Staff Roster


Clinical Staff

BARNUM, EMILY (she, her, hers)
elbarnum@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Trauma Outreach
Counseling Center Paraprofessional Co-Instructor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I work from an approach that incorporates humanistic-existential, feminist and multicultural orientations. I also use mindfulness and experiential techniques to empower students.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include complex trauma (e.g. experiences of child abuse, interpersonal violence and sexual violence) as well as concerns with interpersonal relationships and self-esteem. I also have strong professional interests with concerns related to gender and sexuality. In addition, I very much enjoy working with individuals exploring their cultural and personal identities.

 

BERKHOUT, WILLIAM (he, him. his)
berkhou1@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Trauma Response Team
Chair, Native American Student Outreach
Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Theoretical Orientation: My approach is grounded in Critical Psychology, acknowledging that societal constructs, pressures, and power differentials have a direct impact on one’s mental health and physical well-being, and that working towards improvement and growth needs to take these factors into account. It is through this lens that I most often apply elements of psychodynamic theory in my therapeutic approach. However, I regularly borrow from of Humanistic/Existential and Systemic theories as well.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include enabling healing from trauma, improving interpersonal relationships, expressive arts therapies, mindfulness and meditative practice, multicultural identity development, and advocating for social justice. 

 

BROWN, TALISHA (she, her, hers)
tbposey2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

Theoretical Orientation: My clinical practices include influences from cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused, psychodynamic and interpersonal therapies. My approaches are strength based, client centered and harm reduction.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include couple and family counseling, AOD issues (specifically in African American communities), working with family members who have been effected by substance abuse and/or dependence, mood disorders, stress management, grief and loss, trauma.

CAÑAS, HOLLY (she, her, hers)
hsbrown@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I believe all individuals are deserving of caring, compassion, and a safe space in which to tell their story.  I practice an integrative approach to counseling that is deeply person-centered while utilizing elements of CBT, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic theory.  Each individual is unique, the expert in their own life, and the most important factor in determining the course of services.

Professional Interests: Substance use, trauma, identity development, issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, social justice, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, holistic wellness, mindfulness, and outreach and prevention.

GOODRICH-MITTS, NANCY (she, her, hers)
ngm@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Indiana University

Theoretical Orientation: My therapeutic approach draws primarily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and incorporates a focus on interpersonal relationships within a Feminist-Multicultural perspective. I strongly value my client’s unique perspectives, identities, and backgrounds and work to help them uncover unhelpful patterns and limiting contexts that get in the way of them living a meaningful life. Often we work together to develop a sense of safety, gain insight, increase their functioning, develop self-compassion, and learn new ways of relating to self and others.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include training/supervision, trauma (e.g. sexual violence, emotional abuse, racialized trauma), eating disorders/body image concerns, women’s issues, shame, attachment, and relationship counseling.
 

GÓMEZ, ALEJANDRO (he, him, his)
jrgomez@illinois.edu
Assistant Director of Administration
Clinical Counselor
Chair, Latinx Student Outreach
Chair, Integrative Health and Wellness Outreach
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: When working with individuals, I like to include as many aspects of the human condition as possible: thinking, feeling, behaving, and social selves. My approach is integrative that includes client-centered, interpersonal, existential, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural frameworks.

Professional Interests: Depression and anxiety, existential theory, LGBT issues; DBT, multicultural issues, men’s issues and concerns with Latinx students

GRANTHAM, KAMAU (he, him, his)
grantham@illinois.edu
Assistant Director of Clinical Services
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team
Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, St. John’s University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I primarily work from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective while also integrating solution-focused brief therapy, self-compassion, psychoanalysis, and mindfulness to assist students in gaining a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Professional Interests: Multicultural counseling, cultural identity development, African American mental health, stress management, life transitions, and athletics

HEGEMAN, KURT (he, him, his)
khegeman@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Theoretical Orientation: Emphasis on cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, psychodynamic, family systems approaches

Professional Interests: Group therapy (AOD and men’s issues), AOD assessments, AOD outreach and consultation, mood disorders, individual counseling, couples and family therapy

HOUSE, JENNIFER (she, her, hers)
jhouse@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor, Gies College of Business
MSW, School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I use a strengths-based approach in therapy and utilize elements of motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief theory and crisis-intervention theory.  I meet clients where they are at, recognizing that each person and situation benefits from their own, unique approach. 

