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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

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.

 

Amina Simmons, PhD

Professional Interests & Specialties: Racial identity, racial stress, racial trauma, Black/African American populations, trauma and stress-related disorders, women’s well-being with a special focus on Black American women. Theoretical Orientation: Integrated - Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP).  Education and Credentials: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Miami, 2019, Masters (MA) in Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014. Memberships: American Psychological Association (APA), APA Division 35 Sec 1 (Psychology of Black Women), APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology), Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi).

 

 

Amy Lerner Wasserbauer, PhD, Psychologist

Professional Interests & Specialties: Treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, interpersonal problems, eating disorder assessment and referrals, body image and self-esteem development, multicultural competence, and clinical supervision. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach including Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family Systems. Education and Credentials: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 2002, Licensed Psychologist, 2005.  

 

 

Brian Blocker, LPC, Counselor

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

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.

 

Chelsea Cambron, LMFT
Chelsea Cambron, LAMFT

Professional Interests & Specialties: Trauma-informed care, relational distress, the Family Life Cycle, anxiety, perfectionism, depression, LGBTQIA+ populations, life transitions, young adulthood, stress management, emotional regulation, mindfulness, eating disorders. Theoretical Orientation: Family Systems, Bowenian, Structural, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Education and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). BS in Family & Human Development from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU in 2017; Masters of Advanced Study in Marriage and Family Therapy from ASU in 2018. Memberships: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

 

Dolores Becerra, MSW, LCSW

Professional Interests & Specialties: Autism Spectrum Disorders, families, and military populations. Theoretical Orientation: Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Education & Credentials: Masters in Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, 2014. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Maryland and Arizona 2018. Memberships: National Association of Social Workers

 

Donnie Daggett, MA, LAC

Professional interests and Specialties :  Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Sport Psychology,  Meditation, Trauma, Spirituality and Religion. Theoretical Orientation (s):   Rogerian (person-centered), Humanism, Existentialism, Mindfulness CBT, DBT. Education and Credentials :  MA in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy university 2014;  MA in Sport Psychology from Argosy University 2011 ;   BA in Communications, minor in psychology from University of Michigan 2002.  Licensed Associate Counselor, 2014.

 

Elia Simon, LPC, Counselor

Professional Interests & Specialties: process-focused, strengths-based, relational approach to work with clients, 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, Clinical Coordinator, Access

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

Professional Interests & Specialties: Community development, crisis management, student athlete development, 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 University and College Center Counseling Directors. Bilingual in Spanish/English.

 

 

Genaro Huerta, PsyD, LASAC, Psychologist

Professional interests and Specialties: Cognitive and personality assessments, domestic violence, underserved populations, ethnic minorities with focus on Latino population, trauma recovery, multi-cultural competence, interpersonal concerns, grief and loss, couples, mood disorders, substance abuse, and acculturation concerns. Theoretical Orientation: Strength-based, Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Systems, Interpersonal, and Person-centered. Education and Credentials: PsyD and M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology, M.A. Counseling Psychology, Capella University, M.H.A, Health Administration, University of Phoenix, and B.S., Biology, Arizona State University. Memberships: Arizona Psychological Association and National Latino Psychological Association. Bilingual in Spanish/English.

 

Gina Frohlich, PsyD, CC-AASP, Psychologist

Professional Interests & Specialties: Sport psychology, outreach & consultation, 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. Education & Credentials: Psy.D. The Arizona School of Professional Psychology 2014. Memberships: American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association, Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

 

 

Grace Kirker, MPA, CHES

Professional Interests & Specialties: Suicide prevention and mental health promotion, youth substance use prevention, women’s health, public education K-12, community and program development. Education and Credentials: Bachelors in Health Education and Health Promotion, Masters in Public Administration, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)-National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, 2017.

 

 

Jamye Shelton, PsyD, SDA Lead Sport Psychologist

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.

 

 

Jeff Simmons, PsyD
Jeff Simmons

Professional Interests & Specialties: Sport and performance psychology, anxiety and mood disorders, biofeedback and mental health technology, psychological assessment, addiction and substance use, grief and loss, identity development, relationship issues, and social equity. Education and Credentials: PsyD, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA. Memberships: Psychological Society, Association for Psychological Science, San Diego Psychological Association

 

Jennifer Gray, Ph.D.

