Counseling Staff

Leslie Bautista, Psy.D., L.P.

Leslie

Staff Psychologist, Interim Groups Coordinator. Clinical Psychology, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Interests: Interpersonal violence, trauma, gender issues, diversity and multicultural awareness, training and supervision of psychology trainees. Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Member: MPA, AWP, NLPA.

Sarra Beckham-Chasnoff, Ph.D., L.P., L.M.F.T.

Sarra

Senior Supervising Psychologist. Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Interests: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender psychology; feminist psychology; clinical supervision; grief counseling. Member: AWP, LGBT Mental Health Providers' Network.

Anshan Moore Eckard, Ph.D., L.P.

Anshan Moore Eckard

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Staff Psychologist.
Education:  Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University.

About Me:  My time outside of work is spent running, knitting cool things, growing vegetables and flowers in the summer, biking with my young children, and generally enjoying the Twin Cities.

Professional Interests:  My strengths and interests lie in helping students get a better understanding of themselves and how they can make the changes that they desire.  I like to work with students to look at what they value, and whether they are taking action that is in line with those values. I often feel that depression and anxiety comes from a long list of "shoulds" – what others expect of us, and what we think others are doing.  I like helping students increase their confidence so that they can be better students, family members, partners, and friends. 

To do this, I also incorporate who the student is when they walk in – all of their identities and what meaning it has for them.  My passion is in multicultural issues, work/life balance, career issues, first generation college student concerns, and perinatal mental health, among other things.

Danny Elenz, M.A.

Danny Elenz

Intake Counselor. Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas.

Alexa Fetzer, Ph.D., L.P.

Alexa

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Interim Training Director, Staff Psychologist.

Education:  Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University at Albany, SUNY..

About Me:  In my counseling work, I like to help students gain a better understanding of their current struggles, and help them identify new ways of being or relating to others that feel more genuine and meet their goals more effectively.  I believe that in coming to know ourselves and forming relationships with others, we often rely on what we’ve learned from previous experiences, or what has seemed to work in the past.  When we enter periods of transition that bring new roles, new relationships, and new experiences, our previous learned ways of being or forming relationships may not be as effective, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, or relationship and identity concerns.  I enjoy working with students to gain insight into the possible “whys” of what isn’t working, and “hows” for moving forward in a way that is more genuine to who they are and to what their values and goals may be.  This inherently includes a multicultural approach, as I believe we receive many messages and “shoulds” about how to be and how to form relationships from our diverse experiences—from our family systems, our cultural values and beliefs, and surrounding sociopolitical messages and experiences.

When I’m not at work, I like to nurture my northern MN roots by camping, canoeing, and working on my loon call in the wilderness.  I also enjoy yoga, eating delicious food (emphasis on the eating—not so much on the cooking), and keeping up with an ever-growing Netflix queue

Professional Interests: My professional interests include clinical supervision and training, group counseling, diversity awareness and social justice issues, identity development, interpersonal relationship concerns, emotion regulation, mindfulness, anxiety, and depression.

Mark Groberski, Ph.D., L.P.

Mark

Staff Psychologist; Coordinator, Advanced Practicum Program. Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Loyola Loyola University of Chicago. 1996 - Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders, APA College of Professional Psychology.

Interests: Substance abuse assessment, intervention, and prevention; clinical supervision and training; psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and integrative approaches to therapy; harm reduction; stages of change; motivational interviewing; LGBT issues. Member: APA; APA Divisions 29 and 50 (Education and Training Committee Member).

Vesna Hampel-Kozar, Ph.D., L.P.

Vesna Hampel-Kozar

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
St. Paul Office Coordinator, Staff Psychologist.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University.

About Me: I enjoy helping students grow and develop in ways that are consistent with and honor their values. Prior to joining the SCS staff at the University of Minnesota, I worked in a variety of higher education institutions; residential, non-residential, online, primarily adult-serving, in rural and urban settings. I’ve served as an academic advisor, career counselor, teaching faculty, and administrator in addition to providing direct counseling services. These roles have influenced me to take a holistic perspective on my work with students, including finding ways to make use of natural supports, strengths, and resources. I recognize the importance of the context and systems within which students’ lives are happening, both within the University and in communities outside of the institution.  I continue to be impacted by my own past experiences as a first generation college student, from an immigrant family, and the experiences of students with whom I’ve worked.  I am honored to accompany students on part of their journeys, and work to build a foundation of respect in the counseling relationship. In my spare time, I enjoy introvert things that ground me including: time with my partner, children, and dog; laughs with friends; cooking; books; music; and movies.

