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Carlos J. GomezWelcome to the University Counseling Center website!

Here you will find information about our services and staff, as well as information about our training program, campus resources and crisis management. There are also links to self-help tools for students and general mental health information.

The college years can be filled with new and enriching experiences but can also present challenges which may interfere with your academic progress and emotional well-being. The University Counseling Center (UCC) is here to help you overcome challenges, attain your life goals and enhance your personal growth. Our goal is to help you make the most of your years here at FSU.

We invite you to explore this website and take advantage of the many services and resources of your University Counseling Center. Thank you for visiting the UCC!

Carlos J. Gomez, Ph.D
Director of the Counseling Center


Carlos J. Gomez

Carlos J. Gomez, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Director

Areas of Interest: Interpersonal and Relational Development, Group Theory and Process, Training and Supervision, Personality Development, Psychopathology, and Diversity Concerns.
Education: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, University of Miami.
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with an emphasis on Existential and General Systems Theories
Professional Affiliation: American Psychological Association, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors


Donald L. English

Donald L. English, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Associate Director

Areas of Interest: Working with student-athletes, Psychological Assessment, Psycho-Education, Men’s issues, Depression and Anxiety
Education: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Memphis, M.S. Clinical Psychology, Loyola University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, General Systems and Constructivist Approaches
Professional Affiliation: American Psychological Association


Joshua M. Gross

Joshua M. Gross, Ph.D., CGP, ABPP, FAGPA
Licensed Psychologist

Director of Group Programs

Areas of Interest: Group and Family Psychology
Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, California School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles
Theoretical Orientation: Adlerian Psychology
Professional Affiliation: Fellow, American Academy of Group Psychology; Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association; Distinguished Psychologist, Florida Psychological Association; Diplomate in Group Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology; National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists; National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology; Certificate of Professional Qualifications in Psychology, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

Josh identifies as a psychologist, father, husband, amateur musician, and raconteur.


Susan Recinella

Susan Recinella, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist (FL and GA)

Director of Training

Areas of Interest: Trauma and Recovery, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief and Transitions, and Supervision and Training
Education: Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Nova University
Theoretical Orientation:Integrative, Interpersonal, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Professional Affiliation: Florida Psychological Association

Dr. Recinella spends her time in the area of social justice, and enjoys singing, visiting the beach, and traveling.


Christina Church-Hillman

Christina Church-Hillman
Budget & Human Resources Manager

Areas of Responsibility: Christina oversees the completion of all Financial and Human Resource related activities. As Budget Manger Christina works closely with the director to ensure sound business practices. Christina leads three support staff members in being a welcoming team at the University Counseling Center’s front desk.

Christina is a Tallahassee Native who embodies the spirit of southern hospitality. She has worked in the private sector for both for-profit and non-profit groups before joining the Florida State University Community. Outside of FSU, she is an active member of the PTO and Leon Swimming & Diving Boosters as a mother of three student-athletes she spends much of her time at a ball field or on a pool deck.


Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Eating Disorder Treatment Team Co-Coordinator

Areas of Interest: Multicultural Counseling, Coping with Medical/Health Issues, Trauma and Empowerment, Relationship Issues, Students from Non-Traditional Family Structures, Anxiety, Depression, International Students
Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, La Salle University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, using Cognitive, Behavioral, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic Therapies within a strong Multicultural framework
Professional Affiliation: American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45 of the APA), National Register of Health Service Psychologists


Yvonne Langdon-Maduekwe

Yvonne Langdon-Maduekwe, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Training Director, Liaison to CARE Program

Areas of Interest: Relationship issues, Trauma and Recovery, Life Transitions, Self-esteem, LGBT, Family of Origin, Diversity Concerns, and Supervision and Training.
Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Howard University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative w/ a focus on Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Multiculturalism, Family Systems, and CBT

 


Jessie Spraggins Rochford

Jessie Spraggins Rochford, MS, ATR, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Art Therapist

Eating Disorder Treatment Team Co-Coordinator

Areas of Interest: Women’s and Gender Issues, Eating Disorders, Body Image, and LGBTQ students
Education: M.S., Art Therapy, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation:Humanistic and Existential Theory with an integration of Solution-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
Professional Affiliation: American Art Therapy Association and Secretary of the Florida Art Therapy Association


Sue Shapiro

Sue Shapiro, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, DBTC

Coordinator of Noles CARE 

Areas of Interest: Relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, Grief and Sadness, Anxiety and Social Fears. Psychoeducation with a focus on learning to cope more effectively –e.g., gaining insight, increasing the ability to regulate emotions, communicate effectively, tolerate stress without making it worse, mindfulness and biofeedback
Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with a focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal, Family Systems and Psychodynamic


Jaymee Spannring

Jaymee Spannring, MBA

Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Active Minds Advisor

Areas of Interest: Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Awareness, Stress Management, and Training.
Education: MBA, Benedictine University; B.S. St. Catherine University; Certificate in Instructional Design, Stout University

Jaymee enjoys playing sports and staying active, baking, exploring Tallahassee, and spending time with friends and family.

