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Jodi K. Caldwell, PhD
(she/her/hers)

Executive Director
Licensed Psychologist

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Dr. Caldwell (she/her/hers) received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000 from Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX, where she also completed her pre-doctoral internship. She joined the Counseling Center staff in August of 2000 as a staff psychologist. She has since served as the Assistant Director for Training, and the Interim Clinical Services Director. Dr. Caldwell has been the Director of the Center since January of 2012; in January 2018, she became the Executive Director of the Counseling Center for all Georgia Southern campuses. Dr. Caldwell is the Past Chair of the university’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center (SRSAC). On the state level, Dr. Caldwell is the Regents Advisory Council as the Chair-Elect of the Counseling Directors Association, and the Past Chair of the Crisis Response Network. On a national level, Dr. Caldwell is currently serving her second elected term to the Directorate Board of the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services of the American College Personnel Association and was certified as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responder.

Dr. Caldwell’s clinical interests are varied and include women’s issues, multiculturalism, and professional development concerns. Dr. Caldwell was the recipient of a 2005 Award of Merit for “Excellence in Service to the Georgia Southern University Community”, the 2006 “Commitment to Advocacy Award” for dedication to the issue of Sexual Assault Education, the 2010 “40 Under 40” award from the Statesboro Herald for professional achievement, and the 2014 “Outstanding Contributions to Counseling Center Work” award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. In 2019, she was awarded both the “College Counseling Advocacy Award” from the American College Counseling Association and the “College Counseling Director of the Year Award” from the Georgia College Counseling Association.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University
APA-Accredited Internship, Texas Tech University Counseling Center
MA, Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University
BA, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University

What is your favorite quote? I have too many to pick just one, but my favorite poem is The Road Less Traveled, by Robert Frost.

What is your favorite dessert? Cannoli

Certifications: Licensed Psychologist

Roles: Executive Director, Past Chair for Sexual Assault Response Team, Chair-Elect for Regents’ Advisory Counseling – Counseling Director’s Association





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Artemis Ray Allen, MS, APC, NCC
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor – Armstrong
Associate Professional Counselor
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Artemis Ray “Arty” Allen (he/him/his) earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) in December 2018. He received his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies with concentrations in Preaching and Counseling from Point University (West Point, GA) in 2014. Arty has worked in Residence Life at both Point University and Columbus State prior to shifting to clinical work at the University of West Georgia Counseling Center as an intern and then as a staff counselor. Arty’s counseling style is influenced by humanistic models as well as Gestalt therapy and creative expressive therapy. His clinical interests include LGBTQIA+ population concerns, Transgender and Non-binary gender development and concerns, anxiety, depression, grief, and Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s. Arty approaches therapy as a collaboration and works from a strengths-based multiculturally informed framework.

Education
MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Columbus State University
BA, Biblical Studies with concentrations in Preaching and Counseling, Point University

What do you do in your spare time? I love tabletop board games and card games and I am a massive nerd. I also really enjoy cooking/baking, creative writing, and play a few different musical instruments.

Favorite quote: “You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy. I have never met a heavy heart that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside.” – Andrea Gibson

Certifications: Associate Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified QPR Instructor

Roles: Mental Health Counselor





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Jordan Futran, MA, APC
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Associate Professional Counselor
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Jordan Futran (he/him/his) completed his master’s degree in professional mental health counseling at Lewis and Clark college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Willamette University. Jordan has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, and forensic programs. Jordan’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal effectiveness, ADHD, amongst others. Jordan’s practice is informed by person centered counseling as well as cognitive, behavioral, and dialectical behavioral therapies. Jordan believes in a collaborative process in therapy and empowering individuals to build a life that is worth living.

Education
MA, Professional Mental Health Counseling, Lewis and Clark College
BA, Psychology, Willamette University

What is your favorite quote? “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher.

