Counseling and Psychological Services

The staff has extensive training in psychology and human behavior, and to be objective and non-judgmental in the counseling relationship. They also have experience in developing confidential helping relationships and expertise in working with many different types of individuals and concerns.

Administrative Staff
Karen Hofmann, PhD
Director
  • Education: Texas A&M University
  • Internship: Texas A&M Student Counseling Service
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Psychologist
  • Professional Interests: Relationship and Couples; Family Of Origin and Women & Gender Issues, Trauma Recovery, Identity Development, LGBT, Social Justice, Group Process, Training & Supervision.
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Administration
  • Theoretical orientation: Integrative-Interpersonal, emotionally-focused, humanistic/ existential, psychodynamic, feminist/multicultural.
  • Fun Fact: Bilingual in Spanish/English
Christopher Hanes, PhD
Associate Director, Clinical Services
  • Education: Indiana University
  • Internship: Florida State University Counseling Center
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist
  • Professional Interests: Anxiety, Family of Origin Issues, Evidence Based Practice, Group Psychotherapy, Grief and Loss, Student Veterans, Clinical Supervision
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Clinical Services, Program Evaluation and Research
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Family Systems foundations
  • Fun Fact: Diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir, PhD
Associate Director, Outreach and Community Intervention
  • Education: Barry University, Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling
  • Internship: Community Counseling Center of Central Florida
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Board Qualified Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health and Marriage and Family
  • Professional Interests: Prevention, Intervention, Crisis Response, Program Development, and Suicide Prevention
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Outreach, prevention efforts, Suicide Prevention (QPR Master trainer), Website, Marketing and Promotions
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, Person-Centered, Developmental, Multicultural and Systems Theory
Jocelyn Buhain, PhD
Associate Director, Training
  • Education: University of Denver
  • Internship: University of North Carolina Charlotte Counseling Center
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida/North Carolina Licensed Psychologist
  • Professional Interests: Identity, Relationships, Family Dynamics, Life Transitions, Ethics, Teaching, Professional Development
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Training Committee, Liaison to Catholic Campus Ministry and Asian student organizations
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Self Psychology, Interpersonal, Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral, Multicultural, Existential
Liz Stevenson, MSW
Assistant Director, Clinical Services
  • Education: Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
  • Internship: Southeast Nassau Guidance Center, Wantagh, New York
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Professional Interests: Crisis Intervention and stabilization, Social Justice, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Substance Use/Dual Diagnosis, Grief & Loss, Family of Origin, Suicide Prevention -QPR trained, Supervision & Training and Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Clinical Administration, Care Management Team, Autism Connections, Substance Abuse Treatment Team, UCF Type 1 diabetes support
  • Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral, Systems and Motivational Interviewing
Valeska Wilson-Cathcart, M.A.
Assistant Director, Adminstration & Innovation
  • Education: University of Central Florida
  • Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Licensure Status /Certifications: Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Qualified Supervisor by the State of Florida, & Biofeedback-Certified (BCB)
  • Professional Interests: Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Relationship and Women’s Issues, Eating Disorders, Abuse Related Concerns, Self Esteem, Personal Growth & Improvement
  • Areas of Coordination: Project Manager for CAPS Director which includes managing all Searches (of permanent staff) as well as Emergency Planning and Preparation; Clinical Review Committee chair.
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Interpersonal Process, Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic.
  • Fun Fact: I am Bodhi’s owner.

 

Clinical Staff
Leigh Baker, PhD
Clinical Staff
  • Education: Florida State University, Ph. D. Combined Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology
  • Internship: Georgia State University
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Psychologist
  • Professional Interests: Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, relationship and family concerns, first generation college students, LGBTQ+, ADHD, LD, adjustment, identity development, and self-esteem
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Substance Abuse/Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team, Program Evaluation and Research Committee
  • Theoretical orientation: Integrative with Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing approaches.
  • Fun Fact: I am a native Floridian who loves being outdoors and spending time with family.
Amanda Bailey, MA
Clinical Staff
  • Education:Rollins College
  • Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Professional Interests: Family of Origin Issues, Substance Abuse and ACOA Issues, Interpersonal Concerns, Anxiety, Depression, Anger/Aggression Issues, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, & Identity Development
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Research Committee, Outreach Committee, Substance Abuse Treatment Team, Coordinator for Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, and Healing Arts Committee
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Multicultural, and Interpersonal
  • Fun Fact: Mandi is originally from Colorado and is a huge Denver Broncos fan. She loves hiking, yoga, paddle boarding, and anything outdoors!
Daniela Carter, MSW
Clinical Staff
  • Education: University of Central Florida
  • Internship: Juvenile Addictions Receiving Facility (ARF) Orlando, FL
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Professional Interests: Crisis intervention, Suicide Prevention, Substance Abuse, Social Justice, Multicultural
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Care Management Team, Clinical Committee, Eating Disorder Treatment Team, Substance Abuse Treatment Team, Care Management Treatment Team
  • Theoretical orientation: Person Centered, Strength Perspective, Solution focused, Mindfulness
  • Fun Fact: I enjoy running long distance
Arturo Cintron Torres, PsyD
Clinical Staff

