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Our Staff

The counseling service is staffed by licensed clinical social workers, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a psychiatrist who specialize in women's mental health. The service also has students in masters and doctoral training from the Smith College School for Social Work.

Pamela McCarthy

Associate Director of Health Services

Pamela McCarthy is the director of the Counseling Service and Associate Director of Health Services. A licensed independent clinical social worker, McCarthy earned her A.B. at Williams College and her Master's in social work at Smith College School for Social Work. Before becoming director at the Counseling Service, she gained significant experience as a manager, therapist and teacher in both in-patient and out-patient mental health settings and is also an adjunct faculty for the School for Social Work. McCarthy has an expertise in helping college women address the roadblocks to their happiness and success through psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy.

Georgia Ede

College Psychiatrist

Dr. Georgia Ede received her bachelor of arts from Carleton College and her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her Psychiatry residency at Harvard University’s Cambridge Hospital. Before coming to Smith College, Dr. Ede practiced psychiatry in a variety of clinical settings, most recently at Harvard University Health Services, where she served as a college psychiatrist for over six years. She also conducted psychiatric evaluations and nutrition consultations at the Hallowell Center, a specialty practice dedicated to the treatment of attention-related disorders such as ADHD. She has special interest and expertise in nutrition, particularly in the connection between the standard American diet and common emotional and medical problems. She enjoys speaking and writing about this topic at a national level. She is a founding member of Physicians and Ancestral Health, a new organization created to educate physicians and the general public about the importance of whole foods diets in the prevention and treatment of common conditions. In her free time, Dr. Ede enjoys singing, playing piano, hiking, biking, dancing, and spending time with friends

Maria del Mar Farina

Clinical Social Worker

Maria del Mar Farina is a bilingual (Spanish/English), bicultural clinical social worker. She earned her MSW degree in 1998 from Smith College School for Social Work, where she is now a PhD candidate. Maria del Mar has worked for over 16 years providing individual and couples therapy to adults, children and adolescents. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Smith College School for Social Work (MSW program) and Westfield State University (BSW program) and has presented her work on immigration and identity internationally. Areas of specialty include parent-child conflict, depression, grief/loss, domestic violence, anxiety, trauma, as well as acculturation, immigration and life transitions such as separation and divorce.

Meg Laird

Clinical Social Worker

Meg Laird received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1986. Following a brother and a sister, she earned her master's degree from the Smith School for Social Work in 1992. She got started in college counseling when she was a master's intern, assigned to the Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services. When Laird is not helping Smith students, she enjoys singing and early morning walks.

Elena Volpe

Clinical Therapist

Elena Volpe is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles in 1994 and moved to Massachusetts in 2005. She has a private practice in Northampton and South Hadley emphasizing an integrative approach to therapy. She developed Somapsychology, a method that unites breathwork, yoga, and martial arts with traditional verbal practices. Her clinical interests are far-ranging in that they encompass the broad cultural experience of gender, race and bi-culturalism as well as the intimate sensed experience of the physical body.