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Jasmin Allen, Ph.D.

Jasmin Allen, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Social Justice Committee Chair

Email: jnjones@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from an integrative approach that is driven by interpersonal, feminist, and client-centered theories within a multicultural framework. I utilize mindfulness and trauma-informed approaches to guide clients toward finding balance, healing, and empowerment.

Professional Interests: My early career experiences consisted of extensive work with court-referred adolescents and young adults in underserved communities in addition to psychological assessment. My current professional interests are anxiety, depression, trauma, identity exploration, assessment, and multicultural issues. I have participated in several trainings throughout my career, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Understanding Implicit Bias, and Safer People, Safer Spaces. Social justice and advocacy are at the forefront of my professional identity.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I co-created and currently co-facilitate Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight, a therapy group for students experiencing race-based stress. I have also facilitated an undergraduate process group and an anxiety skills group. As the chair of the Counseling Center’s Social Justice Committee, I coordinate opportunities for continued staff development to increase multicultural awareness and promote a socially just counseling center.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Spelman College and Masters in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. I also earned my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. Through practicum training with the Juvenile Counseling and Assessment Program (JCAP), I provided therapy and advocacy services to underserved adjudicated adolescents for several years. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at MercyFirst, a residential treatment center for adolescents in Syosset, NY. My dissertation focused on racial identity, internalized racism, discrimination distress, and racial socialization among African American juvenile offenders.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Carrie Brown, Ph.D.

Carrie Brown, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Group Coordinator / Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: clbrow01@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My theoretical approach integrates empowerment feminist therapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral, and motivational interviewing, while drawing on a multicultural framework. My counseling practice stresses that students be actively involved in determining goals and directions for treatment.

Professional Interests: My professional experiences have included working in college mental health, community mental health, residential drug and alcohol treatment, as well as a rape crisis center. My areas of clinical specializations include LGBTQ concerns, including Transgender mental health and providing referrals for medical transition, relationship/sexual violence/trauma, identity development, substance abuse, first-generation college students, Native college students, and providing group therapy. I am committed to social justice work and activism. I am also very passionate about training new professionals and have been actively involved in the supervision of graduate students pursuing careers in mental health.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I am the coordinator of the group therapy program, as well as a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team, and have served as a liaison for the LGBTQ community. I currently co-facilitate both a Graduate and an Undergraduate Process Group.

Education Background: As a first-generation college student I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Nazareth College of Rochester, and my Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky.  My graduate studies and dissertation concentrate on Queer theory and sexual and relationship violence within LGBTQ populations. I have published articles on these topics, along with exploring the intersectionality of identities, and the impact of racial identity development on psychological well-being. Prior to finishing my degree I received formal training in college mental health as practicum student at the University of Kentucky’s counseling center, as well as completing my pre-doctoral internship at Penn State’s counseling and psychological services center.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Mary Brunette

Mary Brunette

Office Coordinator

Email: mbrunett@syr.edu

I am a graduate of SUNY Brockport College with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree specializing in Commerical Recreation. My career has been centered on providing exceptional customer service and administrative support through thoughtful care and compassion for others. Prior to coming to Syracuse University, I was an administrative assistant at Northeast Surgery Center, an outpatient facility of St. Joseph's Hospital Syracuse. I joined the Syracuse University Counseling Center staff in June 2017 and am excited to be part of the Orange Community in my new role as Office Coordinator. Go Orange!

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Jamee Corsello

Jamee Corsello

Administrative Assistant

Email: jbcorsel@syr.edu

I am responsible for clinic coordination, data management, and project planning. I am also a member of the internal assessment team. I graduated from LeMoyne College with a BA in Psychology.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Heather Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Heather Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Training Director/Assistant Director

Email: hecosgro@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I view therapy as highly collaborative, taking the approach of honoring where the student is at while also promoting a safe and healing space to grow. I draw from several approaches, including interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic. All of my work is informed by feminist and multicultural theory with an emphasis on empowerment and navigating power dynamics. My goal is to help students gain insight into the problems they’re facing while highlighting natural strengths, abilities, and resources to help them thrive.

