The Counseling and Wellness Center works to provide inclusive, individualized, collaborative care and support to the students of Norwich University in a safe and confidential environment.
Through education and advocacy, we provide the entire Norwich community with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to understand, accept, and promote mental health and wellness. Focusing on strengths and resiliency, we foster opportunities for growth in which students will thrive, personally and academically.
Our primary purpose is to provide psychological support to students as they pursue their academic and personal goals, enhancing the student experience at Norwich. The Counseling and Wellness Center is primarily intended for assessment and short-term counseling, with referrals to local private counselors for longer term treatment or psychological testing, if necessary.
The Center is funded through the University Health Services Fee and there are no additional charges for services. Although we follow a short-term intervention model, the number of sessions varies and is discussed as part of the initial intake process.
Students come to the Counseling and Wellness Center for many reasons, including adjusting to college life, relationship difficulties, grief, family problems, academic stress, issues around identity development, depression, anxiety, eating and weight concerns, substance abuse, and sexual and physical abuse and harassment.
The Counseling and Wellness Center at Norwich University follows privacy and confidentiality guidelines set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the American Psychological Association, and the American College Counseling Association.
Some limits to privacy exist. With few exceptions involving safety and legal issues, information is not shared outside of counseling sessions without the student’s written permission.
Clinical files are safeguarded and DO NOT become part of the student’s medical or military record. Seeking services through our center will not negatively impact a cadet’s standing. We are a nonmedical facility.
Nicole Krotinger, MS, LCMHC
Nicole is a graduate of University of Vermont’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with a Master of Science from the Mental Health Counseling program in 2002. She has been a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for adults, children, and families in Vermont for the past 15 years working in a variety of school, clinical, and private practice settings. She was the founding therapist and director of Hannah’s House, a nonprofit community mental health center in Waitsfield, Vermont. Now, as the director of Counseling and Wellness for Norwich, she works on program development and prevention for mental health support and resources on campus.
Melissa Marcellino, MS, LCMHC
Senior mental health counselor
Melissa has been providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy to adolescents and adults since 2007. She has worked in community mental health agencies, residential settings, schools, and homes across Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties. She graduated magna cum laude from St. Michael’s college in 2005, received a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from University of Vermont in 2008, and is a licensed clinical mental health counselor. She has completed intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy, and her work is strongly informed by cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief treatment. Melissa enjoys presenting workshops and trainings and is passionate about working with our college population.
Kate Morris, MA, LICSW
Kate is a graduate of Davidson College (Davidson, North Carolina) and St. Ambrose University School of Social Work (Davenport, Iowa). She has served in a variety of therapeutic roles, including as a spiritual and bereavement counselor to hospital and hospice patients and their families at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and, most recently, as a college counselor at St. Ambrose University. Kate is a licensed social worker and certified intuitive eating counselor and leads groups on body image and intuitive eating.
Melisa Martinez, MA, MS
Counselor, multicultural initiatives coordinator
Melisa is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Auburn University. She is also a graduate of St. John’s University (Jamaica, New York). Melisa has worked in a variety of settings including an inpatient forensic hospital, community mental health center, and college counseling centers. Recently, Melisa completed her American Psychological Association-accredited internship year at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is passionate about advocating for the accessibility of mental health services, especially in historically disenfranchised communities. During her free time, Melisa enjoys swimming, taking road trips and listening to music.
Rebecca Pressman, MSW
Rebecca is a recent University of Southern California graduate with a Master of Social Work. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in music composition from Hamilton College and a Master of Arts in English literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. She recently completed a clinical social work internship at Column Health, a substance use disorder clinic in Arlington, Massachusetts. Before pursuing her Master of Social Work degree, Rebecca worked at independent boarding high schools in a variety of roles, including English teacher, student adviser, English department chair, 11th grade class dean, student activities coordinator, dormitory head, choral director and yoga instructor. Rebecca is passionate about helping people explore and better understand their individual and shared human experiences.
Megan Speck, MS
Megan has a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Vermont. She recently completed her counseling internship at Norwich University and in the past worked in school settings as an interventionist and in mental health agencies as a support specialist. Megan is drawn to work with undergraduates, recognizing that for them, college is a unique time of growth, development and identity exploration. In her free time, she spends time with her rescue dog, running, weightlifting and enjoying time with her family and friends.
Mental health counselor intern
David is our graduate counseling intern for the 2021-22 academic year. He is in his final year of the Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Vermont, where he earned his undergraduate degree in English and sociology. He has worked in education and hospitality and is particularly interested in applying critical lenses to media and popular culture. In his free time, David plays soccer, music and fetch with his dog, Sophie.
WellTrack is an online resource for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) has added a new tool to help with emerging concerns prior and in adjunct with counseling and talk therapy, to add to the many therapeutic options currently offered at Norwich University.