Professional Interests: Substance use, trauma, grief and loss, crisis intervention, issues of race, gender and class, anxiety, depression, medical comorbidities

 

HU, TZU-AN (he, him, his)
thu@illinois.edu
Assistant Director of Training
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, International Student Outreach
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness approaches along with a focus on the interpersonal dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.

Professional Interests: Individual and group therapy; multicultural, international students, and men’s issues; mindfulness practice; perfectionism; adjustment issues; grief and loss; spirituality; relationship issues; depression and anxiety; multilingual counseling (Mandarin).

KING, MATTHEW (he, him, his)
king56@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Cognitive and Psychiatric Disability Team
M.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: I value the relationship as fundamental in therapy and as the foundation for change. I primarily draw from a brief dynamic framework while incorporating various modalities such as interpersonal, ACT, and CBT approaches.

Professional Interests: ADHD and assessment, identity development, LGBTQ+ mental health and identity, anxiety and mood disorders, health and wellness.

 

LANKER, ELISE (she, her, hers)
lanker1@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Queers and Allies Committee
MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I work from the belief that counseling is a sacred space and opportunity for individuals to be heard and respected. I utilize an integrative client-centered approach in which the client is expert of their own experience, wants, and needs. I work to empower my clients through a feminist lens with an emphasis on social justice.

Professional Interests: I am interested in working with all kinds to discover their intrinsic value, with special interest in survivors of interpersonal violence, Queer and questioning individuals, and those working through the intersections of their salient identities.

LANTZ, CAITLIN (she, her, hers)
clantz4@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor--University Housing
MSW, George Mason University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I work from a belief that therapy should be a safe place for individuals to feel seen, heard, respected, and accepted for their authentic selves. I use a person-centered, non-judgmental, relationship-based approach drawing from various lenses, such as existential, psychodynamic, multicultural, and attachment theory.

Professional Interests: Trauma, family dynamics, couples work, body-image, identity development, social justice and oppression

 

LAYNG, MARK (he, him, his)
mlayng@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor--College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Science
MS, Pittsburg State University

Theoretical Orientation:  I am passionate about helping students defeat their stress so they can have a University of Illinois experience they will treasure for the rest of their lives.  I believe students have the potential for great lives, and I am honored to walk alongside them through part of their journey to give encouragement, support and new perspectives.  The theories and techniques I use are designed to help the student to develop new pathways of thinking, behavior, and emotion; resulting in greater confidence and skill in facing the pressures of their lives.  Most commonly, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Professional Interests: Developing strategies to deal with Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Struggles with Substance Use, and Cross-cultural Adjustment. 

 

LESUEUR, IAN (he, him, his)
ilesueu2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Eating Disorders Treatment and Outreach Team
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Seton Hall University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University

Theoretical Orientation: Although I work from a predominantly humanistic perspective, I am integrative in my approach and often incorporate aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Psychology, and mindfulness-based interventions into treatment. I believe that a strong and safe therapeutic relationship is the central vehicle for change. With this understanding, I view my work as collaborative and strive to bring empathy, authenticity, and compassion into every therapeutic encounter.

Professional Interests: Depression and anxiety, eating disorders and body image, existential concerns among college students, positive psychology, meaning in life, spirituality, identity development, men’s issues, and concerns related to gender and sexuality.

LEWIS, CHRISTOPHER (he, him, his)
cwlewis2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: I utilize an integrative approach that draws from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) while utilizing a person-centered lens to magnify the experiences of clients. My practice is also influenced by the existential and humanistic models of therapy with the goal of creating an environment where clients are empowered to confront their fears, embrace their authentic selves and realize the strength that lies within them. I have experience in crisis intervention in both the Champaign/Urbana communities and with emerging adults on college campuses.