Favorite dessert: Cookies and cream ice cream

Certifications: Associate Professional Counselor

Roles: Mental Health Counselor





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Keith C. Gunnerson, PhD
(he/him/his)

Staff Psychologist – Statesboro
Licensed Psychologist
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Dr. Gunnerson received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology through the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of counseling environments including university departments, counseling centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and private practice. His main research interest includes the impact of religion on client’s experience of counseling. He has also investigated college success and retention in first generation college students. His clinical interests include issues related to religion, grief work, and working through trauma. His approach to therapy is largely client-centered wherein he strives to make each client feel comfortable and safe, while simultaneously adding cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy, and interpersonal interventions.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Utah
APA-Accredited Internship, Georgia Southern University Counseling Center
MEd, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Utah
BA, University of Utah

Favorite quote: “He who can’t laugh at himself leaves the job to someone else” – Unknown

If you could afford a one-week, all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to go to New Zealand and tour the sets of Lord of the Rings or hope to find the cast from Flight of the Conchords!

Roles: Mental Health Counselor, Liaison to Military & Veteran Services – Statesboro





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C. Adam Hogue, MEd, LPC, CPCS, NCC
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Mr. Hogue (he/him/his) is a two-time graduate of Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy through ULM. He joined the staff at the Counseling Center on the Armstrong campus in October of 2016. Mr. Hogue has experience providing services in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, public service, and private practice settings. His clinical interests include relational issues, identity development, sexual minority concerns, and systemic issues.

Education
MEd, Counselor Education, Georgia Southern University
BS, Georgia Southern University

What is your favorite quote? “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain.

What song do you sing at the top of your lungs while driving alone in your car? There are songs by Queen that it is just impossible not to sing along to but I feel that way about a lot more music than I can list.

Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Counseling

Roles: Mental Health Counselor





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Taylor Hopkins, MSW, LCSW
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor – Armstrong
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Taylor (she/her/hers) is a Baltimore native, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (Baltimore, MD). Following her program completion, Taylor has worked in various clinical settings including outpatient mental health servicing children, adolescents, and adults, and residential treatment in collaboration with the juvenile justice department. Taylor’s counseling style is influenced mostly by her experience using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by incorporating mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, dialectics, and interpersonal effectiveness. Her clinical interests include: depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, adjustment and transitional concerns, coping skills, and self-regulation techniques.

Education
MSW, Social Work, University of Maryland
BSW, Social Work, Salisbury University

What is your favorite quote? “When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama

Favorite dessert: Talenti’s Caramel Cookie Crunch gelato with a warm chocolate chip cookie.

Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Roles: Mental Health Counselor, Liaison to University Housing – Armstrong, Liaison to Military & Veteran Services – Armstrong





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Jadeshala Humphries, MEd, APC, NCC, CCTP
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Associate Professional Counselor
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Jadeshala ‘Jade’ Humphries (she/her/hers) is a Double Eagle and received both her B.S in Psychology and M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia Southern University. Upon program completion, Jade has served in university advocacy roles and in an off campus private practice setting. She has experience working with several different populations from adults, college students, to young teenagers. Her clinical interests include: depression, anxiety, developing healthy coping skills, and suicide prevention. Her therapeutic style is influenced by motivational interviewing, cognitive – behavioral therapy, and humanistic therapies with a solution – focused approach.

Education
MEd, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my family, moving through dance or exercise, and listening to podcasts.

Favorite dessert: Strawberry and Cookies and Cream. .. CHEESECAKE!

Certifications: Associate Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified QPR Instructor

Roles: Mental Health Counselor, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Statesboro, Liaison to Office of Multicultural Affairs in Statesboro





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Ty Johnson, MS, LPC, MAC, CPCS
(she/her/hers)

Case Manager/Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Tyhescia “Ty” Johnson (she/her/hers) received her Bachelors of Science Degree in the field of Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University, graduating in 2005 and she completed her Masters of Science Degree from South University in 2009 in Professional Counseling. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and has worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. Ty has years of experience in Youth Detention Centers, group homes, Safe Haven Shelters, Higher Education, public schools, substance abuse inpatient/outpatient settings and private practice. She joined Georgia Southern Counseling Department Staff in November of 2021 and eagerly works to help connect students with resources needed to help support them both academically and personally. Ty enjoys focusing on areas of childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, perinatal mood disorders and relationship counseling. The modality she often uses is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Solution-focused approach.

Education
MS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University

Favorite quote: “Do everything in excellence or don’t do it at all.”

