Staff Counselor, Consultant to Athletics Department (Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Licensed Psychological Associate in North Carolina Education: Bachelor's of Art, Princeton University
Masters in Clinical Psychology, Appalachian State University Internship: New River Behavioral Healthcare
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Heidi has worked at the ASU Counseling Center in varying capacities since 2004 and comes from a background in community and school-based mental health, where she learned to appreciate working in integrated, interdisciplinary health services settings. Heidi works with a wide range of issues, including depression and suicide, trauma, anxiety, women’s issues, eating concerns, and relationship and attachment problems, and is particularly interested in the connection between mental health and nature. Heidi has a strong passion for working with underserved and marginalized populations and currently co-facilitates the Transgender Therapy Group at the Counseling Center. For the past 2.5 years, Heidi has served in a new role as the primary liaison between the Counseling Center and the Athletics Department, which she views as its own cultural entity.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Heidi has a holistic, collaborative approach to therapy. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, primarily drawing from humanistic, interpersonal process, and relational-cultural and feminist perspectives. Heidi frequently incorporates mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral techniques into her work. She has a strong belief in every person's capacity for growth and healing and views her role as therapist as creating an affirming, inclusive space to foster change and potential.
Personal Interests: Heidi cherishes spending time with her family and loved ones, especially going on outdoor adventures with her husband and two children. She is an avid runner, cyclist, and skier and takes any opportunity to get out in the mountains of the High Country. Heidi is also a keen traveler and especially enjoys experiencing different cultures. In her quieter moments, she enjoys yoga, reading, and gardening.
Jacob Cooper, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Student-Athlete Services Coordinator (Pronouns: he, him, his) Doctorate Program: Counseling Psychology - Sport and Performance track, Boston University Doctoral Internship: Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville N.C.
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Jacob's approach is based within the integrative model and can best be described as client-centered, collaborative, and trauma-informed. To this end, he strives to consider the unique culture and lived experiences of each client, and draws from theory rooted in interpersonal and existential psychology. He values working from a strength-based perspective and deploys a variety of empirically-based therapy modalities, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help clients reach their goals.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Jacob has specific training and experience in Sport and Performance Psychology and has worked with athletes at the college and professional level over the course of his career. Additionally, he has a strong interest in Military Psychology, having worked with military personnel prior to their deployments as well as veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
Personal Interests: Jacob enjoys training for, competing in, and watching any and all forms of athletics. He also enjoys cross-cultural travels, adventures in the wilderness, spending time with his wife and family, and strives to do at least one thing a day that scares him a little.
Scott A. Dula, (LCSW)
Referral Coordinator (Pronouns: he, him, his)
Bachelor's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Appalachian State University,
Masters in Social Work from Appalachian State University with a concentration in Individual/Family Counseling.
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Scott likes to utilize "Strengths Based Perspective" to meet students where they are in their college journey, and assist them in connecting with community resources that will best meet their needs. In addition, he incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral therapy into his Individual Therapy practices when working with students.
Personal Interests: Scott enjoys anything outdoors, time with his family, video games, and traveling to new places.
Christopher Hogan, Ph.D.
Director (Pronouns: he, him, his)
Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina Doctorate Program: Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University Doctoral Internship: Appalachian State University
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Chris has a particular interest in the relationship between physical and mental health, men's issues, mindfulness, research in clinical settings, and program evaluation.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Chris is respectful of each individual and focuses on the development of the whole person. He integrates interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral therapy into his work with students, while also emphasizing a client-centered, mindfulness, and multicultural approach.
Personal Interests: In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family; sports and exercise, whether it be heading to the gym, hiking a trail, or watching a game on T.V.; traveling and exploring new places; and the challenges of learning how to do new home improvement projects.
Julie Keys, Psy.D.
Associate Director/Clinical Director/Coordinator of Emergency Services/Contract Staff Coordinator, Master's Training Coordinator (Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina Doctorate Program: Clinical Psychology, University of Denver Doctoral Internship: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Julie works with a wide variety of concerns, but has a particular passion for working with trauma, sexual assault, identity development, LGBTQ issues, and emotion regulation difficulties. She has a strong interest in and passion for helping individuals explore their intersecting identities and the ways in which they move through the systems in place in the community and in the world. In addition to this, she also enjoys group therapy, supervision, and training.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Julie’s approach to working with clients is collaborative and integrative. Her approach is multicultural, trauma-informed, rooted in interpersonal therapy, and draws from existential, mindfulness-based, and Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT) modalities. She values the unique nature of each individual, as well as their values, goals, and strengths.
Personal Interests: In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, reading good books, and watching puppy videos on YouTube.
