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


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    Becca Kim, Ph.D. Senior Staff Clinician (American University)

    Dr. Becca Kim received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University in 2019 after completing her doctoral internship at the Catholic University of America Counseling Center. She uses an integrative approach in therapy, incorporating psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive-behavioral elements. Her clinical interests include working with trauma survivors, exploration of intersecting identities and issues related to individuation and family of origin. Outside of work, Becca enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, and listening to podcasts.

  • 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.

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    Ali Phillips, PMH-NP Staff Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Vanderbilt 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.

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    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 served on the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS) Board of Accreditation from 2012-2018 and Board of Directors from 2015-2018.

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    Rekha Varghese, Psy.D. Staff Psychologist and Director of Externship Training (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.

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    Holly Weber, Psy.D. Staff Psychologist and Director of Outreach (University of Indianapolis)

    Dr. Holly Weber obtained her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from University of Indianapolis in 2018. She completed her internship at Indiana University-Bloomington Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral fellowship at Marquette University Counseling Center. Her clinical interests include identity development, trauma, relationship and family difficulties, as well as diversity and culture-related concerns. Holly takes a collaborative, individualized approach to counseling. She draws primarily upon interpersonal, as well as cognitive behavioral theories within a multicultural framework. She seeks to provide a safe, trusting environment for students to receive support, gain insight and skills, and make changes to their lives to facilitate the achievement of academic and personal goals. Holly is passionate about social justice both in her professional and personal life and is committed to supporting under-represented students. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, playing with her beagle mix, trying out new restaurants, and staying active. 

Interns

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    Andrew Connors, M.A. Doctoral Intern (Catholic University of America)

    Andrew is a doctoral from CUA’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program. His previous training experiences include 3 years providing individual and group therapy at CUA’s counseling center, as well as, individual and group therapy for clients with severe mental illness at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. Andrew uses an integrative approach focusing on common therapeutic factors with a relational and interpersonal foundation considered in a multicultural context. He also incorporates techniques of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, self-compassion and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) into his work with clients. He has a particular interest in working with trauma survivors, individuals from historically under-represented and marginalized groups, individuals with OCD, and issues related to family of origin, grief, scrupulosity, and perfectionism in general and in relation to musical/artistic performance. Prior to pursuing a career in clinical psychology Andrew worked as a musician in Los Angeles for almost 8 years. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing music, and spending time with family and his American Fox-Hound, Pete Davidson.

      

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    Jesse Greenblatt, M.Psy. Doctoral Intern (The George Washington University)

    Jesse is a doctoral intern from the George Washington University’s Professional Psychology (PsyD) program. She has spent the last four years working with a diverse client population -- as a doctoral extern at American University’s College Counseling Center; and at GW’s Center Clinic, where she provided individual and group therapy services in a community mental health setting. She also worked as a counselor to adolescents in an alternative high school in the DC area. Prior to entering her graduate program in Clinical Psychology, Jesse worked as an associate kindergarten teacher at an independent school in New York City. 
    Jesse’s areas of clinical interest include: social identity: the part of each person’s self-concept based on the groups to which the person belongs; unique experiences of students of color in higher education; relationship issues -- both interpersonal and romantic; family of origin concerns; and intersectional identity development among adolescent and young adult minority groups. She primarily practices therapy through a relational cultural lens -- working with clients to identity, and strive in, relationships that present opportunities for them to experience mutuality, growth and fostering. Jesse is a firm believer in the power of connection through vulnerability, storytelling, trust and celebration of our differences.
    These days, when not on Zoom, Jesse is outside trying to learn how to roller skate—also known as looking like a fawn taking her first steps on wheels. Or you might find her in the middle of some sidewalk that her English bulldog has refused to walk down. When not doing either of those activities, she is probably enjoying a social distance picnic with close friends and family.

     

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    Candace Koman, M.A. Doctoral Intern (American University)

    Candace Koman is currently working towards her PhD in Clinical Psychology at American University. Candace is an integrative clinician, frequently incorporating a relational-cultural approach and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Her clinical interests are anxiety and mood disorders, paying special attention to how race, culture, identity, and the intersectionality of identities may impact these clinical concerns. In her spare time, Candace can be found spending time with her family, trying out a new recipe, or cheering for the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals.

 

Externs

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      Serena Anand, B.A. Psychology Extern (The George Washington University)

      Serena is a doctoral student in the Professional Psychology (PsyD) program at The George Washington University. Over the last year, she has provided psychotherapy and assessment services to a diverse population at the GW Center Clinic and The Meyer Treatment Center, two community mental health centers aimed at providing accessible and affordable care to adult individuals. Serena believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship with her patients, guided by a foundation in psychodynamic theory and integrated relational elements. Her clinical interests involve interpersonal and romantic relationship concerns, trauma, and intersectional identity development and conflict. In her spare time, Serena enjoys being in nature, cooking with friends, and taking impromptu road trips.

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    Alex Bleiweis, B.A. Social Work Extern (University of Maryland School of Social Work)

    Alex Bleiweis is an advanced year social work intern concentrating in clinical social work.  Alex believes in everyone’s potential to reach their personal goals and he is passionate about helping young adults navigate challenges, such as life transitions, job and academic stressors, relationship difficulties, and various mental health conditions. He typically works with clients using a cognitive-behavioral approach and incorporates elements of motivational interviewing and solutions-focused therapy.  Prior to joining CUA, Alex received training in individual and group therapy for teens in a semi-independent living program.  Alex has varied career experiences working in the federal government and hospitality industry. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking new recipes, watching the Yankees, or listening to the original cast recording of Wicked for the millionth time.

