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James Raper, Ph.DJames Raper, Ph.D.

Director 
NC Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor

Education and Training
Colgate University (B.A., Religion)
Wake Forest University (M.A.Ed., Community Counseling)
Syracuse University (Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision)
Internship: Hobart & William Smith Colleges Counseling Center

Clinical Interests
Suicide assessment and intervention; Identity issues; Family and relationship dysfunction; Crisis intervention; Clinical supervision; Threat assessment and management; Counseling center administration.  I have also served as an adjunct assistant professor in the WFU Department of Counseling.

Counseling Style
My work with clients incorporates developmental, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and mindfulness approaches.  I strive for my clients to experience me as safe, direct, thoughtful, and compassionate.

Personal
I have a great partner and two wonderful sons with whom I enjoy spending most of my time outside of work. I love movies (especially documentaries), music, This American Life, college athletics, photography, and history. I’m attempting to learn how to cook and have yet to send my partner to the hospital with any illnesses as a result of my dishes, so I consider that a success!

I can’t say enough about the amazing mental health professionals at the University Counseling Center and professionals throughout the Division of Campus Life – I consider it a privilege to work with them every day.

Regina Abdou, M.A.Regina Abdou, M.A.

Staff Counselor
NC Licensed Professional Counselor
NC Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
NC Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant

Education and Training
Iona College (B.A., Psychology, Religious Studies minor)
University of Notre Dame (M.A., Counseling Psychology)
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in Training

Clinical Interests
Relationships and attachment, depression, trauma, wellness, creativity and artistic expression, grief and loss, substance and behavioral addictions.

Counseling Style
My therapeutic approach is integrative and transtheoretical. I utilize interventions from psychodynamic, humanistic and relational therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, imago couples’ therapy, somatic experiencing trauma treatment and internal family systems work. Addictions and trauma recovery counseling inform a holistic focus on assisting clients attain a sense of self-awareness, balance and clarity.

Personal
I’m a native New Yorker and in the move to work at Wake Forest, happily joined a majority of family who live in various areas of North Carolina.  I grew up playing competitive sports especially tennis and swimming and now enjoy these leisurely. I rejuvenate through meditation, long walks, spiritual reading, and conversations with my husband, family and friends. When I can retreat, I seek out mountain or ocean and visiting loved ones in NY, San Francisco, Miami and New Hampshire.

Andréa Cantarelli, Psy.D.Andréa Cantarelli, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist & Outreach Coordinator
NC Licensed Psychologist

Education and Training
Miami University (B.A., Psychology and Sociology)
Wright State University (Psy.D., Clinical Psychology)
Internship: Purdue University Counseling & Psychological Services Center

Clinical Interests
I have a special interest in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds including international and first generation students, student-veterans, and LGBTQI students.  Concerns related to acculturation, identity development, minority stress, interpersonal relations, intimate partner violence, psychometric assessment, clinical supervision, and prevention and outreach represent areas of clinical focus.

Counseling Style
My therapeutic framework is rooted in the biopsychosocial model and I often integrate Multicultural and Interpersonal theories to understand the world views of my clients and to incorporate these views into our work. It is my belief that a positive therapeutic alliance is the mechanism of change, healing, and growth. Although I am privileged with fluency in three languages and both believe in and enjoy every opportunity I have to conduct therapy in either one of my foreign languages, I also believe in the healing power of expressive arts therapy and seek to integrate this approach when indicated to meet the needs of my clients.

Personal
I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I first developed my passion for music, dance, the outdoors (especially the beach!), and maintaining a fun and active lifestyle. I have also lived in Argentina, France, Japan, and both coasts of the United Stated including a chunk of time in the Midwest for grad-school. I am a certified search and rescue scuba diver, fitness enthusiast, and a huge Eddie Vedder fan. When I am not at work I can be found spending time with loved ones, exploring new places, listening to live music, working on DIY projects, and sweating it out with cycling and cross-training.

Favorite quote: “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen

Denisha Champion, Ph.D.Denisha Champion, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Programming and Prevention
NC Licensed Professional Counselor

Education and Training
Clemson University (B.A., Communication Studies)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.S., Counseling)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education)
Internship: Wake Forest University Counseling Center

Clinical Interests
Multicultural/Multi-ethnic concerns; Issues affecting students of color; Substance abuse and prevention; Wellness, Mindfulness, and Holistic health; Eating concerns; Family relationships; Counselor education and supervision. The presenting concerns I typically work with include anxiety, depression, family relationship concerns, disordered eating, identity concerns, issues of race and ethnicity, as well as individuals seeking counseling for personal growth and development.

Counseling Style
My counseling style integrates a blend of interpersonal and cognitive behavioral therapy in order to help students explore the connection between their thoughts and emotional experiences. My clinical experience has been primarily college student developmental concerns; and I have also done clinical work in substance abuse outside of the university setting.

Personal
I grew up in South Carolina and love the warmth of the south. When I’m not doing my life’s passion of helping students deal with personal concerns and reach their goals; I can be found dancing it out in a Zumba class,  breathing it out in Bikram yoga,  or at a spa. I love trying to recreate the comfort foods my southern grandmothers made and visiting friends spread across the country.

Orita McCorkle, M.A., M.Div.Orita McCorkle, M.A., M.Div.

Staff Counselor
NC Licensed Professional Counselor

Education and Training
Wake Forest University (B.A., Psychology)
Wake Forest University (M.A. Counseling/ M. Divinity)
Internship: CareNet Counseling, Inc.

