Staff Roster

Clinical Staff

BARNUM, EMILY
Clinical Counselor
Counseling Center Paraprofessional Co-Instructor

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University

Theoretical Orientation: I work from an approach that incorporates humanistic-existential, feminist and multicultural orientations. I also enjoy using 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.

BAUER, CARINA
Clinical Counselor
Practicum Training Chair
Chair, Eating Disorders Treatment Team

M.A., Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I work out of a psychodynamic framework while incorporating various modalities such as developmental, relational, mindfulness and CBT approaches to accompany people in a therapeutic process.

Professional Interests: Eating disorders and body image, relational issues, self-esteem and identity development, anxiety and mood disorders, perfectionism, grief and loss, couples counseling and crisis intervention

BENSON, THERESA
Clinical Counselor
Training Coordinator
Co-Chair, Integrative Health and Wellness

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation:  I practice a common factors approach influenced by an existential-humanistic perspective.

Professional Interests: I have a passion for intermodal expressive arts, Eastern therapies with an emphasis on mindfulness-based practice; holistic health practices and interventions that focus on the development and integration of the emotional, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of a person’s life; self-care practices of caregivers; body-based psychotherapies; post-traumatic growth; and social justice issues.

BIRKY, JULIE
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My mission as a therapist is to help people believe in themselves. I use a strengths-based approach in therapy alongside a cognitive-behavioral framework. I work based on the idea that a student is the expert on themselves and I am there to guide, challenge, and encourage.

Professional Interests: My main interests are with body, gender, and sexuality issues and their intersection with religion and spirituality. However, I am a generalist and am interested in working with individuals who have anxiety and mood-related concerns, low self-esteem, family or communication difficulties, eating concerns, physical/sexual abuse history, and trauma. In addition to counseling, I have taught courses in sociology and social work and am part of a research lab at the University of Illinois School of Social Work. 

BROWN, TALISHA
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 
Clinical Counselor 
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.

CHOI, YURI
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
M.A., Educational Counseling, Seoul National University

Theoretical Orientation: I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal theories, within a multicultural framework.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include multiculturalism/social justice, training/supervision, trauma, outreach programming, group therapy, adjustment difficulties, acculturation, career concerns, identity development, integrative health and wellness, mood problems, and anxiety. I very much enjoy working with international students, students of color, LGBT students, and first generation students. I can provide bilingual counseling (English and Korean).

DIETZ, COLIN
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Queers & Allies Committee

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

Theoretical Orientation: I take a strengths-based approach to therapy with an emphasis on interpersonal and emotion-focused work. I utilize a multicultural framework in incorporating mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques that aim to support students in their journey.

Professional Interests: I enjoy working with students who are experiencing a wide range of concerns and am particularly drawn to gender and sexual identity, interpersonal violence, trauma, grief and loss, and supporting student-athletes.

GÓMEZ, ALEJANDRO
Clinical Counselor
Assistant Director

Chair, Latina/Latino Student Outreach
Co-Chair, Suicide Prevention Team
Co-Chair, Integrative Health and Wellness

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, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural frameworks.

Professional Interests: Depression and anxiety, existential theory, LGBT issues; DBT, multicultural issues and concerns with Latina/Latino students

GRANTHAM, KAMAU 
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

HALLETT, MARYBETH
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Includes influences from developmental, psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, gestalt, and interpersonal theories; practices from a feminist philosophy of treatment using short-term therapy models

Professional Interests: Provision of group psychotherapy; identity concerns; relationships; women’s career development and dual-career relationships; shame; experiencing and expressing emotion

HEGEMAN, KURT

Clinical Counselor, Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO)
Co-Chair, Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach

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

HENKE, LUKE 
Clinical Counselor
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining influences from relational, psychodynamic, and cognitive theories, using multicultural and feminist frameworks.

Professional Interests: I am a generalist clinician with special interests in interpersonal trauma, and substance use issues.  I also work with anxiety, mood disorders, loss, identity development and developmental transitions, and supervision, training, and mentoring.

HINER, KEVIN 
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Queers & Allies Committee
Chair, Cognitive and Psychiatric Disabilities Committee

M.A., Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to therapy is integrative, drawing heavily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and incorporating interpersonal, existential, and multicultural frameworks.

Professional Interests: I enjoy working with students who are experiencing a variety of concerns, including gender and sexual identity issues, anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment concerns, relationship issues, trauma, and grief and loss.

HU, TZU-AN
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).