Leslie Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Director/Director of Training/Co-Coordinator of Mental Health Ambassadors (Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina Doctorate Program: Counseling Psychology, Auburn University Doctoral Internship: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Leslie’s areas of interest include the training and supervision of new and emerging professionals. She also enjoys career counseling, working with non-traditional students, and helping students who are navigating identity-related and developmental concerns. Leslie is passionate about prevention and outreach efforts, and loves working with the Appalachian State Mental Health Ambassadors, a program she co-created.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Leslie’s approach to working with clients is collaborative, and she prefers a holistic integrative approach to treatment that incorporates cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, existential, and client-centered techniques. Leslie recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy and tries to tailor her interventions to each client’s unique needs and preferences. The value of authenticity is appreciated and modeled in Leslie’s therapy sessions.
Personal Interests: Leslie’s interests and hobbies include playing pranks on her co-workers, spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, armchair traveling, magic, and robots. Okay, she’s not really into magic and robots, but she does love to read five books at once, listen to good music, and spend money on shoes.
Matthew C. Morgan, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist Doctorate Program: La Salle University Doctoral Internship: Immaculata Consortium: Belmont Behavioral Hospital Outpatient Program
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: 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.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: 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. Matt’s 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.
Personal Interests: Matt enjoys spending time with friends, absurdity and nonsense, creating and performing music, team-oriented video games, learning, exercise, and cooking.
Brooke Powers, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Outreach Coordinator (Pronouns: she, her, hers) Doctorate Program: Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University Masters Program: Masters in Counseling and Counselor Education, Indiana University Bloomington
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Brooke enjoys working with college students with a variety of presenting concerns and identities, but has specific training, experiences, or interest working with concerns with domestic violence/interpersonal violence, trauma, those who are looking to grow and learn healthy relationship skills, LGBTQ+ or queer identified students, and eating disorders. Brooke is especially passionate about group therapy, prevention, and outreach in efforts to decrease stigma around seeking help for mental health concerns. Brooke is part of the Eating Concerns Treatment Team for the Counseling Center.
Approach to Counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Brooke's approach tailors to her client's wants and needs and is rooted in an integrative model that embodies client-centered, trauma-informed, interpersonal, feminist, and strengths-based work and sometimes pulls from empirically-based modalities, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Brooke approaches work with clients with an intersectional awareness and openness in order to honor cultural differences and uniqueness when tailoring clinical approaches.
Personal Interests: Brooke enjoys spending time with her partner and two dogs, getting moving and active, buying and caring for houseplants, cooking, and almost anything DIY!
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
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: 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.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: 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.
Personal Interests: Gayatri enjoys learning about new cultures and their cuisines, traveling, baking, writing, gardening, listening to music, reading, meditating, and painting.
Ashley R. Wilson, Psy.D., HSP-P
Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Eating Concerns Treatment Team (Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina Doctorate Program: Clinical Psychology, University of Indianapolis Doctoral Internship: University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Student Counseling Center
Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Ashley comes to ASU with a background in health psychology and has trained in university counseling, hopsital settings, and community mental health. She is especially passionate about work with trans* students, queer-identified students, students of color, and students struggling with other issues of marginalization. Ashley has specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders and coordinates the interdisciplinary Eating Concerns Treatment Team for the Counseling Center.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Ashley takes a holistic approach to treatment, but above all, believes that change begins with the client-therapist relationship. Working from a Gestalt perspective within a multicultural framework, her therapy style is heavily relational with an emphasis on power dynamics and their impact on interpersonal process. She frequently incorporates experiential and body-focused interventions with techniques from cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and emotion-focused therapies. Ashley strives to work collaboratively to facilitate holistic healing and well-living for all of her clients.
Personal Interests: Ashley's favorite place to be is outdoors with her husband and daughter- especially if it involves hiking or camping. To quench her creative side, she also loves baking, gardening, and woodworking. Her favorite pastime, however, is teaming up with her daughter to raise swallowtail butterflies in their backyard.
Office Manager (Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Personal Interests: As a native of Florida, Dawn enjoys camping, boating, kayaking, and reading a good book. She loves spending time with her family. Dawn states that "I miss the beach and the feel of the sand between my toes."
Sammy L. Hartley, B.S.
Systems Administrator, Titanium Schedule System Administrator, Webpages Administrator
(Pronouns: he, him, his) Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, History, Appalachian State University
Personal Interests: Among Sammy's interest are spending time with family and friends, learning new concepts, ideologies, and methodolgies in a number of fields, history, music (all forms), guitar, photography, art, reading, sports, television, and working with computers and various software programs. He enjoys doing research and the creative part of the writing process.
The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma. Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.