Counseling Center

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Counseling Center Staff

Clincal Staff
Dr. Lynne Reeder, Director

B. Lynne Reeder, Ph.D.

Director
reederl@uncw.edu

Lynne is responsible for all aspects of the Counseling Center: budget management; policy development and implementation; public relations; and personnel. In addition, she provides counseling to students, conducts outreach programs and engages in consultations with the campus community.

Presentation Topics: Counseling Center Services; Transition to College; How To Refer a Student for Counseling / Successful Referral Strategies; Dealing with Distressed Students; Managing Cultural Differences; Role of the Mentor in Graduate School; Stress Management; Time Management

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Gene Edwards, PhD

Assistant Director

EdwardsG@uncw.edu

Michelle Deinish, Staff Counselor

Michele Deinish, M.S., LPC, NCC

Staff Counselor- In Harmony Programs Coordinator

deinishm@uncw.edu

Michele provides counseling to individuals, groups, and couples. She also coordinates the Counseling Center's In Harmony Programs- workshops and programs that emphasize the importance of balancing the mind, body, and spirit. Her areas of interest include mind-body-spirit initiatives, stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, meditation, and assisting students with living a balanced, passionate, and meaningful life. Michele obtained her Master's degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland.

Presentation Topics: Mindfulness & Meditation, Heart-Centered Breathing, Getting a Good Night's Sleep, Managing Your Emotions, Self-Esteem, Distress Tolerance, Progressive Relaxation, Life in Balance, Stress & Anxiety Management, and Counseling Center services.

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Amy Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Staff-Psychologist, Traininng Coordinator

cavanaugha@uncw.edu

Amy is the training coordinator of the postdoctoral fellowship program at the Counseling Center. Amy's training philosophy is grounded in the belief that training and supervision are about helping clinicians develop a joy of counseling, understand themselves as culturally competent therapists, conceptualize and apply theory, improve critical thinking, and promote lifelong passion for counseling and continued education. She also provides individual, couples, and group counseling services; consults with members of the campus community; and enjoys developing and implementing outreach programs. Amy received her Counseling Psychology PhD from Western Michigan University.

Training Topics: Amy presents on a variety of training topics including careers in college counseling centers, development of cultural competency, navigation of professional journeys, identity development as a licensed psychologist, supervision of counseling, formation of a student affairs professional identity, and implementation of self-care.

Presentation Topics: Healthy relationships, stalking, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, eating disorders and disordered eating, health at every size, body image, fat talk, stress, mindfulness, assertiveness skills, social justice advocacy, and LGBTQIA concerns.

Rebecca McConn, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist - Outreach Coordinator

mcconnr@uncw.edu

Becca is responsible for coordinating the outreach programs for the Counseling Center. She also provides individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for students, presents programs on various topics, and collaborates with campus groups. She obtained her doctoral degree from Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta and completed her pre-doctoral internship at The College of William and Mary counseling center. Her approach to therapy involves the integration of interpersonal, dynamic, and cognitive theories. Her areas of interest include: self-esteem, relationships, family of origin concerns, identity development, and self-soothing behaviors/self-management.

Presentation Topics: Self-Management, Emotional Fitness, Anxiety/Depression Management, Healthy Relationships, Expressing Your Emotions, Body Image, Self-Esteem, Working with students in distress, Managing Conflict, Time/Stress Management, Hazing, Healthy sleep habits, Adjustment to college, CC services, and Managing Perfectionism .

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Erika McCullough-Simpson, M.A., LPA

Staff Counselor - Clinical Resources Coordinator

SimpsonE@uncw.edu

Erika provides counseling and consultation services to individual students. In addition, she is responsible for connecting students with off-campus referrals and coordinating community resources. Her interests include trauma, anxiety and stress, depression, and self-esteem. She obtained her master's degree in clinical and community psychology from UNC Charlotte.

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Phillip Sharp, Ed.D.

Staff Psychologist, Web & Technology Coordinator

QPR Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator
sharpp@uncw.edu

Phillip provides counseling and consultation to individual students. He presents workshops available for student groups and provides consultation to faculty, staff and administrators regarding student mental health and behavior.

Additionally,he is also the web & technology coordinator and the coordinator for QPR, suicide prevention training.

Dr. Sharp obtained his doctorate from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.


Presentation Topics: How to recognize Sexual Addiction, Men and Emotions, Anxiety Management, Stress and Time Management, Students With Disabilities.

Dr. Leia Charnin

Leia Charnin, PhD

Staff Psychologist

CharninL@uncw.edu

Leia provides individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for students, presents programs on various topics, and collaborates with campus groups. She obtained her doctoral degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling and Student Development and her post-doctoral fellowship at Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, with an emphasis on the treatment of trauma-related symptoms.  Her approach to therapy involves the integration of interpersonal, dynamic, and cognitive theories within a multicultural framework. She views therapy as a collaborative process and appreciates the uniqueness of every individual. Her areas of interest include: identity development, diversity issues, sexual orientation, trauma, grief and loss, relationships and family, and training and supervision. 

 Presentation Topics: Distress Tolerance, Emotional Wellness, Mindfulness, Anxiety/Depression Management, Healthy Relationships, Body Image, Sexual Assault, Interpersonal Violence, Self-Esteem, Managing Conflict, Healthy Sleep Habits, Adjustment and Transitions, Communication Skills, Diversity Issues, Social Justice Advocacy, and LGBTQ+ Issues.

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Lindy Lotz, PsyD

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2016-2017

LotzL@uncw.edu

Lindy provides counseling to individuals, groups, and couples. Her areas of interest include long-term mental illness, decreasing the stigma of mental illness, promoting mental health, psychological well-being, mindfulness, and outreach. Her approach to therapy involves cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal theories. She obtained her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Admininstrative Staff
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Tammy Haraga

Receptionist

haragat@uncw.edu

Tammy is the office assistant & receptionist for the university Counseling Center.

Jessica Fulford, Office Manager

 Jessica Fulford

Office Manager

FulfordJ@uncw.edu

Jessica is the office manager for the Counseling Center.