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Staff

The Counseling Services office 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.

The Counseling Service staff embody a range of visible and invisible identities along the lines of race, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, ability, culture, religion, immigrant, first-gen status and more. We are also continually learning to work with a range of people and presentations using emerging interventions, research and student feedback.

Like you, we are infinitely intersectional and evolving.

Laurie Wildhagen

Laurie Wildhagen | she/her

Administrative Coordinator

Laurie earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental geography at the University of Iowa. Before coming to Smith, she worked as an AIDS advocate in Hawaii, as a court advocate for survivors of domestic violence and in health care administration. In her free time, she can be found hiking a new trail with her kids, experimenting with new cookie recipes or getting lost in a new book.

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Michelle Marchese, LICSW | she/they

Director of Counseling Services

Michelle is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a certified EMDR therapist and consultant. She is currently a doctoral student at the Smith College School for Social Work researching dissociation within queer and trans communities, and the use of EMDR to help heal the effects of trauma related to social identity oppression. Her integrative approach rests on a trauma-centered, intersubjective foundation complemented with CBT, DBT and somatic interventions as needed. Maybe you have met her canine assistant, Stanley, around campus or when howling during a Zoom call.

Lisa Howard

Lisa Youngling Howard, M.D. | she/her

Director of Psychiatry, Associate Director of Counseling

Lisa Youngling 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. She has extensive experience in college mental health, having worked at Bennington College for eight years and also at Wellesley College before joining 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, Massachusetts. Her primary clinical interests include identity development, women’s issues and working collaboratively with students to address a variety of mental health issues.

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Greenlee Brown, MSW | they/them

Post Master’s Fellow

Greenlee completed their graduate internship at Counseling Services last year and then graduated from the Smith School for Social Work. They have experience working with young queer and trans people, polyamorous people, people in BDSM communities, and with young people living with complex trauma. They are working to build a clinical practice grounded in relationship and vulnerability, and are particularly interested in somatic approaches to living with trauma and working with white people to divest from white supremacy. They have a cat named Boo and an overflowing bookshelf.

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Sakil Chundydyal, MD | he/him.

Staff Psychiatrist

Sakil received his bachelor's degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania before going to Montreal to pursue work in clinical research and outreach work. He went on to receive a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Harvard University's Cambridge Health Alliance. After completing residency, he worked in inpatient psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, before joining the staff at the Counseling Service. His clinical interests include sexuality and psychiatry, queer mental health, as well as addressing the mental health needs of immigrants and people of color.

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Noah Cochran, LCSW | they/them

Staff Therapist

Noah is a licensed clinical social worker trained at the Smith School of Social Work. Raised in the South, they then attended Bowdoin College in Maine, where they earned their bachelor's degree in psychology and education. They practice clinical work with a trauma-centered, attachment-informed, and relational lens grounded in social justice. They believe in the liberatory potential of healing through relationships and community, and their work focuses on grief, relational and structural trauma, and identity. Beyond their role as a therapist, Noah is an avid reader and a fledgling woodworker. 

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Maureen Dean | she/her/dem

Doctoral Fellow

A direct descendent of a traditional healer, Maureen has evolved a healing elixir from her study and practice of depth psychology, theology, anthropology, and ecology. She holds an advanced masters in clinical social work from SUNY-Albany, a masters of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary of Columbia University, and a masters of social work from the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica. Maureen has extensively worked toward prevention and healing of trauma at the individual, group, community, policy, and advocacy levels. She lived and worked in Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island nation with a rich syncretism of Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and African Yorba derived religions.  Maureen embraces a holistic body-mind-spirit-environment approach towards health and wellbeing and incorporates traditional, conventional and creative healing modalities in her work with clients. She is committed to finding vitality through nurture, nature and culture.

Meg Laird

Meg Laird, LICSW | she/her

Staff Therapist

Meg graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Following two siblings, she earned her master’s degree from Smith’s School for Social Work. She started her career in college counseling as a master’s intern, assigned to Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. At Smith Counseling Services since 1992, she has helped thousands of Smith students navigate their college years and find more satisfaction in their lives. In addition to facilitating individual work on a variety of topics, she offers a beloved grief support group every semester. Certified in clinical supervision, she has worked with more than 20 master’s-level interns.

