We are located in DePaolo Hall on the second floor in the west side of the building in Room 2079.


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Counseling Center Staff

Clincal Staff  
Dr. Lynne Reeder, Director of the UNCW Counseling Center

B. Lynne Reeder, Ph.D.


Lynne is responsible for all aspects of the Counseling Center: budget management; policy development and implementation; public relations; and personnel. In addition, she provides counseling to students, conducts outreach programs and engages in consultations with the campus community.

Presentation Topics: Counseling Center Services; Transition to College; How To Refer a Student for Counseling / Successful Referral Strategies; Dealing with Distressed Students; Managing Cultural Differences; Role of the Mentor in Graduate School; Stress Management; Time Management


Robert McNamara, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Clinical Services



Rob is primarily responsible for managing the clinical services provided by the Counseling Center. In addition, he has some responsibilities for the oversight of the clinical training program as well as for assisting with overall Counseling Center administration and staff supervision. Rob also provides counseling for students, outreach programming, and consultation for the campus community. Rob received his PhD from Colorado State University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Virginia Tech Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center.

Presentation Topics: Substance Use Concerns, Anxiety and Depression, Sleep Difficulties, Stress Management, Men’s Issues, Counseling Center Services, Referring Students for Counseling

 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, Traininng 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.


Rebecca McConn, 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-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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Morgan Lewis, M.S.W., LCSW

Staff Counselor

Morgan provides general, short term counseling to invividuals and couples. His primary interests are in issues related to substance abuse/chemical dependency, family of origin, anger management, domestic violence, military affairs and cultural/ethnic diversity.

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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, Stress and Time Management, Students With Disabilities.

Laura Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2014-2015



Laura is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Counseling Center and provides individual, couples, and group counseling for students as well as outreach programs to the campus community. Laura’s work utilizes a supportive, warm, and collaborative relationship with clients to foster change in whatever area they are seeking help. Her particular areas of interest include friend, family, and romantic relationships and concerns; men’s issues; grief and loss; and multicultural counseling. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Denver and has worked at the Metropolitan State University of Denver Counseling Center and the University of Idaho’s Counseling and Testing Center. Laura is pleased to return to her native East Coast and excited to work with the students of UNCW.

Fatima Wasim, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2014-2015



Fatima Wasim is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Counseling Center. She is a national certified counselor) and has a wide range of clinical and supervision experience. She currently provides individual and group therapy to students for a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, grief, depression, relationship issues, and adjustment related concerns. Fatima brings with her extensive experience in providing counseling for a variety of issues including stress management, anxiety, depression, career dilemmas, and relationship concerns.  As part of her training, Fatima has provided therapy services at community mental health centers and university counseling centers. Her counseling style reflects relational-cultural and mindfulness based approaches which integrate cognitive, emotional, and spiritual aspects of well-being.

She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and her Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, Atlanta Ga. She also earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2014. Her professional areas of interest include cross-cultural interactions, psychology of women, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, group process, acculturation/international issues, designing outreach programs, working with marginalized/minority populations, interpersonal violence, presenting at national conferences, and mindfulness based practices.  She is currently a member of American Psychological Association (APA) and Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA). Her personal interests include traveling with her family and friends, cooking, hiking, photography, scrapbooking, and experimenting with her creative skills through crafting and event planning/decorating.

Admininstrative Staff  
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Tammy Haraga



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

Gina Speight, Office Manager

Gina Speight

Office Manager

Gina provides administrative assistance for the Counseling Center and University Testing Services.


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