Professional Interests: Multiculturalism, identity development, suicide prevention, crisis management, mental health stigma reduction in African-American communities, ADHD assessment, relationship/family issues and shame.

LOFTON, CHRISTOPHER (he, him, his)
clofton2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor/Crisis Triage Manager
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I take an integrative approach to clinical work and use techniques of several different therapies based on the needs of individual clients. The therapeutic orientations I pull from include person-centered, cognitive-behavioral and DBT, ACT, multicultural and feminist.

Professional Interests: My main professional interests include working with people who are in crisis/distress and case management. I am interested in working with a variety of different concerns including anxiety, trauma, and alcohol and other drug concerns. I also have a strong professional interest in working with students of color, particularly Black students. 

LOPEZ, MARISELA (she, her, hers)
lopezma@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Theoretical orientation: I believe that it is important to tailor therapy to specific individuals, settings and presenting concerns. Therefore, I view my theoretical orientation as integrative with my foundation grounded on person-centered, feminism, and multiculturalism. I consider the therapeutic relationship to be the most important factor in the healing process. I strive to create a warm, supportive and collaborative environment. I empower students to utilize their strengths to make desired changes. I address cultural variables such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender and spiritual beliefs not as independent variables but as intersecting identities that are all working together to influence the experiences of individuals and groups.   

Professional Interests: I am a licensed psychologist with professional interests in Latinx, BIPOC, LGBTQI+, and first-generation college student issues.  I am a generalists and work with common mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, adjustment to university life, academic concerns, identity concerns, acculturation, and multicultural issues.  I am a Latinx psychologist and can speak Spanish.

MCCOWAN, CARLA J. (she, her, hers)
cmccowan@illinois.edu
Director
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with emphasis on interpersonal and developmental theories; short-term interventions often derived from cognitive theories; I practice from a multicultural and feminist framework

Professional Interests: Multicultural and feminist issues, identity development, counseling issues with African American women and men, career development, utilization of group therapy with people of color, treatment of anxiety, strategic planning and implementation

MIEBACH, TOM (he, him, his)
miebach2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor/Crisis Triage Case Manager
Co-Chair, Suicide Prevention Outreach
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I have many years of experience providing crisis intervention, intensive case management, and therapeutic services to the Champaign-Urbana community. I am an eclectic generalist who often utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral and DBT methods, also drawing influence from the Humanistic and Existential approaches. When working with individuals I attempt to maintain a person-centered, strengths-based perspective, while also remaining conscious of larger social, cultural, and economic factors.

Professional Interests: Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Effects of Trauma, Existential Psychotherapy, Feminist Theory, Harm Reduction, Issues of Race/Class/Gender.

NOVINSKA, ANDREW (he, him, his)
anovinsk@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor--College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
M.S. Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin—Stout

Theoretical Orientation: While I utilize an integrative style, my clinical baseline is a person-centered (Rogerian) approach that is informed by Attachment Theory, Existential Therapy and Evolutionary Psychology.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include family of origin issues, substance abuse and/or dependence, mood disorders, marginalized populations and first-generation college students.

 

PETERS, KIM (she, her, hers)
peters91@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor, Applied Health Sciences
MA, Human Development Counseling , University of Illinois Springfield
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I have a person centered approach with a focus on themes or patterns in thoughts and behaviors.  I am interested in helping support students master skills to manage anxiety, depression, and emotional dysregulation with a brief focused approach. I incorporate body awareness, music, EMDR, tapping in, and flash technique to be used for grounding and future templates as a support therapeutic resource.

Professional Interests: Eating disorders, substance use, trauma, transitions, grief and loss, crisis intervention, relationship conflicts, family of origin issues, anxiety, depression, spirituality, and performance. 

