Meet Our Staff

Warrenetta C. Mann, Psy.D.

Director, University Counseling Center
Licensed Psychologist Supervisor
Pronouns: she/her
counselingcenter@nullwfu.edu

Education and Training
Vanderbilt University (B.A. Psychology)
University of Louisville (M.A. Clinical Psychology)
Spalding University (Psy.D. Clinical Psychology)
Internship: University of Cincinnati Counseling and Psychological Services

Clinical Interests

College mental health administration; trauma-informed and trauma focused interventions; identity development; marginalized and minoritized student populations; African American men’s mental health; mentoring and supervision in mental health practice.

Counseling Style

I work from a cognitive constructivist lens believing that our identity, thoughts, feeling and behaviors are developed in the context of relationships with important others. In session I can use a variety of interventions as I partner with clients to help them construct the life they want for themselves.

Personal

When I am not working, I am spending time with my family, friends and engaged in community service and engagement. I also enjoy community based mental health work through Cuts and Conversations, a private organization focused on Black men’s mental health in barber shops, or in mentoring and supervising trainees of color seeking professional education and credentialing. I like to be outside when its warm and love to travel when I am able.


Daniel Paredes, Ph.D.

Daniel Paredes, Ph.D.

Assistant Director Clinical Services
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor
Pronouns: he, him, his
parededm@nullwfu.edu

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.


Lasheka D. Allen, Ph.D., L.P.

Staff Psychologist
Pronouns: she, her, hers
allenl@nullwfu.edu

Education & Training
North Carolina Central University (BA Psychology)
North Carolina Central University (BS Family & Consumer Sciences)
North Carolina Central University (MA Psychology)
Prairie View A&M University (MS Clinical Psychology)
Prairie View A&M University (PhD Clinical Psychology)
Doctoral Internship: Easterseals Rehabilitation Center Department of Psychology & Wellness

Clinical Interests:

Trauma-informed care, minoritized populations, marginalized populations, emerging adults, international students, families, evidenced based interventions, supervision and training.

Counseling Style:

I approach each session with an integrated person-centered focus. Theoretically, I believe that our early experiences not only shape our personality development but give insight to our present. I value research informed care through cognitive-behavioral intervention paired with cultural humility. As a proponent of the scientist-practitioner model I implement evidence-based programs that target diverse groups, encourage proactive care for prevention, quality treatment, reduction of mental health crises, and promote wellness.  I seek to explore the risk and protective factors in systems that impact treatment seeking behaviors and engagement in wellness services. I work to help minoritized and marginalized group members overcome the barriers to mental health services. Furthermore, I endorse collaborative teams to address clients’ needs because the team approach enhances continuity of care and quality of care.

Personal:

I find joy in spending time with my loved ones, engaging in self-care, and mentoring. On an ideal day you will find me shopping the best sales, listening to soulful music, reading, traveling, and enjoying great food.


Charlotte Brown

Charlotte Orsborn, B.S.

Administrative Assistant
pronouns: she, her, hers
brownc@nullwfu.edu

Education: Western Carolina University (B.A., Psychology)

Professional: Administrative Assistant for the University Counseling Center.

Personal: I grew up about a thirty minute drive west of Winston-Salem but lived in the mountains of North Carolina for ten years. I enjoy hiking, traveling, crafting, binge watching Netflix with my two cats, and the occasional video game and comic convention.


Denisha Champion, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Community Engagement
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor
Pronouns: she, her, hers
champida@nullwfu.edu

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.


Tiffany Longjohn

Tiffany Longjohn, M.S.