 


Ilese A. Weingarten

Ilese A. Weingarten, LCSW, CAP
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Addiction Professional

Alcohol and Other Drug Programs Coordinator, RENEW Supervisor, Liaison to Dean of Students Case Management Services

Areas of Interest: Women’s Issues, Alcohol and Other Drug Concerns, Addictive Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Family Concerns
Education: MSW, Clinical Social Work, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral , Family Systems, Solution-Focused, and Motivational Interviewing
Professional Affiliation: Certified Addiction Professionals of Florida and Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach

Ilese enjoys reading, going to the beach, yoga, scrap-booking, and photography.

Mary Ballard

Mary Ballard, LCSW
Mental Health Specialist

Liaison to Student Veteran Center

Areas of Interest: Trauma and Recovery, Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting
Education: Master’s in Social Work (MSW), Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation:Integrative, with aspects of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Client-Centered; Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, and Psycho-analytical approaches.
Professional Affiliation: National Association of Social Workers; Association for Play Therapists

Mary enjoys the outdoors; water activities (sailing); movies; Zumba, travel and time with her family, friends and dogs.


Kadie Ann Bourgoin

Kadie Ann Bourgoin, Ed.S., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Areas of Interest: Mindfulness; Anxiety/Stress reduction; Depression; Biofeedback; Family of Origin issues; Eating Disordered behaviors & Body Image concerns; Identity development; Self- esteem issues
Education: M.S. and Ed.S., Counseling and Human Systems, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: A holistic, solution focused approach to therapy with influences of Positive Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and a Family Systems approach.
Professional Affiliation: American Mental Health Counselors Association


Madalyn Conetta

Madalyn Conetta, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Liaison to Victim Advocate Program

Areas of Interest: Anxiety, Depression, Managing Stress, Couples, Trauma and Recovery, Grief & Loss, Identity Development, Perfectionism and Interpersonal Relationship Concerns
Education: MSW, Clinical Social Work, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with a focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy influenced by Client-Centered, Solution-Focused and Motivational Interviewing approaches

Madalyn enjoys doing yoga, reading, singing, dining out, and spending time with family and friends.


Ashley Hammond

Ashley Hammond, M.S., ATR
Registered Art Therapist, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

Liaison to Fraternity and Sorority Life

Areas of Interest: Interpersonal Relationship issues, Stress Management, Identity Development, LGBTQ+ concerns, Self-Esteem, Family of Origin issues, and Self-Care.
Education: M.S. in Art Therapy, Florida State University; B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, University of Albany
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with an emphasis on Person-Centered theory informed by Mindfulness-based, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Psychodynamic approaches. 
Professional Affiliations: American Art Therapy Association

Ashley enjoys going to the beach, making art, exploring Tallahassee, and kayaking.


Naoya Izawa

Naoya Izawa, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Liaison to Center for Global Engagement (International Students)

Areas of Interest: Working with International Students, Developmental Issues such as Identity, Self-Esteem, Relationships, and Supervision
Education: Psy.D. Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, University of Hartford
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with emphasis on Client Centered, Existential, Solution-Focused approach, and Positive Psychology
Professional Affiliation: Florida Psychological Association

Naoya is fluent in Japanese. Naoya enjoys playing golf, bike riding, and watching world soccer games.


Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Eating Disorder Treatment Team Co-Coordinator

Areas of Interest: Multicultural Counseling, Coping with Medical/Health Issues, Trauma and Empowerment, Relationship Issues, Students from Non-Traditional Family Structures, Anxiety, Depression, International Students
Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, La Salle University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, using Cognitive, Behavioral, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic Therapies within a strong Multicultural framework
Professional Affiliation: American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45 of the APA), National Register of Health Service Psychologists


Lindsey Kaempfer

Lindsey Kaempfer, LMHC, BCBA
Mental Health Specialist

Liaison to the Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Committee

Areas of Interest: ADHD, Alcohol and Other Drug Concerns, Trauma and Recovery, Interpersonal Relationships, Self-Identity, anger management
Education: MS in Art Therapy from Florida State University, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Florida Institute of Technology.
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with a focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Client-Centered, and Psychodynamic approaches, and Interpersonal.


