Counseling & Psychological Services Center Staff

Clinical Staff

Ms. Heidi Campbell

Heidi Campbell, M.A.

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 roles 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, womens 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 for many years co-facilitated the Gender Spectrum Therapy Group at the Counseling Center. Heidi was involved in the early development of a formal relationship between the Counseling Center and the Athletics Department, to improve access to services for student-athletes. More recently, Heidi has become interested in mental health training at the community level for prevention and reduction of stigma.

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.

Dr. Jacob Cooper

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.

Mr. Scott Dula

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.

 
Dr. Chris Hogan

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.

 
Dr. Julia Keys

Julie Keys, Psy.D.

Associate Director/Clinical Director/Coordinator of Emergency Services/Contract Staff 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.

Dr. Leslie Martin

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 and co-coordinates with Dr. Brooke Powers.

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.

Dr. Matt Morgan

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. 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.

Personal Interests: Matt enjoys spending time with friends, absurdity and nonsense, creating and performing music, team-oriented video games, learning, exercise, and cooking.

Ms. Fengdi Pei

Fengdi Pei, LCMHC

Staff Counselor
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina
Graduate Program: Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wake Forest University
Graduate Program: Master of Science, Global Health, Duke University

(Spoken Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese)

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Fengdi has experiences in providing individual counseling and group counseling for adults on a variety of mental health issues in behavioral health clinics and community mental health settings. Some of her interested areas include working with students struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and severe and persistent mental illnesses, and students in minority groups (LGBTQ students, international students, racial and ethnic minorities etc.).

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Fengdi’s approach is eclectic, built upon person-centered approach and therapeutic relationship. Fengdi conceptualizes from a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual-Developmental framework. Fengdi draws interventions from a variety of approaches, such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Experiential Therapy.

Personal Interests: Fengdi loves practicing martial arts, nature, animals (especially dogs and goats), authentic Chinese food, spending time with friends and spending time outdoor.

Dr. Brooke Powers

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!

Ms. Emma Robinson

Emma Robinson, M.A., LCMHCA, NCC

Staff Counselor
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Graduate Program: Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Body-Centered Therapy concentration and Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling, Appalachian State University
Master's Internship: Lees-McRae College Counseling Center; Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Emma enjoys working with students with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship concerns, adjustment/transitional stress, and identity formation. She is passionate about supporting individuals of diverse identities who are seeking personal change and growth, and she has particular interest in supporting students with LGBTQIA+, first-generation, or other marginalized identities. Emma's professional and research interests include multicultural counseling, working with survivors of domestic/interpersonal violence, attachment, and healthy interpersonal functioning.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Emma approaches counseling from a collaborative, integrative, and multicultural perspective. She hopes to create a warm, nonjudgmental and compassionate healing environment for her clients that fosters wellness, cultivates personal growth, and encourages whole-hearted living. Emma's approach is rooted in person-centered, strengths-based, and holistic counseling. She also utilizes cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and body/mindfulness-based interventions.

Personal Interests: In her free time, Emma enjoys running, cooking, Pilates, creating music, spending time with loved ones, and binge-watching reality TV shows.

Dr. Gayatri Titus

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

(Spoken Languages: English, Hindi)

 

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.

Ms. Adriana Varela-St.Clair

Adriana Varela-St.Clair, M.A., LCMHCA, NCC

Staff Counselor
(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

(Spoken Languages: English, Spanish, Italian)

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: 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.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: 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.

Personal Interests: Adriana enjoys music, drag shows, travel, and attempting to read through the New Yorker each week.

Dr. Ashley Wilson

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.

Support Staff

Ms. Dawn Jarrett

Dawn Jarrett

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 Hartley

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.

Doctoral Interns

Ms. Yuliya Mykytyn

Yuliya Mykytyn, M.A.

Doctoral Psychology Intern
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Doctorate Program: Clinical Psychology, Florida School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University

(Spoken Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian)

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Yuliya has experience working with college students with a variety of presenting concerns, including identity development, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and stress management. Other areas of interest include working with survivors of trauma, first-generation students, international students, coping with adjustment to college, self-care, and mindfulness.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Yuliya's therapeutic approach is integrative in nature with main focus on her client's needs and goals. She integrates evidence based approaches, such as Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as client-centered, trauma-informed, and interpersonal processing models. Yuliya honors her clients' unique identities and experiences by providing an authentic and supportive environment in session.

Personal Interests: In her free time Yuliya enjoys spending time with friends and loved ones, trying out new baking recipes, exploring new places, reading and watching horror movies.

Ms. Victoria Todd

Victoria Todd, M.S., M.Psy.

Doctoral Psychology Intern
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Doctorate Program: Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University
Master’s Program: Clinical Psychology, Barry University

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: In addition to her interest in sports psychology, Victoria deeply values working with Black and other traditionally marginalized individuals from specific communities like first-generation immigrants and multicultural students adjusting to Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). She has experience working with a broad range of concerns including depression, anxiety, identity development, and trauma. As a former performing artist, she is also passionate about the mind-body relationship, ways to enhance athletic performance through therapy, and mental performance coaching.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Victoria’s approach to therapy is warm and inviting with the intent of allowing the alliance to form authentically. She uses a psychodynamic approach that incorporates the use of interpersonal relationships and realizes that it is a privilege to help clients overcome their struggles. Victoria likes to follow the client’s lead and uses their strengths to foster empowerment. She realizes that humor is an important tool and collaborates with clients to simultaneously build insight and achieve therapy goals.

Personal Interests: Victoria loves to engage in self-care, whether it is exploring new restaurants, watching YouTube tutorials, or taking naps. She labels herself as an “orange juice connoisseur” and enjoys a healthy balance between reality tv and other shows like Insecure. Victoria is a proud fan of the Miami Heat and achieves her cardio goals by window shopping.

