The counselor consultants are mental health professionals who are employed by the Counseling & Psychological Services Center and work in that setting as well as working at Let's Talk locations. Check out the bios of the Fall 2021 semester Let's Talk counselor consultants:
Adriana Varela-St.Clair, M.A.
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina, National Certified Counselor
Graduate Program: Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wake Forest University
Masters Internship: Counseling Services, University of North Carolina School of the Arts --->
Adriana enjoys working with college students with a variety of concerns. She is especially interested in helping students experiencing challenges with anxiety, stress, depression, eating concerns, and substance use, as well as issues related to gender and sexuality. She is also passionate about finding ways to bring counseling services to underserved and marginalized students.
Adriana integrates several therapeutic approaches in her counseling practice. She uses a person-centered approach that incorporates mindfulness, solution-focused approaches, and techniques from Motivational Interviewing and cognitive therapies. She focuses on meeting each client where they are, working to center their unique experiences and identities in order to empower them in reaching their goals.
Matthew C. Morgan, Psy.D.
Doctorate Program: La Salle University
Doctoral Internship: Immaculata Consortium: Belmont Behavioral Hospital Outpatient Program
Matt has experience working in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, and college counseling centers and has worked with most varieties of psychological distress and illness. He has particular interests in mindfulness-based interventions and psychosis, but believes that all varieties of psychological distress inform aspects of the human experience.
Initially, Matt focuses on building understanding and appreciation of others experience, and drawing out the processes which contribute to distress. After mutually acceptable consensus is reached, he will likely encourage informed and relevant experimentations in self-awareness practices, daily habits, and styles of interaction. Matts primary training is in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-oriented treatment approaches, and is informed by a variety of perspectives, including evolutionary, psychodynamic, existential and transpersonal.
Let's Talk visits are never reported on a student's official university record.
We don't want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let's Talk counselor consultant.