What do you do in your spare time? I love to spend time with my family and closest friends. I love snuggling with my girls and watching a great Disney movie. I love riding long country roads and discovering new things.

Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Master’s Addiction Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Roles within Counseling Center: Case Manager for Statesboro, Mental Health Counselor, Liaison to Office of Multicultural Affairs





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Katie Jones, PhD, CCTP, CTMH
(she/her/hers)

Associate Director for Armstrong Campus
Licensed Psychologist
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Dr. Jones (she/her/hers) received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined the Georgia Southern Counseling Center staff in September 2015 and served as the Assistant Director/Training Director from 2016 to 2021. She is currently the President of the Georgia College Counseling Association.

Her clinical interests include supervision, training, depression, anxiety, trauma, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal skill-building, and the development of life-long adaptive coping skills. She has advanced training in trauma, telemental health, DBT, and has over 50 hours of training to provide EMDR. Dr. Jones enjoys running many of our skills-based groups and our open seminar series entitled “Emotional Wisdom.” Her therapeutic style is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Animal-Assisted Therapy, existential issues, feminism, and interpersonal processing all through the lens of Social Justice and Inclusion.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
APA-Accredited Internship, Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium
BA, Psychology, Clemson University

If you could afford a one-week all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? I love to travel! I have spent time in Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. My favorites have been Egypt and Greece! I think the next place on my bucket list is either a safari in Africa or a trip to Vietnam/Thailand! I am a beautiful view seeker.

What song do you sing at the top of your lungs while driving alone in your car? Dreams by Fleetwood Mac & Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt… get me every time.

Certifications: Licensed Psychologist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider

Roles: Associate Director for Armstrong Campus





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Angela Landers, MS, LPC, CPCS, RYT-200
(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director for Outreach & Community Engagement
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Angela Landers (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Community Engagement at the Counseling Center. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology at Georgia Southern University. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Savannah Yoga Center. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, Ms. Landers enjoys offering programs that focus on wellness such as Mindful Yoga, a yoga class infused with meditation practice, and Restorative Retreats. Ms. Landers’ clinical interests include relational issues, anxiety, coping skills, women’s issues, multiculturalism, and identity formation. Her counseling orientation is integrative with an emphasis on interpersonal-process, humanistic, and cognitive perspectives.

Education
MS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University

What is the best television comedy of all time? No doubt about it – The Office. I rarely go more than a few days without quoting something from that show!

What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when alone in your car? Any of my favorite “80s Ladies” – Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Pat Benatar.

Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Yoga Teach (200 Hours), Certified QPR Instructor

Roles: Assistant Director for Outreach and Community Engagement, Liaison to University Housing





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Randy LaMons, MEd
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Pursuing counselor licensure
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Randy LaMons (he/him/his) received his master’s degree in Counselor Education/Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Augusta University and his bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts/Public Relations with a minor in Business at Georgia Southern. Randy is also a former certified personal trainer and has a passion for fitness as well as counseling. He is involved philanthropic work and gives back to his community through his non-profit organization, the Be the Change Foundation, which was created to provide scholarships to help seniors pay for college expenses. Randy’s clinical style is client-centered while focusing on building a relationship with clients.

Education
MEd, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Augusta University
BS, Communication Arts/Public Relations, Georgia Southern University

Favorite dessert: A warm chocolate chip cookie will always make my day

If you could afford a one-week, all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? If I’m not at work, you will find me at the beach. The number one beach on my bucket list to visit is the Maldives

Certifications: Certified QPR Instructor

Roles: Mental Health Counselor





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Clayton Martin, PhD, LPC, CPCS, NCC
(he/him/his)

Assistant Director for Armstrong Campus
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Dr. Clayton Martin earned a PhD in Counselor Education from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Martin’s clinical interests include working with young adults who face challenges with self-image and emotion regulation, individuals with substance abuse issues, and neuroatypical individuals. Dr. Martin has published articles in numerous refereed psychotherapy journals and has co-authored chapters for counseling textbooks produced by the American Psychological Association and the National Career Development Association. His research interests include Ethical Issues in Counseling, postmodern approaches to psychotherapy and career counseling, and alternative conceptualizations of psychopathology for the counseling profession. Prior to becoming a counselor, Dr. Martin enjoyed a ten-year career as an actor and playwright in the city of Atlanta.