Clinical Case Manager
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Pronouns: she, her, hers
longjot@nullwfu.edu

Education and Training
University of Central Florida (B. S. in Elementary Education)
University of North Carolina- Greensboro (M. S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
Internships: Youth Focus Outpatient, Youth Focus Structured Day, Vacc Counseling & Consulting Clinic

Clinical Interests
Depression; Anxiety; Interpersonal Relationships; Distress Tolerance; Stress Management; Self-esteem; Multicultural concerns; Wellness; Advocacy; Prevention; Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

Counseling Style
Counseling can be both a rewarding and difficult experience for some. With that being said, I try to create a safe space for individuals to explore different parts of themselves and develop a set of skills that will help them continue to be successful. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy in my work with others.  However, I value being able to explore different theoretical frameworks as needed to help individuals reach their goals.

Personal
I am originally from Orlando, Florida and have been in North Carolina for the last 8 years. I truly enjoy and try to take advantage of being so close to both the mountains and the beach. I also love that I get to experience all the seasons! I enjoy all things of the arts—especially live music and painting.  In my spare time, I can be found discovering new music/artists or playing with my energetic miniature poodle, Jax.


Brittney Lowery, MA, LCMHC

Staff Counselor

Pronouns: she, her, hers

lowerb@nullwfu.edu

Education and Training
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (B.A. in Psychology)
South University, High Point (M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
Internship: Daymark Recovery Services, Inc.

Clinical Interests
Crisis intervention; Group therapy; Depression; Anxiety; Trauma; Women’s mental health; Body image; Self-esteem; Assertiveness training; Communication skills; Multicultural concerns.

Counseling Style
When working with clients, I strive to foster a therapeutic relationship that will promote a positive self-esteem and ultimately assist clients in reaching their identified goals. In addition to processing barriers and ambivalence towards desired change, my goal is to provide unconditional positive regard, while identifying, and challenging, cognitive distortions that may
be triggering negative emotional and behavioral disturbances. Cultural competence is a concept that is also important to me. Our life experiences significantly impact our views of the world and how we interact with those around us. Incorporating those details in counseling can lead to a
deeper understanding of one’s development over time. Theoretical orientations that I mostly utilize are cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and a person-centered approach.

Personal
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. As a child, I frequently traveled with my grandparents, so as an adult, I still find joy in sight-seeing and exploring new places. I love crafting and completing DIY projects. Singing is also a passion of mine and on any given Sunday, you will find me in the choir at my church.


Javier Martin-Fernandez , Ph.D.

Staff Clinician

Pronouns: he, him, his

martinfj@nullwfu.edu

Education and Training
University of North Carolina Wilmington (B.A. Psychology)
Boston University (Ed.M. Counseling with an emphasis in Sport Psychology)
University of Akron (Ph.D. Counseling Psychology)
Internship: Wake Forest University Counseling Center

Clinical Interests
Student-athlete mental health and sport performance; anxiety/depression; identity-related development and concerns; multiculturalism and the psychology of oppression; masculinity and men’s mental health; interpersonal and family of origin concerns; perfectionism and self-image;
mindfulness.


Counseling Style
I operate from an integrated approach to therapy that helps students explore and understand how their mental health is tied to contexts (i.e., multicultural considerations/identities, relationships, environmental stressors, and personal and collective histories) and the beliefs,
feelings, and behaviors they endorse. To help aid this exploratory work I take a collaborative, person-centered, and interpersonal approach to therapy that helps to cultivate psychological
safety, authenticity, and build upon student’s existing strengths. I also draw from empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to help build self-awareness and insight and promote
psychological flexibility, distress tolerance, and positive behavior change. I find this eclectic strategy allows me to best understand, meet, and address students’ needs and concerns.

Personal
When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my spouse, dog, friends, and family. I’m also a lifelong learner and love diving into new areas of interest— most recent of which is Japanese history, learning to paint, and Lord of the Rings lore. With a passion for athletics, I love either
viewing, participating in, or reading about all things sports! For additional self-care, I love spending time in the outdoors, planning the next travel adventure, reading, exercising, gaming, and practicing mindfulness meditation.



