Current Trainees

Erin Berry, Master’s Level Intern

B.S. Psychology

My approach to social work practice is first and foremost, client-centered. Simply, I believe in the powerful inner strengths that all individuals possess and their profound ability to be successful. While still developing my theoretical framework as a new practitioner, my mindset is extremely positive, nonjudgmental, and focuses on the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual factors that impact all people. Some of my professional interests include resiliency, cultural humility and engagement, and anxiety.

Joseph Burke, Post-Masters Fellow

M.S.W. (2016)

I enjoy helping people with concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts. I’m particularly interested in working with those who feel stuck, uncertain about themselves, or are navigating difficult life changes. My approach involves exploring the role of the past, as well as addressing symptoms in the present using “homework” and exercises. I believe compassion and genuineness are essential traits for a therapist, and enjoy using metaphor and humor in my work.

Jeffrey Campbell, Master’s Level Intern

B.A. (2011)

I find it beneficial to work from a humanistic, strengths-based, perspective when working with clients. I also find that focusing on the interaction between cognitive processes and behavioral processes can be beneficial in working with clients. I am interested in many topics, with the three main areas of interest being work in the field of addiction recovery, family therapy, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Laura Castro, Post-Masters Fellow

M.S.W. (2017)

My areas of interest include ethnic identity development, emerging adulthood, relationship problems, adjustment issues, anxiety, and depression. I ground my work on various theoretical frameworks, such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Through a strengths-based perspective, I aim to work with each student to craft an individual therapeutic experience that aligns with that person’s values, background, and preferences.

Chantal Gil, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.A. (2013)

Chantal is a PsyD student in Clinical Psychology from William James College. She received her MA in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Clinically, she uses relational theory to understand the client’s unique self-experience in the social context to respond with empathy. If appropriate, she also utilizes tools from CBT, DBT, and MI. Her particular clinical interests include disordered eating, trauma, and relationships.

Brooke Harris, Master’s Level Intern

B.A. (2014) Psychology

As a longtime member of the Pack, I received my B.A. in Psychology from NC State in 2014 and am currently in my 2nd year at NC State pursing a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, relationship issues and IPV, LGBTQ+ issues, women’s issues, diversity and multiculturalism, and adjusting to big changes in life. I utilize a Person-Centered approach to work with clients to achieve wellness and better quality of life.

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.

Olga Iefremova-Carson, Post-Masters Fellow

M.S. (2017)

I enjoy working with students and applying my knowledge and skills to help them achieve their goals and live their lives to the fullest. My interests include multicultural issues, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and adjustment difficulties.

Carley Niland, Post-Masters Fellow

M.S. (2017)

I aim to help students feel empowered to address their personal and interpersonal development and to work towards optimum wellness. I approach counseling as collaborative relationship that focuses on the student and their strengths, and I inform the process through the use of integrated theories that include person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and relational-cultural. My primary areas of interest include anxiety, depression, self-acceptance, identity, interpersonal relationships, and trauma.

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.

Manisha Rustagi, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.A. (2011)

My clinical interests include working with people who are experiencing concerns related to trauma, family of origin, interpersonal relationships, intimate partner relationships, racial and ethnic minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, identity formation, adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety, and patterns of personality. In my work, I strive to develop a strong therapeutic alliance, and use an integrative approach that encompasses humanistic and experiential techniques.

Suchita (Suchi) Saxena, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.A. (2016)

I enjoy working with clients on a wide range of concerns, but my primary interests include identity development (LGBTQ+, race/ethnicity, gender identity, etc.), family of origin issues, and trauma. I am a strong advocate in my professional and personal life for the equality of all people. My background is in cognitive-behavioral therapies, but I also use mindfulness, acceptance-based, and other integrative approaches in an effort to help clients achieve growth, healing, and positive life change.

Rachel Smith, Master’s Level Intern

B.A. (2015) Psychology, Grove City College

My goal as a counselor is to be authentic and present with my clients in order to create a genuine counselor-client alliance where we can effectively navigate client concerns. My clinical interests include but are not limited to trauma, eating disorders, addictive behaviors, and identity development, and I currently use an eclectic approach using solution-focused, rational-emotive, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered therapy.

Alex Thompson, Doctoral Psychology Intern

M.S. (2014)

A Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas, Alex is passionate about her work with all students, in which she aims to develop empowering relationships characterized by empathy and acceptance. She has particular interests in working with student-athletes and those with disordered eating/body image concerns, as well as helping students develop unique identities rooted in their value systems.