As you work hard to accomplish your educational goals, our counselors will be available to support you along the way. Our Counseling Services office offers a confidential and safe place for you to discuss any concerns as you adjust to college life and begin to make your way in the world.
Counseling Services at Gwynedd Mercy University is committed to supporting students in accomplishing their personal and educational goals. We offer a safe and inclusive atmosphere for all students to discuss any and all concerns; and work towards furthering personal growth.
Pamela Zaranka Moore, MS, LPC, CCTP. Pam is the Director of Counseling Services. She has a master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. Pam has been in the mental health field for 16 years and has been the Director of Counseling Services at Gwynedd Mercy University since 2016. Prior to joining the University, Pam worked in various other mental health settings, including outpatient, residential, and wraparound services. In these settings, Pam worked with various mental health and developmental disorders and ages. Pam’s clinical specialty areas include eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma treatment.
Daniel Jordan, MC, LPC, CCTP. Dan is the Assistant Director of Counseling Services. He has a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Dan has been in the mental health field for 25 years and has been at Gwynedd Mercy University in Counseling Services since 2009. Prior to joining the University, Dan worked in various other mental health settings, including acute partial, IOP, outpatient, residential, and wraparound services. Dan has experience in clinical specialty areas include anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma treatment.
Jesse Kunwar, MA, NCC, LPC, CCTP. Jesse is one of the counselors as well as the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Coordinator. She has a master’s degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lycoming College. She has been in the mental health field for 15 years, and has been with the GMercyU counseling center since 2018. Prior to joining the GMercyU counseling team, she worked in community mental health, specifically with Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorders, with a focus on career counseling. Jesse’s clinical specialties include: Trauma disorders, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and career counseling.
Jacqui Brignola, MS, NCC is a counselor who obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from West Chester University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Villanova University. She is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She has been a part of GMercyU’s counseling team since 2020 starting as a graduate-level clinical intern. Her professional interests include the areas of sexual health, relationships, and navigating dating as a college student.
Allison McDonald, BA is a graduate-level Lead Counseling Intern working towards her master's degree at West Chester University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program. In 2018, she graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. In addition to interning at Gwynedd Mercy University, Allison works at West Chester University in the D-CAP program working with college students that have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Allison's background includes clinical experience at an inpatient facility working with adults that struggle with drug and alcohol dependency. She plans to work towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) after graduation. Her professional goals are to continue to work with college students who experience anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma.
Greg Emrich, BA is a graduate-level counseling intern currently working towards his Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Arcadia University. After graduating, he plans to become licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Temple University. Greg has experience working with middle school and high school students on the Autism Spectrum. Greg's professional goals are to work with young adults experiencing grief, anxiety, and trauma.
Jenna Brignola, BA is a graduate-level counseling intern in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. After graduation she hopes to obtain licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She graduated with her bachelor's degree from Villanova University with majors in Political Science and Communication, specializing in Rhetorical Studies. Jenna's background includes clinical experience at an outpatient medical facility working with adults with opioid and other drug addictions. Her professional goals are to work as a mental health counselor in an outpatient setting serving adults that experience anxiety disorders, depression, gender and sexuality-related issues, and addictions.
Sara Hollie Pew, BS is a graduate-level counseling practicum student working towards her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at West Chester University and eventual licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She graduated with a bachelor's in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. Her professional interests include working with students struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and sexual and relationship issues. Sara's professional goal is to become certified in sex therapy and to work with clients experiencing sexual difficulties.
General Counseling Assistance
At GMercyU’s Counseling Services Center, we understand that the transition to college can sometimes be tough. That’s why we’re here to provide confidential and supportive place to address personal concerns, emotional stress, or other mental health and wellness issues with a qualified counselor. You can schedule individual counseling sessions with a Counseling Services staff member.
- Psychoeducational programs
- Class presentations
- Alcohol & other drug psychoeducational services
- On call emergency support for students
- Walk in hours
- Psychiatric & Outpatient referrals
- Monthly trauma informed Yoga
- Confidential wellness portal
- Virtual Mental Health At-Risk training
- Student trainings
- Confidential Title IX support
Counseling records are confidential and kept separate from academic records. Only in the rare instance where an individual may present a threat to himself or herself or others may counseling information be shared without the individual’s permission, and then only to the extent necessary to protect the individual or other people being threatened. It is important to note that all members of the Counseling department are mandated reporters, meaning that we are legally and ethically required to report any suspected instances of child abuse or neglect. Finally, we are the only office on campus that is fully confidential in regards to all Title IX issues.