Education
PhD, Counselor Education, College of William & Mary
MA, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling, Barry University
BA, Drama, University of Georgia

Favorite dessert? The Key Lime pie in the Florida Keys ruined me for all other desserts, forever.

What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when alone in your car? About a thousand songs, and I don’t limit myself to the car. I could spontaneously burst into song in a number of environments. Some favorites, however, include “Why Do I Love You?” by Barbara Cook & John Raitt, “My Blue Heaven” as recorded by Frank Sinatra, and “Where’d All the Time Go?” by Dr. Dog.

Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Counselor

Roles: Assistant Director for Armstrong Campus, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Armstrong





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Brandi McGee, MS, LPC, CPCS
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Brandi (she/her/hers) received her Master’s degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Francis Marion University and her Bachelor’s degree from Coker College where she double majored in Psychology and Business Administration. She is currently licensed as a professional counselor in South Carolina and Georgia. Brandi has years of experience providing services in a variety of settings which include private practice, schools, group homes, and a Children’s Advocacy Center. She recently joined the Georgia Southern Counseling Center staff in August 2021. Brandi’s clinical interests include anxiety, ADHD, trauma, women’s issues, identity development, LGBTQIA+ population concerns, family of origin, and multiculturalism/diversity. She has completed advanced training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy, AF-CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and ChildFirst forensic interviewing protocol. Brandi’s style of counseling is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, positive psychology, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Education
MS, Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Francis Marion University
BS, Psychology & Business Administration, Coker College

Favorite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd

Favorite dessert I can’t limit it to just one….it would have to be peach cobbler or banana pudding (if it’s made the right way!)

Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Roles: Mental Health Counselor, Practicum Coordinator, Assistant Chair for Sexual Assault Response Team





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Lauren O. Patterson, PsyD, CCTP
(she/her/hers)

Associate Director for Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist
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Dr. Patterson (she/her/hers) received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Georgia Southern, making her a proud “Triple Eagle.” She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services in West Lafayette, Indiana. Following internship, Dr. Patterson quickly returned to Statesboro to continue serving the Georgia Southern student body. She is Chair of the Georgia Southern Sexual Assault Response Team and heads the planning and implementation of many programming initiatives, including Sexual Assault Awareness Week and Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. She is a certified R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense instructor. Dr. Patterson also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. Dr. Patterson’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, sexual violence and trauma, relationship concerns, multiculturalism, rural mental health, women and gender issues, and gender and sexual minority concerns. Her therapeutic style is integrative of Feminist Therapy and trauma-informed approaches, as well as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. In 2020, Dr. Patterson was recipient of the Kathryn Grube Unsung Hero Award at the Georgia Southern Eagle Excellence Awards ceremony and was named to the Statesboro Herald’s 20 Under 40. She was also named to the Georgia Southern University 40 Under 40 alumni class of 2021.

Education
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Georgia Southern University
APA-Accredited Internship, Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services
MS, Clinical Psychology, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University

What is your favorite dessert? Cake, cookies, candy, pie. All desserts are my favorite desserts. I could never choose just one!

Favorite quote: “It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho. And basically everything Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote and/or said.

Certifications: Licensed Psychologist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Roles within Counseling Center: Associate Director for Clinical Services, Chair for Sexual Assault Response Team





Melinda Rule, MS
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Pursuing counselor licensure
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Melinda Rule (she/her/hers) received her M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the University of North Florida. She has prior clinical experience working in youth residential centers and university counseling centers. Her main research areas involve advocacy for weight-inclusivity and size diversity in counselor education and athletic identity loss.

She enjoys working with students on a variety of concerns including but not limiting identity development and exploration, anxiety, relationship concerns, body image, body liberation, and athletic/high-performers concerns. Her clinical approach to therapy is client-centered with an emotion focused lens, while using interventions and best practices founded in interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical and behavior therapy.

