The Counseling Center clinical staff includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and psychology and social work graduate student counselors.

While some of our staff have particular areas of expertise, each staff member is trained to assess and treat a wide variety of concerns.

Staff Clinicians

  • Sarah Godoy
    Sarah Godoy, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist and Director of Externship Training (American University)

    Dr. Sarah Godoy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University in 2014. She completed her doctoral internship at the Catholic University of America and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. In therapy, Dr. Godoy uses an integrative approach with a feminist, multicultural foundation and incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and has particular clinical interests working with trauma survivors, students who self-identify as members of historically oppressed/marginalized groups, and students who have eating/body image concerns. She is a member of the National Latinx Psychological Association, APA Division 44, and APA Division 45. Outside of work, Dr. Godoy enjoys running, yoga, reading, and brunching.

  • Mark LaSota
    Mark LaSota, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist and Director of Internship Training (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

    Dr. Mark LaSota received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. He has been a staff psychologist at the CUA Counseling Center since 2010, serving as the Director of Outreach until the fall of 2017 when he took on the role of Director of Internship Training. His theoretical orientation most closely resembles an integration of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapies, while incorporating aspects of mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. LaSota’s clinical interests reside in understanding and treating anxiety, with a specific emphasis on perfectionism, in addition to considering masculinity and aspects of privilege. Outside of work, in addition to spending time with his family and enjoying recreational offerings of the DC-Baltimore area, Dr. LaSota follows Chicago sports teams, especially the historically underachieving and 2016 World Series Champion Cubs.

  • Lizzy Mass
    Lizzy Mass, L.I.C.S.W. Staff Social Worker and Coordinator of Group Therapy (Catholic University of America)

    Lizzy Mass, LICSW received her Master’s of Social Work from the Catholic University of America in 2016 and completed a Post-MSW Fellowship at Emory University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Lizzy is an intentional integrationist, and utilizes multiple theories to conceptualize and intervene in therapy, including cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. As a social worker, her clinical work is client-centered, trauma-informed, and is guided by the multicultural, strengths, and person-in-environment perspectives. Lizzy’s clinical interests include anxiety, stress, adjustment, identity development, self-compassion, and working with clients from historically marginalized populations.

  • Karen Miller
    Karen Miller, L.I.C.S.W. Staff Social Worker (Washington University)

    Karen Miller, LICSW received her Masters of Social Work from The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999. She has been a staff member of the Counseling Center at Catholic University since January of 2008. Prior to her work at CUA, she specialized in working with at-risk children, youth, and families. Karen works with clients from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective, though she integrates aspects of relational and humanistic theories as well. Her style is straight-forward and direct and she is strong believer of utilizing humor in therapy. Karen also supervises advanced graduate students in social work and psychology. Her particular areas of clinical interest are trauma, issues related to family of origin, individuation, relationships, and building self-awareness.

  • Ali Phillips
    Ali Phillips, PMH-NP Staff Social Worker (Washington University)

    Ali Phillips, APRN, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry and mental health, from Vanderbilt University. As a Nurse Practitioner, she is trained and certified to take medical histories, conduct examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat acute and chronic mental health conditions, prescribe and manage medication, and provide supportive therapies. Ali has treated patients facing a variety of clinical challenges, including anxiety, depression, stress, substance abuse, addiction and trauma among others. Ali has a special interest in interpersonal neurobiology. In her spare time, Ali can usually be found on a bike or reading a good novel.

  • Monroe Rayburn
    Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D. Director, Counseling Center (University of South Carolina)

    Dr. Monroe Rayburn received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology in 1998 from the University of South Carolina. He has been on the CUA Counseling Center staff since 1998, having served as the Director since 2003. He utilizes an integrative style in his clinical practice. He incorporates humanistic/existential elements as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches in his work as a therapist for CUA student clients as well as a supervisor for advanced graduate students in psychology and social work. His clinical interests include depression, anxiety (including OCD, panic, and phobias), trauma, and family of origin issues. He has been affiliated with the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington since 2001, has served as the unofficial coordinator of the Washington Metro Area Counseling Center Directors (WMACCD) since 2005, and has served on the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) Board of Accreditation since 2012 and Board of Directors since 2015.