Professional Interests: My professional training has allowed me a variety of experiences in university counseling centers, an intensive outpatient agency focused on the treatment of eating disorders, and a community mental health organization centered on accessibility and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. My clinical interests include family systems (including childhood abuse and neglect, and adult children of addicts), body image, identity development, perfectionism, loss, and relational conflict.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have extensive experience leading process groups, specifically around women’s issues and empowerment. As the Training Director at the Counseling Center, I oversee the clinical training and supervision of our graduate level trainees. I also serve as a liaison to the corresponding academic departments within Syracuse University where we draw our highly qualified trainees from. 

Education Background: I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I received my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University at Buffalo, and went on to complete an internship at Illinois State University’s Student Counseling Services. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 


Karin DeLeon, MSW

Karin DeLeon, MSW

Staff Therapist

Email: kldeleon@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I utilize a Relational Cultural and Interpersonal Process Therapy approach in my work with clients. I believe that while we are often times hurt in relationship, we can also be healed in relationship. I work to foster a sense of safety, and collaboration with my clients in order to meet goals and create change. I believe in validating my clients, and joining them while problem solving. I value authenticity both in and outside of therapy, and hope to create a space where students can feel safe to be their full authentic selves and explore different parts of themselves.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include: trauma, resiliency, concerns/issues faced by students of color, international student concerns and issues, LGBTQIA+ identified student concerns and issues, undocumented student concerns and issues , first generation student concerns, intersecting identities of oppression, stressors surrounding income/finances/food insecurity, identity development, interpersonal concerns, concerns and issues surrounding “non-traditional” students and working with grief and loss. I am also bilingual in Spanish/English, and look forward to working with students who may prefer to speak to a Spanish speaking clinician of Latinx heritage.

Group and Liaison Roles: I currently co-lead the Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight group.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2009 and a Master of Social Work in 2017 from Virginia Commonwealth University. I completed a concentration year Master’s level internship from 2016-2017 and Post-Master’s residency at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Counseling Services from 2017-2018.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 


Megan Dietz, LCSW

Megan Dietz, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Sexual & Relationship Violence Clinical Response Specialist

Email: mldietz@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My approach is to collaboratively identify areas of personal growth, while providing a safe space for students to be themselves. I strive to create an inclusive and culturally aware environment where students feel heard, supported and empowered. My work is integrative and unique to each individual. I draw mostly from mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, interpersonal theories to assist students in reaching their goals.

Professional Interests: The majority of my professional work has focused on trauma, relationship abuse, and sexual violence. Prior to joining the Counseling Center Staff, I worked for six years in a community mental health program treating trauma associated with sexual violence. In this capacity, I worked with children, teens, adults, and families from a multitude of racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to trauma treatment, my clinical interests are identity development, family systems, anxiety, body image concerns, and disordered eating. I also have experience and continued interest in working with marginalized/underserved populations. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I have also completed the Safer People Safer Spaces training offered by the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I am a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team as well as the clinical Eating Disorder Treatment Team. I currently facilitate the Sexual Assault Recovery Group. In the past I have facilitated Anxiety groups, process groups, and groups about healthy relationships. I am also involved in campus events such as Take Back the Night. You will also see me at many other events on campus which strive to bring awareness to the issue of sexual and relationship violence or social justice.

Education Background: I received my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College. I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University in 2008. My clinical training was at Vera House, a local agency that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As a trainee, I also worked in a Youth Probation Department diversion program aimed at addressing mental health concerns for at risk youth.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 


Stanley Fornal, LCSW-R

Stanley Fornal, LCSW-R

Senior Staff Therapist

Email: sjfornal@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I employ a therapeutic orientation that emphasizes an integrative approach informed by the theoretical perspectives of psychodynamic theory and behavioral, interpersonal and crisis intervention models of counseling and psychotherapy in a multicultural-informed framework.  My clinical approach fosters a strength-based collaborative partnership toward enhancing personal growth, interpersonal goals, academic success, improved coping strategies and emotional health.

Professional Interests: My specific areas of clinical interest include developmental issues of young adults, crisis intervention as an opportunity for personal growth, adjustment to college life and academics, men’s issues, first generation college students, emotional health and resilience, attention difficulties and clinical diagnostic assessment.

