Meet Our Staff

Years of experience are available to you free of charge.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) is staffed by a variety of mental health professionals, including licensed psychologists, sport psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family counselors, licensed mental health counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals in-training. All UCC counselors specialize in treating the mental health concerns that are prevalent in a diverse university population.

 

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Senior Counseling Staff

  • Peter Barnes 1000 New

    Peter Barnes, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    Peter Barnes, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: University of Memphis, 2003, Counseling Psychology
    • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: UCC Webmaster
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP) #20042203A
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Division 51, Men & Masculinity); Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies; depression; anxiety; stress management; men’s issues; multicultural issues; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues
    • Theoretical Orientation: Primarily cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and mindfulness-based approaches, especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and integrating a variety of other theoretical elements as appropriate
    • Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife, son, and daughter, bass guitarist for the Phineas Gage, LSU and New Orleans Saints football, traveling, movies, cooking (especially New Orleans cuisine), and reading
  • 094 Christine Conway New 1000

    Christine Conway, Ph.D., HSPP

    Director, University Counseling Center

    Christine Conway, Ph.D., HSPP

    Director, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: University of Notre Dame, 1986, Counseling Psychology
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP) #20040173A
    • Professional Memberships: Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, American Psychological Association (Division 17)
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College student development, health & wellness, sexual assault prevention & treatment, substance abuse prevention, and mindfulness & meditation
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach incorporating cognitive-behavioral, relational, mindfulness and systems perspectives
    • Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, cooking (and eating), gardening, knitting, and traveling to new places
  • Littney Cruz 1000

    Littney Cruz, MSW, LCSW

    Staff Social Worker, University Counseling Center

    Littney Cruz, MSW, LCSW

    Staff Social Worker, University Counseling Center

    • Degree:  Andrews University, 2001, Master in Social Work.
    • License/Certifications:  Licensed Clinical Social Worker Indiana (LCSW) #34009237A and Michigan (LMSW) #6801091115.
    • Professional Membership:  National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Treatment for families, anxiety, depression, addictions, and trauma disorders.
    • Theoretical Orientation:  Cognitive behavioral, relational, mindfulness, art, and family system theory. 
    • Personal Interests:  spending time with family, and friends, hiking, watching Turkish soap operas, playing volleyball, camping, traveling, and going to the beach.
  • 3346 Josephine Dickinson 900 New

    Josephine Dickinson, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    Josephine Dickinson, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: The University of Akron, 2007, Counseling Psychology
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP) #20042312A
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Divisions 17 and 35)
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Women’s issues; gender and sexual identity issues; multicultural counseling; trauma recovery; substance abuse treatment; family of origin; psychological assessment; outreach and consultation; supervision and training
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, feminist, and multicultural perspectives
    • Personal Interests: Reading and writing poetry, spending time with my sister, volunteering in the community
  • Nayely Gonzalez 1000 New

    Nayely Gonzalez, Ph.D.

    Staff Clinician, University Counseling Center

    Nayely Gonzalez, Ph.D.

    Staff Clinician, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Indiana University Bloomington, 2022, Counseling Psychology
    • ​Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association 
    • Clinical Interests and Area of Expertise: Multicultural counseling; bilingual therapy (English and Spanish); Latino/a/x mental health; substance use, identity exploration and development; counseling with first-generation college students
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach that incorporates cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and interpersonal perspectives, as well as mindfulness-based approaches
    • Personal Interests: Cuddling with my cats, spending time with my partner, makeup, and trying new restaurants
  • Jim Hurst 1000 New

    James Hurst, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    James Hurst, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: University of Florida, 1994, Doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology
    • License/Certifications: Health Services Provider in Psychology in Indiana (HSPP) #20041005A; Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor in Indiana #87001044A
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association.
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Addiction prevention and early intervention, suicide prevention, anxiety and depression in emerging adulthood.
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integration of cognitive behavioral, humanistic/existential, motivational interviewing, narrative.
    • Personal Interests: Tennis, Celtic music, reading on current culture and politics.
  • Jordan Jonson 1000 New

