Current Trainees

Frank Alford, Master’s Level Intern

B.A. (2000) Religious Studies, North Carolina State University

I came to NCSU originally study engineering, but left to pursue my musical passions. After touring nationally and recording for international release, I came back to State and completed a degree in Religious Studies. I am now pursuing a Masters in Social Work to enhance my work with individuals using a holistic perspective. I believe deeply in people and strive to support them in identifying their strengths, abilities, values, and assets. My goal is to assist others as they work towards gaining peace, fulfillment, and meaning in their lives. In addition to being a musician, I am a basketball player and coach. I enjoy supporting others as they learn about themselves through playing music and sports.

Interests include: Career development concerns, academic issues, alcohol or substance use issues, addiction issues (including pornography, internet, gaming, etc.), obsessive issues, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, spiritual concerns, etc.

Jametta Billy, Master’s Level Intern

B.A. (2012)Women and Gender Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

My interest include women’s issues, eating disorders, low self esteem, body image issues, anxiety, depression, and postpartum depression.

Maxwell Brooks, Doctoral Psychology Intern

MPsy (2015) Psychology, The George Washington University

Interests include: Young adult populations, racial dynamics, identity formation, relationship issues and family concerns. I am interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy, using the therapy relationship as a tool for addressing symptoms, but am also flexible in catering treatment to the unique needs of my clients.

Shivani Chudasama, Post-Masters Fellow

MSW (2016) Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

My wide variety of clinical interests include identity exploration, multicultural issues, trauma, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation issues, interpersonal and relationship concerns, and grief. I draw on a range of techniques including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and body-based healing practices. As a clinician and yoga instructor, I take an integrative and holistic approach with clients. I work to understand clients’ experiences and guide them in the process of deepening their self-awareness and reaching their goals.

Sarini Ettigi, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.S. (2007) Clinical Psychology, Loyola College in Maryland

My clinical interests include Mindfulness and Breath-work, South Asian American cultural experiences, multicultural awareness, and identity development.  Therapeutically I work from an existential and mindfulness based orientation and incorporate breathing and guided meditations in counseling.

Rachel Helscher, Post-Masters Fellow

M.A. (2015) Counseling, Eastern Michigan University

My interests include outreach programming, creative expression, crisis intervention, and working with college students on interpersonal issues, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, and depression. My approach to therapy draws from a Person-Centered approach while integrating techniques from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Creative Expression.

Lauren Jensen, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.S. (2014) Clinical Psychology, California Lutheran University

Lauren is currently a doctoral student at California Lutheran University where she is completing her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. Her clinical experiences include working with survivors of intimate partner violence, at-risk middle school students in a violence intervention program, and college students in a diverse community college setting. Lauren’s areas of interests include interpersonal relationships, trauma, mindfulness practice, testing and assessment, and transitional life issues. She primarily practices from a psychodynamic orientation but also integrates cognitive behavioral and humanistic techniques into her practice. Lauren enjoys working with diverse and under-served populations and providing advocacy and outreach for those whom she works with.

Rose S. Jerome, Post-Masters Fellow

M.Ed (2015) Clinical Mental Health Counseling, NC State University

Betsy Kelly, Post Masters Fellow

M.A. (2016) Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Appalachian State University

I aim to help people empower themselves through a creative, compassionate, and collaborative process that builds upon individual strengths while developing awareness of the systemic influence of environment and social and cultural factors. My integrative approach to counseling focuses on connecting people with resources that support growth, change, and healing, and equips them to create the life they want. I particularly enjoy working individually and in groups with people navigating loss and transition, which may include grief, trauma, and concerns about identity, relationships, and family. I frequently engage expressive arts and body-mind practices in therapy, and I feel passionate about multiculturalism and the wellness of student activists.

Sarah Leclerc, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.S. (2014) Clinical Psychology, University of La Verne

I have a profound fondness for both research and therapy; both allow me to understand individuals’ behaviors on various levels. With regards to research, I seem to gravitate towards how sex roles impact individuals’ behaviors and well-being. And as a clinician, I tend to utilize feminist, humanistic, and psychodynamic theories as a way to conceptualize clients’ issues. I’m also interested in helping clients cope with sexual trauma, and finding ways to prevent sexual assault.

Sam Pranger, Post-Masters Fellow

M.S. (2015) Mental Health Counseling, Western Carolina University

My interests include family-of-origin issues, identity development, childhood trauma, LGBTQ issues, depression, and anxiety. My approach is eclectic but typically draws from relational-cultural, gestalt, and psychodynamic therapies. I also enjoy integrating nature and metaphors into therapy.

Luke Strawn, Master’s Level Intern

B.S. (2015) Psychology, The University of Central Florida

Luke Strawn is currently a 2nd-year M.Ed. student in the Counseling Education program at NC State University. He obtained his B.S. from the University of Central Florida where he studied Psychology, Forensic Behavior, and Crime, Law, and Deviance. Luke participated in research regarding couples relationship education in order to assess and improve relationship satisfaction. Luke’s areas of interest include LGBTQ+ populations, co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse counseling. Luke utilizes a person-centered approach in order to assist clients on an individual basis.

Alex Thompson, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.S. (2014) Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas

Alexandra is a Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas (UNT). She received her M.S. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College prior to beginning her doctoral career. Past practicum placements include Moses Cone Behavioral Health hospital child/adolescent unit, UNT Psychology Clinic, UNT Counseling and Testing Services student counseling center, UNT Texas Academy of Math and Sciences student counseling services, and the Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence student athlete counseling services. Her research interests include examining prevalence and factors related to prevalence of disordered eating behaviors in collegiate athletes. Clinically, she aims to develop a growth-oriented relationship characterized by trust, empathy, and mutuality with her clients, and will also integrate cognitive and behavior-based techniques to improve one’s current circumstances. She also has particular interests in working with athletic teams, athletes, and performers.

Vanessa Wells, Master’s Level Intern

B.A. (2014) Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Interests Include: Multiculturalism and diversity, positive psychology, relationship issues, eating disorders and body image, and increasing knowledge and awareness of mental health in communities. My theoretical orientation is integrated and holistic, pulling from Gestalt therapy, some Reality therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy.