Counseling Services Staff

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Welcome Staff

Brenda Duffy, CSU Heatlh Network

Brenda Duffy

Office Manager

Colorado State University

Karen Fox, B.S.

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Romine

Becca Romine, A.A.

Administrative Assistant

Brie Zamora

Brie Zamora, A.A.H.S., RMA

Client Care Aide

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Senior Staff Clinicians

Colorado State University

Susan MacQuiddy, Ph.D.

Director of Counseling Services

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Supervision and training
Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Director of Specialty Counseling Services

Education/Training:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Student development: cognitive and psycho-social
  • Substance abuse treatment
Mica Adesso, Doctoral Intern, Counseling Center, Colorado State University Health Network, April 12, 2016

Mica Adesso, Ph.D.

BH Team Lead

Education / Training:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota

Professional Interests:

  • Relationship/Interpersonal Issues
  • Grief/Loss
  • Trauma
  • Multicultural/International Students
  • Existential/Spirituality
  • LGBTQQAI
  • Women’s Issues
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Colorado State University

Helen F. Bowden, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Certified Irlen Syndrome Screener
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Professional Interests:

  • Disordered eating/body image
  • Psychological assessment (AD/HD, LD, Irlen, personality)
  • Self-empowerment / assertive communication
  • Gender/societal dynamics
  • Couples and group counseling
  • LGBTQ
Colorado State University

Jenny Brandsma, LPC

Senior Staff Counselor

Ellen Cooney

Ellen Cooney, Ed.D.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Doctor of Education, Human Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Professional Interests:

  • Adult learners
  • Relationship/Couples
  • International student health
  • Parent/Family/Child
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Ainara Echanove, PsyD.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist, Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

Professional Interests:

  • Multicultural/Diversity
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Eating disorders
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Trauma
  • Existential/spirituality
Michele Faris

Michele Faris, Psy.D.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Doctor of Psychology, Counseling Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Positive psychology
  • Solution focused
  • Couples
  • Non-traditional aged students
  • Depression/anxiety
Colorado State University

Lisa Heifner, M.S., LPC

Assistant Director of Academic Year Staff Services, Senior Staff Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Master of Science, Health and Human Development- Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

Professional Interests:

  • Trauma
  • Sex Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Black/African American culture
Colorado State University

Aki Hosoi, Ph.D.

 Associate Director, Training Director, Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biology, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

Professional Interests:

  • Veterans
  • Couples therapy
  • Culturally diverse populations
  • Trauma
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Jen Laxague, L.P.C.

Senior Staff Counselor

Colorado State University

Chris Leck, LCSW, CAC II

Assistant Director – DAY Programs, Senior Staff Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Relationships
  • Men’s issues
  • Drug and alcohol use and abuse
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
Steve Okiyama

Steve Okiyama, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, California

Professional Interests:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family of origin concerns
  • Men’s issues
  • Multicultural/Diversity issues
  • Racial Identity Development Models
Stephanie Mora-Derosby

Stephanie Mora-DeRosby, M.A., LPC, LAC

Senior Staff Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor
  • Master of Arts, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Racial minorities
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Co-dependency
  • Relationships
  • Recovery from addiction
Pam McCracken, CSU Heatlh Network

Pam McCracken, LCSW, MAC

Senior Staff Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Master of Social Work, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Masters in Addiction Counseling
  • DBT Certification in process

Professional Interests:

  • Women’s health
  • Grief/loss
  • Alcohol and other drug use/abuse
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Anxiety/Depression
Jeff Nepute

Jeff Nepute, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Psychologist – iTEAM

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Dialectical and Behavior Therapy
  • Suicide & self-injurious behavior
  • Trauma
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Men’s issues
  • Couples and relationship concerns
  • Psychotherapy effectiveness and development of therapist expertise
Reid Trotter

Reid Trotter, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Clinical Services Director, Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Professional Interests:

  • Interpersonal and existential concerns
  • International student health
  • Trauma
  • Primary care behavioral health
  • Transgender health care
Adam Sargent

Adam Sargent, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Doctor of Philosophy,
  • Counseling Psychology,
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional Interests:

  •  Relationship / Interpersonal issues
  • Group therapy
  • LGBTQ
Jimmy Stewart, CSU Heatlh Network

Jimmy Stewart, LPC, NCC

Senior Staff Counselor

Colorado State University

Cindy Swindell, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Certified Irlen Syndrome Screener
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Professional Interests:

  •  Learning, attention and academic performance challenges
  • Global nomads
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • Search for meaning and other spiritual struggles
Jim Weber

Jim Weber, LCSW

Senior Staff Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Substance abuse and dual diagnoses treatment and recovery
  • Existential / Purposeful living issues and exploration
  • Veterans transition and return to civilian life
  • Brain imaging technologies and interpretation / application of research to optimizing brain, health / function
Colorado State University

Renee Wieszcholek, L.C.S.W.