Education: Doctorate Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Masters in Counseling Psychology from Universidad del Turabo, Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Internship: Community Mental Health Clinic – Centro de Salud Conductual at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Licensure Status/Certifications: Unlicensed in the State of Florida; Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico since 2004.
Professional Interests: Interventions with adults in different modalities (Individual; Groups; Couples). Care of severe psychopathologies in an ambulatory care setting. Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Adjustment, Psychotic Disorders, Performance Enhancement, Cognitive Restructuring.
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Clinical Committee, Substance Abuse/Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team, TAO Treatment Team, Sports Psychology.
Theoretical orientation: Cognitive Behavioral - Emotional Focused - Humanistic
Fun Fact: Plays guitar, loves sports and nature

Angela Chop, Psy.D.
Clinical Staff

Education: Alliant International University, Sacramento
Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Licensure Status/Certifications: Psychological Resident
Professional Interests: Trauma/Abuse Recovery, Intimate Partner Violence, Interpersonal and Family Concerns, Identity Development, Anxiety, LGBTQ+, Depression, and Adjustment Concerns.
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Liaison for Victim Services, Substance Abuse Treatment Team, Clinical Committee, and Trans Care Team
Theoretical orientation: Integrative approach including Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, and Humanistic.
Fun Fact: I love to travel and eat chocolate.

Christine Dassow, MEd, EdS
Clinical Staff

Education: University of Florida
Internship: University of Florida Counseling Center
Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitator
Professional Interests: Anxiety, ADHD, Self-Esteem, Personal Development, Identity Development, Religion and Spirituality, Mindfulness, International Student concerns
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Liaison to Performing Arts and International Affairs and Global Strategies
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy (including all expressive arts, but with emphasis in Music), Humanistic Therapy, Behavioral Therapy
Fun Fact: I am writing a novel.

Janice Delgado, Psy.D.
Clinical Staff (Post Doc)

Education: Ponce Health Sciences University, Ponce, PR
Internship: Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Newark, NJ
Professional Interests: Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Crisis Response, Assessment, Depression, Family Dynamics, Acculturation, Expressive Therapy
Theoretical Orientation: Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral & Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
3 Fun Facts: I studied visual arts and I am a passionate painter; I enjoy dancing (ballet) and practicing yoga in my spare time

Rich Dewalden, M.A.
Clinical Staff

Education: University of Central Florida – B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling
Internship: Private Practice – Central Florida Psychological Consultants, Inc.
Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Professional Interests: Couples and Family Therapy, Career Counseling
Theoretical Orientation: Systems blended with existential with Rogerian sprinkled throughout
Fun Fact: When not working, the place I most like to be is on the water… anywhere. Most might not believe I’m pretty good at water sports and have barefoot water skied and can still hold my own on a wakeboard despite having shattered my foot doing so.

Robert Dwyer, MA
Clinical Staff

Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Licensure Status: Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Professional Interests: Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Identity Development, Mindfulness, STEM Students, Muslim Students, International Students
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Group Coordinator, Team Leader, Clinical Committee, Substance Abuse Treatment Team, Case Disposition, Group Supervision
Theoretical Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavioral, Interpersonal, Multicultural
Fun Fact: Plays drums

Melissa Fernandez, MA
Clinical Staff
  • Education: University of Central Florida
  • Internship: UCF Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor Eligible
  • Professional Interests: Mindfulness and meditation, acculturation and adjustment Issues, positive psychology, relationship and family concerns, anxiety, depression, personal growth and success, diversity issues/awareness, grief and loss, identity development, religion and spirituality concerns, self-esteem, social skills, and LGBTQ issues.
  • Theoretical Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person Centered, and Interpersonal
  • Fun Fact: I love Crossfit and was on Oprah’s Favorite Things
Roselynn Garcia-Almonte, PsyD
Clinical Staff