RICKETTS, PATRICIA (she, her, hers)
pricktts@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Women’s Issues and Trauma Outreach
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Long Island University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, interventions drawn from short-term psychodynamic models that incorporate developmental, cognitive behavioral methods, existential, and interpersonal techniques

Professional Interests: Complex psychological trauma (includes early childhood abuse, traumatic loss, sexual assault, and PTSD), anxiety and mood disorders, psychotherapy integration, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and identity issues.

SALAS, SILVIA (she, her, hers)
spsalas@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Theoretical Orientation: Because everyone is complex, my primary goal is to understand my clients’ worldview. I use an intersectional framework to consider how you might experience life on campus. I also use Relational-Cultural Therapy to help you identify how past experiences may lead you to push others away rather than connecting with them when you’re not feeling well. The goal of this approach is to help you develop new ideas about relationships from therapy that help you create healthier and longer-lasting relationships. Building connections to sources that validate your humanity can be a powerful way of creating your own healing and developing your best self. Based on your preferences, I can provide bilingual therapy in Spanish, English, or Spanglish.

Professional Interests: I want to support the psychological well-being and promote the strength of emerging adults and all college students via outreach and prevention initiatives. I have a special interest in advancing a strength-based psychology for People for Color with a focus on students of Latinx descent who often face unique stressors as they navigate predominately-white institutions (PWI). Other areas of interest include colorism, identity development (e.g., ethnic, racial, gender, queer), and training. My research interests focus on understanding how belonging to multiple oppressed social groups influences stress, coping, and healing among Trans Latinx immigrants. I am an active member of the Immigration, Critical Race, and Cultural Equity (IC-RACE) Lab at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois

SCHLESINGER, REBECCA (she, her, hers)
schlesi2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair Q & A LGBTQ+ Outreach
M.A., Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach that primarily draws from person centered/ humanistic therapy, interpersonal process therapy, and feminist therapy.

Professional Interests: Identity development, minority stress, power/privilege & oppression, LGBTQ+ identity, life transitions, relational concerns, anxiety, resilience, prevention & outreach.

 

SMITH-THOMPSON, MATILDA (she, her, hers)
smith119@illinois.edu
Embedded Clinical Counselor, Division of General Studies
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Strength-Based framework,  Mindfulness-Based Therapeutic Approach, and Family Systems. I believe in meeting students “where they are”, supporting them as a catalyst for change, and building good rapport to increase their investment in the important work of positive change.

Professional Interests: Trauma-Based Care, African-American mental health issues, LGBTQ issues, Community Outreach, animal-assisted interventions (veterinary social work), Mindfulness-Based Practice, and Geek Therapy.

SUE STOCK (she,her, hers)
srstock@illinois.edu
Associate Director of Clinical Services
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois

Theoretical Orientation:  I believe that counseling is a collaborative process where the expertise of both client and therapist combine for the best results. I work from a framework that includes multicultural, interpersonal, dynamic and feminist perspectives, and often use mindfulness-based, emotion-focused, and experiential techniques.

Professional Interests:  I am interested in the broad range of work that we are privileged to do in university counseling centers:  clinical work, training of graduate students and new professionals, and outreach and prevention. I am interested in identity development, models of holistic health, actively promoting social justice, relational/family issues, and shame.  I value collaborating with colleagues on campus and in professional associations and like to contribute to the field via service and scholarship.

WEATHERSBY, DEIDRE (she, her, hers)
daweath@illinois.edu
Associate Director of Outreach and Prevention
Co-Chair, Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team
M.A., Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including person centered approaches, interpersonal process and multicultural counseling theories

Professional Interests: Race related stress, ways of coping and cultural identity models in ethnic minority groups and prevention, outreach and advocacy work in counseling settings.

WIEDMANN, AMY (she, her, hers)
aschuma3@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor/Triage
M.S.W., Social Work and M.S. Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I strive to empower individuals to turn times of crisis into opportunities for growth. I use a person centered, strengths based, multicultural lens. My focus is on total wellness of the individual so I utilize an integrative, short term approach which draws from mindfulness, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, and family systems theory.