Group and Liaison Roles: I currently run a Men’s Process Group focusing on the unique aspects of identity and interpersonal issues facing young adult males in a changing society.  I also serve on the Counseling Center’s Social Justice committee.

Educational Background: I attended Fordham University as an undergraduate majoring in Psychology and Biology.  Prior to coming to Syracuse NY my training in mental health began at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital in the areas of inpatient clinical assessment, diagnosis, and milieu treatment before attaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at Syracuse University.  

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Hailley Harvey

Hailley Harvey

Office Coordinator

Email: haharvey@syr.edu

I joined the Counseling Center in July of 2018. I am responsible for management of the front desk including reception, scheduling appointments and check-in. I also provide administrative support for the office. Most of my career has focused on public service. As such, I am dedicated to providing excellent customer service and connecting clients with services. I graduated from SUNY Cortland where I received a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Danielle M. Jones, LMSW

Danielle M. Jones, LMSW

Staff Therapist

Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: dmjone02@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from an integrative approach that is driven by interpersonal, client-centered, and family systems theories, within a social justice and trauma-focused framework. I also utilize culturally-relevant and sexual and gender affirmative interventions. I strive to create an authentic space of acceptance, where students’ voices are amplified, and where they are able to tap into their internal resilience to create change.

Professional Interests: My primary professional experiences have focused on working with persons navigating trauma, relationship violence and sexual violence. Within these experiences, I have worked with persons from varied and intersecting identities, including LGBTQIA+ persons and people of color. I also have experience working in behavioral mental health, with a focus on collaborative and integrated care. I am trained in the Trauma Resilience Model (TRM). My areas of interest include: identity development, working with survivors of trauma, race and gender based violence, anxiety/depression, and the transmission of intergenerational trauma, and its impact on life-long physical and mental health, particularly for persons of color.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently serve on the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team, and will be co-facilitating the undergraduate Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight group.

Education Background: As a first generation college student, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and my Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University. I completed my pre-degree clinical training at St. Joseph's Outpatient Behavioral Health Center as an Adult Outpatient Clinical Intern, as well as completing a year's worth of practicum training as a Student Therapist in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy's Couple and Family Therapy Center, where I was a member of the Trans* treatment team. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs


Abigail Lane, MHC, CASAC

Abigail Lane, MHC, CASAC

Staff Therapist

Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: aelane@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic style integrates Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My clinical approach focuses on empowering students through a strength-based model to encourage interpersonal growth and foster problem solving skills.

Professional Interests: My areas of professional interest include trauma related to sexual and relationship violence, substance abuse, anxiety, relationships, and mindfulness. Prior to coming to Syracuse University my career focused on inpatient substance abuse treatment and working with college students on mental health and substance abuse concerns. I have participated in Trevor Ally and Trevor Care trainings as well as trainings focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Currently, I am enrolled in the Trauma-Informed Care Certificate program through the University of Buffalo.

Groups and Liaison Roles: Currently, I co-facilitate the Sexual Assault Recovery Group and I am a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence (SRV) team.

Education Background: My Bachelor’s degree in Sociology was received from SUNY Potsdam and my Master’s degree in Counseling and Community Psychology with a concentration in substance abuse counseling was received from The Sage Colleges. I hold a limited permit in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) as well as a Credential in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Lauren Miceli, Psy.D.

Lauren Miceli, Psy.D.

Staff Therapist

Email: lbranney@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I approach therapy from a process-oriented Gestalt perspective, utilizing a humanistic, holistic, and relational framework. I assist clients in understanding themselves in the context of their past, present, and future. I believe that every individual has an innate ability to grow, heal, and change when provided with a safe and supportive environment. I work from a model of health rather than one of pathology, and I often incorporate mindfulness skills and feminist perspectives into my work.

Professional Interests: My primary areas of interest include trauma, interpersonal concerns, identity development and exploration, anxiety, multiculturalism, spirituality, grief, loss and transition.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY Buffalo. I earned a Master's degree and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University near Portland, Oregon. I completed my doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Ohio University's counseling center.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Edward Millet, LMHC, CASAC

Edward Millet, LMHC, CASAC

Staff Therapist

Options Program

Email: esmillet@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I employ a strength-based approach in my therapeutic style. I believe that the person is the best authority on what they need in the therapeutic relationship. I find my role as a therapist is to help create the environment for a person to grow and to help them explore the issues in a caring and safe environment. I also employee different therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral, family systems, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic.