    Jordan Jonson, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    Jordan Jonson, Ph.D., HSPP

    Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Purdue University, 2020,  Counseling Psychology
    • Licenses/Certifications:  Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP) #20043532A
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association 
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Anxiety; grief and loss; eating and body image concerns; family of origin concerns; graduate students; relationship difficulties; school-life-work balance; self-compassion
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative standpoint, approaching therapy primarily through a Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and person-centered lens, within a multiculturally-informed framework.  Also drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) when appropriate
    • Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, going on hikes, reading, trying new restaurants
  • Maureen Lafferty 1000 New

    Maureen Lafferty, Ed.D, HSPP

    Associate Director for Training, University Counseling Center

    Maureen Lafferty, Ed.D, HSPP

    Associate Director for Training, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: West Virginia University, 1991, Counseling Psychology
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP) #20040757A
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Divisions 17, 35, 44), Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Trauma and abuse recovery; gender and sexual identity issues; supervision and training
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach incorporating self psychology, feminist therapy, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral  and acceptance-based approaches.
    • Personal Interests: Singing and listening to music; reading; movies; gardening; spending time near water and/or at home with my partner and our furry family
  • Chieh Yu Liao 1000

    Chieh-Yu Liao, Ph.D.

    Staff Clinician, University Counseling Center

    Chieh-Yu Liao, Ph.D.

    Staff Clinician, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Cleveland State University, 2022, Urban Education: Counseling Psychology
    • ​Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association Division (Division 17, Counseling Psychology; Asian American Psychological Association
    • Clinical Interests and Area of Expertise: Multicultural counseling; bilingual therapy (English and Mandarin); self-compassion; mindfulness; anxiety; depression; adjustment; identity exploration; emotion-focused work; international students; relationship issues
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach that incorporates Cognitive Behavioral therapy, person-centered approach, emotion-based work, and multicultural perspectives, as well as other theoretical elements when appropriate.
    • Personal Interests: volunteering, having family time (including my cat), crafting, baking, and hanging out with friends

     

  • Devin Love 1000

    Devin Love, MSW, LSW

    Behavioral Health Clinical Case Manager, embedded in University Health Services

    Devin Love, MSW, LSW

    Behavioral Health Clinical Case Manager, embedded in University Health Services

    • Degree:  Masters in Social Work, 2018, University of Southern California
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Social Worker (Indiana) # 33010734A
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Students of Color, Women’s Issues, Relationship/Interpersonal challenges, Athletics, Self-Esteem, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness based therapies
    • Theoretical Orientation:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Strength Based Approach, and Systems Therapy
    • Personal Interests: Spending times with family, friends, shopping, working out, traveling internationally, cooking, and eating anything with a great review on Yelp.
  • Carlie Mcgregor 1000 New

    Carlie McGregor, Ph.D, HSPP

    Staff Sport Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    Carlie McGregor, Ph.D, HSPP

    Staff Sport Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: University of North Texas, 2020, Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Sport  Psychology
    • License/Certifications:  Health Services Provider in Psychology in Indiana (HSPP) 20043514B
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Division of Counseling Psychology, Association for Applied Sport Psychology 
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Body image; identity/multicultural dynamics; athletics/performance; relational concerns; LGBTQIA+ issues; masculinity/genderization
    • Theoretical Orientation: Relational Cultural Theory (RCT framework integrating interpersonal and systemic perspectives, integrative and collaborative 
    • Personal Interests: Watching movies, spending time with family and friends, working on home projects, camping and outdoor activities, reading, cooking, anything sports!
  • Caprice Mottely 1000

