Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center staff is made up of licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists, and we train interns in social work, counseling, and psychology. We are committed to the emotional, physical and spiritual development of undergraduate and graduate students. All staff and interns have been trained to address a wide range of presenting concerns, though we each have unique clinical interests and specialties.


Sherri Ettinger, PhD, LICSW

Director

Sherri Ettinger

Sherri Ettinger, PhD, LICSW, began working in the Simmons College Counseling Center in the fall of 2000. Sherri received her BA in Sociology and Women's Studies at Brandeis University and her MSW and PhD at the Smith College School for Social Work. Prior to joining the staff at Simmons, Sherri worked with teenage parents at Children's Hospital; on a trauma team at Judge Baker Children's Center; and in the Counseling Center at Wheaton College. She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Smith College, School for Social Work, where she taught Clinical Practice and a course on GLBT identities for a number of years. Sherri has worked with adolescents and young women for 25 years, focusing on life-transitions, self-development, and resilience. Areas of particular interest include sexual identity, trauma, eating problems, parenting, and the impact of oppression on development and self-esteem. In addition to providing clinical services to Counseling Center clients, Sherri supervises interns and serves on various committees at Simmons.


Donna Mathias, MD

Psychiatric Consultant

Donna Mathias

Donna Mathias, MD, the consulting psychiatrist at the Counseling Center, is an integral part of our counseling team. As the psychiatric consultant, Donna meets with staff and clients to develop counseling plans appropriate to clients' needs, with a special emphasis on the role that medication can play in assisting clients to cope more effectively with their concerns.


Leslie Langston, LICSW

Staff Social Worker

Leslie Langston

Leslie Langston, L.I.C.S.W., is a graduate of Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with women struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship and family problems, as well as individuals struggling with trauma and obsessive compulsive issues. Her areas of interest and practice incorporate feminist-oriented psychotherapy, issues particular to multicultural and minority populations, as well as the field of mind/body stress reduction and anxiety management. Leslie also provides outreach to the larger Simmons Community.


Lisa Corrin, EdM, LICSW

Staff Social Worker

Lisa Corrin

Lisa Corrin, EdM, LICSW is a graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lisa joined the Counseling Center first as a graduate intern in 2002 and then joined the staff in 2005. Her professional experience includes a leadership role in an educational setting where she provided support to families, faculty and young children. She also has experience with women's health issues and worked with individuals and groups to assist with adjustment to and management of chronic and life threatening illnesses. Lisa offers an integrative approach to help students who struggle with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, adjustment and identity issues, as well as loss and grief and family and relationship issues.


Elizabeth Alvarez-Nyante

Staff Social Worker

Elizabeth Alvarez Nyante

Elizabeth Alvarez-Nyante, MSW, LICSW is a graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work, and also attended Simmons College as an undergraduate. Elizabeth joined the Counseling Center first as a graduate intern in 2005 and returned as a staff member in 2013. She returns to Simmons to continue in her interest of young adult development, feminist theory and trauma. Her professional experience includes a background in community mental health (South End Community Health Center, Advocates, and Wayside Metro West). Over the past 7 years she has worked with children, adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, as well as loss and trauma. In addition to providing clinical services to Counseling Center clients, Elizabeth supervises interns and is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Simmons College School for Social Work.


Bianca Blakesley

Staff Social Worker

Bianca Blakesley

Bianca Blakesley, MSW, is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work. She has prior clinical experience as a family worker at Faulkner Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit, and completed her second placement at the Simmons College counseling center. In her practice, Bianca uses a trauma-informed approach and integrates psychodynamic, relational and social justice frameworks into therapy. She has interest and experience working with young adults with a variety of concerns including: trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflict, and gender, sexuality and racial/ethnic identity development. Her goal is to help each individual client move towards healing and liberation in their lives through a warm, curious and collaborative approach. Bianca believes it is a privilege to listen when others share their stories, and honors the unique strengths of each person she encounters.


Angela M. Borges, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Angela M. Borges

Angela M. Borges, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She has done counseling with underrepresented groups since 2007, specializing in the effects of trauma across the lifespan and the psychological impact of societal oppression. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, food and substance addiction issues, and many other mental health challenges. Previously, she worked as a domestic violence victim advocate. She is the co-author of a number of peer-reviewed publications on violence prevention and intervention and the intersection of social justice and mental health issues and has worked as a consultant on these issues with local colleges and agencies. Angela is also a Lead Trainer with Prevention Innovations at the University of New Hampshire, where since 2003 she has helped adapt the Bringing in the Bystander© sexual assault prevention program for more than 35 national and international non-profit organizations, universities, and military organizations.


Counseling Center Interns

Courtney Colgan

Intern

Courtney Colgan

Courtney is a second-year Master's student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Boston College. She received her B.A. in History from Boston College, where she developed an interest in the cultural and sociopolitical factors that shape identity and psychological development. Her previous experiences include working with prospective students and families in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Boston College, and serving as an advocate for high school students in Dorchester, MA. Courtney's clinical interests include identity development, adolescent and emerging adult development, and the treatment of anxiety. Courtney has a particular interest in working with adolescent girls and college women surrounding identity, body image, self-esteem, and experiences of transition.


Run Feng

Intern

Run Feng

Run, MPH, is a second year MSW candidate at the Simmons College School of Social Work. She received a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University, specializing in social and behavioral science. Her prior clinical experience includes providing counseling, crisis intervention, and conflict mediation to multigenerational families and individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds. She has worked with clients from Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Portugal. In addition to her clinical practice, Emily has worked on several mental health research projects at Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, and South Cove Community Health Center, studying stress management and treatments for depression. Her primary interests for practice and research are relationships, major life transitions, psychodynamic therapy, and cultural competency in mental health counseling. Emily is from Beijing, China, and she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and yoga.

Intern


Anna (Yerang) Lee

Intern

Anna Lee

Anna (Yerang) is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Boston University. She graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Psychology and received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College. She has experience working with children and adults with various mental disorders, such as anxiety disorders, depression, substance use disorders, and PTSD. Anna's clinical and research interests include exploring cross-cultural psychotherapy and increasing awareness of mental health among college students and young adults from various cultural backgrounds. Her current research focuses on trauma and religious coping, and career conceptualization and cultural considerations.


Meg Savin

Intern

Meg Savin

Meg is completing her Master's at the University of Massachusetts Boston in Mental Health Counseling this year. She holds a BA in English literature from Colgate University. Previous clinical experience includes working as a rape crisis counselor for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and interning as an individual and group therapist, including co-leading a group for adults with schizophrenia, at South Boston Behavioral Health. Meg's interests include working with emerging adults, survivors of sexual abuse, psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness. Having a circuitous career path herself in publishing, technology and nonprofit consulting prior to entering the counseling space, she is also interested in helping emerging adults in the process of exploring career options and assisting with the anxiety that may accompany this exploration. In her free time Meg enjoys skiing, rock climbing, thoughtful films and running along the Charles River.


Emily Joyner

Intern

Emily Joyner

Emily is a second year PhD student in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Muhlenberg College. She has had experience working as an advocate with Dorchester high school students, and as a counselor working with people with HIV who are looking to return to work after a period of unemployment. Emily's clinical interests include working with adolescents and college students around issues of adjustment, sexual orientation, discrimination, anxiety and depression, with a focus on exploring issues of race, ethnicity, and gender identity. