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.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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
Brea Banks, Senior Staff Psychologist, Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Brea M. Banks, Ph.D., L.P.

Senior Staff Psychologist

Education/Training:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Professional Interests:

  • Inclusion & Diversity Issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disabilities
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
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
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
Colorado State University

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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Jen Laxague, L.P.C.

Senior Staff Counselor

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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
Colorado State University

Faith Brandt

Academic Year Staff Counselor

Education and Training:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Master of Education and Human Resource Studies, Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University

Professional Interests:

  • Mindful self compassion
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Stress solutions
  • Meditation
  • Spirituality
  • Solution-focused
  • Positive psychology
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
Jenny Hawkins, Academic Year Counselor, Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Jenny Hawkins, LCSW

Academic Year Counselor

Education/Training

  • Masters in Social Work, Portland State University

Professional Interests

  • Childhood trauma and attachment issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spiritual/Religious Abuse
  • Relationship Violence
  • Family of Origin issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Cross-cultural transitions
  • International students
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
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 
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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Carrie Pinsky, CSU Heatlh Network

Carrie Pinsky

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Clinicians in Training

Emily Barbot, Masters Counseling Intern, Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Emily Barbot, BA

Masters Counseling Intern

Education/Training:

M.A. Candidate, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adams State University
B.A., English, Western State College of Colorado
B.A., Psychology, Western State College of Colorado

Professional Interests:

Existential / Humanistic
Interpersonal Issues
Gestalt Therapy
Spirituality
Mind-Body Connection
Family Conflict
Trauma
PTSD
Women’s Issues
Relationship Violence & Sexual Assault
Anxiety
Depression

Shari Black

Shari Black, MA

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Education / Training:
Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, Auburn University
MA, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota

Professional Interests:
Relationship & Interpersonal Issues
Spirituality
First Generation Students
Women’s Issues
LGBTQQIA+
Multicultural / International Students
Eating and Body Image Concerns

Ashley Boynton, Doctoral Psychology Intern, Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Ashley Boynton

Doctoral Psychology Intern

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John Brooks

Masters Counseling Intern

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:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal and relationship concerns
  • Life transitions
  • Existential issues
  • Family of origin concerns
  • LBGTQ
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Melissa Connally, M.S.

Predoctoral Psychology Intern

Education / Training:

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

Professional Interests:

Disordered Eating / Body Image
Self-Compassion
Culturally Diverse Populations
Trauma
LGBTQIA / GSRM
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Dorothy Demers, M.A.

Post-Masters Fellow

Education / Training:

Master of Arts, Counseling, University of Colorado-Denver, Denver, Colorado

Professional Interests:

Personal Growth
Substance Use
Gender Issues
Cultural Issues
Chronic Illness
Life Transitions

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Celia Fulco, BA

Practicum Student

Education/Training:

BA, Psychology, Spanish, Social Justice, University of Minnesota

Professional Interests:

Depression
Interpersonal Issues
Post-Traumatic Growth
Health & Wellness
Mindfulness
Women’s Issues

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Anna Gibson, M.A., LPCC

Advanced Practicum Student

Education / Training:

Psy.D. (in progress), University of Denver
M.A., University of Denver
B.A., Psychobiology, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Interests:

Relationships
Organizational Psychology
Leadership Development
LBTIQ
Career Counseling

Crystal Gutierrez

Crystal Gutierrez, BS

Graduate Student Assistant

Education / Training:

B.S., St. Mary’s College of California

Ph.D. Candidate, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional Interests:

Alcohol & Other Substances
Gender / Women’s Issues

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Rachel Haug

Advanced Practicum

Education / Training:

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Northern Colorado

B.A., College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN

Professional Interests:

Sexual Diversity
Women’s Issues
Identity Development

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Ping-Tzu Lee, Ph.D.

Masters Social Work Intern

Education / Training:

Ph.D., Social Work, Colorado State University
Graduate Academic Certificate in Counseling with a focus on child counseling and play therapy

Professional Interests:

Identity Issues
Culturally Diverse Issues
Self-relations
Interpersonal Issues

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Jessica Morse, MA

Practicum Student

Education/Training:

Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, Colorado State University
MA, Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
MA Educational Psychology, University of Colorado Denver
BS, Psychology, Tulane University

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Corey Nielsen, BSW

Masters Social Work Intern

Education / Training:

BSW, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
MSW, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional Interests:

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

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Nicole Olivas, B.A., B.S.

Practicum Student

Education / Training:

B.A., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
B.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional Interests:

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Eating Disorders and Body Image
Trauma
Interpersonal Relationships
Anxiety / Depression

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Jeffrey Paul, BA

Advanced Practicum Student

Education / Training:

Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
B.A., Psychology, Union University

Professional Interests:

Relationships / Interpersonal Issues
Men’s Issues
Identity Development
LGBTQ
Religious / Spiritual Concerns
Family of Origin Concerns

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Grace Peterson, BA

Practicum Student

Education / Training:

Ph.D. Candidate, Colorado State University
B.A., Luther College, Decorah, IA

Olivia Rios, Doctoral Psychology Intern, Colorado State University Health Network, September 20, 2016

Olivia Ríos, M.A.

Predoctoral Psychology Intern

Education / Training:

Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.A., Counseling & Guidance, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
B.A., Psychology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Professional Interests:

Mindfulness
First Generation Students
Women’s Issues
Sexual Health
Eating Disorders
Survivors of Physical & Sexual Violence

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Joey Smith

Practicum Student

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Elizabeth Sokolowski

Graduate Student Assistant

Education / Training:

B.A., Philosophy, Creighton University

Professional Interests:

Trauma
Body Image & Eating Concerns
Chronic Illness
Grief
Gender & Sexual Diversity
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion

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Jacquelyn Watson, BA, BS

Masters Counseling Intern

Education / Training:

MA Candidate, Clinical Mental Health, University of Northern Colorado
BA, Psychology, University of South Florida
BS, Behavioral Healthcare w/ Concentration in Adult Community Services, University of South Florida

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Micah White, BA

Practicum Student

Education/Training:

BA, Psychology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Professional Interests:

Spirituality
Anxiety
Depression
Interpersonal Relationships