The providers of CAPS consist of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Psychologist who are dedicated to the personal growth and development of Longwood students. Advanced graduate student interns also provide counseling services under the supervision of the professional staff.
We invite you to take some time and browse the biographies below and to ask about your counselor's background and training. It is important that you have confidence in your counselor and her/his ability to help you.
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I'm glad you are checking out the CAPS website and hope you find the information you are looking for to help you or your friend make a healthy next step. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of CAPS. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and I spent my internship year at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center. In 1995, I relocated from Pittsburgh to Farmville to join the Longwood community.
Although I am a generalist, areas of professional interest include solution-focused treatment of depression, anxiety, grief & loss, family issues, adjusting to change / life transitions, relationship concerns, and resiliency following trauma. My approach is respectful and empowering, and focuses on helping each student become more intentional about the changes they wish to make. It is a privilege to work with students as they continue their journey and create the life they desire and deserve.
In addition to providing individual sessions to students, I enjoy a number of additional roles at Longwood. I am happy to present to a club/organization/classroom/residence hall to speak about wellness and mental health. I also teach Longwood Seminar and a number of classes in the Counselor Education graduate program. I am proud to be the faculty advisor and to work with an amazing group of Citizen Leaders as they plan the annual Relay For Life event on campus. You will also see me working out in the Health & Fitness Center during the early morning spinning class and eating in the d-hall most every day at noon.
The joys associated with my personal life include a wonderful husband (Bluegrass Billy), two yellow labs (Mason and Harley), a cat (Summer June Bug), many fabulous friends, and family. Bill and I enjoy hosting dinner parties at our home and I enjoy scouting out the next antique to carry home (especially wooden boxes/crates), the newest paperweight to add to the collection, and a fun Curious George item to join the growing homage to the mischievous monkey. I also strive to be more and more sustainable with each day (which is why my favorite 11 year-old sometimes calls me "Green Maureen") and one reason I commute on my three-wheeled scooter whenever possible.
Although I was born and raised in Massachusetts, virtually all my higher education has been out of state. In 1994, I graduated from the College of Wooster with a major in political science and a minor in psychology. My career path in psychology shortly followed graduation where I worked as a residential counselor for a non-profit organization assisting people with serious mental illness to adapt to independent living. I was later accepted into the James Madison University's community counseling program and graduated with a M.A. and an Ed.S. During my time at JMU, I was fortunate to intern at the university's counseling center.
From 2000-2005, I worked for Valley Community Services Board as an Access/Crisis Clinician. My job responsibilities included counseling, screening for social detox, prescreening for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, and crisis intervention. In 2003, I became a licensed professional counselor (LPC) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2005, I was accepted in West Virginia University's counseling psychology doctoral program. My practicum experiences at WVU included working two years at the university's college counseling center and a one year practicum at Allegheny General Hospital in neuropsychology. I completed a pre-doctoral APA-accredited internship in the university counseling center at The University of Memphis.
I was offered a job as a counselor at the Longwood University CAPS which I happily accepted. Since my arrival at CAPS, I graduated from West Virginia University in 2013 with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and later became a licensed clinical psychologist in 2016. At CAPS, I provide individual and group counseling as well as outreach, crisis intervention, consultation, and LD/ADHD assessment. Besides by clinical responsibilities, I also serve as Training Coordinator where I organize training and supervision for both undergraduate and graduate internships as well as for practicum. I consider myself a generalist who takes a transtheoretical approach that draws heavily on humanistic/existential, solution-focused, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral models. My clinical interests include stress management, career concerns, depression, interpersonal relationship issues, grief/loss, life transitions, and working with people on the GLBTQ+ spectrum.
In my spare time, I enjoy movies of all kind and consider myself a “movie buff.” I am also eclectic in my reading interests which range from literature, popular fiction, philosophy, political science, and of course, psychology. I find cooking to be a "Zen-like" experience and have collected many Italian recipes from my father. Growing up in Massachusetts has made me a big Boston sports fan and I follow the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics.
I was first introduced to psychology in high school and continued my studies at Radford University where I received a Bachelor’s in psychology and a Master’s in clinical psychology. I was lucky to have wonderful mentors at RU and fell in love with the mountains so much that I joined their APA-accredited program in counseling psychology and received a Doctor of Psychology in 2015. While at RU, I completed practicum placements in both in-patient and out-patient settings, including the Free Clinic of the New River Valley, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center, and RU’s Center for Assessment and Psychological Services. I completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Iowa City Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
I joined the CAPS team shortly after graduating in 2015 and quickly realized that it was a perfect fit. I love being a member of the Longwood community and value my relationships with colleagues. I enjoy working with the challenges college students bring, and it’s incredibly rewarding to watch my clients transform for the better and learn to get more joy out of life.
As a therapist, I consider myself to be a generalist. Some of my professional areas of interest include interpersonal difficulties, trauma, working with individuals from abusive upbringings, and issues specific to rural practice. In treatment, I utilize an eclectic approach and draw heavily from psychodynamic and interpersonal perspectives. I also utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and solution-focused techniques. As a psychologist, I work collaboratively and aim to help my clients discover solutions to life’s problems and find more effective ways of coping.
Outside of CAPS, I work hard to keep my life balanced. Fitness is a vital part of my daily routine and exercise is my favorite hobby. I love to lift, run, bike, and find creative ways to stay active. I’m also working with Campus Rec to find ways that we can help students improve mental health outside of traditional therapy, such as spending time outdoors and going on therapeutic hikes. Aside from exercising, I also love cooking and watching the Carolina Panthers!
I began my academic training at Roanoke College, where I intended to major in Criminal Justice, but fell in love with Psychology. I graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology, and a concentration in Human Development. After that I took a couple of years off from school and became a special education teacher assistant at my old high school in Alleghany County. I began my M.S. in Clinical-Counseling psychology at Radford University in 2011 and completed this degree in 2013. In the fall of 2013, I began the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Radford, and recently graduated over the summer of 2017. Previous sites that I have worked have included an inpatient mental health stabilization unit, a community mental health center, and several college counseling centers including Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee, and I recently completed my doctoral internship at William and Mary.
I was very happy to accept this position at Longwood, and believe that it is a good fit. I love the spirit of the campus and students here, and enjoy working with individuals to help them lead healthy and successful lives. While my work as a therapist is really from a generalist, integrative perspective, I do work a lot with students using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also like to incorporate self-compassion in my therapy approach. My professional interests include working with concerns around depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, and substance use. My research interests include bullying and it’s effects, as well as ways to buffer against the negative consequences that can occur as a result of being bullied.
Outside of therapy, self-care is an important part of my life. I gain my energy and rejuvenation from spending time with family and friends, working out, being a foodie and trying new places to eat, reading (murder mysteries), and singing (I love a good karaoke!). Overall, I am so very happy to have joined the CAPS team, and look forward to my Longwood experience!
Adult/General and Adolescent Psychiatry
M.D., Ross University School of Medicine, 1987
General psychiatry residency, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2001
Practicing in Lynchburg since July, 2001
Board Certified in Psychiatry
Specialty areas: Mood and anxiety disorders, women's mental health issues, and student health.