    Caprice Mottley, MSW, LCSW

    Staff Social Worker, University Counseling Center

    Caprice Mottley, MSW, LCSW

    Staff Social Worker, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Masters in Social Work, 2018, Andrews University
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Indiana) #33010213A, Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW, (Michigan) #6801114328
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Athletes, sports and exercise performance/enhancement, post injury adjustment, multicultural based challenges-microaggressions, colorism/texturism, People of Color in the workplace, invisible illness, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based therapies, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, spiritual exploration 
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrated approach drawing upon aspects of the biopsychosocial model, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), integrating strength-based perspectives as well as psychodynamic therapy approaches
    • Personal Interests: Weightlifting/fitness training, playing and watching basketball, football and soccer; advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion, race relations, guitar playing/music, fashion and makeup aesthetics

     

     

  • Joey Raemaker 1000

    Joseph Ramaeker, Ph.D., HSPP

    Assistant Director, University Counseling Center, and the Anita & Tim Schoen Family Sport Psychology Program Director

    Joseph Ramaeker, Ph.D., HSPP

    Assistant Director, University Counseling Center, and the Anita & Tim Schoen Family Sport Psychology Program Director

    • Degree: University of North Texas, 2016, Counseling Psychology (Specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology)
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP) #20043237B
    • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Counseling and Sport Psychologist Embedded In Athletics
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Division 51, Men & Masculinity; Division 47, Sport, Exercise & Performance; Division 17, Counseling Psychology); Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Sport and performance psychology; disordered eating; body image concerns; men’s issues; trauma; depression and anxiety; self-compassion; relationships; adjustment issues
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, primarily drawing from relational, humanistic, and mindfulness-based approaches
    • Personal Interests: Connecting with family and friends; attending athletic events; listening to new music; reading; photography
  • Tiffany Russell 1000 New

    Tiffany Russell, MSW, LCSW

    Staff Social Worker, University Counseling Center

    Tiffany Russell, MSW, LCSW

    Staff Social Worker, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Western Michigan University, 2017, Masters in Social Work,
    • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: UCC DEI Committee Chair
    • License/Certifications: LMSW - Clinical (Michigan) #680110615; LCSW (Indiana) #34009152A
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
    • Clinical Interests and Area of Expertise: Anxiety, First Generation Students, Students of Color, Multicultural Concerns, Adjustment & Relationship Issues
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative Approach incorporating Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Approach, Strengths Based Perspective & mindfulness. 
    • Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, music, reading, traveling and shopping!
  • Liz Sanborn 1000 New

    Elizabeth Sanborn, Psy.D.

    Staff Sport Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    Elizabeth Sanborn, Psy.D.

    Staff Sport Psychologist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: James Madison University, 2021, Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association - Division 47 Sport and Performance Psychology, Association for Applied Sport Psychology 
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Sport and performance psychology; mood disorder, adjustment issues, relationship issues, trauma, and post-traumatic growth
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative drawing from cognitive-behavioral, relational, interpersonal and systems-based approaches
    • Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, pampering my dog, watch sports, knitting, being outside, and binge-watching television
  • Amy Spanopoulos 1000 New

    Amy Spanopoulos, MSW, LCSW

    Associate Director for Clinical Services, University Counseling Center

    Amy Spanopoulos, MSW, LCSW

    Associate Director for Clinical Services, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Indiana University School of Social Work, 2000
    • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #34004776A, Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) #8700295A, EMDR certified
    • Area of Responsibility: Exposure Area supervisor/ Substance Abuse Services
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Mental health and addictions assessment and treatment, treatment for adjustment, anxiety, depression, trauma and substance abuse disorders
    • Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory, utilization of feedback informed treatment practices, trauma informed care, motivational interviewing and EMDR
    • Personal Interests: Landscaping our property, running, reading, watching movies, spending time with family, and caring for our animals
  • Brent St Clair 1000

    Brent St. Clair, LMFT

    Staff Therapist, University Counseling Center

    Brent St. Clair, LMFT

    Staff Therapist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Fuller Theological Seminary - Graduate School of Psychology, 2005, Marital and Family Therapy
    • License: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) #35002174A
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Anxiety, depression, grief/loss, men's issues, couples/relational issues, crisis, and family of origin
    • Theoretical Orientation: An integrative approach drawing from family systems, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and narrative perspectives. 
    • Personal Interests: Spending time with my family and friends, motorcycles, playing basketball and volleyball, cycling, watching sports, and trying new restaurants. 