Clinical Interests
Interpersonal Concerns, Identity Development and integration, Multicultural Issues, Holistic Wellness, Individual growth and development, Spiritual and existential issues, Depression and anxiety

Counseling Style
I believe that the client-counselor relationship is one of the most important tools in developing a healthy and helpful experience for my clients. Building this relationship is a priority for me in any of the  therapeutic theories that I use. Although my therapeutic approach is flexible, in the most recent past, I have spent a lot of time using Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused Therapy. Although I use these techniques frequently, each client is different and I assess for each individual need in order to provide the best care possible.

Personal
I was born and raised in North Carolina in a small city outside of Charlotte. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with young adults and especially about serving at my alma mater. In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, eating, singing, watching sporting events as well as various artistic performances. I also really love spending time at the beach. I’ve made great memories exploring new activities, experiences and places. I can’t wait to make more great memories here at WFU!

Emily Teague Palmieri, M.S., Ed.S.

Staff Counselor
NC Licensed Professional Counselor

Education and Training
North Carolina State University (B.A., Psychology; Minor, Design)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.S., Ed.S., Couple and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Ph.D. in process, Counselor Education and Supervision, currently A.B.D.)
Internships: Moses Cone Behavioral Health Center; Family Solutions; Presbyterian Hospital Chaplaincy

Clinical Interests
Identity Development, Interpersonal/ Family Relationships, Multicultural Concerns, Attachment, Anxiety, Depression/ Mood Disorders, Spirituality, Existential Issues, Eating Disorders/ Disordered Eating, Sexuality, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Counselor Education and Supervision.

Counseling Style
I strongly believe that the most important component in counseling is the therapeutic alliance and work to hold a warm, affirming space do support the challenging work of therapy. I strive to understand who students are from their frame of reference and cultural context, therefore I use Adlerian and Attachment theories to conceptualize client issues and to understand how we relate to each other and the world around us. In practice, I use person-centered counseling with tools from cognitive behavioral, solution focused, family systems, emotionally focused and existential schools of thought. I believe in honoring student experiences and concerns with transparency, humor, and empathy.

Personal
My ultimate passion is my daughter and family (including my fur-babies), so I spend as much time as possible with them. As a native North Carolinian and farm girl at heart, I love getting dirty and being active outside. When I am not counseling or writing, I can be found exploring the world in all its glory.

Daniel Paredes, Ph.D.Daniel Paredes, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Clinical Services
NC Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor

Education and Training
University of California at San Diego (B.A., Psychology)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.S., Community Counseling)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education)
Internships: Moses Cone Behavioral Health Center; University of North Carolina at Greensboro Counseling and Testing Center

Clinical Interests
College/university counseling; counselor training; crisis counseling; identity development; multi/cross-cultural counseling; substance abuse counseling; technology use in counseling; and wellness. I have served as a visiting assistant professor in the UNC at Greensboro Department of Counseling and Educational Development.

Counseling Style
I identify as an Adlerian with respect to my understanding of how we develop a framework to relate to others and the world in general. In session, I draw heavily from Person-Centered Counseling and cognitively oriented theories (CBT, REBT, Reality Therapy, SFBT). Based on client needs, I also sometimes invite clients to explore existential and spiritual identities as a means to understanding problem etiology and resolution.

Personal
When I am not working, I’m spending time with my wonderful family or indulging my hobbies. I tend to gravitate towards hobbies that lead to concrete results so I like to work on cars, running, and cooking. I acknowledged a long time ago that I am what many would consider a geek – indeed even before it was en vogue to be one.

Ebony Parker, B.A.Ebony Parker, B.A.

Administrative Assistant

Education
Winston-Salem State University (B.A., Gerontology)

Professional
As the Administrative Assistant for the University Counseling Center my goal is to provide additional support and encouragement to the students as well as the counseling staff. I believe that my daily purpose is to ensure that students receive quality service as well as feel welcomed when entering the University Counseling Center.

Personal
I was born in raised in Charlotte, NC; some would say I’m a true Southern Bell! I enjoy my tea sweet and my winters short. Being the eldest of three girls I’ve learned a lot about sacrifice and my own willingness to care for others. I believe that my love for others started at home. I enjoy serving my local community through engaging in many volunteer events focused mainly on aging adults and children. When I’m not working I’m writing poetry ( performing spoken word ), dancing , mentoring youth at my church and spending time with my wonderful husband!

Christine Love Sterk, Ph.D.Christine Love Sterk, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Training
NC Licensed Psychologist

Education and Training
Michigan State University (B.A., Advertising/Psychology)
Western Michigan University (M.A., College Counseling)
Indiana State University (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology)
Internship: University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology

Clinical Interests
Self-esteem and identity development; Anxiety and depression; Sexual assault and trauma; Psychological assessment; Relationship issues; Training and supervision.

Counseling Style
I often tell students to think of therapy as a class for learning more about yourself and developing skills for managing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that can be distressing and disruptive to everyday life.  This approach is based on a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches that allow for exploration of historical causes of current problems in students’ lives and teaching techniques for overcoming these issues in the present day.  My relational style tends to incorporate a lot of humor as well as directness in sharing my thoughts and reactions in a constructive way.

Personal
I am originally from Michigan and have lived in a few other Midwestern states throughout graduate school and beyond, so I am happy to now be living in a place with lots of trees (no more corn fields!) and outdoor recreation.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two cats, hiking, biking, getting creative with scrapbooking or quilting, cooking and baking, and shopping.

Rachel Wilson, B.A.

Administrative Coordinator

Education
Salem College (B.A., History)

Professional
As the Administrative Coordinator for the University Counseling Center, I want to create an environment that is welcoming, helpful and comfortable for students as well as other visitors.

Personal
As a native of Winston-Salem, I enjoy the fun and entertainment this city has to offer as well as the close-knit community feel.  I enjoy reading, crocheting, cooking, arts and crafts, and watching movies with my son.  I also volunteer with the Overflow shelter for the homeless each winter.  I am also an accomplished Moravian chicken pie maker and eater.

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