Ms. Katie Whitley

Katie Whitley, M.A.

Doctoral Psychology Intern
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Doctorate Program: Clinical Psychology, Spalding University

 

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Katie enjoys working with college students experiencing a variety of presenting concerns and has history working in the areas of identity exploration and life transitions, trauma, sexual assault, depression, suicide, grief, anxiety, familial/romantic/friend relationship concerns, exploring attachment style, building self-compassion, and addressing difficulties with communication and boundary setting. Katie is passionate about working with underserved and marginalized groups and brings discussions of power, privilege, and oppression into the therapeutic relationship. Katie identifies as a white, cisgender, heterosexual, and able bodied female and acknowledges she holds multiple privileged identities. She looks forward to meeting new people and learning more about them and their intersectional identity factors that may be similar to and different from her own.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Katie's approach to therapy is rooted in building warm and trusting relationships in order to foster openness, authenticity, collaboration, and respect between herself and her clients.Her theoretical orientation integrates humanistic, interpersonal, and psychodynamic approaches and she loves incorporating mindfulness as well. Katie enjoys drawing from other orientations as well including CBT and ACT because she recognizes each client is unique and may need services that are tailored specifically to their needs. Katie believes each client is an expert on themselves and their own lived experiences and she feels honored to have clients trust her with their stories.

Personal Interests: Katie has a personal interest in the relationship between nature and mental health, she loves being outdoors and hikes often. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats. Katie has a big sweet tooth and loves to bake and share her baked goods with loved ones.

Post Master's Fellows

Ms. Sammi Brown

Sammi Brown, M.A., LCMHCA, NCC

Post-Masters Resident
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Master’s Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Marriage and Family concentration and Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling, Appalachian State University
Masters Internship: Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Sammi enjoys working with students with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, familial concerns, trauma, identity exploration, and others. She is committed to supporting diverse identities and exploring intersectionality for those who are seeking increasing awareness of their experiences, growth, self-compassion, and personal change by offering a safe and supportive space. Sammi is specifically interested in supporting students with LGBTQIA+, first-generation, or other marginalized identities.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Sammis approach is tailored to each client's experience by utilizing inclusive collaborative and integrative approaches. She hopes to instill a courageous space that is authentic, trustworthy, and empowering where clients can explore their goals while identifying their strengths for promoting change. Sammis style typically stems from strength-based and person-centered modalities, with an eclectic blend of interventions.

Personal Interests: Sammi enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going on walks, visiting the Greenway, petting dogs, caring for her succulents, and shopping at TJ Maxx.

Ms. Julia Padgett

Julia Padgett, MSW, LCSW-A

Post-Masters Resident
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Masters Program: Masters in Social Work from Appalachian State University with a concentration in individual/family counseling
Masters Internship: Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Julia enjoys working with students with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship concerns, familial concerns, survivors of trauma, and eating concerns. Julia has a particular interest in the relationship between physical and mental health, connecting students to campus and community resources and decreasing the stigma around seeking help for mental health concerns. Julia is committed to supporting students with diverse identities offering a safe and supportive space that honors cultural differences and experiences.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Julias approach tailors to each clients wants and needs through an integrative model that encompasses a strength-based, client-centered, trauma informed, and interpersonal frameworks. She utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness, and body-focused interventions. Julia values courage and authenticity and wants to create a safe space to work collaboratively with students towards their healing and growth while recognizing that counseling can feel hard and awkward at times.

Personal Interests: Julia enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, being outdoors, capturing photos of authentic moments and nature, strives to keep her plants alive and enjoys target retail therapy.

Part Time Adjunct Staff

Ms. Territa Chambers

Territa Chambers, MA, LCMHC

Adjunct Counselor
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Doctorate Program: Health Psychology, Northcentral University
Master’s Program: Master's in Christian Counseling, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Territa has worked with multiple variations of presenting concerns and populations. Therrita enjoys working with individuals with transitional concerns, identity exploration, systemic issues, adjustment issues, multicultural, diversity, inclusion and equity, eating concerns in minority populations. Territa has expertise in working with trauma anxiety.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Territa's approach to counseling is rooted in Whole Person/Integrative care, driven by person-centered, Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and Experiential Models to counseling.

Personal Interests: Territa enjoys spending time with her husband and three young adult sons, reading academic and inspirational books, and trying new restaurants with close friends.

Mr. Blake Crooks

J. Blake Crooks, M.A., LCMHC-A, NCC

Adjunct Counselor
(Pronouns: He/him/his)
Master’s Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling with certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling, Appalachian State University

 

 

Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Although Blake enjoys and has experience in working with a variety of presenting concerns, he has particular interest in supporting students with LGBTQIA+, first-generation, or other marginalized identities. He also appreciates supporting students to develop self-compassion, connect to their values, increase awareness of the relationship between their experiences, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and process difficult experiences from the past.

Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: At heart, Blake works from a person-centered perspective that is collaborative and relationship-based, values and strengths-focused, and social justice-oriented. Blake utilizes an integrative approach that is influenced by components of and includes skills from Person-Centered, Acceptance and Commitment, Dialectical Behavioral, Post-Modern, and Cognitive Behavioral therapies. Additionally, he works to include a lens that is trauma-informed and acknowledges the influence of systemic marginalization, intersectionality, and social injustices.

Personal Interests: In his free time, Blake enjoys spending time with loved ones, going for walks and hikes, playing Nintendo video games, catching up on tv shows, listening to pop music, and reading.

Emergency Services

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.

For additional resources see our Emergency Services page.

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