Yvonne Langdon-Maduekwe

Yvonne Langdon-Maduekwe, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Assistanct Training Director, Liaison to CARE Program

Areas of Interest: Relationship issues, Trauma and Recovery, Life Transitions, Self-esteem, LGBT, Family of Origin, Diversity Concerns, and Supervision and Training.
Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Howard University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative w/ a focus on Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Multiculturalism, Family Systems, and CBT

 


Annette Peters

Annette Peters, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Stress Management, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Multiculturalism and Diversity, Adjustment to College, Interpersonal Relationships, and Identity Development
Education: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Northern Colorado; B.A in Psychology, Baylor University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with a focus on Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral, Narrative and Multiculturalism
Professional Affiliation: American Psychological Association

Annette enjoys running, hiking, biking and spending time outdoors. She also loves traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Kenya Urcuyo Rich

Kenya Urcuyo Rich, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Liaison to Student Veteran Center

Areas of Interest: Stress management, trauma, eating disorders, multiculturalism and diversity, adjustment to college, relationship issues and EMDR therapy
Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Miami
Theoretical Orientation: Primarily Cognitive-Behavioral informed by psychodynamic and interpersonal approaches
Professional Affiliation: American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association

During her free time, Kenya loves to spend quality time with her family. She also enjoys attending cultural events in the community, practicing health and fitness like running and yoga, and dancing Salsa and Flamenco.


Jessie Spraggins Rochford

Jessie Spraggins Rochford, MS, ATR, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Art Therapist

Eating Disorder Treatment Team Co-Coordinator

Areas of Interest: Women’s and Gender Issues, Eating Disorders, Body Image, and LGBTQ students
Education: M.S., Art Therapy, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation:Humanistic and Existential Theory with an integration of Solution-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
Professional Affiliation: American Art Therapy Association and Florida Art Therapy Association


Katie Shade DickinsonKatie Shade Dickinson, Ed.S., LMHC
Mental Health Specialist

Areas of Interest: Childhood Adversity, Trauma and Recovery, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Attachment, Women’s Issues, Domestic Violence
Education:  M.S./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative Approach using aspects of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Focused therapy
Professional Affiliation: EMDR International Association, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association

Katie enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, traveling, reading and spending time outdoors.


Sue Shapiro

Sue Shapiro, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, DBTC

Coordinator of Noles CARE 

Areas of Interest: Relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, Grief and Sadness, Anxiety and Social Fears. Psychoeducation with a focus on learning to cope more effectively –e.g., gaining insight, increasing the ability to regulate emotions, communicate effectively, tolerate stress without making it worse, mindfulness and biofeedback
Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with a focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal, Family Systems and Psychodynamic

 


Brittany Thorn

Brittany Thorn, Ed.S., LMHC
Mental Health Specialist

Areas of Interest: Anxiety, Adjustment & Life Transitions, Family Conflict, Interpersonal Relationships, and Anger Management
Education: Ed.S. & M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach including aspects of Solution-Focused, Strengths-Based, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems

Brittany enjoys traveling, photography, baking and spending time with family and friends.


Lindsay Wahila

Lindsay Wahila, LMHC
Mental Health Specialist

Areas of Interest: Stress management and self-care, adjustment issues and anxiety, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, self-esteem and identity, substance abuse concerns, anger management
Education: Master of Science in Art Therapy, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic and integrative, focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Client-Centered and Solution-Focused approaches

 

 


Ilese A. Weingarten

Ilese A. Weingarten, LCSW, CAP
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Addiction Professional

Alcohol and Other Drug Programs Coordinator, RENEW Supervisor, Liaison to Dean of Students Case Management Services

Areas of Interest: Women’s Issues, Alcohol and Other Drug Concerns, Addictive Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Family Concerns
Education: MSW, Clinical Social Work, Florida State University
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral , Family Systems, Solution-Focused, and Motivational Interviewing
Professional Affiliation: Certified Addiction Professionals of Florida and Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach

Ilese enjoys reading, going to the beach, yoga, scrap-booking, and photography.

Doctoral Residents

Joanna Menendez

Joanna Menendez, M.S.
Doctoral Psychology Resident

Areas of Interest: Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma, Multiculturalism, First Generation College Students, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, Psychological Assessments, stress management, outreach and consultation.
Education: B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology, Georgia State University; M.S. in Professional Counseling, Georgia State University
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with a focus on Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy influenced by Client-Centered, Multiculturalism and Interpersonal approaches 
Professional Affiliation: National Latino Psychological Association, American Psychological Association

Joanna enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities like running, hiking, kayaking, and going to the beach. She enjoys exploring new places and attending games and festivals.


Phil Randall

Phil Randall, M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Resident

Areas of Interest: Group Therapy, Couples, Psychoeducation, Interpersonal Relationships
Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology, East Tennessee State University; B.S. in Psychology, Virginia Tech
Theoretical Orientation:Integrative with a focus on Client-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Interpersonal Therapies
Professional Affiliation: American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association

Phil enjoys photography, electronics/computers, working on cars, cooking, fantasy football, and leisurely walks through the mountains. Most of all, he loves spending time with family, friends, and his Corgi named Evelyn.


Beka Gaudet

Beka Gaudet

Administrative Support Assistant

 

 

 

 

 


Cynthia Henry

Cynthia Henry

Administrative Support Assistant

 

 

 

 

 


Debbie Robinson

Debbie Robinson

Administrative Support Assistant

 

 

 

 

 


Jordy Yarnell

Jordy Yarnell

RENEW Coordinator