Emily Palmieri

Emily Teague Palmieri, Ph.D., LCMHC-S

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor
Assistant Director for Specialized Services, University Counseling Center
Director, Safe Office
Coordinator, Eating Disorder Services
Co-Chair, Culture of Respect
Adjunct Faculty, School of Divinity

NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor
Pronouns: she, her, hers
palmieet@nullwfu.edu

Education and Training

  • North Carolina State University (B.A., Psychology; Minor, Industrial 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., Counselor Education and Supervision)
  • Internships: Moses Cone Behavioral Health Center; Family Solutions; Presbyterian Hospital Chaplaincy

Clinical Interests
Anxiety/Depression, Attachment, Clinical Supervision, Eating Disorders/ Disordered Eating, Existential Issues, Identity Development, Interpersonal/ Family Relationships, Multicultural Concerns, Sexuality, Spirituality/ Faith Development, Trauma.

Counseling Style
I strongly believe that the most important component in counseling is the therapeutic alliance and work to hold a warm, affirming space to support the challenging work of therapy (because change is hard for most of us). I truly believe that each person is the expert in their own lives, at times struggling with being their own expert due to adjustment, trauma, mood/ anxiety, or other issues that create barriers to congruence. Therefore I facilitate space to understand who clients are from their frame of reference and cultural context. The specific approach used in treatment is determined based on where a person is in their development and mental/ emotional/ social/ spiritual/ physical health needs, although I tend to be a psychodynamic/ attachment and family systems theorist at heart. I regularly incorporate emotion-focused, mindfulness, relational-cultural, somatic, and dialectical-behavioral techniques. My goal for myself as a counselor is to honor client experiences and concerns with transparency, humor, and empathy.

Personal
My ultimate passion is my daughter and family, 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, eating good food, listening to music, and exploring the world around me in all its glory. I also enjoy non-competitive trail running, cycling, backpacking, and DIY projects.


Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson, Psy.D, LP, HSP-P

wilsonc@nullwfu.edu

Staff Psychologist

Education & Training
University of St. Thomas (BA Music)
University of St. Thomas (MA Counseling Psychology)
Chatham University (PsyD Counseling Psychology)
Doctoral Internship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clinical Interests:

Group therapy, men’s mental health, identity-related concerns, shame/perfectionism/self-image, supervision and training.

Counseling Style:

I have an integrated interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and feminist approach to therapy. I believe that humans are wired to connect, and that loneliness, isolation, and disconnect play a significant role in mental health difficulties. I believe in the transformative power of interpersonal relationships to facilitate positive change. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be helpful to better understand the interrelated nature of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and to find strategies to better manage difficult emotions. I integrate a feminist approach to understand relationships in the context of intersecting identities we hold, and how our identities interact with larger systems of power, privilege, and oppression. I value discussing shared and different identities in the therapeutic relationship, as well as exploring how identities affect a person’s experience of themselves, others, and the world.

Personal:

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my partner and kids, playing and listening to music, doing anything outdoors including hiking and camping, and reading.


Rachel Burkholder, B.A.

Office Manager
Pronouns: she, her, hers
wilsonre@nullwfu.edu

Education: Salem College (B.A., History)

Professional
As the Office Manager 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, playing with our dog Murphy and watching movies with my son. My partner and I love to travel and spending time at the beach is our favorite.


Ryan Benson Feemster, Ph.D.

Staff Counselor

NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor—Associate

Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: feemster@nullwfu.edu

Education and Training

Winthrop University (B.A. Psychology)

Winthrop University (M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Saybrook University (ABD., Clinical Psychology)

University of North Carolina Charlotte (Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision)

Internships: Presbyterian Hospital Chaplaincy Program; Carolinas Medical Center Chaplaincy Program; University of North Carolina at Charlotte Counseling Center

Clinical Interests

College/University counseling; Jungian Psychoanalysis; Dream Analysis; Pastoral Counseling; Pan-African/Liberationist Psychology; African American Male Racialized Gendered Identity; Social Justice; Supervision and Teaching.