Nathalie Vaughn

Nathalie Vaughn, LICSW | she/her

Staff Therapist

After leaving Guyana as a young adult, Nathalie 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. Nathalie’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, Nathalie pursued an master of social work at the Smith School for Social Work before joining the Counseling Services staff.

Elena Volpe

Elena Volpe, LMFT | she/her

Staff Therapist

Elena is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has a private practice in Amherst, emphasizing an integrative approach to therapy. She developed Somapsychology, a method that unites breathwork, yoga and martial arts with traditional verbal practices. Elena’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.

2021–22 Counseling Interns

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Anaïs Baptiste | she/her

MSW Intern

Anaïs is an MSW candidate at the Smith College School for Social Work. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Purchase College. She has a background in youth development and her clinical interests include providing holistic and identity affirming care to BIPOC and folks in the LGBTQIA2S+ community. She loves to rollerskate, make ceramics and be outside in the sun.

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Carol Berzonsky | she/her

CMHC Intern

Carol received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in 1991. In 2016, she completed a non-clinical doctorate in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Ecopsychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. Her dissertation was entitled, Homo sapiens sapiens, Climate Change as a Global Rite of Passage. Between degrees she worked in a range of human service positions including counseling within the child welfare system and case management for people living with HIV/AIDS. She is currently a Clinical Mental Health Counseling candidate at Antioch University New England. Carol has many clinical interests but among them are trauma-informed care, depth psychology, dreamwork, social justice, nature-based models of human development, and climate grief. Ultimately, she’s most interested in helping people reach their wellness goals.

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Lauren (lodo) Dougherty | she/they

MSW Intern

Lauren is a current MSW candidate at Smith College School for Social Work in her second year. She graduated from Stonehill College with BA in Criminology and Philosophy and no clue what she would do next. In discovering her next steps, Lauren worked as a community educator for a local domestic violence/sexual assault non-profit, moved across the US, became a mentor/tutor for high school students, and advised high school students on potential college and career opportunities. Her clinical interests include working with queer and trans folks, youth and young adults, and help folks navigate through life transitions. Lauren is committed to helping others recognize their own strengths and embracing the uncomfortable. When she isn't at Smith, you can find Lauren poorly singing showtunes, walking her puppy Zuko, or re-watching seasons of Great British Bake-Off.

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Mikhaila Eckhardt | she/her

MSW Intern

Mikhaila received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and she is a second-year intern and student at Smith College School for Social Work. Mikhaila has experience working with youth in residential settings and temporary placement settings for the past five years. As a candidate for her master’s degree at Smith College School for Social Work, she has gained experience working with young adults and has a desire to pursue palliative care practices in the future. Mikhaila is building her clinical practice rooted in trauma theory, the neurobiological basis for trauma responses, and ways of collaborating with individuals in a relational manner, while also utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy skills.

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Christina Horton | they/them

MSW Intern

Christina is an MSW candidate at the Smith College School for Social Work. They come from a background working in hospice, bereavement, and supporting youth and families involved in the child welfare system. Christina's clinical interests include trauma, grief, working with the LGBTQIA+ community, and supporting activism. They are a musician and love to share about creative expression.

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Marina Santiago | she/her

MSW Intern

Marina Santiago was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and earned her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Dominican University in Chicago. As an MSW candidate at Springfield College, Marina’s professional areas of interest include working with young adults in recovery from disordered eating, as well as exploring cultural identity development and women’s health issues from a resilience and strength-based perspective. When she’s not in classes or at her internship, you can find Marina on a local hiking trail with her beloved dog Nacho.

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Kristin Woods | she/her

MSW Intern

Kristin is an MSW candidate at Smith College School for Social Work. She was born and raised in California and moved to the East Coast to attend Vassar College, where she studied psychology and urban studies. Her previous experiences include supporting survivors of relationship and sexual violence, applying a health equity lens to community emergency preparedness, and challenging systemic factors causing houselessness. Kristin approaches clinical work through a trauma-informed, psychodynamic, and social justice lens. As an emerging clinician of color, she is interested in strengthening her understanding and utilization of somatic modalities to address trauma (including racialized trauma). She loves to bake and dreams about traveling to warm places.