Education
MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of North Florida
BA, Forensic Psychology, University of North Florida

Favorite Quote: “The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings – words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.” – Stephen King

Favorite Food: I’ve got a huge sweet tooth but my favorites are cheesecake and cookie dough ice cream!

Roles: Mental Health Counselor, Eating Concerns Prevention Coordinator


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Tatiana Smith, MA, LPC
(she/her/hers)

Case Manager/Mental Health Counselor – Armstrong
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Tatiana Smith (she/her/hers) is a bilingual (English/Spanish), licensed counselor with an MA in Counseling from Webster University. Tatiana has years of experience providing services with community based organizations as well as in a college setting. She enjoys working with Individuals and Couples using techniques in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with a solution-focused approach. Tatiana’s clinical interests include anxiety, developing healthy coping skills, interpersonal skills, and avoidance issues.
Tatiana speaks English and Spanish

Education
MA, Counseling, Webster University

Favorite dessert: I am a true sugar lover, so anything sweet! I enjoy the coconut cake from Sandfly Barbeque.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy making jewelry. It has become my coping mechanism for anxiety. I love seeing live music and volunteering with organizations working toward social justice. I also enjoy going to the movies.

Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified QPR Instructor

Roles: Case Manager for Armstrong, Mental Health Counselor, Liaison to Office of Multicultural Affairs, Liaison to SOAR – Armstrong, Social Media Coordinator





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Mark D. Taracuk, PhD, NCC, CCTP
(he/him/his)

Assistant Director/Training Director
Licensed Psychologist
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Dr. Mark Taracuk (pronounced: terra chuck) is a licensed psychologist at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. He is currently the Assistant Director of Training and the training director for the APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology. Dr. Taracuk also serves as a member of the Georgia Southern University Sexual Assault Response Team and on the Prevention of Men’s Violence against Women Champions Committee.

He completed his doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Oklahoma State University and his doctoral internship at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. He received his master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University, his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State, and is a National Certified Counselor. His clinical focus includes college student development, existential concerns, autism spectrum disorders, sexual health and well-being, intimate partner violence, relational concerns, social justice-related issues, and gender and sexual diversity. His therapeutic orientation is an integrative approach utilizing Rogerian, feminist, and solution-focused methods with a dash of psychodynamic.

Dr. Taracuk serves on the Communication and Technology Board for the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. He also serves as membership chair for Division 17’s Section on College and University Counseling Centers, as treasurer for Division 17’s Section on Advocacy for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and as President-Elect and Continuing Education Co-Chair for the Georgia College Counseling Association.

Dr. Taracuk is an avid Indiana Hoosiers basketball fan, enjoys reading books in the hammock, loves Labrador Retrievers, and appreciates clever puns.

Education:
PhD, Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University
APA-Accredited Internship, Georgia Southern University Counseling Center
MSEd, Counseling and Counselor Education, Indiana University
BA, Psychology, Ohio State University

Favorite food: mint chocolate chip ice cream

Favorite quotes: “All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten. The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten.” – Zhuangzi

Certifications: Licensed Psychologist, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified QPR Instructor

Roles within Counseling Center: Training Director APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship, Assistant Director for Training, Website Coordinator





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Jenna Tomalski, PhD, CMPC
(she/her/hers)

Psychologist Embedded in Athletics – Statesboro
Licensed Psychologist
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Dr. Tomalski (she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. In her role, she is an embedded psychologist within Athletics providing comprehensive mental health services to student-athletes. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas, with a focus in sport psychology, and her masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology. Dr. Tomalski enjoys working with students presenting with a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, trauma, identity development/exploration, relationship concerns, sport injury rehabilitation, and body image issues. Her approach to counseling is collaborative in nature, and she strives to empower students to take an active role in the counseling process. Primarily, Dr. Tomalski’s work is informed from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy lens; however, she thoughtfully integrates perspectives and techniques from other theoretical frameworks to best fit students’ needs based on their unique identities and experiences. Her favorite pastimes include finding scenic running routes, exploring beautiful hiking trails, true crime podcasts, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas
APA-Accredited Internship, Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services
MS, Kinesiology, University of North Carolina – Greensboro
BA, Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

What is the best television comedy of all time? It’s a tough choice between Schitt’s Creek and Brooklyn Nine-Nine! They’re both so incredibly well-written and never fail to make me laugh!