KANG, JIYUN
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Purdue University

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to therapy is primarily an integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and humanistic approaches. I believe that personality and interpersonal patterns are shaped through early family and interpersonal interactions, which can help us understand individual’s current issues in depth. For some presenting issues (e.g., anxiety, ADHD, career issues), I incorporate mindfulness exercises and more direct approaches such as CBT and solution-focused therapy into my work.

Professional Interests: ADHD; cultural adjustment of international students and their family; career counseling; intersecting identities of race, gender, class, religion, and sexual orientation; understanding self and others; supervision and training; bilingual counseling (English and Korean).

KIM, JUNGEUN
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, International Student Outreach
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Albany, SUNY
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Warmly interactive, collaborative, supportive, and insight-driven. I strive to create a safe/comfortable/and transformative relational space where I am attuned to clients’ struggles as well as strengths. Strong emphasis on here-and-now processing and attention to the interplay and influence of cultural, contextual, and social factors on clients’ presenting problems.

Professional Interests: Adjustment issues; perfectionism; depression and anxiety; identity development and cultural concerns (e.g., inter-generational and cross-cultural communications, bicultural identity, acculturation/enculturation, race, sexuality, social justice, etc.); relationships, and grief and loss.

LI, FELICIA
Clinical Counselor/Crisis Triage Case Manager
Co-Chair, Asian American Student Outreach

M.S.W., Social Work, Washington University in St Louis
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My clinical practice integrates strengths perspective as well as the person-centered approach in the developmental and ecological framework. I also utilize the Satir’s model, reality therapy, and motivational interviewing approaches in my practice.

Professional Interests: Anxiety and depression, multicultural issues, Asian American/international students’ mental health, crisis management, experiential arts, disabilities employment, vicarious trauma, diversity training, supervision and mentoring.

LIU, YU-YUN
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Eating Disorders Treatment Team

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to therapy draws from psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy. I also incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion into my work. I believe that individuals have the capacity to reach their potential, and my role is to create a supportive and collaborative space to facilitate changes.

Professional Interests: Disordered eating and body image; trauma; cultural adjustment of international students; intersecting identities of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation; group therapy; supervision and training; bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin).

LOFTON, CHRISTOPHER
Care Manger
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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.  

MARTINEZ, SUZANNE
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.

MASON GRISSOM, DYNESHA D.
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Guidance and Psychological Services, Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University
M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Theological Seminary

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with heavy reliance upon the gamut of systems theories, multicultural principles, and feminist ideologies.

Professional Interests: Generalist clinician with a special interest in working with US racial and ethnic minorities, issues related to religion and spirituality, sexual diversity, couples, loss and grief, trauma, men of Color, identity development, and gender

MCCOWAN, CARLA J.
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
Clinical Counselor/Crisis Triage Case Manager
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.

PUTNAM, ELLIE
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.

RICKETTS, PATRICIA
Clinical Counselor
Chair, Native American Outreach

Chair, Performance Anxiety Treatment Team

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

ROBERTS, BILL
Associate Director of Clinical Services
Ph.D., Clinical and Community Psychology, University of South Carolina

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Person centered, integrative, interpersonal, developmental, and humanistic are some of the words which come to mind as I think about my work. However I am often left in wonderment regarding the human condition as my understanding is so limited.

Professional Interests: I currently find myself focusing on trying to be useful to staff as they grow professionally and personally. Part of that focus is working to develop systems which are truly supportive.

SAHAI, NUPUR
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Asian American Student Outreach
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
B.A. and M.A., University of Delhi

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation is humanistic (an integration of person-centered, gestalt, and existential theories) grounded in a multicultural feminist framework. I also incorporate interpersonal, emotion-focused, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy interventions.

Professional Interests: Multiculturalism; Coping, resilience, and trauma; Alcohol and other drugs; Gender and women’s concerns; International students’ experiences, acculturation, and cultural immersion; Relationship with self and others; Shame, guilt, and self-compassion; Mindfulness and meditation; Career counseling; Religion/Spirituality; Counseling in non-Western cultures, Indian Psychology; Bilingual counseling (Hindi and English).

WEATHERSBY, DEIDRE
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.

2016-17 Pre-Doctoral Interns

AGUINAGA, ARELLYS
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Theoretical Orientation: I view a strong therapeutic alliance as the vehicle for healing and change in people such that together we can promote their psychological well-being, while also empowering them to carve out their own path to happiness and good health. As such, I primarily operate from a Person-Centered orientation rooted in both interpersonal and multicultural frameworks. 