 

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    Yuval Freund, B.A. Psychology Extern (The George Washington University)

    Yuval is a doctoral student in the Professional Psychology (PsyD) program at The George Washington University. He has spent the last year providing individual and group psychotherapy for a diverse population at the GW Center Clinic as well as The Frost School, a special education day school for students ages six to 21 with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Yuval makes use of an integrative approach with a foundation in psychodynamic theory. His clinical interests include group therapy, interpersonal dynamics and issues, and promoting intersectionality and identity development. 

     
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      Margaret Hilton, B.A. Psychology Extern (The George Washington University)

      Margaret is a doctoral extern from the George Washington University’s Professional Psychology (PsyD) program. She has spent the past 2 years working with a diverse client population at the Children’s National Outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic, a D.C. elementary (PreK-8th) school, as well as the GW Center Clinic, where she provided individual and group therapy services in a community mental health setting. Margaret also conducts psychological assessments at a D.C. public charter school.  Margaret believes in utilizing a collaborative and individualized approach to therapy, informed by psychodynamic theory. Margaret integrates relational and cognitive-behavioral elements, always considered within a multicultural framework to best suit each client’s unique needs. Margaret’s clinical interests include mood disorders, intersectional identity development, family of origin concerns, interpersonal and romantic issues, promoting equity and inclusion, and disordered eating. 

      In her spare time, Margaret enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading novels, staying active, and organizing game nights.

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    Eliza Lanzillo, B.A. Psychology Extern (The Catholic University of America)

    Eliza is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at CUA. She spent the past year providing individual psychotherapy at the CUA Counseling Center and is excited to continue working with CUA students. Eliza’s clinical interests include identity development, relationship challenges, anxiety and mood disorders, and disordered eating. In her spare time, Eliza loves to bake and enjoy socially distanced hikes or picnics with her friends. 

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    Phoebe McCutchan, M.A., M.P.H. Psychology Extern (American University)

    Phoebe McCutchan is currently a doctoral student in American University's Clinical Psychology (PhD) program.  Over the past five years, she has worked with diverse clients in a variety of clinical settings, including the American University Counseling Center, the US Naval Academy's Midshipman Development Center, and the DC VA Medical Center.  In therapy, Phoebe uses an integrative approach and draws upon relational-cultural, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral techniques.  She strives to create an atmosphere of empathy, trust, and collaboration in which individuals feel safe to explore whatever brings them into therapy.  In particular, Phoebe's clinical interests include relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidality.  Her research focuses on cost-inclusive analyses of suicide prevention interventions.  Prior to attending American University, Phoebe earned her Master of Public Health degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and worked for several years conducting psychological health research for the Department of Defense.  In her spare time, Phoebe enjoys spending lots of time outside with her family and bulldog, trying out new restaurants, and traveling.

     

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    Michelle Cotter Richards, J.D. Social Work Extern (The Catholic University of America)

    Michelle Cotter Richards is an MSW candidate at CUA’s National Catholic School for Social Services.  Her clinical experience includes serving as a social work intern at a DC hospital, where she utilized motivational interviewing and clinical case management approaches to help individuals and families in crisis.  Michelle is looking forward to developing her skills as a clinician with a focus on developing a person-centered, strengths-oriented practice.  Michelle received her BA from Fordham University in Bronx, NY and her JD from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.

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    Laura Taouk, B.S. Psychology Extern (American University)

    Laura Taouk is a fourth-year doctoral student in American University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She has provided individual psychotherapy services to clients with diverse clinical presentations in a variety of settings, including the Counseling Center at American University, the James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic, and the DC VA Medical Center. As a therapist, Laura implements humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and other evidence-based psychotherapies in a culturally sensitive, flexible and integrative manner. She strives to promote the creation of safe and inclusive mental health spaces. In her spare time, Laura enjoys connecting with friends and family, reading novels, working on puzzles, and being in nature.

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    Romi Terk, B.A. Social Work Extern (Columbia University)

    Romi is an advanced year Masters of Social Work student at Columbia University, where she is concentrating on issues pertaining to mental health and pursuing clinical practice. She possesses a diverse background in organizational psychology, clinical research, and school-based psychotherapy. Through these experiences, she has gained extensive practice in an array of psychotherapeutic modalities, including CBT, mindfulness, and EFT Tapping. As a bicultural individual herself, Romi thoroughly enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds, and thus approaches her practice through a multicultural lens. Her clinical interests include relationships, anxiety, stress, adjustment, and trauma. In her free time, Romi enjoys playing the piano, hiking, and traveling.

 

 Practicum Students

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    Simone Chad-Friedman, B.A. Ph.D. program (The Catholic University of America)
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    Kristy Donohue, M.A. Ph.D. program (The Catholic University of America)
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    Haregnesh Haile, B.S. Ph.D. program (The Catholic University of America)
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    Tia Tyndal, B.A. Ph.D. program (The Catholic University of America)
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    Irene Zhang, M.A. Ph.D. program (The Catholic University of America)

Administrative Staff

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    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)