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Nina Hernandez Beithon
Nina Hernandez Beithon
Diversity Liaison Counselor with Student Counseling Services
M.S.W. Social Work, University of Minnesota
My work is deeply rooted in relationships, as I believe that healing happens in relationship with others and ourselves. I approach counseling with a social justice and anti-oppressive lens which includes a profound understanding of the systems at play that impact students from oppressed communities. As a mixed (Mexican/White) person I am committed to serving students from a variety of backgrounds and enjoy co-creating and exploring together in counseling what healing looks like for you. I take a holistic approach to healing as I believe that our mental wellbeing is strongly connected and in balance with other life components including academics, spirituality, politics, relationships, finances and physical health. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. In my free time, I enjoy practicing and performing with our Indigenous Mexica Danza group, reading, and spending time in nature.
My professional interests include: race-based traumatic stress, student activism, police violence, political-based oppression, Latinx populations and issues, oppression fatigue, indigenous and students of color populations and issues, traditional indigenous healing practices, interpersonal trauma, inter-generational and/or historical trauma, gender based violence (domestic and sexual violence), self-esteem, body positivity, identity exploration, LGBTQ populations and issues, and cultural adjustment for 1st generation college students.
Academic Advisor for University Honors Program
St. Cloud State University, MS in College Counseling and Student Development
I identify as an Oromo American woman, and first-generation college student. Coming from a country where education was available to mainly wealthy, I value the opportunities and prosperity it can bring. I'm passionate about assisting students in their academic and personal journey and gaining the most out of their experiences. I use a holistic advising approach to build rapport and provide save/brave spaces.
I'm interested in accessibility and equity for all college students and helping them thrive in their undergrad while developing their personal identities. My graduate work focused on counseling skills and student development theories. Understanding these theories, with the recognition that each student's experiences are unique, helps guide me in my approach in assisting students to be successful.
Sarah Gustafson Dombeck
Sarah Gustafson Dombeck
Care Manager in the OSA Care Program
M.A. Counseling Psychology from U of Minn
I relate closely with commuter students who balance work, school and other life circumstances as a person who had to be self-supporting throughout college. My core beliefs are: inclusivity, honoring diversity, disability as diversity, and that we all move through the world with our own unique identities and perspectives. I am fluent in ASL, began learning as a child and humbled to have worked within the Deaf community for many years.
I approach my work with students from a person centered, strengths-based perspective. I strive to create a safe space for students to explore, navigate challenges, and work towards healing and well-being.
Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator with Student Counseling Services
Rosemead School of Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Sometimes life happens faster than we can adapt to it and often it can be helpful to have someone navigate life during these times. I view caring for one's’ mental health as an ongoing process which requires more work during difficult chapters in life. As a counselor, I help students build resiliency through supporting their strengths and equipping them with skills to make changes to their lives. Each of us are weathering a unique season in our lives and I aim to provide assistance for today’s battles as well as confidence in one’s abilities to effectively build a life for the future. Some of my own personal values include watching and playing sports. I am a MN sports fan. I enjoy woodworking and collaborating with different makers. I cherish sunny days on the lake paddle boarding and nights under the stars. I completed my graduate school at Rosemead School of Psychology in Los Angeles and moved back to Minneapolis for the friendly people, nature, and seasons. I am a foodie and enjoy frequenting the great eateries and gathering spaces around the Twin Cities. I value my faith and enjoy sharing life with other members of my faith community.
Trained as a generalist, I work with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety/stress, mood disorders, trauma, academic skills development, grief, identity development, family and relationship issues, and spirituality. I work from an integrated holistic framework that incorporates person-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented theories that values individual differences and diversity with the goal of identifying and developing personal strengths that will foster empowerment.
Academic Advisor for the College of Biological Sciences
University of Minnesota, MA in Educational Psychology: Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology
I identify as a white, gay, cisgender male. I have experienced the U as a student, a counselor, an educator, and an advisor, and I believe these roles have provided me a unique lens with which to view the campus experience. Outside of working with students, I love to do yoga, cycle, cook, read, and discover new music.
I am fascinated by system dynamics. I believe it is important to acknowledge the influence our friends, families, locations, and institutions have on our own decisions and sense of self. I believe the best relationships are cooperative and I strive to create space that allows us to continue learning alongside each other.
Academic Advisor with TRIO Student Support Services (SSS
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
I am an African American male, social justice advocate, educator, advisor, and counselor. I am committed to providing advocacy and support to our student population using a student centered approach as my guidance modality. I am a graduate of the U of M and was born and raised in the Twin Cities. I’m also a father to 3 exceptional daughters.
I am currently and academic advisor with the TRIO SSS program here at the University of Minnesota. I am also on the Licensure track for MFT. I am a strong believer in the systems approach to understanding and learning ways to best navigate our world. I am a proponent of well managed mental health and work to guide and support students in their journey.
Staff Counselor with Student Counseling Services
Bethel University, Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
I am an African American woman. I’m a native of Minnesota, was raised in Chicago and have lived back in Minnesota for over 30 years. My background has always included diversity, which is a blessing, and I embrace that. I’m an introvert, travel is my passion, I love to shop, to read, and binge watch movies and series on Netflix! Another passion I have is to see people healed and made whole, which is why chose the field of counseling. This journey I have traveled called ‘Life’ could be my most valuable asset as a counselor.
My professional interests include working with communities of color (but not exclusively), and faith-based counseling. I want all groups, especially those with mental health needs associated with feelings of isolation, oppression, cultural stigmas, etc., to feel supported, and to have their needs met. I continue to explore new areas of professional interest and look forward to meeting with a broad range of students.
Multicultural Student Engagement Student Life Advisor
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Masters of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel Mental Health
I am a first-generation college and U.S. born Hmong American woman. My journey as a woman of color and the intersectionalities that come along with this role has nurtured, forced, taken and given me the opportunities to learn many things which have shaped my experiences, increased my levels of awareness, and helped guide me to where I am today. My passion is in working with young people towards creating a more equitable future through knowledge, empowerment, and action in higher education.
I am interested in providing equitable support, representation, and education for all students. My fields of interests in mental health are intersectionality, identity development, domestic violence and abuse, and Post-traumatic stress.
Anne Qin Zhou
Anne Qin Zhou
Counselor with Student Counseling Services
University of Minnesota, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate
I am a first-generation Chinese-American cisgender woman. Due to my personal experiences, I believe that our past experiences are critical pieces that inform our current identity. Although I grew up in California I have been in Minnesota for the past four years and have enjoyed the opportunity of experiencing a different culture and environment (snow!).
My research interests lie mainly in minority/marginalized health disparities. I am also interested in researching disparities in access to health information and knowledge, particularly barriers to mental health service utilization and access, such as stigma and low health literacy. My clinical interests lie in working with clients from diverse cultural and social backgrounds who present with concerns around depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, vocational/career exploration, and with conducting psychological assessment.