Professional Interests: Latino/a Mental Health; Identity Development; Interpersonal Relationships; Generational Status; Acculturation; Mental Health Stigma; Bilingual Therapy (Spanish)

FARWOOD, HALLEY 
B.A., Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Pacific University

Theoretical Orientation: I use an integrative, process-oriented approach to therapy that draws from psychodynamic, humanistic/existential, and feminist/multicultural perspectives. My goals in therapy include helping students live more fully, consciously, comfortably, and in alignment with their own goals and visions for their lives.

Professional Interests: LGBTQ identity and concerns; depression and suicidality; trauma and sexual assault; marginalization and privilege; substance use and misuse; psychoeducational and therapeutic video games.

HOFFMAN, ANNA
B.A., Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa

Theoretical Orientation: I seek to create a warm, safe, compassionate, and empowering space for people to develop the self-awareness and skills to lead rich, full lives. My primary theoretical orientation is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with particular attention to the influence of each individual’s cultural identities and contexts.

Professional Interests: Trauma, including sexual assault and PTSD; health-related concerns, including chronic health conditions, chronic pain, and adjustment to medical diagnoses (personal or among loved ones); grief and loss; anxiety; mindfulness and mind-body interventions.

MOLENAAR, CARIN
M.Ed., Counseling and Human Services, Lehigh University
Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to counseling draws largely from an integrative interpersonal approach rooted in a multicultural framework. Within this approach, I also often use CBT and DBT informed interventions. 

Professional Interests: Intersections of Identity, Men and Masculinity, Coping with Stress, Prevention and Outreach, Harm Reduction and Substance Use

Practicum Counselors, 2016-2017

Cassandra Colbert, B.S.
Program: Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Michelle Diaz, B.A.
Program: Clinical Counseling, Eastern Illinois University

David Ehlers, B.A.
Program: Clinical Counseling, Eastern Illinois University

Katelynn Faulkner, M.A.
Program: Clinical Psychology, Adler University  

Jessamyn Perlus, M.S.
Program: Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

M.S.W. Intern, 2016-2017

 

Other Professional Staff

CLAY, SHONDRA
Research Data Analyst
B.A., Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

M.S., Public Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D., Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Interests: My broad areas of interest are in the areas of Public Health, Education, Human and Community Development, Health Rehabilitation and Disabilities, and Epidemiology; which can be narrowly tailored to focus on research design, assessment and evaluation . My specific research interests include minority health and health disparities, using statistical data as a practical tool to develop public policy, and program implementation/evaluation.

EVANS, NICHOLE
Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention
Media Communications Coordinator

B.A., Organizational Communication, North Central College

M.A., Speech Communication, Miami University of Ohio

Doctoral coursework, Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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
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
Information Technology Operations Manager
B.S., Computer Informational Sciences, Bradley University

M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Springfield 

Professional Interests: Finding and researching improvements that can be made within the Counseling Center to improve efficiency at work and staying up to date with all the latest technology discoveries to make everyone’s workload a bit easier.

GRAHAM, JEFFREY
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

Professional Interests: I have a background in both academic advisement and counseling; I enjoy helping students find ways to improve their mental health and coping skills to boost their academic success. Some of my other professional interests include the transition to college/university, coping skills, emerging/young adult development, mental health policy and history, and social constructivism. 

ORAZIO, ELORA 
Specialist in Education
Co-Chair, Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach
B.S., Health Education, Worcester State University
M.P.H., Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
Certified Health Education Specialist

Professional Interests: My interests include shifting environmental factors in order to influence the overall health and well-being of individuals, particularly in the topics of stress management, alcohol and other drug use, and self-care among emerging adults. I also enjoy the process of program development including assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Office Administrator

Julie Campbell

Administrative Services Office

Francie Bright

Quandra Clark

Reception Services Office

Sarah Miller

Debra Tharp

Graduate Assistants, 2016-17

Ademola Akinrinola, ACE IT

Arielle Brown, African-American Outreach

Krystyna Orlowski, Eating Disorders
Andrea Phelps, Eating Disorders

Tianshu Zhao, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre
Matthew King, Integrative Health and Wellness

Ronnie Lopezcepero, International Student Outreach
Melissa Roman, Latino/a Outreach


Dawn Brown, Q & A LGBT Outreach
Kristal Raheem, Outreach & Prevention
Rachel Park, Technology-Based Outreach
Emily D'Amico, Therapeutic Services

Angelina Goheen, Trauma/Women's Issues