Professional Interests: My professional interests are working with any and all addictions, shock and trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, identity issues (developing a deeper self-concept, existential issues, sexual identity issues, and individuation), and grief issues.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently facilitate for process groups here at the counseling center. I am a co-facilitator for three Undergraduate Process Groups, one Graduate Process Group.

Education background: I received my Masters degree in counseling through SUNY Oswego in 1995. I have had over 10 years of extensive training in the use of hypnotherapy, specifically working with shock and trauma. I have recently completed training in EMDR. 

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Jessica Mungro, Ph.D.

Jessica Mungro, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Email: jalesper@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I use an integrative therapeutic approach incorporating interpersonal, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy, informed by a multicultural framework.  I also draw heavily from a strengths based perspective, emphasizing empowerment and resilience.

Professional Interests: My professional focus has been primarily in college mental health, working with traditional and non-traditional students.  My professional interests include: anxiety, depression, interpersonal and relationship issues, identity development including the intersection of cultural identities, body image and eating disorders, and working with student athletes.  I have also completed the Safer People Safer Spaces training offered by the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group and Supporting Students with Anxiety process group.  I am also a member of the clinical Eating Disorder Treatment Team and internal assessment team.

Education Background: I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Policy Studies at Syracuse University.  I earned a Masters Degree in Learning and Developmental Sciences and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington.  I completed an APA accredited internship at Illinois State University Student Counseling Services prior to assuming my current position.  My research background has focused broadly on multicultural counseling education and service provision. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Peggy O'Connor, LCSW-R

Peggy O'Connor, LCSW-R

Staff Therapist

Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: maocon02@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic framework is based on a systems perspective that integrates theories of cognition, transpersonal theories of human development, conflict and social learning theory.  Within my therapeutic framework I am keenly aware of cultural differences as well as gender specific interventions.

Professional Interests: My professional focus has been to assist individuals in resolving various forms of anxiety, depression and trauma-related responses.  Other areas of interest/skill include:  grief counseling, mental health concerns for students with disabilities, and various types of family & relationship issues.  My experience includes:  7 years as a supervising therapist in a County Mental Health Clinic which provided crisis services & treated a wide range of mental health issues;  Program Director for a county rape crisis/domestic violence program; Director of Special Education for a K-12 public school; as well as private practice psychotherapy providing family therapy.  I utilize a "toolbox" of therapies based on client need including:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Bowen Family Systems Therapy.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I am a crisis specialist and a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team (SRVR) as well as co-facilitate an ACT on Anxiety Group.

Education Background:  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) that has worked in urban, suburban and rural settings.  I received my Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Syracuse University and a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) at D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY.  In addition, I have Certificates of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Stonybrook University and Entrepreneurial Leadership from the University of Buffalo. I also have NYS licensure as a School District Leader (SDL).

Training: Columbia University, Ann Marie Albano, PhD, developer of Trauma Focused CBT; Columbia University, “Reading & Writing Workshop” model for students with disabilities; Michael Kerr, MD, colleague of Murray Bowen & former director Bowen Family Center, Washington, DC, -family systems training; Ross Green, MD- ADHD management; Tony Atwood, PhD- Asperger’s Syndrome & high functioning ASD training; Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy- CBT training; ACT training from ACT developers -John Forsyth, PhD, Steven Hayes, PhD and Russ Harris, PhD; NYS Office of Mental Health- Disaster Response Trainer; as well as many years of additional training from a multitude of individuals and organizations for treatment of mental health concerns.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Melissa Parker, LCSW

Melissa Parker, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Email: msparker@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from an integrative approach of motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I work in collaboration with students in order to achieve personal goals and problem solve from a strength based and multicultural framework.

