. In addition to working directly with the student, the program’s mission will be realized through outreach, partnerships, and consultation initiatives with faculty, staff, parents, and other university/college entities.

Students are afforded privacy and confidentiality when seeking counseling, however, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) permits a covered entity to disclose patient health information, including psychotherapy notes, when the covered entity has a good faith belief that the disclosure: (1) is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of the patient or others and (2) is a person(s) reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat. This may include, depending on the circumstances, disclosure to law enforcement, family members, the target of the threat or others who the covered entity has a good faith belief can mitigate the threat.

NSU Center for Student Counseling and Well Being (CSCW)

College life can be stressful. We are here to help. As you pursue your education, you will encounter challenges that may affect your ability to achieve your goals, however, you can learn to be resilient and turn your challenges into SUCCESS.

Some concerns Student Counseling can help address:

  • Academic concerns & Career development
  • Relationship challenges
  • Stress and time management
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment to student life
  • Problem solving & goal setting
  • Test and seminar anxiety
  • Eating and Body Image


But along with these changes often come a variety of challenges and concerns that are new to many students. Stress, anxiety, and a range of other emotions are normal reactions to the demanding programs and college life. Sometimes, these emotions become difficult to deal with alone, and it is often helpful to talk to someone or to reach out and ask for help.

Student counseling provides the opportunity for students to benefit from working on personal issues with experienced professionals. The counseling relationship is objective, non-judgmental, and understanding. Most importantly, the counseling relationship is strictly confidential. Nova Southeastern University students are afforded the opportunity to express their emotions in an uninhibited environment. The counseling center is staffed by licensed mental health professionals, a licensed psychologist and a psychiatrist.

What to expect at your first appointment(s):

If coming into the office, there will be a comfortable, therapeutic environment where you can explore your current challenges. A counselor who is professionally trained and licensed will discuss with you the reasons you chose this service. Your counselor will be respectful and attentive, will listen and ask questions, and will address your concerns with you.

Should you participate via the HIPPA compliant telehealth option, please make note of the following: You will need a computer, laptop, or smartphone with a microphone, speakers, and a camera for audio and/or videoconferencing. You will need to use a reliable and secure internet connection rather than public or free wifi. You will need to have space that ensures your privacy (you are alone in the room and others cannot hear you), has enough lighting, and is free from distractions and/or interruptions.


Individual Counseling
Individual counseling focuses on the exploration and resolution of the student’s personal problems or issues according to his/her needs.

Couples Counseling
Counseling the parties of a relationship (couples, family members, and friends) to help them better manage troublesome differences.

Regional Campus Services
Individual and couples counseling is available via Video Counseling for all Regional Campus students.

Psychiatric Services
Session(s) with the psychiatrist for evaluation and determination regarding medication management.

Presentation Services
Please click here to complete the form for all Outreach and Presentation requests.

FOR ORIENTATION and Student Counseling services informational sessions, please email Natalia Gutierrez, the center’s Assistant Director at Please make sure to include the following items in the email: Your name, credentials, and your program. The date and time and location (including if it will be via zoom) for the requested session and if in person – the number of students who will be present.

Group Counseling
A small group of individuals who meet to assist each other in emotional growth and problem solving; facilitated by a counselor.

Registration for New Students:
Please complete the registration form before your appointment by clicking the button below.

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Office Hours

Monday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

***Appointments available Monday – Thursday until 8pm***

November 2024
Monday, November 25 – Wednesday, November 27, 2024 8:30am-5pm
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2024 CLOSED
Day After Thanksgiving, November 29, 2024 CLOSED

December 2024
Observance of Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2024 OFFICE CLOSED
Monday, December 23 – Friday, December 27, 2024 8:30am-5pm (campus closed)
Observance of New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2025 OFFICE CLOSED

3301 College Ave.
Student Affairs Building, 3rd  Floor
Davie, FL 33314

Phone (954) 424-6911
Fax: (954) 424-6915

24/7 Crisis Hotline (954) 424-6911

NSU Center for Student Counseling and Well-Being Program Description: Individual, couples, family and group counseling are provided in an office setting for all full and part-time enrolled students. In addition, telephonic triage sessions occur if the students are logistically unable to come into the office. Service delivery utilizing a brief therapy model is used and each student is eligible for 10 counseling sessions per year at no cost. If seeing a psychiatrist, students are charged a nominal fee that may be covered by many insurance companies and the Office Manager will assist to determine eligibility and fees. The counselor’s goal is to build upon the student’s current skill sets for positive behavioral change. Services are provided by licensed counselors, a licensed psychologist, and a psychiatrist.

A 30-minute Screening / Triage Session is available daily for all new students and students returning for services after being discharged.  During the Screening Session, students will meet with a counselor and collaboratively determine a plan to best address their need(s). Treatment services will then be scheduled based on the option agreed upon.


DAVIE CAMPUS:  Please click here to complete our survey after your appointment.
REGIONAL CAMPUS:  Please click here to complete our survey after your appointment.

**Front Office support available M-Th 8:30am-6Pm and Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

**Office Hours and Triage Screening hours will be altered during holidays and school vacations, please consult the office staff