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 Spring 2020 semester Let's Talk counselor consultants:
Gayatri Titus, Ph.D.
Staff Counselor, Coordinator of Multicultural Services
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina
Doctorate Program: Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
Doctoral Internship: Family Therapy Clinic, Texas Tech University; Department of Family Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Post-doctoral Fellowship: Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Primary Care, Department of Family Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Gayatri has training as a marriage and family therapist and also in the field of medical family therapy working with people from different cultural contexts and countries. Some of the areas of interest include multicultural sensitivity, mindfulness and meditation, dealing with health related issues, coping with stress, life transitions, cultural adjustment, grief and loss, self-care, emotional well-being, self-esteem, communication, relational issues and helping people achieve a better balance in life.
Gayatri is collaborative in her therapeutic approach and is interested in helping people discover and celebrate their uniqueness, gifts, and strengths so as to create more happiness and joy in their lives and relationships. She enjoys helping people figure out what their dreams are and how they can achieve them.
J. Blake Crooks, M.A., LPCA, NCC
Post Masters Fellow
(Pronouns: he, him, his)
Graduate Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling with certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling, Appalachian State University
Graduate Internship: Counseling & Psychological Services Center, Appalachian State University
Although Blake enjoys working with a variety of presenting concerns, he has particular interest in supporting students that identify as LGBTQ+, first-generation, and/or other marginalized groups. Blake, as a first generation student and member of the LGBTQ+ community himself, hopes to maintain an inclusive practice that considers the impact of systemic oppression of marginalized groups.
At heart, Blake works from a person-centered perspective by viewing each student as capable of growth when guided with empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness. He believes that clients are the experts of their experiences and views the stories they share as being true and valid. Blake also holds interest in using self-compassion, post-modern, emotion-focused, and acceptance and commitment techniques when supporting students.
Let's TeleTalk 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.