Meet our Staff
Josh Gunn, PhD
Joined CPS: 2008
Professional Interests: College mental health, suicide prevention and treatment, group therapy, and identity development.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Purdue University; M.A. Clinical Psychology, Western Kentucky University; B.A. Psychology, Asbury University
Therapeutic Style: Interpersonal psychotherapist that is heavily informed by attachment and existential Theories. Therapeutic techniques are drawn from a gamut of approaches, but especially cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment theories.
Supervision Style: Developmentally tailored and focused on 1) increased awareness of the therapist’s self and its impact on the therapeutic relationship, 2) development of an evidence-based, personalized approach to psychotherapy, and 3) multicultural and technical competence.
Professional Accomplishments: Past President, American College Counseling Association
Personal Interests: Tennis, travel, and being outside and around family and friends.
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J. "Jay" LaVelle Ingram, PhD
Joined CPS: 2014
Professional Interests: Multicultural issues, LGBTIQ concerns, grief and depression, and supervision and training.
Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee; A.B. Psychology, English, Smith College
Therapeutic Style: A psychodynamic/interpersonal approach that focuses on understanding personality functioning, specific challenges, and optimal strategies for symptom relief and personal growth.
Supervision Style: A developmental model that proceeds from the trainee’s level of understanding and need. Works to integrate classroom learning with experiential moments toward enhancing trainees’ ability to be present, utilize strategies, and communicate empathy effectively.
Professional Accomplishments: Former Chief Psychologist, City of Atlanta; Past Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Counseling and Psychological Services; Past President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Black Faculty and Staff Association; Owner and Presenter, Diversity Dynamics, Inc.
Personal Interests: Jewelry design and writing songs, novels, and screenplays, having published short stories, poetry, and a detective novel.
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Greg Stevens, PhD
Professional Interests: Trauma, diversity concerns, and men's issues.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Auburn University; M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Lee University; B.A. Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Lee University
Therapeutic Style: A contemporary psychoanalytic approach that focuses on how people respond to their emotions, how this influences their relationships, and how these patterns might be reenacted in therapy.
Supervision Style: A participant-observer who influences and is influenced by the matrix of supervisory relationships and balances support with challenge for professional and personal growth.
Professional Accomplishments: Member and Past Co-chair, American Psychological Association Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology Early Career Committee; Presents and publishes professionally at the intersection of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and culture
Personal Interests: Adventure-eating, creative writing, and modifying Jeeps for off-roading.
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Wayne Strother, LPC, DPA
Joined CPS: 2017
Professional Interests: Depression, anxiety, mental health issues of college students, and developmental psychology.
Education: Doctor of Public Administration, Valdosta State University; M.A. Marriage and Family Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Master of Business Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham; B.S. Industrial Management, Auburn University
Therapeutic Style: Cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on modifying thoughts that are overwhelming and challenging unhelpful cognitive distortions. Existential therapy that focuses on human existence including freedom, responsibility, and the meaning of one’s life.
Supervision Style: A developmental model that views the supervisory relationship as educational and balances support with challenge for professional and personal growth.
Personal Interests: Live music, running, reading, hiking, and traveling.
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Nisha Chande, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Joined CPS: 2015
Professional Interests: Anxiety, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, psychosis, autism spectrum disorder, and gender identity concerns.
Education: Psychiatry Residency, Emory University; M.D. Mercer University; B.A. Biology with Neuroscience minor, Wesleyan College
Therapeutic Style: Works closely with CPS counseling staff and case managers, as well as with Student Disability Services, Student Health Services, and the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery to provide wrap around care for students. Recognizes that biological, psychological, and social influences interact and impact a person’s mental health.
Personal Interests: Cycling, playing cello, and reading fiction.
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Laura Baldwin, LCSW
Joined CPS: 2018
Professional Interests: Trauma, depression, anxiety, crisis intervention and prevention, and autism spectrum disorder.
Education: Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas; B.S. Psychology, Oglethorpe University
Therapeutic Style: Approaches clients using a multicultural and holistic lens through relations theory, systems theory, and strength-based methods.