Education: Carlos Albizu University (Psy. D in Clinical Psychology) and Florida International University (B.A. in psychology).
Internship: Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS)
Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida and New York Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests: Relationship and couples, Stress, Family Dynamics, Depression, and Training and Supervision
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: CAPS Cares, TAO treatment team, and Eating Disorder treatment team.
Theoretical orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Humanistic (Rogerian)
Fun Fact: Enjoying watching Disney, Marvel, and DC comics films. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and my dog named snuggles. I also love to plan parties and decorate for events. My nickname is Rosie.

Jade Garneau-Fournier, PhD
Clinical Staff

• Education: Palo Alto University, CA
• Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services
• Licensure Status/Certifications: Registered Dietitian
• Professional Interests: Relationships, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Student Athletes, International Students, LGBTQ+, and Training
· Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Eating Disorder Management Team Coordinator, Athletics, Program Evaluation and Research, Trans Care Team, TAO Treatment Team
• Theoretical orientation: Integrative including Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Cognitive Behavioral
• Fun Fact: French is my native language

Daniel Garner-Quintero, M.A.
Clinical Staff

Education: Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College
Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services
Licensure Status/Certifications: Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
Professional Interests: LGBTQ++ individuals, multicultural counseling, identity development, Religious/Spiritual Concerns
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Training Committee, Liaison to Campus Faith & Ministries
Theoretical orientation: Relational-Cultural Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy
Fun Fact: I love to bake. I have two fur babies. I am a native Floridian and Orlandoan

Lara Herman, Psy.D.
Clinician Staff (Post Doc)

• Education: Nova Southeastern University
• Internship: Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling and Psychological Services
Professional Interests: Depression, Identity Development, Relationships, Acceptance
Theoretical Orientation: Integrated including Interpersonal, Existential, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
3 Fun Facts: I love singing and traveled the world in different choirs. I have a slight obsession with rabbits. I am a proud Disney fanatic.

Anna King, PsyD
Clinical Staff
  • Education: Nova Southeastern University
  • Internship: Northeast Florida State Hospital
  • Licensure Status: Florida Licensed Psychologist
  • Professional Interests: Trauma/abuse recovery, Mindfulness, Assessment, Anxiety, Depression, Supervision and Training,
  • Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Fun Fact: Enjoy traveling, yoga and spending time with family and my dog and cat.
Rebbecca Lowe, Ph.D.
Clinical Staff

Education: PhD in Counseling Psychology, Tennessee State University; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Internship: University of Central Florida CAPS
Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests: Health Psychology, Autism Spectrum, Training and Professional Development
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Program Evaluation and Research, Substance Abuse/Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team, TAO Treatment Team, Supervision of trainee
Theoretical orientation: Integrative, including Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Biopsychosocial, Interpersonal
Fun Fact: I come from a very large family. I have 24 aunts and uncles and 72 first cousins!

Stephany Mahaffey, Ph.D.
Clinical Staff

• Education: Texas Woman's University - Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
• Internship: University of South Florida Counseling Center
• Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Psychologist
• Professional Interests: Supervision and Training, LGBQ and Trans* Students, Social Justice, Couples and Family Therapy, Anger Management, and Self-Forgiveness
• Theoretical Orientation: Relational-Cultural Theory blended with Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
• Fun Fact: Volunteer with the 'Crisis Intervention Team' for the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada with a temporary population of 65,000+ for one week in August

