Staff Roster



Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Eating Disorders Treatment Team 

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University 

Theoretical orientation: Problems, solutions, pain, and healing all occur in context.  The many parts of who we are interact with and are influenced by the environments and cultures in which we exist.  Feminism and multiculturalism have taught me to: (a) look carefully for both overt and subtle effects of oppression in the problems we face, (b) be amazed at the ways people strive to be (and are) powerful despite oppressive and challenging circumstances, and (c) remain curious and collaborative in determining what empowerment might look like for a particular person struggling in a particular way.

Professional interests: Feminist therapy and supervision, disordered eating and body image issues, issues of social/cultural privilege and oppression, men’s issues



Clinical Counselor
Co-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, couple’s counseling and crisis intervention



Clinical Counselor
Chair, Asian American Outreach

M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: humanistic, interpersonal, and existential within a multicultural framework

Professional Interests: diversity issues, identity development, transition into college life, acculturation, career and major exploration, and concerns specific to Asian/Asian American students



Clinical Counselor
Chair, Latina/Latino Student 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, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural frameworks.

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


Clinical Counselor

 Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, St. John’s University

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.


Clinical Counselor

M.S.W. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M. A. Psychology (Psychoanalytical theory and clinical practice); University Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My clinical practice is based on an integrative approach of my theoretical background and training in French Psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy and Motivational Interviewing with a multicultural emphasis.

Professional Interests: First generation college students, Latino/a (immigrant and first generation) social and emotional issues, acculturation gap, anxiety spectrum, depression, trauma, anger management and couples therapy. I am also a Spanish native speaker.



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



Clinical Counselor, Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO)

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


Clinical Counselor

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University

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.



Clinical Counselor
Chair, Queer & Ally Committee

M.A., Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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.



Clinical Counselor

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo

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).


Clinical Counselor

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Albany, SUNY

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.



Clinical Counselor
Chair, Integrative Health and Wellness Treatment Team
Training Coordinator

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical orientation: Integrative with an emphasis on building strong and collaborative working alliances with clients; utilizing cognitive-behavioral and short-term psychodynamic theories within a multicultural framework.

Professional Interests: Mindfulness-based treatment strategies, strengths-based clinical practice, relationship/couples issues, mood and anxiety disorders, coping with chronic medical concerns, eating/body image concerns, international student issues, training/supervision.



Clinical Counselor
Chair, Cognitive and Psychiatric Disability Treatment Team

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to treatment is generally solution-focused and/or cognitive-behavioral, but I also use psychodynamic approaches to be helpful at times.

Professional Interests: assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Learning Disorders and Autistic-spectrum Disorders; liaison to Graduate College, counseling graduate students on issues related to dissertation-completion; assistance with academic difficulties such as procrastination; treatment of depression and anxiety; evaluation of sleep-related problems



Clinical Counselor, Sub-specialist Eating Disorders
Therapeutic Services Coordinator
Coordinator, Campus-wide Eating Disorders Interdisciplinary Treatment Team

B.S.N., Nursing, University of Illinois
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois
Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I conceptualize primarily from a psychodynamic and family systems perspective. However my treatment approach is integrative, utilizing the necessary interventions for the short-term framework here at the center.

Professional Interests: eating disorders, body image concerns; multicultural issues; identity development and interdisciplinary treatment models



Clinical Counselor
Outreach and Consultation Services Coordinator

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Theological Seminary
ABD, Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University

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.




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



Crisis Triage Case Manager

M.S.W., Indiana University, Bloomington
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

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

Professional Interests: crisis intervention, suicide prevention, couples counseling, sexual addictions, men’s issues, motivational interviewing, performance anxiety, and life transition issues



Clinical Counselor
Chair, Native American Outreach
Chair, Trauma 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



Associate Director

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.



Clinical Counselor
Coordinator, Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO)

M.S., Psychology, Illinois State University
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: emphasis on humanistic, interpersonal process, social/cultural and family of origin conceptualizations

Professional Interests: addiction-focused assessments and services; outreach and consultation, including AOD; individual and group counseling; multicultural psychology; LGBT Ally; mental health concerns of students with disabilities; vocational psychology



Clinical Counselor
Chair, International Student Outreach

M.A., Applied Psychology, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi, India
M.A., Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: integrative, operate within an overarching multicultural framework drawing from Interpersonal, Humanistic, Social Learning, and Feminist approaches

Professional Interests: diversity issues, identity development, gender issues, trauma concerns, interpersonal psychotherapy, use of stories and metaphor in therapy, spirituality issues, role and nature of counseling in non-western cultures, supervision and training



Clinical Counselor
Practicum Training Chair

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

Theoretical Orientation: I approach my work with clients primarily from a cognitive-behavioral and feminist theory perspective.

Professional Interests: Although I enjoy working with a variety of concerns that college students experience, I have particular interests in psychosocial treatments for ADD/ADHD, women’s issues, identity development, and gender and sexuality (sexual health, sexual behavior, relationship issues, sexual functioning, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender roles/socialization). I also love being involved in training of future mental health professionals and am active in practicum training and intern supervision in the Center. LGBT Ally, Kink-Aware, Poly-Aware.