  • Rekha Varghese
    Rekha Varghese, Psy.D. Staff Psychologist and Director of Outreach (The George Washington University)

    Dr. Rekha Varghese received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University in 2017. In D.C., she gained clinical experience in community mental health and an elementary school, before becoming an extern at CUA's Counseling Center in 2015. She chose to specialize in college counseling as she moved on to complete her doctoral internship at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, and her post-doctoral fellowship at The Pennsylvania State University. With clients, Dr. Varghese is informed by psychodynamic theory and works from a relational-cultural perspective. Her clinical interests include working with trauma survivors; individuals from historically under-represented and marginalized groups; couples; athletes; and students working through issues of religion/spirituality, family of origin, and masculinity. Dr. Varghese is licensed as a psychologist in Washington, D.C.

Intern Clinicians

  • Jessica Kirchhoefer
    Jessica Kirchhoefer

    Jessica Kirchhoefer is a Doctoral Psychology Intern. She did her PhD work in the Counseling Psychology program at Brigham Young University. Her research has been presented and published nationally and internationally in areas of multicultural considerations in therapy, group work, and outside impacts on mental health. Jessica’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, eating disorder/body image concerns, and trauma. Her theoretical approach is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy and also incorporates acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and multicultural counseling therapy. Jessica enjoys eating good food, traveling, and spending time with family.

  • W John Monopoli
    W. John Monopoli, M.A.

    W. John Monopoli, M.A., is a predoctoral intern from the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Ohio University. John used to work with children and adolescents, but after training at a college counseling center became passionate about working with college students to promote their growth and well-being. John likes to incorporate emotion-focused and interpersonal process techniques into therapy, but ultimately values integrating approaches to meet students’ needs. John especially appreciates the opportunity to discuss the importance of relationships with students. When John’s not in the office, you can probably find him running, reading a good book, or cheering on the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.

  • Alex Procter
    Alex Procter, M.S.

    Alex received his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Loyola University Maryland and completed his doctoral coursework at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Alex expects to graduate with his PsyD in Clinical Psychology in August 2020 following his successful completion of the internship year. Prior to joining CUA, Alex worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver, Children's Hospital Colorado, Johns Hopkins Hospital and an outpatient community mental health center affiliated with the Colorado Department of Corrections. In February 2018 Alex completed his doctoral paper titled, Reducing Stress in Middle-Level Adolescent Athletes by Teaching Communication/Parenting Skills to Parents. His current clinical interests include: the developmental complexities of adolescence and emerging adulthood, stress reduction in sport, chronic pain, and working with trauma survivors. He primarily practices from a contextual-behavioral orientation and works to integrate developmental psychology, attachment theory and systems theory in all of his clinical work. In his free time if not out playing pickup or organized soccer, Alex can typically be found hanging out with friends and family in the DC metro area.

Extern Clinicians

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    Stephanie Benson
  • Andrew Connors
    Andrew Connors
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    Milly Curlee
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    French Smith-O'Connor

Practicum Clinicians

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    Genesis Vergara

Administrative Staff

  • Tyler Johnson
    Tyler Johnson Administrative Assistant (Towson University)

    Tyler Johnson graduated Cum Laude from Towson University with a focus in Psychology. She chose Psychology because she has always had a very strong interest in the development of people. She possesses the ability to remain non-judgmental toward others while continuing to provide love and support. These characteristics apply in both her professional life as well as her personal life. Tyler intends to pursue a Master’s degree in either Forensic or Organizational Psychology or Mental Health one day in the near future. When she is not working, she spends most of her time with family and friends. Tyler also enjoys bowling, swimming and vacationing all over the world.

  • Morgan McDonald
    Morgan McDonald, M.A. Psychometrist (Catholic University of America)