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A Culture of Care

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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.

Kris Evans

Kris Evans, LICSW | she/her

Interim Director, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness
Director, Counseling Services
Adjunct Professor, School for Social Work

A licensed clinical social worker, Kris 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; those with issues relating to gender, sexuality or identity; and those navigating significant life transitions.

Valri Bromfield

Valri Bromfield, LMHC | she/her

Staff Therapist

Valri is a licensed mental health counselor who currently serves as the Counseling Service’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) specialist. She first developed her interest in working with college students at Vanderbilt University’s Counseling Center. She facilitates DBT Group Therapy helping students develop skills in emotional regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.

Jamecia Estes

Jamecia Estes, LICSW | she/her

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 earned her master of social work degree from Smith’s School for Social Work and has since practiced in schools, hospitals, community mental health, college mental health and private practice. She has experience working with children and families, couples, polycules and individuals from diverse backgrounds; she has also worked with people presenting with depression, anxiety, trauma, psychotic disorders and issues related to identity development. Her work is informed by the use of various cognitive behavioral therapies (e.g., 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 and 2.

Lisa Howard

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

Lead Psychiatrist

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.

Uruj Kamal Haider

Uruj Kamal Haider, M.D. | she/her

Staff Psychiatrist

Uruj Kamal Haider completed her psychiatry residency at a University of Massachusetts affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2018. With a background in neuroscience and behavior from Wesleyan University, she has presented at numerous national conferences including the American Psychiatric Association and the American Neuropsychiatric Association. In addition to treating students at Smith College, Uruj works as a general adult and perinatal psychiatrist at University of Massachusetts Memorial in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she is also an assistant professor in psychiatry. Her clinical expertise in psychiatry includes women’s mental health issues and treating women with psychiatric issues during pregnancy and postpartum. Her personal interests include fitness, travel and visiting her home state of New York with her husband.

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.

Michelle Marchese

Michelle Marchese, LICSW | she/her

Interim Lead Therapist

Michelle is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a certified EMDR therapist and consultant, with a certificate in clinical supervision. Her trauma-centered, relational individual and group work is complemented with CBT and DBT interventions as needed. Michelle has written and taught nationally and internationally on issues related to trauma and social justice, as well as gender-affirming EMDR. She has advanced training in anti-oppressive dialogic therapies and the trauma processing modalities Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Progressive Counting (PC). She is currently a doctoral student at the Smith College School for Social Work researching the use of EMDR to decrease racial and social bias. Maybe you have met her canine assistant, Stanley, around campus.

Sarah Seitz

Sarah Seitz, LCSW | she/her

Staff Therapist

Sarah is a recent graduate of Smith’s School for Social Work, and she is completing a fellowship at the Counseling Services. She started at Counseling Services in 2019 and will continue providing support to students navigating stress, trauma and life transitions. Sarah’s areas of interest include working collaboratively to explore race and identity development using a social justice lens. She facilitates support groups for students of color and Asian students.

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.

2020 Counseling Interns

Zoe Abram

Zoe Abram, CMHC Intern | she/her

CMHC Candidate, Counseling Intern

Zoe has experience working in several different mental health settings, most recently as a Team Counselor at Windhorse Integrative Mental Health in Northampton. Prior to counseling, Zoe worked for ten years growing vegetables and mentoring other beginning farmers. She has also worked as an outdoor educator, and is bound to find a nature metaphor during most clinical sessions. Throughout her experience, Zoe has worked with people in times of transition, times when the fist holding tightly to a past self has unclenched and the solid ground of “what’s next” is not yet underfoot, cultivating a place of safety within the context of change. She is interested in somatic processing modalities that integrate the body’s felt way of knowing with the brain’s cognitive one. She has experience working in long term eating disorder recovery and with using a body liberation framework, in group work, and in peer counseling. As a counselor, Zoe works to support clients in developing lenses of self-compassion and mindfulness as tools for deeper understanding of self and of others. When not at work or school, Zoe is found delighting in her baby, reading sci fi, and being a beginner at some new activity (right now it’s slacklining).

Greenlee Brown

Greenlee Brown, MSW Intern | they/them

MSW Candidate, Counseling Intern

Greenlee Brown is a 2nd-year intern and student at Smith College School of Social Work. They have experience working with 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.

Erin Kogelschatz

Erin Kogelschatz, MSW Intern | she/her

MSW Candidate, Counseling Intern

Erin Kogelschatz received her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, where she studied psychology and sociology. After working for several years as a child advocate for survivors of domestic violence, she was inspired to pursue further education in clinical social work. As a candidate for a master’s degree at Smith College School for Social Work, she has gained experience utilizing DBT and facilitating processing groups. Erin’s clinical interests and therapeutic style are drawn from trauma theory and relational approaches. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cat, biking, and exploring new places.

Mark Ledoux

Mark Ledoux, MSW Intern | he/him

MSW Candidate, Counseling Intern

Mark is a current student of the Smith College School for Social Work program. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and has lived in New York's Hudson Valley, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Mark received a BA in Political Studies at Bard College and has worked in a number of capacities in social work and the helping professions since graduating. His previous experiences include direct care work, life skills coaching, and support coordination. Mark is interested in specializing in providing individual psychotherapy to people on the autism spectrum, folks with ADHD, and other people with cognitive or learning differences. He is an avid music-lover and enjoys reading about history and philosophy in his spare time.

Chloe Rovitz

Chloe Rovitz, MSW Intern | she/they

MSW Candidate, Counseling Intern

Chloe is an MSW candidate at the Smith College School for Social Work. She studied psychology and acting at Bennington College, and focused her research on various theories of psychotherapy. Following their undergraduate education, Chloe spent several years living and working in a 70-person farm-based community alongside people with developmental disabilities and special needs. Chloe’s approach to therapy is relational, dynamic, and trauma-informed; they enjoy witnessing and joining people on their paths of self-discovery and acceptance. Chloe is influenced by disability justice and mindfulness practices, and likes thinking through the ways we shape and are shaped by our relationships and environments.