Supervision Style: A strength-based and multicultural approach incorporating Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Leadership style.
Professional Accomplishments: Certification in Perinatal Mental Health
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, creativity, nutrition, cooking, and general wellness.
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Jenny Chang, PhD
Joined CPS: 2020
Professional Interests: depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal issues, identity issues, existential concerns
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, University at Albany/SUNY; B.A. Psychology, Cornell University
Therapeutic Style: An integrative approach utilizing psychodynamic, interpersonal, existential, and cognitive behavioral theories informed by social justice perspectives tailored to the individual. Techniques are drawn from cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment theories.
Supervision Style: A developmental model that works to increase self-awareness as well as skill-building, tailored to the individual.
Personal Interests: hiking, reading, music, exercise, pets.
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Shelli Cossel, MA, LPC, CPCS
Joined CPS: 2013
Professional Interests: Health and wellness, anxiety and stress reduction, grief and loss, and faith and spirituality.
Education: M.A. Counseling Psychology, Argosy University; B.S. Exercise Science, Seattle Pacific University
Therapeutic Style: Integrative in theory, eclectic in approach, using dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy to foster change toward personal growth and development.
Supervision Style: A developmental model and integrative style including leadership, mentorship, and directional support aimed at personal and professional growth.
Personal Interests: Pursuing health and fitness, enjoying the arts, reading, and thrift shopping.
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Amy Dickinson, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Joined CPS: 2018
Professional Interests: Trauma, eating and body image concerns, identity concerns, spirituality, and relationship issues.
Education: M.S. Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Valdosta State University; B.A. Psychology, Valdosta State University
Therapeutic Style: A holistic approach with a focus on interpersonal relationships, mind-body connection, and how past experiences can influence our current thought processes, emotions, and behaviors.
Personal Interests: Yoga, singing and listening to music, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and cosplay at Dragon Con.
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Jane Frederick, PMH-CNS, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joined CPS: 2015
Professional Interests: Medication and coping strategies for anxiety and depression.
Education: Ph.D. Nursing, Augusta University; M.S. Psychiatric Nursing, Georgia State University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mankato State University
Personal Interests: Reading, swimming, community chorus, my cats and dog, and the beach.
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Elisheva Funk, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Joined CPS: 2018
Professional Interests: Depression, suicide prevention, generalized and social anxiety, family issues, and children of divorce.
Education: Master of Social Work with Family Therapy certificate, Boston University; B.A. Psychology, University of North Carolina
Therapeutic Style: Person-centered therapy guides sessions while educating the client about their choices for treatment and encouraging self-reflection. Tenets of dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are useful to help clients achieve their goals.
Supervision Style: Finding a balance in teaching the fundamentals and nuances of our field while encouraging use of self to help others.
Personal Interests: Cooking, hiking, reading, and music.
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Anthony Hansen, PhD
Joined CPS: 2018
Professional Interests: Relationships and relational problems, self-esteem and self-hate, trauma and recovery, identity concerns (including but not limited to sexuality, diversity in gender, atheists and other types of secular individuals), and veterans and other non-traditional students.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia; M.Ed. Professional Counseling, University of Georgia; B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia
Therapeutic Style: A collaborative approach grounded in interpersonal processes combined with elements of feminist and relational theories. Theory of practice is guided by tenets of cognitive theory and acceptance and commitment therapy. Extensive clinical training working with collegiate mental health alongside clinical experiences with veterans in a VA system and on collaborative interdisciplinary treatment teams.
Supervision Style: Primarily pulling from Bernard's discrimination model, emphasizing a balance of teaching, counseling, and consulting with supervisees. The aim of supervision is to meet the most salient needs of the supervisee in each moment, while providing support and appropriate challenges.
Personal Interests: Being a father, partner, and family man. Hyper fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, USA Soccer, and shareholder/owner of the Green Bay Packers. Enjoys team sports, exercise, lifting weights, playing video games, and enjoying and discussing cinema and literature.
