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James Raper, Ph.D.Raper
Director 
NC Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor

Training
Colgate University (B.A., Religion)
Wake Forest University (M.A.Ed., 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 (interpersonal), cognitive behavioral, 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.
Staff Counselor
NY Licensed Mental Health Counselor
NY Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC Pending)
NY Certified Prevention Professional
NC Licensed Professional Counselor (Pending)

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.

Therapeutic 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.
Staff Psychologist
NC Licensed Psychologist

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 (specially 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

 

ChampionDenisha Champion, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Programming and Prevention
NC Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

 

Rebecca Fogley, Psy.D. Fogley
Staff Psychologist
NC Licensed Psychologist

Training
College of William and Mary (B.A., Psychology)
University of Indianapolis (M.A., Clinical Psychology)
University of Indianapolis (Psy.D., Clinical Psychology)
Internship: University of Rochester University Counseling Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Rochester University Counseling Center

Clinical Interests
Grief and loss; trauma; anxiety; interpersonal concerns; identity development and integration; group psychotherapy

Therapeutic Style
My therapeutic approach is flexible, though rooted in person-centered and psychodynamic theory and technique. I am invested in working with people, not merely problems, and therefore strive to learn about clients’ inner worlds and past and present interpersonal experiences. One of my primary goals is to help people develop nuanced understandings of themselves and others and, in turn, to use this knowledge to respond more effectively to psychological challenges and to enhance their lives.

Personal
I am a native Pennsylvanian and feel at home in the rolling hills of North Carolina. Hiking, playing tennis, and lounging in a hammock are some of my favorite outdoor activities. Call me old-fashioned – I love making playlists for people, playing cards, sending snail mail, and eating Mary Janes. I think play is important regardless of age, and I still delight in trampolines, snowball fights (will it ever snow here?), and good-natured pranks.

 

Katie McBroom, B.B.M.McBroom
Administrative Coordinator

Training
Florida International University (B.B.M., Business Management)

Professional
As the Administrative Coordinator for the University Counseling Center, it is my goal is to create a warm, friendly environment where students can feel safe and welcome.  I aspire to make every encounter with our office be not only helpful for our students, but also pleasant and accommodating.

Personal
I grew up mainly in South Florida; however, I spent several years of my early childhood living overseas in Panama and the Bahamas.  I love to volunteer and am involved in a two major philanthropic organizations that keep me quite busy and involved in the community.  When not indulging my passion for volunteerism, I can normally be found at home, baking up a storm in the kitchen and enjoying the company of my husband and our beloved dog, Dexter.

 

Orita McCorkle, M.A., M.Div.Orita
Staff Counselor
NC Licensed Professional Counselor

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!

 

Heather Patterson Meyer, Psy.D., M.A.T.Meyer
Staff Psychologist
NC Licensed Psychologist (Provisional)

Training
North Carolina State University (B.S., Business Management, Marketing emphasis)
Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology (M.A., Psychology)
Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A., Theology)
Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology (Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Leadership track)
Internship:  Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services

Clinical Interests
Disordered eating and body image, relational struggles, spiritual and existential issues, self-compassion, depression and anxiety, issues related to diversity, identity concerns (particularly the intersection of sexual/gender identity and religious identity), holistic wellness, risk assessment, values clarification and personal growth, as well as career counseling.

Counseling Style
My clinical work is grounded in a relational psychodynamic framework that utilizes a warm, caring therapeutic experience as a vehicle to help the client identify and dissolve obstacles preventing them from moving toward others in healthy relationships.  Additionally, I incorporate empirically-supported approaches (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based interventions) to be flexible and responsive to the unique needs of each client.

Personal
I grew up as part of a military family, so I have lived in more places than I can count at this point.  I was born in San Diego and then completed my graduate program in Pasadena, though, so I am a laid-back California girl at heart.  I love the outdoors and spend my time outside of work taking my adorable little Miniature Pinscher for walks, playing tennis with my wonderful husband, or enjoying conversation with friends out on the patio.  When I’m forced to be inside, though, during the cold winter months, I enjoy baking (I make amazing gluten-free scones) and watching movies.

 

Daniel Paredes, Ph.D.Paredes
Assistant Director for Clinical Services
NC Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor

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 Headshot
Administrative Assistant

Training
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!

 

Anna Leisa Sauser, M.S.Sauser
Staff Counselor
NC Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate

Training
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (B.A., Journalism; B.A., Middle Eastern History)
South Dakota State University (M.S., Counseling)
Internship: The Mood Treatment Center and Salem College Counseling Services

Clinical Interests
Compassion; Mindfulness/Acceptance; Transitions and identity development; Faith and spirituality; International student life; Women’s identities and wellbeing; Grief/Loss; Stress, anxiety and depression; Career concerns. I lead occasional workshops on mindfulness, yoga, and mindful eating.

Counseling Style
I hope to create a supportive, engaging (and maybe even fun!) space for each student. My approach is most closely aligned with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Most of us have had little training in how to work with thoughts, feelings and stress in a way that is congruent with our deepest values, so we are all beginners.

Personal
I’m a certified yoga instructor, and a certified non-snob. I like to run and cross-train. During my college years, I traveled a lot, and lived in the Middle East for awhile. I love to learn. Best of all, I have a great husband and an adorable pup.

 

Christine Love Sterk, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Training

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.

 

LilyLilly
Therapy Dog

I’m a 4-year-old Basset Labrador mix, adopted from a rescue shelter when I was a puppy. From a young age I have loved being around people and am very sensitive to people’s emotions.  I often want to snuggle up to someone if they are sad. I am working toward my Therapy Dog certification and will be in the office occasionally throughout the year.

Napping is my favorite activity, though I do like to get in some time outdoors and a good workout whenever I can. Then I nap.  I enjoy walks on the beach (really), and singing along with my humans. I can dance and count to three, if there are treats involved.  And then I nap.

I am here to offer support and unconditional love! If you feel uncomfortable around dogs for whatever reason, just let the front desk person know and my human will keep me in a separate area. I won’t mind!

 

2015-2016 Interns

Kelsey Bullard, B.A.
Counseling Intern

Training
Washington and Lee University (B.A., Psychology)
Wake Forest University (2nd year M.A. Counseling Student)

Clinical Interests
Identity development; Interpersonal concerns; Family relationships; Intimate partner violence; Wellness, Mindfulness, and Holistic health; Eating concerns; Substance abuse and prevention

Counseling Style
My therapeutic approach is rooted in person-centered counseling with the combination of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches based on client needs. My hope is to provide a supportive, open, and empowering environment for students where a collaborative relationship fosters healing, growth, and wellness.

Personal
Being born and raised in Raleigh, I feel at home in Winston-Salem. I enjoy taking weekend trips to explore hiking in the mountains and lounging at the beach. No matter where I am, I make sure to indulge in the local food and music with the company of friends or family.

 

Jamian Newton, B.A.
Counseling Intern

Training 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. Psychology)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2nd Year M.S. Counseling Student)

Clinical Interests
College Counseling, Student-Athletes, Managing Emotions, Identity Development, Relational Concerns, Anxiety, Mental Wellness, Adjustment Difficulties

Counseling Style
I feel that the therapeutic relationship is the key to effective counseling experiences. With respect to theory, I use Person-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Solution-Focused Therapy techniques to collaborate with clients and help them on their journeys toward positive change.

Personal
In my free time, I enjoy working out, watching sports and movies, and spending time with my family and friends.