Professional Interests: I previously worked as the program director and counselor for a dually licensed mental health and chemical dependence clinic. My areas of professional interest include substance abuse and treatment for addictions, serious mental illness, identity development and mindfulness. I have had familiarity working in both intensive and non-intensive treatment programs and have several years of practice providing group therapy. I have experience delivering treatment in residential and community agency settings with individuals, children and families. I have completed the Safer People, Safer Spaces training offered by the SU LGBT Resource Center and the Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) dialogue offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated both psychoeducational and process groups at the Counseling Center. I currently co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group and facilitate the Building Resilience Group. I am a member of the Options team and facilitate some of the Options Education Groups and Workshops.

Education Background: I received my undergraduate degree from Ithaca College with a concentration in Clinical Sociology. I earned my master’s degree in Social Work at Syracuse University. I completed internship and training experiences in an urban elementary school for children in grades K-8th grade and in a rural community mental health agency providing clinical work. I gained my Clinical Social Worker certification in 2012.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Susan Pasco, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Susan Pasco, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Associate Director

Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Coordinator

Email: sdpasco@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I use an integrative therapeutic approach that is informed by multicultural, psychodynamic, and relational-cultural theories. I work collaboratively with students to help them achieve their individual goals and also use mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques as a means to facilitate personal growth and enhance overall well-being.

Professional Interests: In addition to my clinical and consultative work in college mental health, I enjoy the training and supervision of mental health therapists. I serve as the Coordinator of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team at the Counseling Center and as the Coordinator of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. My professional interests include eating disorders, mindfulness, suicide risk assessment, anxiety/depression, veterans’ issues, and working with survivors of trauma, gender-based harassment, relationship abuse, and sexual violence. Prior to my work in college mental health I completed pre-degree internships at a domestic violence crisis center and in community mental health.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated both process groups and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center including “Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds”, a group for students with eating concerns and Introduction to Mindful Awareness Practices, a 6-week group on mindfulness practices. As a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team I sit on a number of University Committees dedicated to ending sexual and relationship violence and am a member of the American College Health Association’s Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force. I am also a member of the Syracuse University Threat Assessment Team. In addition to my work at SU, I am a national trainer for The Campus Connect Train-the Trainer sessions and have served as a trainer on suicide risk assessment for campus mental health clinicians for the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Previously I have served on the New York State Suicide Prevention Coalition and locally I am a longstanding member of the Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Education Background: I received my doctorate in clinical social work from Smith College, my masters in social work from New York University, and my undergraduate degree in behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago. I also hold a master’s degree in special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Mariah Pfeiffer, LCSW-R

Mariah Pfeiffer, LCSW-R

Staff Therapist

Email: mdpfeiff@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from an integrative therapeutic approach that largely draws on interpersonal, cognitive behavioral and multicultural theories.  My goal is to help students feel more comfortable with their emotional experiences, and to better understand themselves, their relationships, and the world around them.  I use mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques to support my students’ therapy goals. 

Professional Interests: My primary professional interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, relationships, trauma and mindfulness. Prior to coming to the Syracuse University Counseling Center my early career focused on work with adolescents. I have participated in Safer People, Safer Spaces trainings provided by the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center.  I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently lead a DBT Skills Group.  I am a liaison with the Syracuse University Office of Residence Life.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College.  I have pursued my DBT training through Behavioral Tech. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Beth Salatti, LCSW, CASAC

Beth Salatti, LCSW, CASAC

Assistant Director

Options Program Coordinator

Email: basalatt@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I use an integrative approach to therapy that draws from motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, within a multicultural framework. My approach is often collaborative, humanistic and strengths based. I am also trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM).

Professional Interests: Areas of clinical interest include substance abuse, mindfulness, trauma, family systems, anxiety, identity development and working with student athletes. I have completed the Safer People, Safer Spaces training offered by the SU LGBT Resource Center.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated various process and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center. I currently facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group at the Counseling Center, as well as some of the Options Education Groups and Workshops. As the Options Program Coordinator, I serve as the liaison to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, coordinate Options education groups/workshops and communicate with students/treatment agencies when students are suspended for alcohol or substance related reasons. I also serve as a liaison with the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Health Promotions.

Education Background: I earned a masters degree in Social Work from Long Island University. I am also certified as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC).

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Mitch Sartin, Ph.D.

