CCP Instructors

About the Instructors

Theresa Benson, Ph.D.
I started working with the CCP program in 2007 as the Program Coordinator. I come to the program with a masters degree in holistic health education from JFK University.  I received my doctoral degree in counseling psychology from The University of Akron.

As an instructor, I take an experiential learning approach with a holistic emphasis focusing on the development and integration of the cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of the students. My clinical interests include Eastern therapies with an emphasis on Morita therapy, holistic health practices and interventions, self-care practices of caregivers, body-based psychotherapies, post-traumatic growth, and social justice issues. I am looking forward to sharing aspects of my clinical interests, training, and experiences within the CCP Program.



Michelle Gao, Graduate Assistant 
I am so grateful to have been able to grow up through the Counseling Center. I completed the CCP program as an undergraduate, and was also able to be a Paid CCP. I also served as the Latino/a Outreach GA last year.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Accounting – I know, what? I am currently a graduate student in the College of Labor and Employment Relations, working on my Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree. I hope to translate the CCP values of appreciating diversity, inclusivity, social justice, and holistic wellness into a corporate setting through leadership and organizational development. This is one of the ways I want to change the world.

I believe in embracing and celebrating emotion, accepting life as it is, and developing people to help them get to where they want to go. I look forward to sharing my personal stories and viewpoints with the CCPs, and learning from them in turn.