Senior Staff Counselor – iTEAM

Education/Training:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

Professional Interests:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Personality Disorders
Trauma
Exposure & Response Prevention for OCD
Relationships / Interpersonal Issues
Anxiety & Mood Disorders

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Academic Year Clinicians

Tami Anderson, CSU Heatlh Network

Tami Anderson, M.S.

Academic Year Counselor

Education:

  • Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

Professional Interests:

  • Relationships (dating, marriage, pre-marriage, family, systems, family of origin)
  • Cultural and Cross-Cultural Transitions (acculturation and re-entry) and Intercultural relationships
  • Third Culture Kids
  • International and Graduate Student Challenges
  • Leadership Development
  • Personal and Existential Identity
  • Spirituality
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga for Physical and Mental Health
  • Moving Forward in Loss
  • ADHA/ADD
Becka Ashcraft, Counselor, Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Becka Ashcraft, M. Ed., NCC, LPCC

Academic Year Staff

Education/Training

  • Master’s in Counseling and Human Services, University of Idaho
  • Peace Circle Through Restorative Practice, Thompson School District
  • Peace for Kids, Center for Anti-bullying and Non-violence

Professional Interests:

  • Group facilitation
  • Outdoor therapy
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Conflict resolution/mediation
  • Mindfulness
  • Family Leadership Training, CSU Extension
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Sally Bodkin

Academic Year Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Will be updated soon!

Professional Interests:

  • Will be updated soon!
Marcy Clark, LCSW Counselor, Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Marcy Clark, LCSW

Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Master of Social Work, Colorado State University
  • Master of Arts, Interpersonal Communication, Western Michigan University

Professional Interests:

  • Health Care
  • Homelessness
  • Addiction
Dee Colembini, CSU Heatlh Network

Dee Colombini, M.A., LPC, LAC

Academic Year Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Professional Interests:

  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Anxiety
  • Body image/eating disorders
  • Co-dependency
  • Depression
  • Existential issues
  • GLBTQ
  • Grief and loss
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma
Karen Dickason, CSU Heatlh Network

Karen S. Dickason, MSW, LCSW, CEAP

Academic Year Staff Counselor

Education/Training

  • Masters in Social Work, San Diego State University
  • Bachelors of Arts in Social Work, Colorado State University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional

Professional Interests

  • Mood disorders
  • Women’s issues
  • Self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Bereavement
  • Couples and interpersonal/relationship issues
Colorado State University

Galina Hazanov Lahav

Academic Year Counselor

Rebecca Hoke

Rebecca Hoke, MSW, LSW

Education / Training:

Masters of Social Work, University of Illinois-Springfield, Springfield, Illinois

Professional Interests:

Mood Disorders
Interpersonal Relationships
Mindfulness
Addictions
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Group Therapy

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Cyndi Hurd, LCSW

Academic Year Counselor

Lori Loeb

Lori Loeb, MA

Academic Year Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Professional Interests:

  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Women’s Issues
  • Life Transitions

Rachel Lucas, LPC

Academic Year Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Updated Information Coming!

Professional Interests:

  • Updated Information Coming!
Jeri Newlin

Jeri Newlin, M.S.

Academic Year Counselor

Education/Training:

  • Master of Science, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Professional Interests:

  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Military
  • Men’s issues
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • GLBTQ
  • Grief
  • Sex therapy
  • Trauma
  • Women’s issues 
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Corey Nielsen, MSW

Academic Year Counselor

Education / Training:

MSW, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional Interests:

Depression / Anxiety
Existentialism / Spirituality / Religion
Marginalized Identities
Non-traditional Students

Vanessa Rose Paz

Vanessa Rose Paz, M.A.

Education / Training:

Masters of Arts, Counseling & Guidance, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Professional Interests:

Feminist Therapy
Relationships
First Generation Students
Relationship Violence & Sexual Assault
Stress Management
Depression
Mindfulness

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Laura Templet, MSW

Academic Year Counselor

Laura Whitcomb, MA, NCC, Counselor,  Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Laura Whitcomb, M.A.

Education / Training:

Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

Professional Interests:

Grief & Loss
Family of Origin Issues
Life & Developmental Transitions
Stress Management
Career Development
Organization & Time Management
ADHD
Women’s Issues
Relational Aggression

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Clinicians in Training

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Erik Aguilera, BA

Masters Counseling Intern

Education/Training:

Professional Interests:

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Mallory Almengual, BS

Beginning Practicum Trainee

Education / Training:

Professional Interests:

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Keiran Bissell, BA

Masters Social Work Intern

Keiran Bissell, B.A.

Masters Social Work Intern

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Science – Xavier University
  • Master of Social Work Candidate- Colorado State University

Professional Interests:

  • Mindfulness
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual/Romantic Orientation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma and PTSD
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Rachel Brenner, MS

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Education/Training:

  • Ph.D. Candidate – Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University
  • Master of Science – Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University
  • Bachelor of Science – Psychology, University of Florida

Professional Interests:

  • Interpersonal / relationship concerns
  • Self-compassion and mindfulness
  • LGBTQ students
  • Identity exploration
  • Masculinity and men’s issues
  • Career counseling
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Andrew Brimhall, M.A.