Part Time Counseling Staff

  • Amy Bontrager 1000

    Amy Bontrager, LMHCA

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Amy Bontrager, LMHCA

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Wright State University, 2017; M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) #88001330A
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Women’s issues, multicultural counseling, college counseling, crisis intervention, group therapy, identity development, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, psychoeducation, mental health advocacy, trauma
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, motivational interviewing, CBT, narrative, systems therapy
    • Personal Interests: dogs, baking, hiking/camping, renovating our 120 year old house with my husband
  • Kate Bowers 1000

    Katherine Bowers, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Katherine Bowers, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Western Michigan University, 2004, Master of Social Work
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker #34006017A
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Depression; anxiety; stress management; family of origin; trauma; multicultural issues; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrates a variety of theoretical approaches, but primarily cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Personal Interests: Coaching and participating in CrossFit, reading, movies, spending time with friends and family
  • Kbussard 1000

    Kaylyn Bussard, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Kaylyn Bussard, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Master’s in Social Work, 2020; Indiana University South Bend 
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Social Worker
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: interest in working with the LGBTQ+ population, whether children, teens, or adults who are navigating their identities, coping with coming out, or navigating life as a member of the community.
    • Theoretical Orientation: an eclectic approach to therapy, with foundations in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing
    • Personal Interests: Kaylyn enjoys knitting, crocheting, gardening, and spending time with her cats. Kaylyn also volunteers at Pet Refuge.
  • Anna Detlfesen 1000

    Anna Detlefsen, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Anna Detlefsen, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW),, 2014; Indiana University School of Social Work
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Work (NASW)
    • Clinical Interest and Areas of Expertise:  (NASW) Anxiety, Depression, Couples Therapy (The Developmental Model), Assertiveness Training, Identity Formation, Women's issues, Family of Origin, Life Transition issues 
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, eclectic, humanistic, strengths-based approach.  I utilize elements of CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertiveness Training, Developmental Theory with my clients.
    • Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Being outside as much as possible. Gardening. Cooking. Bird-Watching. Reading. Exercising. Rowing. 
  • Aepp 1000

    Arlen Epp, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Arlen Epp, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Indiana University, 1994, Master’s in Clinical Social Work; Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, 1987, Master of Divinity, Pastoral Counseling Specialization
    • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Substance Abuse Specialist
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indiana; Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana; National Certified Addiction Counselor; NAADAC
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Alcohol and drug abuse treatment and recovery; treatment of anxiety, depression, and impulse control disorders; dually diagnosed disorders; couples treatment; wellness and spirituality for living
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach incorporating cognitive, behavioral, motivational interviewing, systems, and psychodynamic perspectives
    • Personal Interests: Music; wilderness camping and hiking; canoeing; mountaineering; wood working; reading
  • Jamie Garvey 1000 New

    Jamie Garvey, Psy.D., HSPP

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Jamie Garvey, Psy.D., HSPP

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

  • Beth Hurst 1000

    Beth Hurst, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Beth Hurst, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Loyola University of Chicago, 1995, Master of Social Work Clinical, Child & Adolescent Concentration
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker Indiana License #: 34004076A
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: My clinical interests include students that experience depression, anxiety, grief and loss issues, life transitions including adjustment to college and graduate school,
    • Theoretical Orientation: An integrative approach utilizing principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, strengths based perspectives
    • Personal Interests: Traveling with my family, hiking, watching tennis and sports
  • Kate Jongsma 1000