Mitch Sartin, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Email: rmsartin@syr.edu

Therapeutic style: My theoretical orientation integrates interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing approaches within a multicultural framework. When working with students I strive to provide support to allow the students to explore their concerns as well as their strengths and their self-understanding. My goal in the process is to assist students in moving towards greater insight, personal growth, and overall well-being.

Professional Interests: My specific areas of clinical interest include identity development, student-athlete concerns, veterans’ issues, perfectionism, anxiety/depression, eating disorders, and working with first-generation college students and those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. 

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated both process groups and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center including co-facilitating part of  “Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds”, a group for students with eating concerns. I serve as a liaison to Athletics and have served as a participant on the military and veteran interests group. I have participated on the Student Affairs Alcohol and Other Drug Harm Reduction Team.   I am also a member of the clinical Eating Disorder Treatment Team and internal assessment team.   I additionally have conducted Campus Connect Train-the Trainer sessions for campuses around the country.

Education Background: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at the University of Kentucky.  I completed both my Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Prior to coming to Syracuse, I completed an internship at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Kizzie P. Walker, Ph.D.

Kizzie P. Walker, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Multicultural Outreach Specialist

Email: kwalke02@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice an individualized approach to therapy because I value the importance of learning about various aspects that define a person. My approach to therapy integrates cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, and interpersonal perspectives within a multicultural framework. I collaborate with students towards identifying obstacles and learning skills to promote their academic success, personal growth and well-being.

Professional Interests: My interests include providing the best services for underrepresented/underserved populations and first-generation college students. I enjoy working to address concerns pertaining to identity development, anxiety and depression, through individual and/or group therapy. I was also a member of the Options Program. As the Multicultural Outreach Specialist, I coordinate outreach/education to other offices within the University, especially those that provide services to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. I completed the Safer People, Safer Spaces training offered by the LGBT Resource Center and the Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) dialogue offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I have also chaired committees to develop multicultural competence and improve services that align with the Counseling Center's mission, vision, and stance on social justice. I currently serve on the Chancellor’s Ad Hoc Committee on DACA/Undocumented Students.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have co-facilitated various process and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center, such as “Colorful Women” and facilitated a semi-structured anxiety workshop called “Peaceful Minds.” I currently co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group and a Graduate/Non-Traditional Process Group.

Education Background: As a first-generation college student, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. I subsequently earned a Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University. Prior to Syracuse University, I completed my pre-doctoral internship year at Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and two years at a post-internship clinical fellowship at The Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 


Cory Wallack, Ph.D.

Cory Wallack, Ph.D.

Director

Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: cwallack@syr.edu

Therapeutic style: My goal when working with students is to create a space in which they can feel heard and validated, while simultaneously creating the opportunity to assist them in moving towards greater personal growth, development, and insight.  I strive to help students establish greater comfort with their emotional experiences, further develop their skills in relating to the world around them, and assist in enhancing the quality of their relationships with others.  I approach my work from a social justice perspective and am committed to assisting students in addressing systems that are inherently oppressive and/or marginalizing.

Professional Interests: My specific areas of clinical interest include identity development, working with students from traditionally marginalized and oppressed identities, crisis intervention, grief and loss, trauma, sexual and relationship violence, and individuals struggling with eating disorders or body image concerns.  Much of my work has been dedicated to suicide prevention, trauma response, and social justice concerns. 

Groups and Liaison Roles: I am a member of the Counseling Center’s Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team and I have co-facilitated our Men’s Therapy Group.  Within Syracuse University, I serve on The Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence, the Student Affairs Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the Behavioral Consultation Committee, the Threat Assessment Team, and the Student Affairs Alcohol and Other Drug Harm Reduction Team.  Outside of Syracuse University I am actively involved in the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors and within that organization I serve as the co-chair for the Elements of Excellence Committee.   I additionally have conducted Campus Connect Train-the Trainer sessions for campuses around the country and have worked as a consultant for other campuses in developing their suicide prevention and sexual violence response programs.

Education Background: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and political science at the University of Virginia.  I completed both my Master’s and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida.  Prior to coming to Syracuse, I completed an internship at the University of South Florida’s Counseling Center and Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida.

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Tekhara Watson, LMFT

Tekhara Watson, LMFT

Staff Therapist

Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: tdwats01@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic approaches draws from a family systems, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral therapy within a multi-cultural framework.

