About Us

Meet the Staff


Scott Strader





Scott Strader, Ph.D., Director
Education: PhD, Counseling Psychology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Professional Interests: Supervision and clinic administration, psychotherapy outcomes, brief solutions-focused psychotherapy, LGBTQ+ issues.
Therapy Orientation: Integrative solutions-focused/cognitive behavioral
Professional Affiliations: Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)
Special Projects: MWell4Success





Lisa Ferdinand





Lisa Ferdinand, Ph.D.,  Assistant Director, Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist
Education: University of Florida, Counseling Psychology
Professional Interests: Healthy Psychology, Trauma & Recovery, Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice, Crisis Intervention, Supervision and Training, Group Therapy, International Students and Study Abroad Issues, Consultation and Outreach
Therapy Orientation: Integrative
Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association
Special Projects: Student Affairs and Success Emergency Preparedness and Response Team; USF, Critical Incident Planning Team; Student of Concern Team





Michael Rogers




Michael Rogers, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Training
Licensed Psychologist
Education: University of California Santa Barbara, Counseling Psychology
Professional Interests: Emotional health of LGBTQAI/queer individuals and communities, group therapy, multicultural counseling, supervision and training, and presenting concerns related to gender and sexuality.
Therapy Orientation: Integrative (person-centered, feminist, cognitive, and solution-focused)





Professional Staff


Jason Axford





Jason Axford, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Education: Eastern Mennonite University, Counseling
Professional Interests: Addictions/Recovery, Relationships, Trauma, Depression, Anger Management, Anxiety, Fear, Couples, Family, Men's Emotional Health, Life Adjustment.
Therapy Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Humanistic Approach with emphasis in Solution-Focused and Strength-Based Interventions, Psycho-educational approach/facilitation for Group Therapy
Professional Affiliations: American Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors


Amaliya Bereznyuk





Amaliya Bereznyuk, Ed.S., M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Education: Florida State University, Mental Health Counseling
Professional Interests: trauma, sex therapy, anxiety, LGBTQ+ mental health,
relationship and Interpersonal concerns, couple counseling
Therapy Orientation: Incorporating Solution-focused, Dialectical Behavior Therapy-informed,
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Feminist approaches
Professional Affiliations: American Counseling Association



Chris Braley





Christopher Braley, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Biola University, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) ; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Counseling (M.A.)
Professional Interests: Personality Disorders, Identity Development, Integration of Psychology and Spirituality, LGBTQ concerns, Social Justice.
Therapy Orientation: Eclectic (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, existential)




Madeline Colon Counseling Center





Madeline Colon, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education: University of Hawaii, Social Work
Professional Interests: Substance Abuse, Anxiety and Depression, Suicide Prevention, Psychotic Disorders, Health and Wellness
Therapy Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strength based, Person Centered Therapy.
Professional Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers



Vinny Dehill Counseling Center

Vinny Dehili, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Florida State University, Counseling and School Psychology
Professional Interests: Trauma, Grief and Loss, Outreach, Multicultural issues, Career Counseling, Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention, Social Justice, Training and Supervision, LGBTQ, Mindfulness, Men's Issues, and ADHD
Therapy Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy combined with the use of Interpersonal Process, Behavioral, and Existentialism
Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association (Division 17), Trauma Psychology (Division 56), Society of Group Psychology (Division 49)
Special Projects: Wellness Marketing Liaison, Group Program Coordinator 






Darleen Gracia-Housman





Darleen J. Gracia-Housman, Psy.D
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (currently known as William James College); Clinical Psychology with concentration in Latino Mental Health
Professional Interests: LGBTQ+, first generation, students of color, women's issues, immigration issues, life transitions, adjustment issues, relationships, anxiety, depression, grief/loss
Therapy Orientation: Predominantly psychodynamic while incorporating elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, solutions focused therapy, and strengths based approaches.
Professional Affiliations: National Latino/a Psychological Association




Nick Joyce Counseling Center

Nick Joyce, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Education: The University of Akron
Professional Interests: Mindfulness, alcohol and drug use, positive psychology, wellness, anxiety, depression, identity development, men's issues, relationships, couples work, performance and motivation, technology and social media.
Therapy Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Developmental, Multicultural
Special Projects: Doctoral Intern Supervisor, Online Assisted Therapy Program Coordinator, MWell Mental Health Literacy Workgroup




Rachel Lane





Rachel Lane LMHC, MCAP
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Education: University of Northern Colorado, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Professional Interests: Self-Esteem & Identity Development; Addiction Recovery; Trauma Resolution; Multicultural Issues;
LGBTQ+ Concerns; Sexual Health; Relationship Enhancement; Career Counseling; Professional Coaching
Therapy Orientation: Solution-Focused and Strengths-Based while using skills associated with CBT, Motivational Interviewing,
and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Professional Affiliations: American Counseling Association, International Coach Federation
Special Projects: Coaching The Global Village






Frank Ledda





Frank C. Ledda LMHC, CAP
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Education: University of South Florida, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Professional Interests: Health and Wellness, Mindfulness, Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal Skills, Stress Management, LGBTQ, Substance Use Disorders
Therapy Orientation: Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Professional Affiliations: Florida Certification Board
Special Projects: Cultural diversity and sensitivity regarding the LGBTQ population






Lashley Marks Counseling Center

Lashley Marks, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Regent University, Clinical Psychology
Professional Interests: Individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, health psychology, depressive and anxiety disorders, supervision and training
Therapy Orientation: Integrating Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches
Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association (Division 12), Florida Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Special Projects: Post-Doctoral Residency Supervisor, Clinical Coordinator




Jonathan Mitchell




Jonathan Mitchell, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: University of Central Florida, Clinical Psychology
Professional Interests: Health behavior change, chronic illness and pain self-management, behavioral sleep medicine,
primary care psychology, program development and evaluation, integrated healthcare
Therapy Orientation: Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, values- and acceptance-based interventions
Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association Division 12, (Clinical Psychology), Division 38 (Society for Health Psychology), Society for Behavioral Medicine, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.