    Katherine Jongsma, LMHC

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Katherine Jongsma, LMHC

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Purdue University, 2018, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) #39004281A
    •  Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Post-traumatic stress, strategies for coping with ADHD, anxiety and depression, healing attachment wounds, dissociative symptoms, and helping students strengthen a healthy sense of self
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrating EMDR, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, and emotional regulation/mindfulness skills in a person-centered approach
    • Personal Interests: stand-up comedy, my beagle Ebenezer, kayaking the mighty St. Joe with my husband, throwing impromptu dance parties, and talking to my grandma
  • Yessica Lawson Gonzalez, MSW, LSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Yessica Lawson Gonzalez, MSW, LSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Indiana University School of Social Work, 2020; MSW Masters in Social Work: Mental Health and Addictions
    • License/Certifications: LSW #33010019A
    • Professional Memberships: Member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Vice President of Mental Health Awareness of Michiana 
    • Clinical Interest and Areas of Expertise: women's issues, multicultural counseling, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), trauma, and substance abuse disorders.
    • Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Theory, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, mindfulness and systems perspective. 
    • Personal Interest: In my free time I enjoy spending time with my children, playing soccer with the family and  planning game nights with friends and family. I also volunteer for organizations offering mental health advocacy and education. 
  • Cindy Mongrain 1000

    Cindy Mongrain, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Cindy Mongrain, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Clinical Social Work University of Chicago, 2018; Master of Divinity, University of Notre Dame, 2001
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #34009580A 
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers
    • Clinical Interest and Areas of Expertise: Trauma and recovery including trauma sensitive yoga, depression, anxiety & stress, women's issues, relationship/interpersonal challenges, LGBTQ+affirmative therapy, gender and sexual identity concerns, identity exploration, development and intersectionality, life transitions including adjustment to college and graduate school, coping skills, grief and loss, somatic/body-based interventions, mindfulness and spirituality
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach drawing upon psychodynamic attachment-based perspectives, interpersonal and relational perspectives, systems feminist, cognitive-behavioral perspectives, as well as somatic/body based and mindfulness-based perspectives
    • Personal Interests: Cycling, yoga, cooking, reading, time with family and friends, including furry friends
  • Amanda Potter Lcsw 1000

    Amanda Potter, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Amanda Potter, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Smith College School for Social Work, 2016; Master of Social Work
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #34008526A
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: individual and group psychotherapy; relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, life transitions; embodied practice
    • Theoretical Orientation: systems-oriented and psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills education, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Val Staples 1000

    Valerie Staples, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Valerie Staples, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, 1981
    • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Coordinator of Eating Disorder Services
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #34001833A
    • Professional Memberships: NASW, Academy for Eating Disorder Professionals, Eating Disorders Task Force of Indiana
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Eating disorders; body image; group therapy
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integration of humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral perspectives
    • Personal Interests: Spending time at the beach or pool; reading; time with family and friends; travel
  • Kate Uitti 1000

    Katelyn Uitti, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Katelyn Uitti, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: University of Michigan School of Social Work, 2013
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #34008234A
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers, Infancy Onward
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Change and adjustment, attachment and relationship, trauma, stress/anxiety, mood, grief and loss, women’s issues, self-exploration and development, multicultural  perspectives, and student-athletes
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach incorporating psychodynamic, interpersonal, and humanistic perspectives as well as relational, mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioral approaches
    • Personal Interests: Any time spent in nature is time well-spent; practicing yoga, playing volleyball, reading, hiking and running, gardening, travel and camping, playing with pups, family, and friends
  • Jona Vitela 1000

    Jona Vitela, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    Jona Vitela, MSW, LCSW

    Part-Time Counselor, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Masters in Social Work, 2018, Indiana University 
    • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, Indiana), Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC, Indiana) 
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise:  Trauma, stress/anxiety, depression/mood, multicultural challenges, discrimination, self-esteem, sexual assault prevention & treatment, substance abuse prevention & treatment, adjustment, LGBTQIA+ concerns, bilingual (Spanish-English), dissociation, and managing attention deficit.  
    • Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR, A-Tip), Curanderismo (healerism), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma Informed Care, Ego State, Sand Therapy, Strengths Based Approach, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  
    • Personal Interests: Swimming, makeup aesthetics, reading, driving across country, camping, seeking new Halloween costumes, and cooking outdoors (Smoker/Grill).  
  • Anna W 1000

