Meet Our Staff

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John Friend, Ph.D.

John Friend, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Director

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Friend’s clinical work is driven by his interest in the application of behavioral principles in understanding topics such as purpose, meaning and values, the therapeutic relationship, and present moment focused work.

Professional Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, integrated healthcare, sport and performance psychology, anxiety-related disorders, relationship issues, and coping with life transitions.

Professional Memberships: Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

 

Chelsea L. Greer, Ph.D.

Chelsea L. Greer, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Director

Theoretical Orientation: An integrated psychodynamic/interpersonal approach with an emphasis on the beliefs and habits we have developed from our significant relationships. Focusing on strengths and well-being in all clients and integrating other approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused, as appropriate.

Professional Interests: Concerns of young adulthood, career/vocation, relationship issues, group counseling, religion and spirituality, grief, forgiveness, anxiety and mood disorders, and working on integrated health (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual).

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association: Divisions 2 - Teaching of Psychology, 17 - Counseling Psychology, 32 - Religion & Spirituality; American College Counseling Association; Christian Association of Psychological Studies

 

Shanta Jenkins, M.S., LPC,  MAC

Shanta Jenkins, M.S., LPC,  MAC
Counselor, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator

Theoretical Orientation: Integrated Cognitive/Behavioral approach incorporating various evidence-based treatment modalities working towards developing a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Professional Interests: Substance abuse/dependence, group counseling, co-occurring disorders, life transitions and coping skills, emotional, mental and physical health, self-esteem issues, trauma, anger, stress, and time management, anxiety, depression, couple’s counseling and relationship issues.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama College Counseling Association, The Association for Addiction Professionals, Alabama Association of Addiction Counselors

 

Vallarie Jones, M.S., LPC 

Vallarie Jones-Heningburg, M.S., LPC 
Counselor

Theoretical Orientation: Integrated psychodynamic-interpersonal process approach that draws upon cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, reality, and encompasses other theoretical strategies that are best suited for each individual client to be their best self.

Professional Interests: Stress management, family and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, health and wellness, coping skills, and correctional behavioral health.

Professional Memberships: Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama College Counseling Association

 

Deidra M. Byas, M.E.d., NCC
Deidra M. Byas, M.E.d., NCC
Counselor

Theoretical Orientation: An integrated approach that utilizes solution focused, cognitive behavioral, and reality theories/strategies.

Professional Interests:  Stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, health and wellness and women's issues.

Professional Memberships: National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

 

Becky Smith, Ph.D.

Becky Smith, Ph.D.
Counselor – College of Medicine

Theoretical Orientation: An integrated approach that utilizes cognitive theories, motivational interviewing, emotion-focused and solution-focused strategies.

Professional Interests: Stress, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use, eating disorders, trauma, emotional intelligence, grief/loss, social media and wellbeing.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama College Counseling Association

 

April T. Berry, M.S.

April T. Berry, M.S.
Doctoral Clinical & Counseling Psychology Graduate Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Integrated approach that not only embraces the cognitive, behavioral, affective, or physiological systems within a person, but also the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding the person.

Professional Interests: Conformity regarding social dynamics and groups, interpersonal difficulties based on gender, sex, sexual orientation, etc., decision making, stress, and depression.

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Alabama Counseling Association Chapter II

 

Kyle M. Brasil

Kyle M. Brasil, M.S.
Doctoral Clinical & Counseling Psychology Graduate Intern

Theoretical Orientation and Professional Interests: Cognitive-Behavioral approaches which he augments with Logotherapy, Solution-Focused, and Person Centered approaches. He also integrates from other theories and evidence-based treatments to meet individual needs. His research and professional interests include men and masculinities issues, severe and persistent mental illness, depression, anxiety, and rural communities.   

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association-Division 51 (Study of Men and Masculinities)

 

Christina Gingerich

Christina Gingerich
Masters-Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral approach with the incorporation of Solution Focused techniques that enables an individual to restructure their way of thinking and explore effective ways to reach their goals.

Professional Interests: Health and wellness, effects of birth trauma and/or miscarriage on females, relationship issues, goal achievements, substance abuse effects to individuals and their families, and other trauma aspects.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association (Student)

 

Teya Hale

Teya Hale
Masters-Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Existential approach integrated with Cognitive Behavioral techniques employed to establish evidence-based mechanisms shaped for individual need in order to develop client awareness. Focusing on personal development and discovering a sense of self that will aid in progressing in other areas of life.

Professional Interests: Young adult and adult minorities, integrated health, overall mental health and wellness

 

Noah S. Brandt

Noah S. Brandt
Masters - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Theoretical Approach: Cognitive Behavioral/Existential. Focusing on promoting self-discovery and empowerment by collaboratively examining the interactions between thoughts and behaviors. Incorporates evidence-based interventions into treatment based on the individual needs of the client.

Professional Interests: ADHD, grief, promotion of resilience, stress management, and trauma.

Professional Memberships:  American Counseling Association (student)

 

Terri C. Kadel, MS, LPC 

Terri C. Kadel, MS, LPC 
Testing Coordinator

Professional Membership: National College Testing Association

 

Barbara Solomon

Barbara Solomon 
Secretary