Professional Interests: My primary areas of interest include working with underserved and underrepresented populations, identity development, relationship/sexual violence and trauma. Prior to joining the Counseling Center, I worked in community mental health that primarily focused on trauma associated with sexual violence and domestic violence. Both professionally and personally, I am dedicated to social justice work.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently facilitate Supporting Students with Anxiety and the Students of Color: Releasing The Invisible Weight groups. I have also facilitated an Undergraduate Process group. I am also a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University and earned my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Graduate Student Trainees


Kellin Murphy Cavanaugh, MA

Kellin Murphy Cavanaugh, MA

Options Graduate Assistant

Email: kcavanaugh.syr.cc@gmail.com

Therapeutic Style: I practice from a person-centered approach that is sensitive to the client's individual worldview and I address ecological issues within a feminist, multicultural framework. I also utilize cognitive-behavioral interventions in addition to that listed above when working with students struggling with anxiety.

Professional Interests: My early career experiences consisted of extensive work with adolescents and young adults in a behavioral intervention-focused program at Hartford Public school system and at Loomis Chaffee, a boarding school setting. My professional interests are anxiety, identity development issues, sexuality, gender, multicultral issues, and the effects of emotional neglect in college-aged students.

Groups and Liason Roles: I am the graduate assistant of the Options team and facilitate some of the Options Education Groups and Workshops in addition to the Next Phase Group.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Bennigton College and my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Syracuse University. My research foci include transgender counseling issues, the effects of social media on identity and interpersonal development and the negative psychological effects brought on by cyberbullying.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Anthony L. Maine, BA, CASAC II, MSW Student

Anthony L. Maine, BA, CASAC II, MSW Student

Email: anthonymainesucounselingcenter@gmail.com

Therapeutic Style: I practice from a person-centered, trauma informed approach that is sensitive to the cultural needs of service recipients. I utilize cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and strength based interventions to promote recovery.

Professional Interests: I have been working with the substance use disorder population since 2010. My early career consisted of direct care, assessments, 1:1 and group counseling. I currently work in the capacity of Clinic Director at Helio Health’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program. My areas of interest include anxiety, de-escalation strategies, depression, and the chemical dependent/dual diagnosed population.

Educational Background: I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany in 2010 and in 2016 I earned my NYS CASAC (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor). I am currently pursuing my MSW (Masters of Social Work) at Syracuse University. I am also certified by NYS as a PCMS (Prevention and Managing Crisis Situations) trainer.

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Melissa Morton, M.Ed. Counseling Psychology

Melissa Morton, M.Ed. Counseling Psychology

Email: melissamorton.syracuse@gmail.com

Therapeutic Style:  My approach is to work from a client-centered perspective utilizing empirically-based models, with a focus cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I offer concrete tools enabling individuals to develop alternative and efficient ways of thinking and behaving. Special attention is placed on stress management, communication, and problem resolution stemming from the client’s set of personal values. If appropriate, mindfulness-based approaches may be offered.

Professional Interests: I enjoy working with individuals of all ages and have built special expertise among adolescents and young adults. My research centers on in mindfulness-based interventions, particularly for stress management. Professionally, my interests are anxiety, depression, trauma, identity exploration, perfectionism, eating disorders, ADHD, life transitions, grief, and relationship and multicultural issues.

Education Background: I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada. I am currently completing my doctorate in School Psychology from Syracuse University. My dissertation focuses on mindfulness interventions and stress reactivity.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Gift Nleko, Dual MFT/MSW Student

Gift Nleko, Dual MFT/MSW Student

Email: gnlekocc@gmail.com

Therapeutic Style: My duty as a social worker and a marriage and family therapists is to promote social justice and advocate for the rights of all individuals to have equal access to mental health and substance abuse services. I bring empathy, authenticity, warmth, and compassion to my job and clients while recognizing fundamental human needs and encouraging positive social skills needed to have a healthy life. My clinical approach integrates strengths-based training models that are rooted in a client-centered and multicultural perspective. I utilize a systemic perspective that seeks the root of the problem and takes a multifaceted approach based on the individual hierarchy of needs. My goal when working with clients is to build trust and safety and create a holding space where healing can take place. I want to help you work through any hurts and unresolved conflicts to breakthrough and experience fulfillment in every area of life. As such, I am committed to providing physical, emotional, and spiritual supports. My best skill sets include counseling, problem solving, active listening, and creativity. My passion is to engender hope and empowerment through self-exploration (introspection), self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and self-expression. As Williams-Nickelson says “every person carries within them the ability to thrive and grow, and it's my job to help them learn and tap their own resources.” I believe that with enough strength, motivation, and positivity, things can turn around.