Hege Riise Counseling Center

Hege Riise, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Education: Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Adult Clinical Psychology
Professional Interests: Trauma and recovery; working with gender, sexuality, and relationship minorities; diversity and social justice; international student concerns; women's issues; supervision and training
Therapy Orientation: Integrative using interpersonal process theory, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy
Special Projects: Graduate Student Clinician Program Coordinator, Doctoral Intern Supervisor, Residential Life and Education Liaison





Mona Stribling





Mona Stribling, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas
Professional Interests: Multiculturalism/cross-culturalism, women's concerns,(dis)ability-related issues, adjustment, anxiety, relationships
Therapy Orientation: Solution-Focused Therapy and integrative therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic and Interpersonal interventions
Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association




Heather Walders





Heather Walders, LCSW, CPH
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Outreach Clinician
Education: Bachelors of Mass Communications, Masters of Social Work, Masters of Public Health,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Professional Interests: Humanistic Psychotherapy, Trauma-informed therapies, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management,
Personality and Mood Disorders, ADHD, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, College Athletics, non-traditional students' issues.
Therapy Orientation: Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered, Mindfulness, Meditation
Professional Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Certified in Public Health (CPH)
Special Projects: Prevention Coordinator, Pet Therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center, Mental Health First Aid training and programming.






Diane Williams Counseling Center

Diane Williams, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education: Florida State University, Social Work
Professional Interests: Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention, Community Outreach and Development
Therapy Orientation: Integrative incorporating Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Family Systems, Client Centered
Special Projects: Clinical Referral Coordinator, Graduate Student Clinician Supervisor



Numra Yaqub





Numra Yaqub, M.Ed.
Staff Clinician
Education: Lehigh University; M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services
Professional Interests: Individual and Couples Therapy; Multicultural Counseling; Trauma Counseling; Bereavement; Depression and Anxiety
Therapy Orientation: Solution-Focused Therapy with an emphasis on Strengths-Based Interventions; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy.





Luke Zabel





Luke Zabel, M.A., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Education: University of Central Florida, Mental Health Counseling
Professional Interests: Mood disorders, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, interpersonal and relationship skills,
addictions and substance abuse, career counseling, Men's Issues, crisis intervention, self-care and wellness
Therapy Orientation: Solution-focused, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Choice theory, Positive Psychology,
Strengths-based interventions.





Part-Time Professional Staff  


Cassandra Alvarado





Cassandra Alvarado, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Nova Southeastern University, Clinical Psychology
Professional Interests: Eating disorders, body image concerns, depression, anxiety, women's issues
Therapy Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral based approaches
Professional Affiliations: Florida Psychological Association





Tamara Astaphan




Tamara Astaphan, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Nova Southeastern University, Clinical Psychology
Professional Interests:Family-work/ education balance, multicultural issues, anxiety, depression
Therapy Orientation: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)





Brian Doane





Brian Doane, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: Western Michigan University, Counseling Psychology
Professional Interests: Multicultural counseling and social justice, Men's concerns, Intimate partner violence, Impact of childhood sexual abuse, Supervision and training
Therapy Orientation: Integrated approach using Interpersonal Process Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Bowenian Family Systems
Professional Affiliations: American Psychological Association (Division 17), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American College Counseling Association





Erin Forehand





Erin Forehand, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: The University of Georgia, Counseling Psychology
Professional Interests: Women's Issues, Eating Disorders, ADHD Assessment, Relationships
Therapy Orientation: Interpersonal while incorporating aspects of feminist, cognitive behavioral therapy,
and a strengths based perspective.




Sophia Zavrou





Sophia Zavrou, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Education: University of Indianapolis, Clinical Psychology
Professional Interests: Anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tics, trichotillomania
Therapy Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, specifically exposure with response prevention for OCD and anxiety disorders; habit reversal training for tics and trichotillomania
Professional Affiliations: Florida Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, International OCD Foundation





Psychology Residents 2017-2018

Meghan Butler

Meghan Butler, Ph.D.




George PoncyGeorge Poncy

George Poncy, Ph.D.






Doctoral Interns 2017-2018

Shavern Browne Counseling Center

Shavern Browne, M.A.



Samantha Munson Counseling Center

Samantha Munson, M.A.


Shaina Smith Counseling Center

Shaina Smith, M.A.


Professional Administrative Staff


Julie Samson

Julie Samson
Client Services Assistant

Cody Brichner Counseling Center

Cody Brichner
Staff Assistant

Patricia Labadie Counseling Center

Patricia Labadie
Clinical Administrative Specialist