    Anna Wasierski

    Affiliates, University Counseling Center

    Anna Wasierski

    Affiliates, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, 1993, Purdue University
    • License/Certifications/Additional Titles: Registered and Certified Dietitian
    • Professional Memberships: American Dietetics Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group, Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Group, Northern Indiana Dietetics Association
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Disordered eating; weight management; sports nutrition; general wellness
    • Personal Interests: scrapbooking; cooking; spending time with my husband and children

Psychology Interns

  • Marcella Beaumont 1000

    Marcella Beaumont

    Doctoral Psychology Intern, University Counseling Center

    Marcella Beaumont

    Doctoral Psychology Intern, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Oklahoma State University, Counseling Psychology
    • ​Professional Memberships: Student Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), Student Affiliate Member of Division 17 – Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 30 – Society of Psychological Hypnosis, Division 32 – Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 35 – Society for the Psychology of Women, Section 4 – Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, Division 43 – Society for Couple and Family Psychology, and Division 44 – Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
    • Clinical Interests and Area of Expertise:  I am passionate about working with the LGBTQIA community. I also enjoy working with clients who are exploring their identity development, anxiety/depression/mood management, and relationships.
    • Theoretical Orientation: I approach counseling with an integrative lens that primarily draws on Relational Cultural Theory within a feminist and multiculturally-informed framework. I also incorporate self-compassion work and mindfulness into therapy.  
    • Personal Interests: For fun, I love spending time with my dogs. I also enjoy paddle boarding, the outdoors, interior design, and a good plant shop!
  • Emily Boswell 1000

    Emily Boswell

    Doctoral Psychology Intern, University Counseling Center

    Emily Boswell

    Doctoral Psychology Intern, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Ball State University, Counseling Psychology
    • ​Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association - APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Chair; Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology; Division 35 Society for the Psychology of Women; Division 44 Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
    • Clinical Interests and Area of Expertise: LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, gender and sexual identity concerns, identity exploration, development and intersectionality, anxiety and stress, family of origin concerns, trauma.
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach utilizing Humanistic, Feminist-Multicultural, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
    • Personal Interests:  Spending time with family and friends, beach days at Lake Michigan, cuddling with my cats, playing bass guitar, listening to music, and lifting weights.
  • Janee Carlile 1000

    Janee Marie Carlile

    Master's in Counseling Intern, University Counseling Center

    Janee Marie Carlile

    Master's in Counseling Intern, University Counseling Center

    • Degree Program: M.S. in Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Indiana University South Bend
    • Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association
    • Clinical Interests: Anxiety, depression, adjustment and life transitions, mindfulness and meditation, identity exploration, family systems, trauma
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integration of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral and existential perspectives
    • Personal Interests: Reading, exercise, biking, hiking, traveling, community volunteering, time with family
  • Juan Pantoja Patino 1000

    Juan Pantoja-Patino

    Doctoral Psychology Intern, University Counseling Center

    Juan Pantoja-Patino

    Doctoral Psychology Intern, University Counseling Center

    • Degree: Loyola University Chicago, Counseling Psychology
    • ​Professional Memberships:  American Psychological Association - Div. 44 Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and Div. 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race.
    • Clinical Interests and Area of Expertise: Relational concerns, grief/loss, loneliness/isolation, sexual orientation concerns, oppression, men's concerns, and bilingual therapy (English, Spanish).
    • Theoretical Orientation: Relational-cultural therapy with an emphasis on person-centered and emotion-focused therapies. 
    • Personal Interests: I enjoy being in community with the meaningful people in my life, as well as traveling, dancing, being in nature, and social justice.
  • Alanna Pelz 1000