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Alesha Harris, PhD
Joined CPS: Fall 2018
Professional Interests: Grief, racial identity development, trauma, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal issues.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Boston College; M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Boston College; B.A. Psychology, Temple University
Therapeutic Style: Guided by a multicultural framework that focuses on the intersection of contextual factors and mental health.
Supervision Style: A collaborative approach that is culturally responsive to explore personal experiences, assumptions, and beliefs that foster positive professional and personal identity development.
Personal Interests: Pop culture connoisseur, listening to podcasts, spending time with family, reading, and discovering new foods.
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MK Martin, LCSW
Maureen O'Donnell, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Joined CPS: 2017
Professional Interests: Anxiety, trauma, family and relational issues, identity development, and eating disorders.
Education: M.S. Professional Counseling, Georgia State University; B.M. Music Therapy, Florida State University
Therapeutic Style: An integrative approach based on cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating brief solution-focused therapy and mindfulness.
Supervision Style: A developmental approach focused on self-awareness, motivation, and autonomy, monitoring dynamic changes within the supervisory relationship.
Personal Interests: Playing music, hiking, going to concerts, traveling, and watching Florida State football.
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Opal Ojeda, PhD
Joined CPS: 2019
Professional Interests: Anxiety and stress management, family issues, identity development, trauma, first-generation college students, supervision and training.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota; M.A. Community Counseling, Gonzaga University; B.A. Psychology, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Therapeutic Style: Psychodynamic approach that looks at how early experiences form a person’s worldview and current patterns as well as influences from Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral therapies. This manifests in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and concrete skills to help facilitate change.
Supervision Style: A psychodynamic approach to supervision where it is important to focus on the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee as the basis for the work. While also taking a developmental approach that meets supervisees where they are and balances support with challenge to encourage personal and professional development.
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, crafts, and listening to podcasts.
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Sheldon Rifkin, PhD
Joined CPS: July, 2010
Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee; M.S. Psychology, Temple University; B.S. Psychology, Brooklyn College
Professional Interests: Mental health issues on college campuses, anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal conflicts, motivation, study skills, time management, teaching, and clinical and forensic psychology.
Therapeutic Style: A generalist with a multicultural focus emphasizing an interpersonal supportive approach that encourages personal growth, personal responsibility, and cognitive and emotional self-awareness, and will enable individuals to feel competent and self-directive in their approach to life issues.
Supervision Style: An interactive observer and participant who is focused on challenging and enabling supervisees to learn and understand the value, limits, and significance of their professional role and skills, to develop and have confidence in their unique therapeutic style, to become aware of the impact of their feelings and perceptions, and to enhance their diversity of professional and personal skills.
Personal Interests: Family, travel, and photography.
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Afton Storno, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Joined CPS: 2018
Professional Interests: Women’s issues, couples and relationship concerns, and difficulties obtaining self-acceptance.
Education: M.A. Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis, Pepperdine University; B.A. Clinical Psychology, Clark Atlanta University
Therapeutic Style: A client-centered approach to promote confidence in healthy decision making to ultimately obtain self-acceptance. The goal is to facilitate a non-judgmental atmosphere to fully understand and advocate your wants and needs.
Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, visiting local restaurants and trying new food, shopping, exercising, traveling to amazing museums, and listening to music.
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Alissa Tertichny, LCSW, ACS
Joined CPS: 2017
Professional Interests: Interpersonal trauma, eating and body image concerns, and autism spectrum disorder.
Education: Master of Social Work - Clinical, Kennesaw State University; B.S. Spanish and International Health, Clemson University
Therapeutic Style: An integrative, holistic, strengths-based, and multicultural approach, incorporating The Daring Way™, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mind-body interventions, creative expressions, dialectical behavior therapy skills, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Supervision Style: A developmental approach based on the Lifespan Model (Ronnestad & Skovholt), which encompasses teaching skills, encouraging reflection, providing feedback, offering support, and promoting growth.
Professional Accomplishments: Approved Clinical Supervisor, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Certified Art4Healing® Facilitator, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, EMDR Basic Training
Personal Interests: Traveling, dogs, reading, cooking, art, and being outdoors.
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