Clinical Counselor
Assistant Director
Chair, African American Outreach

M.A., Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago
Ph. D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

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


ZHANG, QIANHUI (pronounced “Chien-Hway”) –

Clinical Counselor

M.A., Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University

Theoretical Orientation: integrative; influenced by various orientations, such as psychodynamic, interpersonal, narrative, and emotion-focused theories, within a multicultural and feminist framework. I also incorporate the use of metaphors and mindfulness/acceptance-based interventions in my practices.

Professional Interests: anxiety and depression, relationship with self and others, family of origins, body image and disordered eating, interpersonal trauma and coping, gender and women’s health, diversity and identity development, concerns specific to Asian international students, and multilingual counseling (Mandarin & Cantonese).

2014-2015 INTERNS


B.S., Psychology, North Dakota State University
Working Toward Ph.D. in Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology, Florida State University

Theoretical Orientation: I tend to utilize an integration of interpersonal and  cognitive-behavioral frameworks, with attention to and an emphasis on clients’ various identities.  I often assist clients in realizing and changing any destructive cycles in cognitions, emotions, and relationships, by exploring how patterns in relationships, emotions, and cognitions affect and are maintained by one another.  I believe that a collaborative, nonjudgmental atmosphere and strong alliance between a client and me are vital for client growth and change.

Professional Interests: Eating disorders and body image concerns, issues related to sexual and gender identity, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, group therapy, outreach and consultation



M.S. in Educational Psychology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with particular emphasis on family systems, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and a foundation in client-centered theory and multiculturalism, and utilizing some cognitive-behavioral strategies in practice.

Professional Interests: multicultural and social justice issues, alcohol and other drug problems, trauma and post-traumatic stress, identity development, depression and anxiety



M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical approach is an integration of several orientations such as psychodynamic, client-centered, and emotion-focused theories within a multicultural framework.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include relationship with self and others, expression and management of emotions, perfectionism, anxiety and depression, stress and wellness, family conflict and support, cultural adjustment and transitions, and concerns specific to racial minorities, Asian international and Asian American students in the U.S.



Assistant Director
Program Coordinator, Counseling Center Paraprofessional Program

M.A., Holistic Health Education, JFK University
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Akron
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Professional Interests: I started working with the CCP program in 2007 as the Program Coordinator. As an instructor, I take an experiential learning approach with a holistic emphasis focusing on the development and integration of the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of the students. As a clinician, I practice a common factors approach influenced by an existential-constructivist perspective when developing case conceptualizations and treatment plans with my clients. Clinical interests include Eastern therapies with an emphasis on Morita therapy and mindfulness-based practice; holistic health practices and interventions that focus on the development and integration of the cognitive, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a person; self-care practices of caregivers; body-based psychotherapies; post-traumatic growth; and social justice issues.



Program Coordinator, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre

M.F.A. Directing, University of Memphis

Professional Interests: directing, ensemble created works, solo performance, and narrative theatre. She has served as artistic director of The Renaissance Guild, Director of Audience Development for Voices of the South, and Assistant Program Director for the Heifer Theatre Project with Heifer International. In addition, she was a paralegal in the corporate world, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alamo Theatre Arts Council, and the YWCA, and facilitated dialogues on race through the Common Ground program. She has received awards for her innovative programming and directing and has been recognized as a Young Leader of Color in American theatre by TCG.



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.



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 in social justice 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.


Information Technology Operations Manager

B.S., Computer Informational Sciences, Bradley University
M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Springfield (in-progress)

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.



Education and Prevention Specialist, Alcohol and Other Drug Office
Alcohol Culture Explored Interactive Theatre (ACE IT) Program Coordinator
Instructor – CHLH 199-ACE

M.F.A., Theatre Directing, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Interests: issues of college drinking and how the campus drinking culture impacts students, peer education and facilitation skills, diversity dialogue, active learning in the classroom, using theatre to facilitate dialogue on social issues, script development, leadership, outcome evaluation


Kurt Hegeman
Betsy Peterson –




Francie Bright -
Marti Gortner –



Megan Kuehl –
David McDaniel –
Sarah Miller -
Rubina Rea -


Carly Krawetz, ACE-IT
Arielle Brown, African-American Outreach
Michelle Flores, Alcohol and Other Drug
Jenna Reid, Alcohol and Other Drug Office
Jennie Wang, Asian Pacific American Outreach
Sarah Rinehart, Eating Disorders
Jennifer Dafcik, Integrative Health and Wellness
Christina Wong, International Student Outreach
Lisa Ortiz, Latino/a Outreach
Ryan Nemethy, Paraprofessional Program
Elise Lanker, Q & A LGBT Outreach
Keithan Hedrick, Technology Based Outreach
Katherine Earl, Therapeutic Services
Namrata Doshi, Trauma Treatment

M.S.W. INTERN, 2014-2015

Stephen Edwards


Kristen Gestel
Kelsey Merritt
Michael Wang
Shengmei Xu