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Staff

The Counseling Service is staffed by licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists and psychiatrists who specialize in mental health. The service also has advanced master’s-level interns from the Smith College School for Social Work.

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Laurie Wildhagen

Administrative Coordinator

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Kris Evans, LICSW

Associate Director for Counseling

Kris Evans is the associate director for counseling at the Schacht Center. A licensed independent clinical social worker, Evans earned her bachelor’s degree at Wittenberg University, her masters at the University of Tennessee, and is completing her doctorate at the Smith College School for Social Work. She has a breadth of experience as a therapist, program director, community consultant and clinical educator. Kris’s approach to psychotherapy is informed by contemporary psychodynamic and trauma theories in a social justice frame. Her work focuses on helping individuals who have experienced relational and structural trauma, working with gender and sexuality identity, and navigating significant life transitions.

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Jamecia Estes, LICSW

Staff Therapist

Jamecia is a Licensed Independent Social worker with more than 10 years of experience in a variety of mental health support settings. Jamecia received her M.S.W from Smith’s School for Social Work and since then has practiced in schools, hospitals, community mental health, college mental health, and private practice. She has experience in working with children and families, couples, polycules, and individuals from diverse backgrounds; and worked with people presenting with depression, anxiety, trauma, psychotic disorders, and identity development related issues. Her work is informed by the use of various cognitive behavioral therapies (i.e. DBT, ACT, and Motivational Interviewing) that are supported by an attachment theory framework and operationalized through a social justice lens. She is also an experienced sex therapist and trained in The Gottman Method: Levels 1 & 2. 

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Liz Fitzgerald

MSW Candidate, Counseling Intern

A current master’s student at the Smith College School for Social Work, Liz is a recent transplant to western Massachusetts who spent most of their life in California. They attended the University of California, Davis for their undergraduate studies where they enjoyed learning about sustainable agriculture, gender studies and Chicanx studies. A number of years after college, they became interested in the practice of mindful awareness and compassion, which then lead them to work at an AIDS hospice and become a spiritual care volunteer at Stanford Hospital. They are interested in integrating bodyfulness, heartfulness and mindfulness into their work as they have found these to be great complements for engaging in social justice, healing, and the generation of wellbeing. When not at work or school, Liz can be found baking a loaf of bread, enjoying nature, meditating, spending time with friends, and participating in various activist projects. 

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Taryn Heon

MSW Candidate, Counseling Intern

Taryn is an MSW candidate at the Smith College School for Social Work. She is also pursuing her MA at the Bread Loaf School of English and is a creative non-fiction writer. Prior to Smith, Taryn worked as a journalist and within a variety of mental health settings. Her clinical interests include early psychosis prevention and treatment, somatic processing for trauma work, and narrative approaches. Additionally, she assists with research for the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) for MassHealth and is concerned with social welfare policy. Taryn is grateful to be a part of the Smith Counseling Service team, and for the opportunity to serve as witness and co-explorer of students’ stories. In her free time, she enjoys her two dogs and spends much of her time playing guitar and writing music.

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Lisa Howard, M.D.

Lead Psychiatrist 

Lisa Howard received her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, where she majored in biology with a concentration in women’s studies, and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Harvard University’s Cambridge Health Alliance, as well as a fellowship in psychotherapy at Harvard University Health Services. After completing her training, Lisa worked at Cambridge Health Alliance as the director of partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs and was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, involved in teaching and supervising medical students and residents. Lisa has extensive experience in college mental health, having worked at Bennington College for eight years and also at Wellesley College prior to joining the Counseling Services at Smith. In addition to her position at Smith, Lisa also works at Gould Farm, a psychiatric rehabilitation and residential treatment facility in Monterey, Mass. Her primary clinical interests include identity development, women’s issues and working collaboratively with students to address a wide variety of mental health issues.

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Uruj Kamal, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

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Lil Kraus

Post-Graduate Counseling Fellow

Lil is a recent graduate of Smith’s School for Social Work, having completed undergraduate studies at Concordia University and graduating from McGill University’s law school. Lil started at the Counseling Service last year and will continue providing support to students navigating trauma, life transitions and stress. Lil will also continue supporting students navigating their gender and sexual identity through facilitation of an ongoing trans and gnc group at the Counseling Service.

Meg Laird, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Meg Laird received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. Following a brother and a sister, she earned her master's degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. She got started in college counseling when she was a master's intern, assigned to the Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services.

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Michelle Marchese

Clinical Social Worker

Michelle Marchese is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a certified EMDR therapist and consultant, with a certificate in clinical supervision. Her trauma-centered, relational work is complemented with CBT and DBT interventions as needed. Areas of interest include trauma recovery (individual and structural), gender and sexuality, social justice, and the transformative power of groups and community membership. She has advanced training in dialogic and narrative therapy and the following trauma processing techniques: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Progressive Counting (PC). She currently a doctoral student at the Smith College School for Social Work.

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Maya Shulman-Ment

MSW Candidate, Counseling Intern

Maya received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, where she studied history and environmental sciences. After spending several years in non-profit fundraising, Maya pursued a passion for the outdoors by taking a job in wilderness therapy. This led her to seek deeper study at the Smith College School for Social Work, where she is a candidate for a master’s degree in clinical social work. Maya’s therapeutic style draws from relational and narrative approaches, psychodyamic theories, and helping her clients to explore the social, cultural, and political forces affecting their lives.

Nathalie Vaughn, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker; Triage Coordinator

After leaving Guyana as a young adult, Nathalie Vaughn became an Ada Comstock Scholar and graduated from Smith College with a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology. She continued her education by earning a master's degree in women’s studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Vaughn’s academic interests and commitment to individual empowerment led her into the community mental health field. After several years working to support women and families, Vaughn pursued an M.S.W. at the Smith School for Social Work and then joined the counseling service staff. She provides psychotherapy and initial phone interviews for students seeking services.

Elena Volpe, LMFT

Clinical Therapist

Elena Volpe is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her master's in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. 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. Volpe's clinical interests are far-ranging in that they encompass the broad cultural experience of gender, race and biculturalism, as well as the intimate sensed experience of the physical body.

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Valri Bromfield, LMHC

Staff Therapist

Valri is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who currently serves as the Counseling Service’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) specialist. She developed her interest in working with college student Vanderbilt University's Counseling Center before relocating to Massachusetts. She sees individual clients and facilitates DBT Group Therapy helping students develop skills in emotional regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.