Professional interests: My personal experience with diversity as a disabled Nigerian-American refugee have inspired me to work with diverse underrepresented and socially disadvantage populations, such as women, oppressed racial and ethnic minority groups, and people with disabilities. This multicultural past has allowed me to develop myself mentally, physically, and professionally. Hence, I am more understanding of other people’s differences. I have a passion for counseling and would enjoy providing mental health and substance abuse services to disadvantaged individuals, couples, and families coping with addiction, relationship, intimacy, identity development, self-esteem, communication/self-expression, abuse, sexual dysfunction, trauma, grief/loss, and neglect/abandonment related issues. My training experiences has also involved working with parents and children, couples, families, and people of diverse ages.

Groups and Affiliated Liaison: Prior to joining the SU Counseling Center, I have been involved in several groups aimed at improving the social and emotional health and wellness of women. During my internship with the YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County, I was co-facilitator of the Life Skills and Domestic Violence Group which provided educational and employment referrals to assist women in reaching their goals. I also developed the Healthy Relationships workshop series which aimed to teach effective relational, communication, and conflict resolution skills necessary to having healthy successful relationships. I have completed the Safe Talk: Suicide Alertness Training offered by the Syracuse University Social Work Program and hold memberships in the International Honor Society in Psychology and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Educational Backgrounds: I have been fortunate to take part in Trio Programs such as Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars Program, which affords low-income and disabled students like myself, who are underrepresented at the masters and doctoral level, a chance to further their education. In May 2016, I graduated from Lamar University with B.S. Degree in Psychology and a minor in family studies.  Beginning fall 2016, I enrolled in Syracuse University’s Dual Master’s Program in MFT/MSW which has allowed me to secure graduate level internship positions related to my career goals. In January 2017, I began serving as an intern Marriage and Family Therapist at the Couple and Family Therapy Center, delivering therapy, developing treatment plans, and meeting the behavioral care needs of individuals, couples, and families with a variety of presenting problems. Beginning July 2017, I started my internship with the Family Counseling Services of Cortland (FCSC) as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. My experience at FCS, a dual- mental health and chemical dependency diagnosis facility, enabled me to provide individual and group counseling to individuals, couples, and families identified in need of mental health counseling services. In August 2017, I served as an Intern Case Manager at the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, and conducted face to face interviews, and provided assistance and support through the development of individualized plans to meet the needs of homeless and mentally ill ­clients/residents. The discipline and accountability gained from these experiences has allowed me to develop myself mentally, physically, and professionally. I’m grateful for the additional opportunity to intern at the Counseling Center at SU, and I am delighted to leverage my talents and skills to contribute to a diverse and nurturing campus environment.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Alonzo D. Turner, M.S, Ed.S, NCC, LPC

Alonzo D. Turner, M.S, Ed.S, NCC, LPC

Email: aturne1906@gmail.com

Therapeutic Style: I use an integrative therapeutic approach incorporating family systems, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral within a social justice and multicultural framework. My aim is to validate the client’s experience in an authentic manner while helping them reach their goals as they develop greater insight about themselves in relationship to the systems they navigate.

Professional Interests: My early career experiences consists of providing individual and group counseling for children, adolescents and young adults in a outpatient mental health setting at Family Service of the Piedmont and St. Joseph’s Hospital. My areas of interest include first generation college students, multicultural issues, spirituality, sexuality and the role of spirituality and religion in black millennials.

Education Background: I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Winston Salem State University and my dual Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Couples and Family Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Syracuse University. My research foci include the importance of support systems for first generation African-American college students, the effects of spirituality on identity formations of black millennial church goers and the negative effects caused by spiritual bypass and spiritual abuse.

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