Counseling Center

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Counseling Center Staff

Clinical Staff
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Mark Perez-Lopez, Ph.D.

Director of Counseling Center

Responsible for overseeing the general administration of the Counseling Center and University Testing Services.  He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas.  His theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive behavioral and his treatment methods are also guided by principles of interpersonal process and multicultural competence.  Dr. Perez-Lopez serves as a site visitor for several professional organizations and provides guidance about accreditation standards for training programs in psychology.  His main area of clinical specialization is eating disorders and other areas of interest include working with first responders, risk and threat assessment, and supervision and training.   

Presentation Topics:  How to help a distressed student, Crisis Response and Risk Assessment, Trends in College Mental Health, and Eating Disorders.

Michelle Deinish, Staff Counselor

Michele Deinish, M.S., LPC, NCC

Staff Counselor- In Harmony Programs Coordinator

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, Training Coordinator

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.

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Rebecca Rampe, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist - Outreach Coordinator


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-worth, relationships, disordered eating/body image, family of origin concerns, gender identity, and mindful self-compassion.

Presentation Topics:  Self-Compassion, Emotional Fitness, Anxiety/Depression Management, Healthy Relationships, Expressing Your Emotions, Body Image, Working with students in distress, Managing Conflict, Time/Stress Management, Alternatives to Hazing within student groups, Gender Constructs, 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

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

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, and Suicide Prevention.


Dr. Christine Silva, PostDoc

Sonaly Silva, Psy.D.

2018 Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Silva earned her Master’s and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Western Carolina University’s Counseling and Psychological Services prior to coming to UNCW.  Sonaly has a special interest in working with international students (acculturation issues), race-related stress, grief and loss issues, men’s issues, LGBTQ issues, students with developmental disabilities, and students with identity development concerns. Sonaly is a strong advocate for social justice and equity, and her approach to student concerns includes using a multicultural framework and catering to the individual student’s needs. Furthermore, Sonaly has enjoyed presenting at several national and international conferences, and has presented on topics related to diversity issues, global health and wellness, intimate partner violence, alternative sexualities, and immigration issues. Outside of work, Sonaly enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with her family, friends and other loved ones.

Presentation Topics: Minority issues, Anxiety and Depression management, LGBTQ issues, cross-cultural psychology, intersectionality.


Andrea Straughter, MSW, LCSW-A

Staff Counselor

Andrea provides counseling and consultation services to individual students.Andrea works primarily from the models of strengths-based solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. She loves to incorporate art activities and relaxation strategies into treatment. Her interests include empowering her clients, relationships, anxiety, and managing life's everyday stressors. Andrea received her Master's degree in clinical social work from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
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Chae Kwak, MSW, LCSW-C

Staff Counselor

 Chae provides individual counseling.  Chae’s primary interest involves personality development, major mental illness and substance use disorders.   Chae believes in empowering individuals to develop better understanding and insight. Chae is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Social work and completed an advanced post graduate training from the Baltimore-Washington Institute of Psychoanalysis.  Prior to move to Wilmington, Chae was the Director of the Maryland Physician Health Program where he assisted physicians with various conditions that may impact their ability to practice medicine in a safe and competent manner. Chae also worked at Johns Hopkins out-patient psychiatry and the Faculty/Staff and Student Assistance Program at Johns Hopkins University.    


Ron Galloway, M.A.Ed.LPCA, NCC

Staff Counselor

Ron provides counseling and consultation services to individual students. Ron uses an eclectic approach to therapy, using solution-focused techniques, as well as cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral informed therapeutic approaches. Ron enjoys working with the college population. Some of his specific interests include assisting students with issues concerning anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, multicultural issues, problem-solving skills, and career guidance. Ron is an alumnus of UNCW, and he received his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Administrative Staff
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Tammy Haraga


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


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