Meredith Malkin, MA
Clinical Staff
  • Education: University of Central Florida
  • Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Certification in Expressive Arts Therapy in progress
  • Professional Interests: Relationship/Family issues, diversity, body image issues, self-esteem/self-efficacy, trauma/abuse recovery, bullying prevention, unblocking creativity, and working with hidden artists.
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Eating Disorder treatment team, Equity and Inclusion committee, art curator for Healing Art Exhibition, liasionship to the School Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), and Student Disabilities Services (SDS)
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Interpersonal/Relational, Existential/Humanistic, and Psychodynamic
  • Fun Fact: Screen writer and artist at heart and writes stories as a hobby. Sometimes, she believes she is Nancy Drew
Larry Marks, Ph.D.
Clinical Staff
  • Education: University of Tennessee – Knoxville (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology)
  • Internship: Counseling Center, University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist – Florida
  • Professional Interests: College Student Developmental Issues, Positive Psychology, Life Coaching, Time/Energy Management, Relationship Issues, Depression, Gender Issues, Personal Growth and Success, Diversity Issues/Awareness, Ecopsychology/Ecotherapy, Outreach Programming, and Counseling Center Research
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Life Coaching Services, Outreach Committee, TAO Treatment Team.
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Psychodynamic/Insight-Oriented
  • Fun Fact: Enjoys spending time in nature and hiking with family and friends.
Stacy Nale-Stadom, RYT-200, MA
Clinical Staff
  • Education: University of Central Florida
  • Internship: Center for Drug Free Living
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hrs
  • Professional Interests: Yoga, GLBTQ+, Addiction, Relationship Concerns, Mindfulness, Anxiety
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Clinical, Workplace Wellness, Healing Arts, SATT Coordinator, Safe Zone Trainer
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, & Humanistic
Yiset Perez, MSW
Clinical Staff

Education: University of Central Florida
Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Professional Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Multicultural/Bilingual (Spanish), Relationship & Family Issues, Crisis intervention, Identity Development, LGBTQ+ Issues, and Social Justice.
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Care management team, Eating disorders management team, Trans* care team, Training committee
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Person-Centered, Brief Psychodynamic, Strengths-Perspective, MBCBT, and Relational/Multicultural.
Fun Fact: I enjoy doing math problems.

Kristal Pollack, MSW
Clinical Staff
  • Education: Florida International University
  • Internship: Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Professional Interests: Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Recovery, Personal Growth and Success, Supervision and Training
  • Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Liaison to student groups: Active Minds and To Write Love On Her Arms, Liaison to Hercules and Nike Resident Halls, member of EDTT , Training Committee, and Clinical Review Committee
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Strengths Based, Solution Focused, Person Centered, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Stephanie Preston, M.Ed.
Clinical Staff

Education: Clemson University
Internship: Rollins College
Licensure Status/Certifications: State of FL Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Qualified Clinical Supervisor
Professional Interests: Women’s Issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, college student identity development, gender transition, depression, indigenous wisdom, group therapy, spirituality, addiction recovery, ethical use of technology
Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Training Committee, Liaison to LGBTQ+ Services, QPR, Safe Zone, Group Therapy Seminars
Theoretical orientation: Feminist, Gestalt, Jungian, Client-Centered
Fun Facts: I learned how to swim at age 34. I regularly practice silent meditation.

Vanessa Stein, MSW
Clinical Staff
  • Education: University of Central Florida
  • Internship: Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) and Florida Hospital
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: LCSW, Qualified Supervisor with the State of Florida for Clinical Social Work Interns
  • Professional Interests: Military and Veteran Issues, Non Traditional Students, Anxiety, LGBTQ+, Self-Injury, and Crisis Intervention
  • Area of Coordination: CARES Committee, RENEW- Peer Educators, Community Provider Database, Liaison to Hillel, Liaison to the VARC
  • Theoretical Orientation : Integrative to include Dialectical Behavioral, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral, and Positive Psychology
  • Fun Fact: Has a life goal to visit every Florida State Park and every US National Park
Keiron Timothy, M.A.
Clinical Staff
  • Education: M.A. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida
  • Internship: University of Central Florida Community Counseling Clinic
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
  • Professional Interests: Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Identity Development, Multicultural, Spirituality/Christian Counseling and Expressive Art & Play Therapy
  • Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and ACT
  • Fun Fact: I am an active runner competing in a number of 5k and half marathon races. I also enjoy visiting the local amusement parks.
Tamara Walden, PhD
Clinical Staff

Education: Rutgers University: B.A. in Psychology (1998); University of Maryland: M.A. in Exercise & Sports Psychology (2004) and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (2013)
• Internship: Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida
• Licensure Status/Certifications: (soon-to-be licensed 🙂 )
• Professional Interests: Mindfulness, Multiculturalism, Social Justice & Ally Development, Sports Psychology, Training and Supervision, Buddhist Psychology
• Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Trans*Support, Safe Zone Ally, Athletics, Training
• Theoretical orientation: Interpersonal, Humanistic (Rogerian), Multicultural/Feminist
• Fun Fact: Love any kind of creativity (e.g. art, language, culture, comedy, music, poetry, etc.) especially in the moment improvisation and expression.

