Our Staff

Senior Leadership

MCCOWAN, CARLA J. (she, her, hers)
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.


HU, TZU-AN (he, him, his)
Associate Director of Training
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 concerns, international students, and men’s issues; mindfulness practice; perfectionism; adjustment issues; grief and loss; spirituality; relationship issues; depression and anxiety; multilingual counseling (Mandarin).

STOCK, SUE (she, her, hers)
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)
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.

Assistant Directors

GÓMEZ, ALEJANDRO (he, him, his)
Senior 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.

GRAHAM, JEFFREY (he, him, his)
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. 

GRANTHAM, KAMAU (he, him, his)
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.

RICKETTS, PATRICIA (she, her, hers)
Assistant Director of Training
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, 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.


Clinical Staff

BARNUM, EMILY (she, her, hers)
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)
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Trauma Response Team
Chair, Native American Student Outreach
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

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)
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 strengths-based, client-centered and harm reduction.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include couples 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)
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)
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.

HEGEMAN, KURT (he, him, his)
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.

LANKER, ELISE (she, her, hers)
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Queers and Allies Committee
M.S.W., 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.

LESUEUR, IAN (he, him, his)
Clinical Counselor
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)
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)
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)
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

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 generalist 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 provide counseling in Spanish.

QUINTANILLA, ALEX (he, they, him, them)
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Theoretical Orientation: My treatment approach is client-centered, solution-focused, and skills-based. My hope is to support people by creating a safe space where they can reflect on how their life is going and to think about the constructive changes they want to see happen in their lives, while providing some skills that can help them in their journey. The skills that I draw from are from evidenced-based practices. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, cue-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, child-parent psychotherapy, trauma-focused CBT, dialectical behavioral therapy, and the circle of security parenting model.

Professional Interests: My interests focus on improving the mental health of those who experience depression, anxiety, have a history of trauma, and have a difficult time coping. I have experience working with individuals, couples, families, parents, and children. My personal history influences my work, interests, and my commitment to mental health practice. I came to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, I am a survivor of a home with domestic abuse, I am an individual who had to grow up by developing multiple cultural identities, I am a first-generation college student, and as an undergrad I transferred from a community college.

SCHLESINGER, REBECCA (she, her, hers)
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 and outreach.


WIEDMANN, AMY (she, her, hers)
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)
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Purdue University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

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).

ZHU, JIE (she, her, hers)

Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, International Student Outreach
Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University

Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic theories are the foundation of my work and I value and respect the dynamic unfolding in the therapeutic relationship. I integrate various treatment modalities depending on the needs of my students, including interpersonal approach, cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness.

Professional Interests: working with immigrants and international students/multicultural issues, identity development, trauma, relationship conflicts, and counseling in Mandarin.


Embedded Counselors

DEUTSCH, BRYAN (he, him, his)
Embedded Counselor, Fine and Applied Arts
M.S.W. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic/existential. I am familiar with and enjoy utilizing Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Advanced Safety Planning Intervention.

Professional Interests: Group therapy, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and of course, the process of self-actualization and mental health recovery.


GEORGE, JUVENAL (he, him, his)
Embedded Counselor, The Grainger College of Engineering
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Adler University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I work primarily from a client-center, multicultural, and trauma-informed lens integrating therapeutic elements from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches. I focus on holding a space for individuals to feel grounded, supported, and inspired to work towards their respective values and improve their mental health.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include Latinx and underserved populations, trauma and stress, mindfulness, depression, anxiety, ADHD, immigration and acculturation issues, resiliency, loss and grief, men’s issues, life transitions and adjustments, spirituality, and bilingual mental health services (Spanish/English).

HOUSE, JENNIFER (she, her, hers)
Embedded Counselor, Gies College of Business
M.S.W., 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.


LAYNG, MARK (he, him, his)
Embedded Counselor--College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Science
M.S., Pittsburg State University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

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. 

NOVINSKA, ANDREW (he, him, his)
Embedded Counselor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
M.S. Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin—Stout
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

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)
Embedded Counselor, Applied Health Sciences
M.A., 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. 

SMITH-THOMPSON, MATILDA (she, her, hers)
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.

Contract Staff

Clinical Counselor
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Illinois
M.A., Marriage & Family Studies, Phillips Graduate Institute

Theoretical Orientation: By training, I am a family therapist whose background includes working in family systems and Satir’s Model & Method: Self Actualization and Connection to Higher Wisdom. I have been in practice for over 16 years in Illinois. Currently in my work, I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining influences from strategic, mindfulness, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and cognitive theories.

Professional Interests: I am a certified professional member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). I am currently a member in an on-going consultation group that focuses on use of hypnotherapy in therapeutic settings.

PUTNAM, ELLIE (she,her, hers)
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., Boston College
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach, including behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, solution focused, cognitive behavioral and dialectal behavioral therapies. Strengths-based and person-centered clinical practice.

Professional Interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, DBT, college aged individuals, psychosis, life transitions, relationships and family issues, personality disorders, low self-esteem and training/supervision.

2020-21 Doctoral Interns

CUMMINGS, CARLTON (he, him, they, them)
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 resides 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.

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, -mmigrants, 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)
Doctoral Intern
M.S. Counseling Psychology, Carlos Albizu University

Theoretical Orientation: As a narrative therapist, I understand that people make sense of their lives and identities in the 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)
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

EVANS, NICHOLE (she, her, hers)
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)
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.

Canine Associate

Louis Barnum (he, him, his)
Canine Associate

Theoretical Orientation: I work from a Rogerian Approach, specifically I am intrigued by Unconditional Paws-itive Regard. This means that I believe in connection, empathy, love, acceptance and of course, ear scratches.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include meeting with students to enhance their stress management skills, connection and of course to engage in the meaningful work of fun and leash-ure!

*Louis works primarily with his mom, Dr. Emily Barnum. He is not present in the office daily so he can participate in researching the best places to take naps.


Administrative Services Office

BARKER, MARY (she, her, hers)






KEENER, NANCY (she, her, hers)






MADDEN, DENISE (she, her, hers)





Reception Services Office


HOLLINS, NATALIE (she, her, hers)






MILLER, SARAH (she, her, hers)






SNIPES, ARIANA (she, her, hers)






THARP, DEBRA (she, her, hers)






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