Meet the Team

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Diversity and Inclusivity

ASU Counseling Services values the diversity represented within the student population, including culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, religion, students with military experience and students with disabilities. We respect and appreciate the unique history of each student. We are committed to meeting the needs of diverse people and providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere that is sensitive to all students. Each ASU counseling center prioritizes immediate access to services to ensure that all who request or need services can be seen within the same day.

Consistent with our commitment to ensuring a welcoming and respectful environment for all students, all ASU Counseling Service staff complete Safezone and Dreamzone trainings. Counseling staff also have additional advanced training and experience in issues facing university students and are committed to helping them adjust to campus life and meet their academic goals. Select examples of advanced training for all ASU Counseling staff include:

  • The implications of microaggressions on college student counseling
  • Cultural competence in trauma therapy
  • Global considerations in trauma therapy
  • Counseling implications of racial inequities
  • Clinical considerations with transgender and gender nonconforming clients
  • Domestic violence assessment and treatment
  • Eating disorder assessment and treatment
  • Models for suicide prevention

 

Aaron Krasnow, PhD, Associate Vice President, ASU Health Services & ASU Counseling Services
Aaron Krasnow

ASU HIPAA Privacy Officer -Professional Interests & Specialties: depression, anxiety, suicide prevention and mental health promotion, health psychology, and organizational consultation. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral. Education & Credentials: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Clark University, 2003. Licensed Psychologist, 2005.

 

Amal Fayad, LAC, Clinical Fellow
Amal Fayad

Professional Interests & Specialties: Trauma and crisis prevention, multi-cultural awareness, and community development. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Adlerian, motivational interviewing, Interpersonal and EMDR. Education & Credentials: M.S.C. University of Phoenix, 2016. Licensed Associate Counselor, 2017. Memberships: American Counseling Association. Bilingual in Arabic/English.

 

 

Amy Lerner Wasserbauer, PhD, Psychologist
Amy Wasserbauer

Professional Interests & Specialties: cognitive-behavioral therapies; dialectical behavior therapy, eating disorders, body image, self-esteem development, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma resolution, interpersonal problems, couples, multicultural competence, cognitive and personality assessment, and clinical supervision. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Systems, Interpersonal. Education & Credentials: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 2002, Licensed Psychologist, 2005. Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) Memberships: American Psychological Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

 

Brian Blocker, LPC, Counselor
Brian Blocker

Professional Interests and Specialties: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, trauma recovery, substance abuse, anxiety and depressive disorders, self harm reduction/prevention. Theoretical Orientation, CBT, Art therapy and Expressive Arts. Mindfulness and DBT approaches. Education and Credential: Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM, Masters Degree Art Therapy/Counseling 2005; Clinical Mental Health Counselor, NM 2009; Licensed Professional Counselor AZ, 2016.

 

Carrie Monica, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Director, K-12 Education and Outreach
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Professional interests and Specialties: School & Community-based Behavioral Health Services, Public Education & Special Education-K-12 institutions, Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Community Development, Program Development, Promotora Community Health Worker Model, Grant Management, Capacity Building, Strategic Planning, Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders, Mental Health First Aid, Trauma-Informed Care for Educators, Staff Development. Theoretical Orientation: Solution Focused, Strengths-based, Person-Centered, Family Systems, Expressive Arts, Positive Psychology. Education and Credentials: Masters in Social Work-Arizona State University, 2004; Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, 2011.

Elia Simon, LPC, Counselor
Elia Simon

Professional Interests & Specialties: process-focused, strengths-based, relational approach to work with individuals, couples and families. Theoretical Orientation: family systems, structural, strategic. Education & Credentials: MC, Arizona State University, 2006. Licensed Professional Counselor, 2013. Bilingual in Hebrew/English.

 

Erin Morris, LPC, Counselor
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Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Crisis Management, Adjustment Issues, and Stress Management. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative; Person Centered, Strength-Based, Solution Focused, and CBT. Education & Credentials: Master's Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University, 2013; Licensed Professional Counselor, 2016

Erin Trujillo, LPC, MBA, Director; ASU Counseling Services HIPAA Privacy Officer
Erin Trujillo

Professional Interests & Specialties: Community development, crisis management, multi-racial/ multi-cultural identity, student athlete development, military populations, underserved populations, grief and loss. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Solution Focused, Strengths-Based, Systems, Interpersonal. Education & Credentials M.C., Arizona State University, 2004. Licensed Professional Counselor, 2010. Masters in Business Administration, Arizona State University, 2015. Memberships: Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services. Bilingual in Spanish/English.