LeAnne Wawrzaszek, M.A.
Clinical Staff
  • Education: M.A., Rollins College, Mental Health Program
  • Internship: Counseling Center, University of Central Florida
  • Licensure Status/Certifications: Florida, National Certified Counselor
  • Professional Interests: Depression, stress/anxiety, substance abuse, self-esteem, identity development, and sexual orientation issues, grief, trauma
  • Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, psychodynamic, humanistic
Benetta Wholuba, PhD
Clinical Staff

• Education: PhD in Counseling Psychology from the Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology at FSU; B.S. Psychology FSU
• Internship: Pennsylvania Counseling Services Crossroads Track; Post-doc: UF Health (Shands) Jacksonville in Trauma Surgery
• Licensure Status/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist; Florida
• Professional Interests: First Generation College Students, Graduate Students, Career Indecision, Anxiety/Stress Reduction, Family Relationships, Adjusting to Change, Grief/Loss, Substance Abuse, Test Anxiety Reduction, ADHD Coaching, Group Therapy, and Supervision
• Area of Center Coordination and Involvement: Sister Circle (group for Black female students), Health Empowerment (group for student with chronic health concerns), Liaison with Career Services, and Training Committee
• Theoretical orientation: Integrative influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client- Centered, and Reality Therapy
• Fun Fact: I have organized multiple productions that include singing, dancing, and acting.

Bodhi
Animal Assisted Therapy Dog

Bodhi was born on February 25, 2012 and at 16 weeks of age joined Counseling and Psychological Services with plans to be their first therapy dog. Bodhi was selected because of his wonderful personality. Based on his “puppy temperament testing,” he is outgoing and friendly, and has a flexible temperament that will adjust well to different types of environment. After Bodhi turned one year of age, he took and passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and after he was two years old, he took and passed his therapy dog test. Bodhi and his owner, Valeska Wilson-Cathcart, are a Registered Therapy Dog Team with Therapy Dogs International.

Bodhi is a Havanese which is also known as the Havana silk dog and is said to be Cuba's only native breed. They are very sociable and with their high degree of intelligence, they are excellent candidates for obedience training. The Havanese is an affectionate, happy and playful dog and has a lively, springy gait. The name Bodhi is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment and literally means awakened. It is from the verbal root "to awake, become aware, notice, know, or understand."

Bodhi’s favorite things to do are to play outside, chase balls, & play with his people friends! He can frequently be seen consulting with his human co-workers or participating at a CAPS outreach event.

 

Interns
Monica Lackups
Intern

Education: Eastern Michigan University
Professional Interests: Depression, anxiety, stress, sexual decision making and compulsive sexual behavior, multiculturalism
Theoretical Orientation: Primarily third wave behavioral (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), but also drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
3 Fun Facts: Prior to graduate school I never lived in any location for more than 4 consecutive years. I graduated from high school in Taipei, Taiwan and was born in Athens, Greece. I love to cook and have a growing collection of cookbooks that goes with me every time I move.

Brittany Lee
Intern

Education: The University of Memphis
Professional Interests: Anxiety and Depression, Identity Development, Relationship issues, First Generation College Students
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic approaches
Fun Fact: I first read the DSM at the age of 8.

Christine Wojnicz
Intern

Education: B.S. Psychology, Rutgers University
M.A. Psychology of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.S., Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia
Professional Interests: Attachment theory, psychodynamic therapy, LGBT concerns, adult children of alcoholics (Acoa), childfree couples, social anxiety
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic/Family Systems
3 Fun Facts: 1) I am secretly in love with Minions, 2) I traveled to Paris, France by myself twice, 3) I like all things Cat related, yet I have never owned a pet cat

 

Trainees
Caiti Bradbury, B.S.
Trainee

Education: Associate in Arts (Gen. Ed.)-- Valencia College, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)-- University of Central Florida, Currently seeking Master of Arts (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)-- Rollins College
Professional Interests: Development of Availability/Access to Mental Health Services for College Students, Depression, Anxiety, Non-suicidal Self Injury and Suicide Prevention, Self-esteem, Eating Disorders, Relationship Issues, LGBTQ & International Students, Acculturation/Adjustment Issues, Multiculturalism, Mindfulness, and Trauma.
Theoretical Orientation: A primarily Person-Centered & Cognitive Behavioral Approach with integration of other theoretical concepts and techniques.
Fun Facts: Tattoos are my form of self-expression, I am a huge Marvel comic book & movie fan (semi-DC fan), and my favorite hobby is the flying trapeze.