Counseling Style

Psychotherapy is a form of counseling intended to remove the stones from the path of psychological development, and not a procedure of putting things into the client that were not there before. It seems to me, better to renounce any attempt to give direction, and simply try to illuminate everything that the analysis brings to light, so that the client can see it clearly and be able to draw suitable conclusions. “The artist seeks out the luminous detail and presents it. He does not comment (Paul Klee). The client should be put in a position to take his own life in hand (Carl Jung).

Personal

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing video games with my son, watching anime with my wife and son. As a student athlete, I enjoy watching basketball and debating top five NBA players of all time. I enjoy Pre-colonial African history where my favorite areas of interest are ancient Egypt, Northeast Africa (Sumer, Ur, Akkad, Babylon) and the presence of Moors in Europe. I enjoy both reading and writing poetry.


Katherine Whitley, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

Outreach Coordinator

Pronouns: she, her, hers

whitleyk@nullwfu.edu

Education & Training

Florida State University (B.A., Psychology)

Spalding University (M.A., Clinical Psychology)

Spalding University (Psy.D., Clinical Psychology)

Internship: Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services

Clinical Interests

Trauma-informed and trauma focused interventions, marginalized and minoritized populations, depression, suicide, grief, anxiety, familial/romantic/friend relationship concerns, exploring attachment style, building self-compassion, improving communication and boundary setting skills, identity exploration/development, navigating life transitions, supervision and training.

Counseling Style

My approach to therapy is rooted in building warm and trusting relationships in order to foster openness, authenticity, collaboration, and respect between myself and my clients. My theoretical orientation focuses on attachment and integrates humanistic, interpersonal, and psychodynamic approaches. I particularly enjoy narrative-based therapy and mindfulness interventions. I recognize each client is unique and may need services that are tailored specifically to their needs and therefore I draw from CBT, DBT, and ACT as well. As a clinician with various privileged identities, I think it is important to bring discussions of power, privilege, oppression, and social justice into the therapy space to deepen the therapeutic relationship and explore students’ experiences at a PWI. I believe each client is an expert on themselves and their own lived experiences and I am honored to have clients trust me with their stories.

Personal

I find my own mental health is positively impacted by spending time outside in nature, so I love long walks, hiking, and biking. I enjoy spending time with my partner, game nights with friends, curling up with my cats and a good book, and baking to satisfy my love of dessert and all things chocolate.


Our staff of licensed mental health providers, administrative support, and graduate trainees are committed to being a safe, nonjudgmental, and confidential space to all members of the Wake Forest University community.  We represent a diverse range of identities, backgrounds, and theoretical orientations –  all of which allow us to serve the range of mental health needs in our community.  If you need to talk, receive support, problem-solve, or simply want to be in the company of someone who you know will not judge you for any part of your identity, please call on us.


Lingfeng Guo, M.Ed.

Counseling Intern

Pronouns: he, him, his

counselingcenter

Education and Training

Zhejiang University City College (B.A. English Language and Literature)

The University of Hong Kong (Master of Education)

Wake Forest University (M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling), second-year student

Practicum: Certus Psychiatry and Integrated Care

Clinical Interests:

Mental health counseling for emerging young adults; multi/cross-cultural counseling; mental health counseling for international students; depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders; group counseling; family counseling.

Counseling Style

I take a collective theoretical approach based on person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytic, and ACT treatment modalities. Existential factors are also important considerations in my work. I believe that psychological problems arise because we haven’t fully understood ourselves, encounter difficulties in our relationships with ourselves or others, or get blocked on the track of truly becoming ourselves. I would like to escort clients on the journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth. 

Personal

I enjoy spending time with myself, friends, and nature when not studying and working. I like swimming, walking, and hiking. I am a big fan of cooking delicious food. I also love reading and writing. In addition,  Chinese poems from the Tang and Song dynasties, in my eyes, make this world much more fun, lovely and beautiful.

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