 Professional Interests: My professional interests include relationships with self and others, navigating significant life change, graduate and professional school student issues, career development, managing stress and anxiety, self-compassion, self-care, and clinical supervision and training. I especially enjoy working with students who are the first in their families to navigate college, and students who began their academic journey elsewhere and are negotiating the transition to the University.  I provide services on the St. Paul campus of the University, and have liaison relationships with faculty and staff who work with students whose majors are housed in St. Paul, or who live on or near the St. Paul campus.

Nina Hernandez Beithon, M.S.W., L.G.S.W.

Nina Hernandez Beithon

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Diversity Liaison Counselor.
Education: M.S.W. Social Work, University of Minnesota..

About Me: My work is deeply rooted in relationships, as I believe that healing happens in relationship with others and ourselves. I approach therapy with a social justice and anti-oppressive lens which includes a profound understanding of the systems at play that impact students from oppressed communities. My personal and professional work also includes macro-level work to change systems at a larger institutional level in addition to individual and group counseling. 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 therapy 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 provide therapy 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.

Professional Interests: 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,  harm reduction, and cultural adjustment for 1st generation college students.

Glenn Hirsch, Ph.D., L.P.

Glenn

Pronouns:  He/Him/His
Director, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas.

About Me: A native of Los Angeles, California, I traded beaches and mountains for seasons and plains, with no regrets except for the last two weeks in January.  My heritage is Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish and my grandparents fled Europe at the end of the 19th Century to escape anti-semitism and seek a new life in the United States.  Although my parents were not religious, our family practiced values of “Tikkun Olam,”  the Jewish notion that each person is responsible for engaging in acts of kindness and compassion to help heal the world.  In my family this meant treating people with respect and dignity, and honoring different personal, religious and cultural identities.  My choosing a career as a psychologist reflects a long family tradition of serving in careers that help others, and I see my work as honoring my parents and ancestors in this way.  When I am not at work I recharge my batteries by flying planes, doing photography, and hiking/backpacking with my partner Sue.

I believe that as humans we have the capacity to lead full, loving lives, but that lived experiences including family struggles, trauma and societal oppression can interfere with developing our full selves.  The most important part of my counseling is the relationship between myself and the person I am working with.  I work to create a safe, non-judgmental place where my clients can discuss their concerns and receive support.  I work out of a strengths-based perspective, honoring my client’s courage and strength, and working collaboratively towards creating changes the client desires.

Professional Interests: Helping students create personal success by overcome academic underachievement; developing identity-informed mental health support for  students who identify as first-generation and/or from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities; young adult development;  effective shorter-term treatments for depression and anxiety.

M.S.W. Social Work, University of Minnesota.

Molly King, M.A., L.P.C.C.

Molly King

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Staff Counselor, Community Resource Specialist.
Education: M.A. Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas.

About Me: I am a Minnesotan, have two schnauzers, and enjoy hiking, swimming, gardening, yoga, cooking, reading, and live comedy. I speak Spanish fluently and fumble with Portuguese when given the opportunity.

I see counseling as a place where students can be supported while they sort through painful experiences - a change in a relationship, a troubling incident, low self-confidence, grief and loss, adapting to a new place, or simply not feeling like themselves.  This is an inherently collaborative process I approach from a wellness and strengths-based perspective, taking time to learn each student’s unique identities and background. In doing so, I strive to offer each student a place of compassion and respite in what can be a chaotic world. My work often focuses on understanding emotions, helping students increase their self-compassion, confidence, and knowledge, identifying and reinforcing their unique values and finding sources of comfort and belonging.

In addition to counseling, part of my role at SCS is helping students connect to resources in the community, on- or off-campus. In this role, I provide information about local resources (e.g., food support, financial assistance programs), how to understand and access insurance benefits, and how to connect with a variety of off-campus health care providers, including therapists for longer-term care.

Professional Interests: My special interests include emotional wellness; mindfulness; multicultural issues; self-acceptance & compassion; anxiety & stress management; spirituality; healthy relationships; and career development.