Professional Interests: Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Trauma, Harm Reduction, International students, Integration of mental well-being and physical health

WIERZCHOWSKI, KATHY (she, her, hers)
wierzch1@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Purdue University

Theoretical Orientation: Working collaboratively with clients, I use a strengths-based, developmental, and holistic approach, meeting clients where they are. Depending on the needs of the specific individual, I aim to use an integrative approach to best fit the client’s needs. I primarily use techniques from person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and interpersonal process therapy (IPT).

Professional Interests: My interests center on identity development and intersectionality, anxiety and mood concerns, career/vocational exploration and development, adjustment concerns, stress management, graduate student concerns, the impostor phenomenon, interpersonal relationships and communication, and assessment (ADHD, differential diagnosis).

 

2020-21 Doctoral Interns

CUMMINGS, CARLTON (he, him, they, them)
cumming4@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.S., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Theoretical Orientation: I integrate a psychodynamic framework with family systems, social justice, behavioral-cognitive perspectives. At the core of my work reside the assertions that relational experiences shape our beliefs about the world, others, and ourselves, dictating our perspectives and behaviors. I believe the therapeutic process of building, exploring, and healing depends on both the client and therapist maintaining a commitment to acknowledging and enduring distress in a goal-oriented manner.

Professional Interests: Identity development, diversity/multicultural issues, social justice, self-compassion, historical trauma, minority stress, Black student concerns, and LGBTQIA+ student concerns.

FERNANDES, MEGAN ANTONIA (she, her, hers)
meganaf@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.A.Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago

Theoretical Orientation: My clinical work is highly integrative, drawing from person-centered, systems approach, grounded in a multi-culturally sensitive psychodynamic framework. I honor the therapeutic experience as a safe, collaborative, exploratory space for the well-being of the person as a whole, rather than just changing a set of problem behaviors. I strongly believe that increased insight of oneself is the key to healing and empowerment.

Professional Interests: Intersectional Feminism, Identity Development- Cultural Identity Development, International Students, Immigrants, First Generation Students, Social Justice Advocacy, Power, Privilege and Oppression,Trauma, Suicide Prevention, Grief and Loss, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Outreach and Prevention and Group Therapy.

SOTO-CRESPO, JOSE (he, him, his)
jsoto450@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.S., Carlos Albizu University

Theoretical Orientation: As a narrative therapist, I understand that people make sense of their lives and identities in form of stories. In this sense, I understand identity(ies) as the place people occupies in their story. However, people can get caught up in problem saturated stories, reaching to negative identity conclusion. In the therapy work, I try to explore the ways people resist and negotiate identities and power dynamics in their lives, as well as the ways people act on their singular personal ethics, principles and commitments to deal with challenging life circumstances.

Professional Interests: Identity and selfhood exploration, issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, sexual expression, Colonial Mentality.

SPIEWAK, MICHELLE (she, her, hers)
mspiewak@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.A., Clinical Psychology, National Louis University

Theoretical Orientation: I work from a culturally-sensitive framework utilizing cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and strengths-based approaches. I embrace the importance of working collaboratively with my clients to identify and achieve their therapeutic goals. My role as a clinician is to create a safe environment that helps clients feel heard, understood, and valued. I bring empathy, authenticity, and genuineness to the therapeutic relationship and I value the inner strength and empowerment of every individual.

Professional Interests: Identity development, relationship and family challenges, stress management, family and couples therapy, adjustment to life transitions, anxiety, mood disorders, acculturation, ADHD, resilience, and self-empowerment.

Professional Staff

BANKHEAD, TEKITA (she, her, hers)
tbankhea@illinois.edu
Specialist in Education, ACE IT Program Coordinator
Co-Chair, Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach
M.S., Counselor Education with an Emphasis in Student Affairs Administration, Mississippi State University
B.S.N., Nursing, Mississippi University for Women
Registered Nurse, Multi-State Compact Licensure

Theoretical Orientation: My Alcohol and Other Drug prevention work is primarily rooted in the social-ecological model while maintaining a harm reduction approach. In other aspects of my role, I use an integrative approach that encompasses several prevention, student development, and multicultural theories.

