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 / bereavement, 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 to become more intentional about the changes they wish to make. I view my work with students as a privilege 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 College and Community Counseling 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. I serve on many campus wide committees, including the Sustainability Committee, and First Year Reading Selection Committee. 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 and theme 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 7 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 focus in a career path in psychology shortly followed after 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 state 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 internship at 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. I also serve as Training Coordinator. My professional interests include stress management, career concerns, depression, gender issues, couples/interpersonal relationship concerns, and gay/lesbian/bisexual issues. In my spare time, I enjoy movies of all kind. 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.
After moving around the country for much of my adulthood, I am happy to be able to call Longwood University my new home. I began my career path by studying Experimental Psychology and Sociology at The University of South Carolina. After completing my double-major, I moved back home to Chicago to pursue higher education. I received my Master of the Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011 and continued on to complete my Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014. I spent the final year of my program completing an APA-accredited internship at West Virginia University’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. I’ve also enjoyed practicum placements at the University of Chicago, the City Colleges of Chicago, and a private practice in one of Chicago’s suburbs.
I consider myself an integrative therapist, but I have focused the majority of my studies, practice, and research on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Areas of professional interest include treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sexual assault survivors, disordered eating and body image concerns, developmental and adjustment concerns of college students, and working with student athletes. I also have a strong interest in psychological assessment, including testing for learning disabilities and ADHD.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with loved ones, going to the gym, watching TV and movies, reading, painting, and cooking. I also enjoy walking/jogging, bike riding, kayaking, and hiking. I am trying my hand at small home improvement projects and gardening since moving to the Farmville area. I am an avid Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs fan. I love SEC football, especially the Carolina Gamecocks.
I was first introduced to the field of 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 decided to join their APA-accredited program in Counseling Psychology and received my Doctor of Psychology degree in 2015. While at RU, I completed practicum placements in both in-patient and out-patient settings at multiple sites, 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 recently finished an APA-accredited internship at the Iowa City Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa. After finally completing my educational journey, I am thrilled to become a Campus Advocate/Staff Psychologist at Longwood University.
As a therapist, I consider myself to be a generalist. Some of my professional areas of interest include treating depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal problems, and difficulties adjusting to life transitions, as well as issues specific to rural practice, student veterans, and those identifying on the LGBTQ spectrum. In therapy, I utilize an eclectic approach and draw heavily from a psychodynamic and interpersonal perspective. I also pull from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and solution-focused techniques. My goal as a Psychologist is to work collaboratively and assist students in discovering solutions to solving life’s problems and managing stressors more effectively.
Outside of my role as a therapist, I enjoy a variety of activities to keep my life in balance. My favorite thing to do is sit on my front porch in my rocking chair, listen to music, and watch the sunset with my partner. I love spending time with family and friends and I absolutely adore my two Shih Tzu. I’m a music lover and go to as many concerts as I can fit in my schedule. I’ll take any excuse to enjoy nature or travel to a new place. Over the last few years I’ve developed a love for cooking and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Fitness is an important part of my life, so you can often find me in the gym. I also enjoy thrifting and reading dystopian novels. Lastly, every fall, you can find me glued to the TV or in Charlotte rooting for the Carolina Panthers.
As a graduate intern in CAPS, I have the privilege to begin my career in the counseling field at one of my favorite places in the world, which is of course Longwood! I was born in Radford, VA and raised in a small town located about 40 minutes from Farmville. I consider myself to be a member of a Longwood legacy family. My mother, aunt, and various relatives attended Longwood while my younger sister and myself have attended more recently. I graduated from Longwood’s Communication Studies department as an undergraduate in December of 2012 and owe much of my professional inspirations to that program and its faculty. I returned to Longwood in 2013 to pursue a masters degree in mental health counseling, which has become my passion and career choice. Of my accomplishments, being a Lancer is definitely a favorite!
As a new counselor, I am excited to have opportunities to learn about myself as a professional “helper” and to shape my areas of interest within the field. Thus far, I consider myself to be a mixed-methods counselor in that I enjoy considering a variety of approaches to creating change and fostering growth. Theoretically, I consider feminist therapy, existentialism, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to be my most enjoyed and relied upon. My areas of interest in clinical work include grief and loss, struggles associated with sexual orientation and gender, working with college-aged persons, relationship and family issues, and combating socially constructed norms and stereotypes.
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Keep the Blue and White Spirit Alive
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.