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

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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

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

Dr. Marjorie Scaffa

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)

Nicholas Borgogna, M.A.

Nicholas Borgogna, M.A.
Doctoral Clinical & Counseling Psychology Graduate Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Third-wave behavioral approaches, specifically those found in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP).

Professional interests: Issues related to sexuality (sexual/pornography addiction), anxiety, experiential avoidance and avoidance-based behaviors, intimate partner violence, religious issues/scrupulosity, and LGBTQ mental health.

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association-Division 51 (Study of Men and Masculinity), Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Association of Contextual Behavior Science, and Southeastern Psychological Association

Laura Marie, M.Ed., NCC

Laura Marie, M.Ed., NCC
Doctoral Clinical & Counseling Psychology Graduate Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic/person-centered with an emphasis on integrating evidence-based treatment interventions within the context of interpersonal and experiential/emotion-focused approaches, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy and third-wave behaviorism (e.g., dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy).

Professional interests: Trauma and posttraumatic stress, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, crisis and suicidality, grief and loss

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Alabama Psychological Association, National Board for Certified Counselors

Joel Dobson

Joel Dobson
Masters-level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Person-centered approach that integrates evidence-based treatment modalities to build on client strengths in order to achieve solutions. His professional background includes 12 years of clinical experience working with children and adolescents.

Professional Interest: Family of origin issues, childhood trauma, life transitions, assertiveness, anxiety, depression.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association

Tracey Smith

Tracey Smith
Masters-Level, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern

Theoretical Orientation: Tracey’s therapy style draws heavily on the principles of Adlerian Theory, particularly treating clients as equals and with genuineness, compassion, and consistent encouragement. In addition, she continuously works to build a large ‘toolbox’ of therapeutic techniques from several additional evidence-based theories (Cognitive-Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, Mindfulness, and Solutions-focused Brief Therapy) in order to tailor therapy to the unique needs of each client. She is strong believer in the healing power of the therapeutic alliance.

Professional Interests: Major Depressive Disorder; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Eating Disorders; Anxiety-related disorders; adult LGBTQ, First Responder, Military, and Men/Masculinity mental health concerns.

Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, including Divisions 51 (Masculinity), 36 (Religion and Spirituality), and 19 (Military); Society for Police and Criminal Psychology; International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; Association for Psychological Science

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Terri C. Kadel, MS, LPC 
Testing Coordinator

Professional Membership: National College Testing Association

Barbara Solomon

Barbara Solomon
Secretary