Counseling Center

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Counseling Center Staff

Staff Bios
Clinical Staff
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Mark Perez-Lopez, Ph.D. LP HSP-P

Director of Counseling Center

PerezLopezM@uncw.edu

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.

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LuAnn Helms, Ph.D. LP HSP-P

Associate Director / Clinical Director

HelmsL@uncw.edu

LuAnn is responsible for coordinating clinical services and assisting the Director in administrative duties. She received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. She conceptualizes clients mostly from the Multimodal Therapy perspective and her therapeutic interventions are eclectic, but predominately cognitive behavioral. Her areas of interest include: resiliency and wellness; identity development; anger, anxiety, and stress management; mindfulness; emotion regulation; relationships; therapist training and supervision; and program development.

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Nancy Blackwell, Ph.D. 

Staff Therapist

blackwelln@uncw.edu

Nancy provides counseling and consultation services to individual students and groups.  She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington and completed her pre-doctoral internship at UNC-Chapel Hill Counseling & Psychological Services.  Nancy takes an integrative, relational approach to therapy that incorporates mindfulness, self-compassion, and cognitive-behavioral techniques, and focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships and sociocultural factors in shaping individual experiences and worldviews.  Nancy’s professional interests include: mindfulness and meditation, identity development, relational concerns, trauma, group therapy, and prevention-oriented outreach. 

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Michele Deinish, M.S., LCMHC, 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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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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Cora Powers, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist - Coordinator for Seahawk Mental Health & Performance

powersc@uncw.edu

Cora provides counseling and consultation services to individual students, couples, and groups. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Student Counseling Center. She uses an integrative strengths-based approach to therapy, conceptualizing from schema and interpersonal theories, while utilizing interventions from emotion-focused, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral theories. Her main areas of clinical specialization are sport & performance and anxiety-related concerns. Other areas of interest include trauma recovery and resiliency, relationships, self-worth, and spirituality.

For more information about Seahawk Mental Health and Performance:

https://uncwsports.com/sports/2020/3/31/seahawk-mental-health-performance.aspx

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Rebecca Rampe, Psy.D., LP HSP-P

Staff Psychologist - Outreach Coordinator

ramper@uncw.edu

Becca is responsible for coordinating, designing, and facilitating 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, identity exploration/intersection, 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, Identity Exploration/Intersection, Alternatives to Hazing within student groups, Gender Constructs, Healthy sleep habits, Adjustment to college, and Managing Perfectionism.

Dara O’ Sullivan, LCSW, LCAS, C-CATODSW

Staff-Counselor

osullivanm@uncw.edu 

Dara provides individual and group counseling. He received a master’s degree in clinical social work at NYU and then completed a 4-year clinical fellowship program at Institute of Gestalt Associates, NYC. His practice is rooted in humanistic principles. He values meeting a client with acceptance and compassion in a collaborative spirit. His approach to therapy is integrative, culturally sensitive, strength-based, solution-focused and supported by best practices. He believes all positive changes (no matter how small) are to be mutually shared as successes on the road towards healing and growth. In North Carolina he is licensed in clinical social worker and as an addiction’s counselor. He has specialized training in the areas of addictive type behaviors (substance use, gaming, internet, gambling ), crisis-intervention, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and first episode psychosis. He also has an interest in complex trauma, intergenerational trauma and identity exploration.

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Winley K, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

winleyl@uncw.edu

Winley provides counseling and consultation services to individual students, couples, and groups. Winley does not use pronouns, instead uses Winley only (i.e., Winley instead of she/he/they). Winley earned Winley’s doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and Winley completed Winley’s pre-doctoral internship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Counseling Center. Winley’s treatment approach draws primarily from Relational-Cultural Therapy and through a Social Justice lens. Winley’s clinical interests include people of color, those who identify as LGBTQI, navigating interpersonal relationships, general trauma and those who have experienced trauma related to holding marginalized identities. Other areas of interest include positive psychology, biological markers of behavior and implicit prejudice, and social value orientation. In Winley’s free time Winley enjoys spending time in nature, watersports, 3-D crystal puzzles, time with family/friends and leisurely reading.

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Ron Galloway, MA.Ed., LCMHC-A, NCC

Contract Staff Counselor

GallowayR@uncw.edu

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.

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Andrea Straughter, MSW, LCSW-A

Contract Staff Counselor

StraughterA@uncw.edu

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.

Administrative Staff
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Tammy Haraga

Office Manager

haragat@uncw.edu

Tammy is the office manager for the Counseling Center.

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Peyton Gootee

Receptionist

gooteep@uncw.edu

Peyton is the receptionist for the Counseling Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.