 

Gina Frohlich, PsyD, CC-AASP, Psychologist
Gina Froglich

Professional Interests & Specialties: Sport psychology, outreach & consultation, EMDR, Applied Behavioral Analysis, substance use and addictions, emerging adult transitions, identity development, adjustment disorders, mood disorder, anxiety, multicultural competence, stress management. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Strengths-based/solution focused, Humanistic, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Education & Credentials: Psy.D. The Arizona School of Professional Psychology 2014. Memberships: American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association, Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

 

Jayme Shelton, PsyD, SDA Lead Sport Psychologist
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Professional Interests & Specialties: Sport and performance psychology, student athlete development, obsessive compulsive disorders (Trichotillomania, Excoriation, and other BFRBs ), mindfulness based interventions, anxiety and mood disorders, life and transferable skills, and program planning and evaluation.Theoretical orientation: Integrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI). Education & Credentials: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Psychology, Sport & Performance and Community Concentrations, Rutgers University GSAPP, 2014; Master of Education (MEd), Counseling Psychology, Athletic Counseling Concentration, Springfield College, 2008. Licensed Psychologist.

 

Joel Terry, LPC, NCC, Section Chief-Behavioral Health, ASU Counseling Services HIPAA Security Officer
Joel Terry

Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety and mood disorders, relationship concerns, grief and loss, substance abuse, and multicultural issues. Education & Credentials: M.S., Counselor Education, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2011, Licensed Professional Counselor, 2017, Nationally Certified Counselor, 2011. Memberships: American Counselor Association, National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

Joyce Chen, LAC, Clinical Fellow
Joyce Chen

Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety and mood disorders, stress management/reduction, self-compassion, mindfulness, international student populations. Theoretical Orientation: Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Education & Credentials: M.C., Arizona State University, 2016. Licensed Associate Counselor, 2017. Memberships: National Board for Certified Counselors. Bilingual in Mandarin/English.

Kendal Kershner, PsyD, Psychologist
Kendal Kreshner

Professional Interests and Specialties: anxiety and mood disorders, relationship issues, personality disorders, adjustment issues, family of origin issues, and training. Theoretical Orientations: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and insight-oriented approaches, Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Education and Credentials: M.Ed. In Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clemson University.  M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix. Licensed Psychologist in the state of Arizona. Membership: American Psychological Association.

 

Kimberly Montag Caouette, PhD, Psychologist
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Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety and mood disorders, relationship problems, grief and loss issues, transition, self-esteem and identity development, women’s issues, couples counseling, clinical supervision. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, humanistic, family systems. Education & Credentials: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Washington State University, 1993. Licensed Psychologist, 1996.

 

 

LaToya Grigler, LPC, Counselor

Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety, Mood, and Adjustment disorders, Relational problems, Bereavement. Theoretical Orientation: Person-Centered, with utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Education & Credentials: M.A. in Professional Counseling, Argosy University, Phoenix, 2009. AZBBHE Licensed Professional Counselor, 2016. AZBBHE board approved clinical supervisor.

 

Lilia G. Miramontes, PhD, Training Director
Liala Miramontes

Professional Interests & Specialties: Cognitive-behavioral therapies, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and mood disorders, multicultural competence, first generation college students, and acculturation concerns. Theoretical Orientation: cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches. Education & Credentials: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Washington State University, 2011. Memberships: National Latina/o Psychological Association. Bilingual in Spanish/English.

 

Lisa Gaudet, PsyD, Psychologist
Lisa Gaudet

Professional Interests & Specialties: PTSD, trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders. Theoretical Orientation: Integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and existential approaches. Education & Credentials: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, Licensed Psychologist, 1998.

 

Maria Grimshaw, LCSW, Associate Director
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Professional Interest and Specialties: Student Development in Higher Education, Family of Origin, Trauma, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Play Therapy, Couples Counseling, Clinical Supervision, Risk Assessment, Crisis Management, Outreach on College Campuses.  Theoretical Orientation:  Family Systems Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Trauma Resiliency Theory, Project Adventure.  Education and Credentials: Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Arizona.

Mark Kent, PhD, Psychologist
Mark Kent

Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety disorders, health psychology/primary care behavioral health, LGBTQI populations, military populations, mood disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Integrative, Interpersonal, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Education and Credentials: M.S. in Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, 2003; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno, 2015.

 

Matthew Brace, LMFT, Counselor
Matthew Brace

Professional Interests & Specialties: Relational distress, adjustment issues, family of origin issues, trauma informed care, and substance use.  Theoretical Orientation: Attachment theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Education & Credentials: B.S. Communications, B.S. Family & Human Development, Arizona State University, 2012.  Masters of Advanced Study in Marriage and Family Therapy, Arizona State University, 2013.  AzBBHE Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 2016.  AzBBHE Approved Clinical Supervisor.

 

Matt Miescke, LAC, Clinical Fellow

Bio coming soon

Max Stoltenberg, LPC, Counselor
Max Stoltenberg

Professional Interests and Specialties: Anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, and supervision and training. Theoretical Orientation: Existential, somatic, and psychoanalytic. Education & Credentials: Masters Degree in Counseling from University of Phoenix, 2000; Licensed Professional Counselor, 2004.

