Location

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

Resources

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Counseling Center Staff

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

B. Lynne Reeder, Ph.D.

Director
reederl@uncw.edu

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

 

 Michelle Deinish, Staff Counselor

Michele Deinish, M.S.

Staff Counselor

deinishm@uncw.edu

 

Michele provides counseling to individuals and couples. She also coordinates and facilitates the Counseling Center’s Meditation program and Skills for Self-Mastery workshops. Her areas of interest include mind-body-spirit initiatives, stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, meditation, and assisting students with living a balanced and meaningful life. Michele obtained her master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland.

 

Presentation Topics: Life in Balance, Stress Management, Mindfulness & Meditation, Heart-Centered Breathing, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep, Managing Your Emotions, Self-Esteem, Grief/Loss, Distress Tolerance, Progressive Relaxation, 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 McConn, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist - Outreach Coordinator

mcconnr@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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Morgan Lewis, M.S.W., LCSW

Staff Counselor
lewism@uncw.edu

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

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, Stress and Time Management, Students With Disabilities.

Laura Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2014-2015

finkelsteinl@uncw.edu

 

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; trauma; 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

wasimf@uncw.edu

 

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 trauma, 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.

 dr. amanda poundstone, postdoctoral intern

Amanda Poundstone, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013-2014

poundstonea@uncw.edu

 

Amanda is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Counseling Center and is part of the training program. She also provides individual and group psychotherapy to students, develops and implements outreach programs, and consults with other members of the campus community. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois and completed her predoctoral internship at Western Carolina University Counseling and Psychological Services. Her areas of interest include stress and anxiety management, depression, identity development, trauma, family of origin concerns, and healthy relationship development.

 

Cynthia Powell, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013-2014

powellc@uncw.edu

 

Cynthia is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Counseling Center. She currently provides individual, couples and group therapy to students while involved with the implementation of university outreach programs.  Her work with students encourages a collaborative approach that emphasizes the strength and resiliency of each individual.  Cynthia brings with her extensive experience in psychotherapy, program development and clinical management in a variety of treatment settings, which have included acute care, crisis intervention, community mental health and university student counseling centers. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania and completed her predoctoral internship at Drexel University. Her areas of interest include interpersonal trauma, grief, relationship issues, anxiety, mood disorders and substance abuse.

Admininstrative Staff  
Picture of Tammy Haraga, Counseling Center Receptionist

Tammy Haraga

Receptionist

haragat@uncw.edu

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

Gina Speight, Office Manager

Gina Speight

Office Manager
speighta@uncw.edu

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

 


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