Gina Liddell-Westefeld, M.A.

Gina Liddell-Westefeld

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers or They/Them
Counselor, Student Counseling Services.
Education: M.A. Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology (CSPP), University of Minnesota.

 About Me: I am a queer, masculine-of-center presenting woman. My own narrative and reflection leads me to believe that the personal is professional as I continue to grow as an individual and counselor. I have lived in Minneapolis the past decade but grew up in Iowa and have loved getting to know the Twin Cities but also the community.

Professional Interests: I am in the process of obtaining my Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. I work from a feminist and eclectic psychology lens to focus on empowering clients. My fields of interests within mental health include sexuality and gender identity (LGBTQIA+), intersectional identity development, intimate partner/relationship violence and anxiety.

Courtney Padgen, M.A.

Courtney Padgen

Counselor. Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Jodi Pendroy, Psy.D., L.P.

Jodi Pendroy

Staff Psychologist. Psy.D. Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas.
Pronouns: She/Her
/Hers

Interests: Jodi believes therapy is most effective when conducted in an open, safe, and nurturing environment with respect given to the strengths, wisdom, and humanity of each client. Professional interests include working with suicidal college students, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, identity exploration, existential issues, addictions, and sexual identity, with specific focus on well-being, balance, self-care, compassion, and self acceptanceNarrative therapy, GLBT affirmative counseling, multi-cultural counseling, anxiety/stress management, spirituality. Member: APA, AGPA.

Sarah Ruiz

Counselor. Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.

Jerry Shih, Ph.D., L.P.

Jerry Shih

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Assistant/Clinical Director, Senior Psychologist.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota
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About Me: I am the first person in my family who was born in the United States, and I identify as Asian- and European-American, having both Chinese and Western European ancestry.  I grew up in an ethnically and culturally diverse community in New York City where I learned the importance of having respect for people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The purpose of counseling is to help people make positive change; in counseling we focus on changing thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are causing problems.  The counseling process is one of exploring and gaining insight about oneself and one’s situation, and then taking action based on the insight gained.  I believe that counseling is successful when we agree on the goals we are working on and the strategies used to reach those goals, and our working relationship is characterized by mutual liking, trust and respect.  

Professional Interests: I enjoy helping students make steady progress towards their goals, which vary from person to person.  Some examples are: to reduce and manage symptoms of depression and/or anxiety; to heal from a relationship breakup; to improve academic performance; to find a satisfying career path; to improve social skills; to resolve an interpersonal problem; to feel good about oneself.   No matter what problems you may have and what your counseling goals may be, I start with a practical solution-focused approach, first doing my best to understand what you have been experiencing, and then working with you to tackle those problems and to improve your mental, emotional and behavioral health.

Chia-Chen Tu, Ph.D, L.P.

Chia-Chen Tu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Practicum Coordinator, Staff Psychologist.
Education: Ph.D. Counseling  and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota
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About Me: I believe human beings have the potential to grow and my role is to enhance people’s awareness and foster change through human connections. I strive to work collaboratively with clients to create a trusting and respectful relationship in which they can gain perspectives or develop new skills and confidence to meet life's challenges. I have extensive experience doing psychotherapy at university counseling centers and providing supervision and training to psychology trainees. I have a special interest in understanding the complexities of human connections as well as exploring the personal and social factors that can lead to disconnection. I work closely with International Student and Scholar Services staff to support international students, and I also develop workshops to assist graduate and professional school students in coping with academic stress and enhancing professional skills. I am fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese and experienced in providing bi-lingual counseling and clinical supervision. When I am not working, I enjoy visiting local farmers markets or art fairs, attending performance art events or film festivals, and travel.

Professional Interests: Resilience to shame, relationship distress, anxiety, childhood trauma, cultural adjustment and identity development for international students, common concerns for first generation students or students of color, training and supervision of psychology trainees, mind-body integration.

Anne Zhou, M.A.

Anne Zhou

Graduate Assistant Fellow, St. Paul Office. Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota. 

Predoctoral Staff

Advanced Practicum Trainees

William Schultz, M.A.

William Schultz

Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Practicum Trainees

Hannah Boldt

Hannah Boldt

Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota.

Julie Nguyen

Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota.

Riley Palmer

Riley Palmer

Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota.

Administrative Staff