What is your favorite movie? Hands down “The Princess Bride.” I could watch it on repeat and never get bored!

Certifications: Licensed Psychologist, Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Certified QPR Instructor

Roles: Psychologist embedded within the Athletics Department





Tiffany Williams, MEd
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor – Statesboro
Pursuing counselor licensure
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Paige Ziegler, PsyD
(she/her/hers)

Staff Psychologist – Statesboro
Pursuing psychology licensure
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Dr. Ziegler is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. She has had training in a variety of clinical settings including college counseling, community mental health, and private practice. Her main clinical interests include social justice and systemic issues, body image, body liberation, identity development, adjustment and transitional concerns, and women’s issues. Dr. Ziegler’s approach to therapy utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Cultural Humility. Dr. Ziegler believes in daily gratitude practice, identifying and pursuing one’s true values, and that everyone can benefit from therapy.

Education
PsyD, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
APA-Accredited Internship, Georgia Southern University Counseling Center
PsyM, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
BA, Miami University

Favorite quote: “I am a human being; nothing human can be alien to me.” – Terence

Favorite movie: Forrest Gump

Certifications: Certified QPR Instructor

Roles: Coordinator for group therapy services





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Linus the Therapy Dog
(he/him/his)

Assistant (to the) Associate Director – Armstrong
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Linus was rescued from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2011. He has lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, and now resides in Georgia. He became a certified Therapy Dog from Therapy Dog International in 2016, as well as a Canine Good Citizen. Linus was the 2017 winner of “Best Behaved” at Downtown Statesboro Development Authority’s Paw-Walk. His clinical interests include attentive listening and the use of silence. His theoretical orientation is rooted in behavioral therapy as he believes heavily in the use of positive reinforcement such as snacks, treats, and food. Linus enjoys kayaking, most outdoor adventures, bone stealing, and is a beach enthusiast. He most recently served as a member of the Avengers and also may have a French accent.

Education
Certified Therapy Dog, Therapy Dog International
Canine Good Citizen, American Kennel Club

Favorite food: Filet Mignon

Certifications: Certified Therapy Dog

Roles: Assistant to the Associate Director for Armstrong Campus, Therapy Dog, and the most handsome, good boy on the planet






Psychology Interns

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Edward Ballester, MA
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Doctoral Intern
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Edward is a pre-doctoral intern at Georgia Southern University’s Counseling Center. He is completing his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He completed his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University. His previous experiences include telephone crisis counseling, working in university counseling centers, and working at a residential juvenile foster care facility.

His therapy style is influenced by psychodynamic, Gestalt, and cognitive behavioral therapies. He is interested in working with LGBTQIA+ people, specifically genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary clients, along with chronic depression, perfectionism, trauma, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He believes in empowering clients to develop self-understanding and acceptance in spite of conflict, suffering, and oppression.

Education
MA, Counseling Psychology, Auburn University
BS, Psychology, University of Florida

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love taking care of my garden and walking in nature. I also enjoy anything related to homesteading: carpentry, pottery, blacksmithing, making jams or pickling peppers, sewing, and chopping wood, to name a few!

Favorite quote: “Should’ve gotten ice cream.” – self






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Hunter Gatewood, MS
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Doctoral Intern
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Hunter Gatewood (he/him) is in his final year of completing his PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He has worked in a variety of clinical environments including university counseling center, private practice, inpatient, outpatient, and primary school setting. Hunter’s clinical work is informed from interpersonal and psychodynamic theory, essentially meaning exploring what things make friendships/relationships difficult because of how we act/react to other’s actions that we assume will happen or actually experience. Hunter has special interest in working with individuals within the LGBT+ community and those who have experienced interpersonal traumas (e.g., chronic invalidation or emotional manipulation).