Kelly Christensen, B.A.
Trainee

Education: University of Central Florida – B.A. in Psychology.
Professional Interests: Personal growth, Mindful awareness, Adjustment and boundary issues, Locus of control issues, Anger management.
Theoretical Orientation: Strengths-Perspective, Existential theory.
Fun Facts: I grew up in an old mining town called Silverado, located in southern California. As an adult, I am fascinated with visiting and exploring other old mining towns, ghost towns, and Indian ruins. My all-time favorite T.V. program is the Andy Griffith Show. I enjoy old school-country music such as Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. I had a pony named Irish-Whiskey as a kid. My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut

Daniel Lavender, B.A.
Trainee

Education: Dickinson College (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) and University of Central Florida (Master of Social Work [in progress]).
Professional Interests: Sexuality, Gender & LGBTQQIAAM+ Issues, Multiculturalism, Intersectionality, Identity Development, Socialization, & Social Justice.
Theoretical Orientation: Strengths-Based, Person-In-Environment, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Feminist & Empowerment theories.
Fun Fact: I speak Japanese and can generally hold my own in a conversation, thanks in great part to my living there on two separate occasions.

Alexi Minnick, B.S. B.A.
Generalist Social Work Trainee

Education: University of Central Florida
Professional Interests: Mental Health of College Students, Social Psychology, Women's Mental Health, Eating and Body Image Concerns, Veterans, and Military Families.
Theoretical Orientation: Strengths Based Perspective and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Fun Facts: I am a Native Floridian. I love to kayak, swim, and snorkel. My favorite literature genre is 19th century Fiction.

Christin Saro, B.A.
Trainee

Education: University of Georgia (B.A.) and University of Central Florida
Professional Interests: Myers-Briggs, Mindfulness & Meditation, Anxiety, Personal Growth, Math Anxiety, Relationship Concerns, Life Transitions, Family of Origin Issues
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including Cognitive Behavioral, Reality Therapy and Motivational Interviewing approaches
Fun Facts: I enjoy swing dancing, especially Balboa. I also love to read fiction in my spare time.

Hayley Rodriguez, B.A.
Trainee

Education: The University of Akron B.A.
Professional Interests: Self-Esteem, Crisis intervention, Resiliency, Trauma, Positive Psychology, Group Therapy, and Multiculturalism
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative: Person-Centered, Reality, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Psychodynamic
Fun Facts: My favorite singer is Taylor Swift, and I have been to six of her concerts so far. I also finished the new Harry Potter book in less than three hours.

Keara Washington, B.S.
Trainee

Education: B.S at Claflin University; M.S. at Radford University; Currently attending Florida Institute of Technology-Clinical Psychology Psy.D Program
Professional Interests: Multiculturalism, Trauma Recovery, Resiliency, Family Issues, and Treatment for Young Populations
Theoretical Orientation: Evidenced Based Integrated Approach emphasizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems
Fun Facts: I love baking and dancing!!

 

Contractual Clinicians
Caitlin Hilligas, M.A.
Clinical Staff

Education: University of Central Florida, Northwest Missouri State University
Licensure Status/Certifications: Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
Professional Interests: Depression, Multiculturalism, Identity Development, Positive Psychology, Sexual Health & Wellness
Theoretical Orientation: Evidenced Based Integrated Approach emphasizing CBT, ACT, & Interpersonal theories
Fun Fact: I grew up on a gravel road outside of a small town of 800 people in the state of Nebraska. I also really enjoy classic novels when I have spare time to read them; "Little Women" is my favorite.

Olga Khonyakina, M.S.W.
Clinical Staff

Education: University of Central Florida
Internship: University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Licensure Status/Certifications: Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Professional Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Mindfulness, Interpersonal relationships, Identity Development, Diversity, Chronic conditions, International students, Trauma
Theoretical orientation: Integrative, including Person Centered, Strength Based, Interpersonal, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Fun Fact:  Although I was born and grew up in Siberia, I am a beach bum at heart

Yael Rivera, B.S.

Education: University of Central Florida (Bachelor of Science in Psychology)
Internship: Mental Health Association of Central Florida
Professional Interests: Mental Health of College Students, Women's Mental Health, Positive Psychology, & Social Justice
Fun Fact: I love Doctor Who and Taylor Swift and I’m currently learning how to sew.