Doctoral Psycholgoy Intern

Education/Training:

  • Master of Arts – Counseling Psychology, Alliant University, Mexico City, Mexico

Professional Interests:

  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual issues
  • Substance use
  • Gender & sexual minority students
  • International students
  • Racial & ethnic minority students
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Alan Burd, M.Ed.

Masters Counseling Intern

Education/Training:

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Colorado)
  • Bachelor of Arts- Spanish, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
  • Master of Education – School Administration, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Master of Arts Candidate – Clinical Mental Health, Naropa University

Professional Interests:

  • Identity Issues
  • Sexuality & Gender
  • Existentialism
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Nature of Consciousness
  • Connection & Relationship
  • LIFE! 🙂
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Stephanie Carter, B.S.

Masters Counseling Intern

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Science – Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Master of Education Candidate- Counseling & Career Development, Colorado State University

Professional Interests:

  • Alcohol & other drugs
  • Eating & body image concerns
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Chronic health issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Searching for meaning
  • Mindfulness
Colorado State University

Jessie Charbonneau, MA

Postmasters Fellow

Education/Training:

  • Nationally certified counselor
  • Master of Arts- Clinical and School Counseling, University of Northern Colorado

Professional Interests:

  • Childhood trauma
  • PTSD
  • Addiction and substance use disorders
  • Sexual / romantic orientation concerns
  • Gender identity
  • Transgender issues
  • Racial / ethnic issues
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Tracy Close, BA

Masters Counseling Intern

Education / Training:

BA, Sociology, Colorado State University
MA Candidate, Counseling & Career Development, Colorado State University
PAVE/PAAL Certified

Professional Interests:

Marginalized identities
LGBTQIA
Retention strategies
Holistic approach
Career and academic counseling
Motivational Interviewing
Existential, solution-focused

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Melissa Londoño Connally, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education / Training:

PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Professional Interests:

Culturally Diverse Populations
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Eating and Body Image Concerns
Self-Compassion
Trauma
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Analeigh Dao, BA

Beginning Practicum

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Professional Interests:

  • Positive psychology
  • Gender issues
  • Racial & ethnic issues
  • International students
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Jenn Geiman, B.A.

Advanced Practicum

Education / Training:

Bachelor of Arts – Applied Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
PhD Candidate – Counseling Psychology, University of  Northern Colorado

Professional Interests:

Multicultural Counseling Competencies
Sexual and Gender Minority Populations
Military Populations
Agnostic and Atheist Populations

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Garyn Gulbranson, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education / Training:

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

Professional Interests:

Family Issues & Interpersonal Relationships
Couples Counseling
Trauma & Abuse History
Masculinity & Men’s Issues
Student Athletes
Issues of Identity & Identity Development

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Austin Hamilton, MA

Advanced Practicum

Education / Training:

Professional Interests:

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Kiauhna Haynes, M.S.

Post-Masters Fellow

Education / Training:

Masters of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Professional Interests:

Women of Color
Anger
First Generation Students
Women Re-Entering the Workforce

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John Herman, MS

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Master of Science- Clinical Psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Ph.D. Candidate – Community Psychology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Professional Interests:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Family of origin and family dynamics
  • Existential concerns
  • Trauama
  • Dream explanation
  • Rural concerns
  • Couples and group therapy
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Chloe Hinton, BA

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Education / Training:

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Zachary Lattanzio, BA

Advanced Practicum

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Psy. D. in progress, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Professional Interests:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • ACT
  • FAP
  • Radical behaviorism
  • Values-based models
  • Multicultural issues
  • Substance use, dual disorders
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Ping-Tzu Lee, PhD,  LSW

Advanced Training Counselor

Education / Training:

PhD in Social Work, Colorado State University
Graduate Academic Certificate in Counseling

Professional Interests:

Sexual Orientation
Self-relations Issues
International Students

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Matt Oberdorfer, B.A.

Practicum Student

Education / Training:

Professional Interests:

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Nicole Olivas, MS

Graduate Student Assistant

Education / Training:

Master of Science – Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University

Professional Interests:

Interpersonal Relationships
Trauma
Women’s Issues
Group Therapy
Depression/Anxiety
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Body Positivity
Couples Counseling

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Jessa Plattner, B.A.

Advanced Practicum

Education / Training:

PhD Candidate in Psychology, University of Denver

Professional Interests:

Multicultural Counseling
Trauma
Social Anxiety
Mood Disorders
Suicide Prevention
Interpersonal Relationships

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Kaitlyn Reed, BA

Beginning Practicum Trainee

Education/Training:

Professional Interests:

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Veronica Scherbak, BA

Beginning Practicum

Education / Training:

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver

Professional Interests:

Gender issues
Interpersonal relationships

Veronica Scherbak, BA

Beginning Practicum

Education / Training:

Professional Interests:

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Micah White, BA

Graduate Student Assistant

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Professional Interests:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Spirituality
  • Substance use