Staff Roster


Clinical Staff

BARNUM, EMILY
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 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.

 

BENEKOHAL, SHARON
benekohl@illinois.edu
Embedded Clinical Counselor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MSW, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
LCSW, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I believe the counseling relationship offers support, promotes self-development, and guides us through difficult challenges, in a safe, non-judgmental setting. I am eclectic in my counseling approach and work from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective. I utilize a wide range of modalities based on individual needs and goals including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Family Systems and Expressive Therapies

Professional Interests: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Disordered Eating, Multiculturalism/Cultural Identity, Trauma, Interpersonal Relationships, Grief Work, Holistic Wellness

 

BENSON, THERESA
tmb67@illinois.edu
Associate Director of Training
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.

BERKHOUT, WILLIAM
berkhou1@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Trauma Response Team
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. 

 

BIRKY, JULIE
jpenrod2@illinois.edu
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
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
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.

CUNNINGHAM, YU LI
yuli8@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.Ed., Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

Theoretical Orientation: I use an integrative approach that draws from person-centered, interpersonal, and psychodynamic therapies within a multicultural feminist lens. I also incorporate mindfulness exercises as well as CBT and solution-focused therapy into my work. Believing people are generally healthy, competent, and resourceful, I aim to help facilitate therapist-client equality and assist clients to find their authentic self.

Professional Interests: Identity development and multiculturalism, perfectionism, disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma, spirituality, bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin).

 

DUCHENE, JOHN
duchene@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., Social Work University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My early orientation was of a psychodynamic nature. Over the last four decades, I have gained experience in and respect for the many different "lenses" through which we can view the human condition. I find existential, client-focused, cognitive behaviors and systems theory all have important thoughts to contribute, as do other approaches. I view my work as a collaborative effort and encourage my clients to become active participants in the counseling process. I am concerned with students as they experience the whole of the university, including the academic, social relationship and maturation process of higher education.

Professional Interests: I am interested in personality development and dynamics. I am also interested in the application of existential psychology in the therapy process.


GÓMEZ, ALEJANDRO
jrgomez@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Assistant Director
Co-Chair, Latinx Student Outreach 
Co-Chair, Suicide Intervention 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
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
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
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
thu@illinois.edu
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
jiyunk@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Chair, Cognitive and Psychiatric Disorder Outreach Team
Co-Chair, International Student Outreach
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Purdue University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

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).

KING, MATTHEW
king56@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
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
lanker1@illinois.edu
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
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
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
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. 

 

MARTINEZ, SUZANNE
smartnz@illinois.edu
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.

 

MCCOWAN, CARLA J.
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
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.

MULLER, JOEL
jmuller@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Chair, Recognition Insight and Openness (RIO) Outreach Team
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee Knoxville
B.A., Psychology, Valparaiso University

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation draws from Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Feminist Therapy. I also incorporate emotion-focused, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy interventions.

Professional Interests: Intergroup dialogue, social justice, nationality, international student experiences, shame, anxiety, ADHD assessment, alcohol and other drug issues.

NAFZIGER, KENNETH (KEN)
kn7@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor, College of Engineering
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Pennsylvania

Theoretical Orientation: I approach my work with clients from an interpersonal, holistic, and humanistic perspective, focusing on using and developing their strengths in the midst of the challenges that life has thrown them. My aim is to help each person develop into the best version of themselves that they can be. I value insight-oriented work even in a time-limited format, but also recognize the importance of cognitive-behavioral, Adlerian, Gestalt, and mindfulness approaches that make me eclectic in treatment modalities. 

Professional Interests: My professional interests  include cross-cultural adjustment for international, study abroad, and third-culture students including those who may feel marginalized by US immigration policies; holistic student development in mind, body, spirit, and service; sport psychology and recovery for injured student athletes; identity development for students with an unknown or unavailable parent; spiritual issues; and career and psychosocial development of students in STEM programs. 

NOVINSKA, ANDREW
anovinsk@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
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.


 

PUTNAM, ELLIE
eputnam@illinois.edu
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
pricktts@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Performance Anxiety Outreach Team
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.

RODRIGUEZ-GOLDSTEIN, LAUREN
lsrg@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor, Division of General Studies
A.M. Social Service Administration (MSW Equivalent) - University of Chicago
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I strive to meet a student where they are by adapting my practice to meet each individual’s unique needs. I place deep importance on creating a safe and supportive therapeutic alliance to foster exploration and growth and to empower self-determination. I come from a person-centered, strengths-based orientation informed by systems theory. I utilize solution-focused brief therapy and motivational interviewing when indicated.

Professional Interests: navigating trauma and communal trauma, personality disorders, mandated populations, social justice and advocacy, forensic social work.

 

SILVIA SALAS
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 and develop a strong therapeutic relationship with me where we will then use new ideas from therapy for you to create healthier and longer-lasting relationships with others. 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: historical roots of Latinx, colorism, identity development (e.g., ethnic, racial, gender), mentorship, training, and supervision. My research interests focus on understanding how belonging to multiple oppressed social groups influences stress, coping, and healing among Trans Latinx immigrants. I serve on the editorial board of Latinx Psychology Today (LPT) and 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
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.