 

 

Michael Maisano, PsyD, Psychologist
Michael Maisano

Professional interests & specialties: Military and Veteran psychology, Couple’s psychology, Combat related trauma, Substance use disorders treatment and Trauma informed care. Theoretical Orientation: Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), Motivational Interviewing (MI).Education:Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix 2017. M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix 2012. B.S. in Psychology (emphasis in Industrial), California State University, Hayward 2006

Misa Yanagisawa, LCSW, Social Worker
Misa Yanagusawa

Professional Interest & Specialty: Diversity, Multi-cultural issues, PTSD/Trauma therapy, Art Therapy. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Strength based, Cognitive Behavioral, Relational frame, EMDR.  Education & Credential: Master of Social Work, Arizona State University 2005. Licensed Master Social Worker 2007. Licensed Clinical Social Worker 2012. Bilingual in Japanese/English

Monica Pineda, LAC - Clinical Fellow
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Professional Interests & Specialties: Emotional health, stress and crisis management, trauma, grief and loss, parenting, multi-racial/multi-cultural identity, underserved populations, immigration. Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic/Integrative, Solution Focused, DBT, CBT, Strengths-Based, Systems, Positive Psychology. Education & Credentials Masters in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization, Latino Mental Health Concentration, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2011. Licensed Associate Counselor, 2015. Memberships: Arizona Counselors Association. Bilingual in Spanish/English.

 

Rachel Bahadar, LPC, Clinical Director
Rachel Bahadar

Professional Interests and Specialties: LGBTQIA population, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress and complex trauma, student athlete development, sexual violence, identity development, anxiety and mood disorder, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and supervision and training. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive behavioral, Dialectical Behavior, Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused, Strengths-Based, Existential, Person Centered, and Family Systems. Education & Credentials: M.C. University of Phoenix, 2008; Licensed Professional Counselor, 2012.

 

Roumen Bezergianov, LPC, Counselor
Roumen Bezergianov

Professional Interests and Specialties: Cultural adjustment, anxiety, mood disorders, suicide prevention, stress and wellness, men's issues. Theoretical Orientation: humanistic, logo therapy, strengths-based approaches, CBT. Education and Credentials: M.C. Arizona State University, 2006. Bilingual in Bulgarian, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian.

Rhonda Pruitt, LPC, LISAC, Counselor, Senior
Rhonda Pruitt

Professional Interests & Specialties: student personal and academic success, interpersonal and family relationship development, attention deficit disorder support, crisis intervention/management, substance use/abuse concerns, group and individual therapy. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative; person centered, strength-based, solution focused, systems approach, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness. Education and Credentials: Masters in Education Counseling, Northern Arizona University 1994, Bachelors of Science in Justice Studies with a minor in Sociology, Arizona State University, 1992, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona 2004, Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor in Arizona 1996, Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor-National certification in 2001. Memberships: National Association of Forensic Counselors.

 

Samantha McCasland, LMFT, Counselor
Samantha McCasland

Professional Interests & Specialties: anxiety and depression, trauma recovery, stress management. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral, family systems, strength-based, mindfulness. Education and Credentials: Masters of Advanced Study in Marriage and Family Therapy, Arizona State University, 2014. AZBBHE Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, 2017.

Sandra Pesqueira, Office Supervisor
Sandra Pesqueira

Bio coming soon

Sharon Smith, Administrative Associate
Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith is an Administrative Associate for ASU Counseling Services at the Polytechnic Campus. She joined ASU Counseling Services in 2010 at the Tempe location. Her 25 years of experience in the health care industry has made her well adept within the office setting. Her work experience includes scanning, phone support, inventory management, document preparation and client schedule coordination. She enjoys working with the diverse population of students and staff.

In her spare time Sharon enjoys traveling, listening to live music and spending time with her family.

Shirley Yang, PsyD
Shirley Yang

Professional Interests and Specialties: adjustment and life transitions, mindfulness based interventions, mood disorders, supervision and training, and trauma. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Education and Credentials: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from Midwestern University, Glendale. Licensed Psychologist, 2018.

Taegan Elmer, LPC, Counselor
Elmer Taegan

Professional Interests and Specialties: Substance use, trauma recovery, codependency, LGBTQI populations, military populations, young/emerging professionals, supervision, training, shame reduction, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative Psychology, Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Traumatic Stress Certification. Education & Credentials: Masters of Counseling, Arizona State University 2015. AzBBHE Licensed Professional Counselor. AzBBHE Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Tamieka Hamilton, LCSW, Clinical Care Coordinator
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Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety disorders, stress management/reduction, grief and loss, childhood trauma & recovery, crisis intervention, case management, women’s issues. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and feminist approaches. Education & Credentials: Masters of Social Work, University of Southern California, 2009. Licensed Clinical Social Worker 2014. Memberships: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

 

Veronica Perez-Cake, LMSW, Clinical Fellow
Veronica Perez

Professional Interests & Specialties:  living with chronic illness, military families, first-generation college students, and crisis management.  Theoretical Orientation:  Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, and Reality Therapy.  Education & Credentials:  B.S. in Sociology, Minor in Social Welfare, Arizona State University, 2010.  M.S.W. in Social Work- Clinical Practice, New Mexico Highlands University, 2014.  AZBBHE Licensed Master Social Worker, 2015.  Memberships:  NAMI.