Meet Our Staff

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John Friend, Ph.D.

John Friend, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Director

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Friend’s clinical work is driven by his interest in the application of behavioral principles in understanding topics such as purpose, meaning and values, the therapeutic relationship, and present moment focused work.

Professional Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, integrated healthcare, sport and performance psychology, anxiety-related disorders, relationship issues, and coping with life transitions.

Professional Memberships: Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

 

Chelsea L. Greer, Ph.D.

Chelsea L. Greer, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Director

Theoretical Orientation: An integrated psychodynamic/interpersonal approach with an emphasis on the beliefs and habits we have developed from our significant relationships. Focusing on strengths and well-being in all clients and integrating other approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused, as appropriate.

Professional Interests: Concerns of young adulthood, career/vocation, relationship issues, group counseling, religion and spirituality, grief, forgiveness, anxiety and mood disorders, and working on integrated health (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual).

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association: Divisions 2 - Teaching of Psychology, 17 - Counseling Psychology, 32 - Religion & Spirituality; American College Counseling Association; Christian Association of Psychological Studies

 

Shanta Jenkins, M.S., LPC,  MAC

Shanta Jenkins, M.S., LPC,  MAC
Counselor, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator

Theoretical Orientation: Integrated Cognitive/Behavioral approach incorporating various evidence-based treatment modalities working towards developing a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Professional Interests: Substance abuse/dependence, group counseling, co-occurring disorders, life transitions and coping skills, emotional, mental and physical health, self-esteem issues, trauma, anger, stress, and time management, anxiety, depression, couple’s counseling and relationship issues.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama College Counseling Association, The Association for Addiction Professionals, Alabama Association of Addiction Counselors

 

Vallarie Jones, M.S., LPC 

Vallarie Jones, M.S., LPC 
Counselor

Theoretical Orientation: Integrated psychodynamic-interpersonal process approach that draws upon cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, reality, and encompasses other theoretical strategies that are best suited for each individual client to be their best self.

Professional Interests: Stress management, family and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, health and wellness, coping skills, and correctional behavioral health.

Professional Memberships: Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama College Counseling Association

 

Brandon Browning, Ph.D., LPC 

Brandon Browning, Ph.D., LPC 
Counselor

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Browning’s clinical work is driven by his awe of the complexity and resilience of each individual.  He is drawn to wellness or holistic models of health that address this complexity and encourages clients to see both problems and solutions through multiple lenses allowing for balanced approaches and outcomes.  In his clinical work he largely draws upon Person Centered, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral and Positive psychology theory and interventions. He however values multicultural perspectives and views the client's worldview as more important than the therapists and so strives to draw upon client strengths and preferences.

Professional Interests: Spirituality, Meaning, Integrated health, positive psychology, Counselor Supervision, strength based counseling and resilience.  

Professional Memberships: American Counseling association, Alabama Counseling Association

 

Marjorie Scaffa, M.S., ALC

Marjorie Scaffa, M.S., ALC
Formerly:  Marjorie Scaffa, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Health and Wellness Counselor - College of Medicine

Theoretical Orientation: Primarily use a solution-focused, strengths-based approach to counseling with the ability to integrate other theoretical approaches to meet the needs of individual clients.

Professional Interests: Wellbeing of health professions students and practitioners, health promotion and prevention, family and relationship issues, grief and trauma.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, International Positive Psychology Association

 

April T. Berry, M.S.

April T. Berry, M.S.
Doctoral Clinical & Counseling Psychology Graduate Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Integrated approach that not only embraces the cognitive, behavioral, affective, or physiological systems within a person, but also the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding the person.

Professional Interests: Conformity regarding social dynamics and groups, interpersonal difficulties based on gender, sex, sexual orientation, etc., decision making, stress, and depression.

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Alabama Counseling Association Chapter II

 

Kyle M. Brasil, M.S.

Kyle M. Brasil, M.S.
Doctoral Clinical & Counseling Psychology Graduate Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral approaches augmented with Logotherapy, Solution-Focused, and Person Centered approaches. He also integrates from other theories and evidence-based treatments to meet individual needs. 

Professional interests: Men and masculinities issues, severe and persistent mental illness, depression, anxiety, and rural communities.  

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association-Division 51 (Study of Men and Masculinities)

 

Morgan Jackson

Morgan Jackson
Masters-Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic, person-centered with the use of cognitive-behavioral interventions. Also integrates approaches based on the needs of the individual.

Professional Interests: Well-being of student-athletes & mental health and performance, overall health and wellness, life transitions, stress and time management, family and relationship issues, anxiety, depression. 

 Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association 

 

Jennifer LeDoux

Jennifer LeDoux
Masters-level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic/person-centered approach that incorporates evidence-based treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based strategies to explore client values and build on client strengths in order to develop a healthy mind, body and spirit. 

Professional Interests: Substance abuse/dependence, stress management, health and wellness, anxiety/depression, life transitions, relationship issues, coping skills

Professional Associations: American Counseling Association (ACA); Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA); Alabama College Counselors Association (ALCCA); Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association (ALMHCA); Alabama Association for Addictions and Offender Counselors (ALAAOC); Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE); Chi Sigma Iota

 

Donnie Lindsey, Jr. 

Donnie Lindsey, Jr. 
Masters-Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern 

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral approach integrated with person centered and strengths-based modalities that utilizes evidence-based treatments to find solutions to individual needs while recognizing the impact of interpersonal relationships and societal systems on clients. 

Professional Interests: Black men and mental health, Sexual orientation, First Responders, Trauma, First-year experience, anxiety, and depression.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association (Student)

 

Terri C. Kadel, MS, LPC 

Terri C. Kadel, MS, LPC 
Testing Coordinator

Professional Membership: National College Testing Association

 

Barbara Solomon

Barbara Solomon 
Secretary