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Daniel Paredes, Ph.D.

Daniel Paredes, Ph.D.

Acting Director
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor
Pronouns: he, him, his

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.


Amanda Beck, M.A. Amanda Beck photo

Staff Counselor
Coordinator of Alcohol & Other Drug Services
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Education and Training
North Carolina State University (B.S., Zoology and B.S., Science Education)
Wake Forest University (M.A., Counseling)
Internship: Davie County Schools

Clinical Interests
Substance abuse and prevention; Sexual assault and trauma, Identity development; Interpersonal and family relationships; Social justice and multicultural issues related to marginalization and oppression. In addition to my clinical work, I also am a part-time instructor in the Wake Forest University Department of Counseling.

Counseling Style
My counseling style blends aspects of motivational interviewing, somatic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic theories. I believe the counseling experience needs to be tailored to the individual needs of each client and seek to understand my clients’ unique view of their world. I strive for my clients to experience me as welcoming, thoughtful, straightforward, and caring.

Personal
I’m a proud Deacon and earned my master’s degree from Wake Forest. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my partner, gardening, and creative pursuits like photography and painting. I have two rescue pups and a bossy cat that fill my heart and leave fur all over my home. I love cheesy rom-coms, coffee, snow days, the Enneagram, and dream of someday owning a pet pig.


Charlotte Brown

Charlotte Brown, B.S.

Administrative Assistant
pronouns: she, her, hers

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.Denisha Champion, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Community Engagement
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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.


Brooke Griffith, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist
NC Licensed Psychologist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Education and Training:
Keuka College (B.A., Psychology)
State University of New York at Brockport (M.A., Psychology)
Florida School of Professional Psychology (M.A., Psy.D., Clinical Psychology)
Internship:  University of South Florida Counseling Center

Clinical Interests:
Trauma and early childhood abuse, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, family of origin issues, identity formation, underserved populations, intersecting identities and the impact of multiple minority status, family and social systems, and group therapy

Counseling Style:
I work predominantly from a psychodynamic perspective, exploring how early relationships and experiences have shaped one’s view of the world and how they experience it.  I place a high emphasis on the therapy relationship as the mechanism for change, while also utilizing various interventions to help students increase their ability to cope and tolerate distress.  I view therapy as an organic, collaborative process that looks different for each person I work with.

Personal:
I am originally from upstate New York, and had been living in central Florida for the past 10 years before relocating to North Carolina this summer.  In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, yoga, and running. I am a movie and book fanatic, and you may spot me reading in various places across campus.


Tiffany Longjohn, M.S.Tiffany Longjohn

Clinical Case Manager
NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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.

 


Emily Teague Palmieri, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Specialized Services 
Coordinator of Eating Disorder Services and Safe Office

NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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.


Christine Love Sterk, Ph.D.

Associate Director/Training Director
NC Licensed Psychologist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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, getting creative with interior design and furniture restoration, cooking and baking, and shopping.


Rachel Wilson, B.A.

Office Manager
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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, and watching movies with my son. I am also an accomplished Moravian chicken pie maker and eater.


2020-2021 Psychology Interns

Julie Freedman, M.Ed, CMPC

Psychology Intern
Certified Mental Performance Consultant
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Education and Training
Kenyon College (B.A., Psychology)
Boston University (M.Ed., Counseling Psychology; Concentration in Sport and Performance Psychology)
Springfield College (Psy.D. Doctoral Candidate, Counseling Psychology)

Clinical Interests
Disordered eating, Sport and Performance Enhancement, Anxiety, Student-athletes, Transitions.

Counseling Style
My primary focus is to develop and grow a collaborative relationship between client and clinician. I recognize that each individual is unique and I aim to tailor my approach to best support and meet the client’s goals. Through a person-centered lens, I use a strengths-based approach and utilize tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Personal
I am originally from Chicago and through my educational pursuits I have lived in the Midwest and Northeast. I am a die-hard Chicago sports fan and also love boxing, cooking, traveling, and watching TV in my free time.


Meredith Harrison, M.A.

Psychology Intern
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Education and Training
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S. Psychology)
The University of North Carolina Charlotte (M.A. Psychology)
The University of North Carolina Charlotte (Ph.D. Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Health Psychology)

Clinical Interests
Anxiety/Depression, eating concerns, grief, group therapy, identity development, relationship issues, sexuality, spirituality/faith development.

Counseling Style
I draw primarily from interpersonal processes and acceptance and commitment therapy techniques, particularly to help clients work toward values-based living. I seek to create a welcoming, caring environment for each client, as I believe that change occurs in the context of the therapeutic relationship. I use a collaborative approach and often remind students that they are an expert on their unique intersection of identities and experiences. I value genuineness, humor, curiosity, and flexibility in session, and I tailor my approach to individual client needs and preferences to meet each client where they are.

Personal
I am a North Carolina native who is thrilled to be at Wake Forest for my internship year! Out of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially trying out new restaurants and food trucks. I am a proud dog mom to a red standard poodle and love spending time with animals. Additionally, I enjoy binging a series on Netflix or Disney+, cooking, decorating my home, listening to podcasts, and vacation planning.


2020-2021 Counseling Interns

Thomas Barker, B.A.

Counseling Intern
Pronouns: he, him, his

Education and Training
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. Communications and Psychology)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.S. Candidate, Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Clinical Interests
Persons with Disabilities, anxiety and depression, trauma, emotional management, adjustment difficulties, college students.

Counseling Style
My theoretical orientation draws from the Person-Centered and Adlerian therapeutic approaches. These approaches are intended to help clients improve their self-relationship as well as relationships with other people. My goal is to create a comfortable environment in which clients can feel safe to work toward their personal goals.

Personal
In the free spaces of my life I enjoy spending time with friends, watching Netflix, or playing Dungeons & Dragons. Lately, I’ve been engaging in more creative outlets such as drawing and learning to play guitar.


Yuxing Xu, B.A.

Counseling Intern
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Education and Training
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (B.A., Finance, Accounting, and Management)
College of William and Mary (M.A., Accounting)
Wake Forest University (M.A. Candidate, Counseling)

Clinical Interests
College/university counseling, international, identity development, anxiety/depression, trauma, grief, existential issues, counseling with individuals with disabilities or chronic illness.

Counseling Style
I believe each individual has the inner strength to overcome their challenges in life and counseling is the process of discovering and nurturing the strength. Using the person-centered approach as a foundation, I strive to build a therapeutic alliance and to tailor a unique counseling experience for each client. I also draw techniques from other theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I may also incorporate existential theory depending on clients’ needs of exploring their values, identities, and views of the world.

Personal
I am originally from China and have studied and worked in different cities in China, Germany, and the U.S. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling, and playing with my pets.