Education
MS, Clinical Psychology, Morehead State University
BA, Psychology, Georgetown College

Favorite dessert: Pineapple upside-down cake

Favorite quote: “We accept the love we think we deserve” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower






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Jennifer McGinness, MS
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Doctoral Intern
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Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2018 and received her Master of Science in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2020. She is currently in her fifth year of the Psychology Doctoral (Psy.D.) program at Georgia Southern. Jennifer’s professional interests include working with those who have experienced sexual trauma and eating disorders. She takes an integrative multicultural and strength-based approach to cognitive behavioral therapy.

Education
MS, Clinical Psychology, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, University of Florida

Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad

Favorite quote: “Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir






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Orlandria Smith, MA
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Doctoral Intern
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Mrs. Orlandria Smith (she/her) completed her Master’s degree in Clinical-Community Psychology at Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA. Orlandria enjoys working with culturally diverse populations of individuals across treatment modalities and settings, such as inpatient units, community outpatient, and counseling centers. Orlandria’s clinical interests include dual diagnosis, complex trauma concerns, issues related to depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, personality, and bipolar disorders. Her approach to therapy is primarily informed by existential philosophy, which has played a significant role in her understanding of attending to clients’ needs, informing her process of therapeutic interventions, and conceptualizing therapeutic change. She believes that existential therapy is a way to help clients gain a sense of intentionality, reclaim meaning and purpose in their lives, and seek to reduce the fear of the unknown by actively encouraging clients to use their capacity to make choices and maximize existence. Thus, she firmly believes that psychotherapy is a process of becoming and knowing oneself. Although Orlandria’s theoretical orientation is significantly informed by existential philosophy, she also integrates black existentialism, interpersonal/relational psychodynamic and experiential therapeutic interventions into her clinical approach.

Education
MA, Clinical-Community Psychology, Point Park University
BA, Psychology, Point Park University

If you could afford a one-week, all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to travel to Africa and visit as many countries as possible and visit historic landmarks, try new food, and immerse myself in the culture and all that it offers.

Favorite quote: “Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” -James Baldwin

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changes until it is faced.” -James Baldwin





Practicum Counselors

Archita Birla
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Practicum Counselor – Statesboro
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Archita is a third year graduate student, completing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Purdue University in 2020. She was previously a practicum student at the Georgia Southern University Psychology Clinic, where she worked with adolescents and adults providing therapy and assessment services. Archita is passionate about social justice issues, and enjoys working with individuals who identify as BIPOC, LGBT+, and/or disabled. Her clinical interests include multiculturalism, identity development, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Her therapuetic orientation integrates feminist and multicultural approaches to dialectical behavioral therapy.


Owen Crabtree
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Practicum Counselor – Statesboro
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Faith Mastone
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Practicum Counselor – Statesboro
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Kelly Parsons
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Practicum Counselor – Armstrong
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Kelly Parsons is currently a graduate student at Georgia Southern in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. After graduating with her B.S. in 2006, Kelly worked in the marketing and design field for businesses around the United States. After running a successful marketing company for over 10 years, Kelly decided to follow a lifelong passion of becoming a therapist. Her clinical interests include PTSD, EMDR, anxiety, depression, and grief counseling. Other interests include art, poetry, spending time with friends, yoga, and mediation.

Favorite quote: “Dismiss whatever insults your own soul.” Walt Whitman

What is the best television comedy of all time? Schitt’s Creek


George Rebing
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Practicum Counselor – Statesboro
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Coming soon!

Support Staff

Sarah Filas
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Coordinator of Office Services – Statesboro
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Sarah Filas (she/her/hers) is the Coordinator of Office Services at the Statesboro office. She joined our staff in early 2020.


Sara Friedel
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Budget Analyst
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Coming soon!


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R. Wes Konkle
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Coordinator of Office Services – Armstrong
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Wes Konkle (he/him/his) is the Coordinator of Office Services at the Georgia Southern-Armstrong Counseling Center, having joined the staff in August 2016. He facilitates all office functions in the Armstrong office including scheduling appointments and data analysis.

Favorite quote: “I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.” ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies, right from the oven





Honorary Staff

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Starship Robot

Statesboro Campus


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Favorite quote: “Beep boop beep boop.”

Personal role model: R2-D2

Favorite band: Jefferson Starship

Favorite song: Probably “Starships” by Nicki Minaj

Last updated: 9/6/2022