Counseling Center

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Counseling Center Staff

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Gene Edwards, PhD

Interim Director

EdwardsG@uncw.edu

Gene is responsible for leadership and oversight to the Counseling Center’s community engagement efforts: outreach, faculty and staff consultation, professional continuing education, supervision, clinical cultural competency, and faculty/staff and student training on various mental health topics. He also provides individual, group, and couples counseling to students. He received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from New Mexico State University. He also is a contributor to staff professional development as an advocate for the application of clinical treatment that is culturally sensitive and attentive to the client’s individual and cultural differences. His theoretical orientation is an integration of culturally competent counseling interventions, NTU therapy, interpersonal process therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused and shame resilience approaches.  

Presentation Topics: Introduction to Counseling Center Services; Student and Parent transitions to College; How to utilize counseling center services, Becoming Men of Conscience, Self-Defense, Enhancing Multicultural Education in the Classroom, Cross-Cultural Conflict Simulations, Understanding worldview, cultural identity, and acculturation, Stress and Anxiety Management for Athletes, Time Management and Personal Values Workshop for Athletes, Campus Connect: Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers, Black Masculinity, Psychological concerns in the African American Community, Healthy Relationships,  Culturally Competent Mentorship, Classism, and Conflict Mediation

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 Rampe, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist - Outreach Coordinator

ramper@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.

Picture of Doctor Phillip Sharp, psychologist, web and technology coordinator, QPR suicide prevention training coordinator

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, Group Program Coordinator

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.

Admininstrative Staff
Picture of Tammy Haraga, Counseling Center Receptionist

Tammy Haraga

Receptionist

haragat@uncw.edu

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

Jessica Fulford, Office Manager

 Jessica Fulford

Office Manager

fulfordj@uncw.edu

Jessica is the office manager for the Counseling Center.