    Alanna Pelz

    Master's in Counseling Intern, University Counseling Center

    Alanna Pelz

    Master's in Counseling Intern, University Counseling Center

    • Degree Program: M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Valparaiso University
    • Professional Memberships/Roles: American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society 
    • Clinical Interests: Psychoeducation, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, trauma, mental health advocacy, self-esteem, eating disorders, sexual disorders
    • Theoretical Orientation: Integrated approach including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness techniques, and psychodynamic therapy approaches 
    • Personal Interests: Traveling and hiking/camping, walking my chocolate lab, weightlifting, baking, reading 

     

Psychiatry

  • Julie Coyle 1000 New

    Julie Coyle, MD

    Staff Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center

    Julie Coyle, MD

    Staff Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree/Training: Indiana University School of Medicine;Residency: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • License/Certifications/Additional Titles: licensed in Indiana and Michigan
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and the Society of Biological Psychiatry
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: major depression and chronic daydreaming.
  • Beverly Kaunda

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, University Counseling Center

    Beverly Kaunda

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, University Counseling Center

  • Suhayl Nasr 1000

    Suhayl Nasr, MD

    Staff Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center

    Suhayl Nasr, MD

    Staff Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree/Training: American University of Beirut, Lebanon 1974; Psychiatry Residency Training: University of Rochester 1974-1977; Psychopharmacology Fellowship, University of Chicago 1977-1979
    • License/Certifications/Additional Titles: Licensed in Indiana and Illinois; Diplomate in General and Geriatric Psychiatry; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Volunteer Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame; Medical Director of Beacon Medical Group Behavioral Health, South Bend, IN
    • Professional Memberships: American Psychiatric Association, Society of Biological Psychiatry, American Medical Association
    • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Mood disorders; anxiety disorders; college mental health; psychopharmacology and nosology
    • Theoretical Orientation: BioPsychoSocial/Eclectic
    • Personal Interests: Reading; travel; movies; music
  • Ben Troy 1000 New

    Benjamin Troy, MD

    Staff Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center

    Benjamin Troy, MD

    Staff Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center

    • Degree/Training: B.S. University of Notre Dame University of Alabama Birmingham 2002-2004. Psychiatry Residency Medical College of Wisconsin 2004-2006. Child Psychiatry Fellowship Medical College of Wisconsin 2007-2008.
    • License: Board Certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
    • Memberships: American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, International Society for Sports Psychiatry 
    • Interests: ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders in children and young adults.
    • Theoretical Orientation: The bio-psycho-social formulation of mental health conditions and treatments.
    • Personal Interests: Youth sports, prestige television, and sports cards.

Admin Staff

  • Rebecca Gillespie 1000 New

    Rebecca Gillespie

    Department Administrator, University Counseling Center

    Rebecca Gillespie

    Department Administrator, University Counseling Center

    Rebecca has worked at the UCC since the Spring of 2012. Some of her personal interests include photography, yoga, spending time with family/friends, travel, music and reading.

  • 103 June Harr New 1000

    June Harr

    Senior Staff Assistant, University Counseling Center

    June Harr

    Senior Staff Assistant, University Counseling Center

    June has been employed at the UCC since January 2008. She loves sports and enjoys attending and watching college and professional sporting events. Spending quality time and having fun with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading fitness and pickleball.

  • Rachel King 1000

    Rachel King

    Office Services Coordinator, University Counseling Center

    Rachel King

    Office Services Coordinator, University Counseling Center

    Rachel started work at the UCC in the Fall of 2019. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to podcasts, trying new foods and restaurants, and traveling.

  • Margaret Strasser 1000

    Margaret Strasser

    Office Services Coordinator, University Counseling Center

    Margaret Strasser

    Office Services Coordinator, University Counseling Center

    Margaret has worked for Notre Dame since 2000. Her personal interests include gardening, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, and football.