 

VANDERWATER, ERIN
ehagema2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My goal as a therapist is to create a safe, comfortable space for clients to share their story, more fully understand themselves, and feel more confident in their ability to manage whatever life brings their way. I approach my clients with a strengths-based and client-centered perspective. I consider myself a generalist and take an integrative methodology with strong leans towards CBT, DBT, and solution-focused methods.

Professional Interests: I am interested in working with a variety of concerns including mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, identity development, religion/spirituality, self-esteem, and interpersonal functioning in family and relationships. I also have a passion for understanding how the mind and body work together and find myself drawn to helping those with chronic physical illness as it intersects with depression and other mental health concerns.

WANG, ZHENNI (Jennie)
wang276@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Asian American Student Outreach
M.A.., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to clinical work integrates multicultural, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal frameworks. I often utilize motivational interviewing, mindfulness, self-compassion, and experiential activities in my practice.

Professional Interests: Identity development, interpersonal relationships, trauma, grief and loss, acculturation, cultural adjustment, bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin).

 

WEATHERSBY, DEIDRE
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
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

 

2019-20 Doctoral Interns

GUZMAN, MARIA
meguzman@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.A. University of Indianapolis

Theoretical Orientation: I conceptualize from a relational, dynamic perspective that places social and cultural norms, beliefs, and values at the forefront of an individual’s sense of self. I use an intersectional framework to understand identity development, often exploring how social identities affect the student. I believe that developing insight within a trusting relationship can empower, or liberate, an individual to pursue new and exciting goals.

Professional Interests: Identity development, eating and body image concerns, student-athletes, LGBTQ concerns, Latinx concerns.

 

HOANG, TUYET (MAI)
thhoang3@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: I adopt an integrative approach that is rooted in the person-centered and interpersonal process frameworks through multicultural and trauma-informed lenses. At the heart, I believe my clients are the experts of their own stories. I also come from a strength-based approach where I help my clients to explore existing resources, and feel empowered in developing effective coping skills that work for them. I also view my clients from a multicultural framework with a focus on social justice. In this sense, I believe that meaningful interpersonal connections can facilitate hope and healing for marginalized populations.

Professional Interests: Identity development, substance use, ADHD, adjustment to life transitions, cultural adjustment, grief, trauma, minority stress, issues of race, mindfulness, and meditation. 

 

KAYA, ZEHRA
zkaya@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.S., New York University

Theoretical Orientation: I work within a psychodynamic framework while incorporating various modalities such as relational, existential, and acceptance commitment therapy techniques. My focus is not on specific symptom reduction, but rather on changing nonfunctional patterns that cause interpersonal and personality problems by empowering the client and using their strengths. I help the client create specific goals for their treatment. However, I believe the client is the expert on themselves and they possess the power to initiate change. My role as a clinician is to provide the client with new experiences and to create a new understanding in a safe space.

Professional Interests: Diversity/multicultural issues, eating/body Image concerns, death and dying (grief and loss), discrimination experiences of minorities, acculturation, international student concerns, Middle Eastern and Muslim students.

SIEVERS, BRITTANY
bsiev2@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Theoretical Orientation:  I utilize emotion focused therapy, grounded in a social justice framework, to collaborate with clients on how to identify and meet their needs.  I use interventions from both DBT and narrative therapies to help with emotional regulation, interpersonal functioning, and understanding of self, others, and society as it intersects with experiences of privilege and oppression.

Professional Interests:  Substance use, trauma, social justice, anxiety disorders, training, identity development, prevention and outreach, shame, and self-compassion.

 

 

Professional Staff

BANKHEAD, TEKITA
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
nlevans@illinois.edu
Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention
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
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
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
jwgraham@illinois.edu
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: I have a background in college admissions, 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 peer education, utilization of paraprofessionals, transition to college, coping skills, emerging adult development, mental health policy/ history, and social constructivism.

MENDIZABAL MARTELL, RAQUEL
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
mdietz@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

KEENER, NANCY
nkeener@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

MADDEN, DENISE
djmadden@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

Reception Services Office

BUCHANON, ALEXANDRA
ajbucha2@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLINS, NATALIE
nhollins@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

MILLER, SARAH
semiller@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

THARP, DEBRA
dftharp@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

2019-20 Practicum Counselors

Makera Jones, M.S.
Clinical-Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

B. Andi Lee, B.S.
Clinical-Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Homayoon “Amir” Maghasoodi, B.S.
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Briana Williams, B.A.
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019-20 MSW Intern

Abby Schuldt, B.S.
Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019-20 Graduate Assistants

ACE IT: Carly Valencik
Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention: Leah Tabone
Black Student Outreach (Sankofa): Nimot Ogunfemi
API Roots: Daphne Le
Eating Disorders: Corey Ketring and Katelynn Moser
INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre: Victor Ruiz-Divas
Integrative Health and Wellness: Monique Martinez
International Student Outreach: Yaning Cao
Latinx Student Outreach: Lucero Garcia-Villegas
Q & A LGBT Outreach: Briana Williams
Outreach & Prevention: Syahidatul K. Binti Mohd Hajaraih
Paraprofessional Program: Emily Borland
Technology-Based Outreach: Steffi Bauer
Therapeutic Services: Briana Arzuaga
Trauma/Women's Issues: Natalie Bianco