Professional Interests & Specialties: Psychological assessment, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders and body image, developmental disabilities, health psychology/primary care behavioral health, adjustment to life transitions, grief and loss, and parenting/family issues. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Education & Credentials: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Licensed Psychologist, 2010. Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification.

 

Joyce Chen, LAC, Counselor

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

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

Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety and mood disorders, relationship problems, grief and loss issues, transition, self-esteem and identity development, women’s issues, 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, MA, 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

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.

 

 

Mark Kent, PhD

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

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, LPC, Counselor

Professional Interests: Anxiety, depression, first-generation populations, grief and loss, identity development, first responder trauma, sports psychology, stress. Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Existentialism, Feminist Theory, Humanistic (Person-centered), Multiculturalism, Solution Focused. Education and Credentials: Masters of Counseling, Arizona State University, 2017; Licensed Associate Counselor, 2017; National Board Certified Counselor, 2017; Licensed Professional Counselor 2020. Memberships: American Counseling Association

 

Michael Maisano, PsyD

Professional interests & specialties: Military and Veteran 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

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

 

Rachel Bahadar, LPC, Clinical Director

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, 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

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

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.

 

Roxanna Francies: LAC, Counselor
Roxanna Francies

Professional Interests and Specialties: Somatic Trauma Therapy, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Education and Credentials: B.S in Psychology, The University of Arizona; Master of Counseling, Arizona State University.

 

Sharon Smith, Administrative Associate

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, Psychologist

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.

 

Sonia (Sonam) Sharma, LAC
Sonia Sharma

Professional Interests & Specialties: First-Generation Students, Indian (South Asian) Populations, Anxiety, Trauma, and Stress-Related Disorders, Self-Esteem and Self-Worth Building. Education and Credentials: Grand Canyon University; Masters in Professional Counseling. Languages: Punjabi, Hindi, English

 

Tamara Mitchell, MSW, LCSW, Counselor.
Tamara Mitchell

Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety and depression, adjustment issues, enhancing interpersonal and family relationships, early childhood mental health, increasing access to mental health services for underserved populations, prevention and early intervention, community mental health Education and Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) California and Arizona , MSW: University of Southern California, BA in psychology: California State University, Long Beach.

 

Wais Khairandesh, LAC
Wais K

Professional Interests &Specialties: Immigrants/Refugees, Complex Trauma, Athletes, Underserved Societies, Crisis Management. Education: B.A. Psychology from Northern Arizona University 2014; M.A. Counseling with specialization in Sport & Health Psychology 2017 Memberships: International Association of Trauma Professionals. Languages: Persian, Dari, English

 

Yasmin Puhuyesva, MEd.
Yasmin Puhuyevsa

Professional Interests & Specialties: Mental health awareness and promotion, trauma-informed care and community awareness, community and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ+, and suicide prevention. Education and Credentials: Bachelors in Psychology; Adolescent, Community, and Education, The University of Arizona State University, Masters in Higher and Post-Secondary Education, Arizona State University

 

Yonsu Yi, LMFT
Yonsu Yi, LMFT

Professional Interests & Specialties: Anxiety and depression disorders, trauma and attachment, mood disorders, PTSD, ethnic minorities, underserved population. Theoretical Orientation: Systematic theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sand play and EMDR. Education & Credentials: Masters in Marriage and Family therapy Arizona State University 2014.  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 2018. Memberships: Arizona Marriage and Family Therapist. Bilingual in Korean/English.

Counseling Interns

Counseling – Practicum Counselor

Keiko Aoyagi

Alison Williams

Mercedes Anderson

Blair Puleo

Peter Reynolds

Beth Rosenberg

 

Erin Buggy

 

Halle Gydesen

 

Jennifer Lobos

 

Jessica Hopkins 

 

Kylee York

 

Luis Marquez

 

Steven Marsiglia

 

Kimberly Yu– Behavioral Health Practicum Counselor