Professional Interests: My varied professional interests revolve around holistic student development and overall wellness with a primary emphasis on mental health, social justice, effective coping skills, race-related trauma in Black students, and culturally specific outreach and prevention. I also enjoy using creative marketing, technology, and social media to develop innovative methods of outreach.

EVANS, NICHOLE (she, her, hers)
nlevans@illinois.edu
Media Communications Coordinator
Co-Chair, Suicide Prevention Outreach
B.A., Organizational Communication, North Central College
M.A., Speech Communication, Miami University of Ohio

Professional Interests: I have a background in rhetorical scholarship that focuses on issues of social justice and experience in marketing communications for both corporations and non-profits. My position at the Counseling Center allows me to combine both my academic interests and my applied communications experience. I’m currently focusing on developing a more interactive and accessible Counseling Center website and determining how we can use social media and other emerging technologies to better communicate with and serve our students.

FAY, LISA (she, her, hers)
lfay@illinois.edu
Program Coordinator, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre
B.A., Dance, Columbia College

Professional Interests: My professional interests include art as inquiry and research, the potential of the arts to effect deep social change, live theatre as a catalyst for civic dialogue and engagement in community, the generating of original ensemble-based performance work, the study of systems and whole systems design, and humor.

 

 

FREI, AARON (he, him, his)
afrei2@illinois.edu
Information Technology Operations Manager
B.S., Computer Informational Sciences, Bradley University
M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Springfield

Professional Interests: Working with counselors and staff on providing reliable IT services and guidance on new technological needs.

 

 

GRAHAM, JEFFREY (he, him, his)
jwgraham@illinois.edu
Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention
Program Coordinator, Paraprofessional Program
M.A. Counseling-Clinical Mental Health, Adams State University
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Illinois
National Certified Counselor

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person/Student-Centered, Critical Pedagogy, Mindfulness

Professional Interests: My professional interests include peer education, utilization of paraprofessionals, transition to college, everyday coping skills, emerging adult development, mental health policy/history, and mindfulness. My work history includes college admissions, university academic advisement, college teaching, and my current roles. 

MENDIZABAL MARTELL, RAQUEL (she, her, hers)
raquelam@illinois.edu
Research Data Analyst
Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, Southern Illinois University--Carbondale

Professional Interests: My professional interests include the use of applied psychology principles, research methods, assessment, and statistics to better evaluate and help improve workplace performance and to help make workspaces more inclusive and diverse. My academic and consulting work has primarily focused on diversity in the workplace and higher education work settings.

 

 

Administrative Services Office

BARKER, MARY (she, her, hers)
mdietz@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

KEENER, NANCY (she, her, hers)
nkeener@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

MADDEN, DENISE (she, her, hers)
djmadden@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

Reception Services Office

BUCHANAN, ALEXANDRA (she, her, hers)
ajbucha2@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLINS, NATALIE (she, her, hers)
nhollins@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

MILLER, SARAH (she, her, hers)
semiller@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

THARP, DEBRA (she, her, hers)
dftharp@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

2020-21 Practicum Counselors

Kathryn Rhoades
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Erin Budesheim
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Richmond Hayes
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jisoo Yoon
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jacqueline Yi
Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

2020-21 MSW Interns

Megan Turner
Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chelsea Lamb
Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2020-21 Graduate Assistants

ACE IT: Carly Valencik
Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention: Marlene Pena
Black Student Outreach (Sankofa): Nimot Ogunfemi
Eating Disorders: Elena Frizzell and Katie Rhoades
INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre: Victor Ruiz-Divas
Integrative Health and Wellness: Monique Martinez
International Student Outreach: Essam Elkorghli
Latinx Student Outreach: Lucero Garcia-Villegas
Q & A LGBT Outreach: Briana Williams
Outreach & Prevention: Lauren Bryant
Paraprofessional Program: Lucy Kovacevic
Technology-Based Outreach: Jenna Fesemyer
Therapeutic Services: Briana Arzuaga
Trauma/Women's Issues: Natalie Bianco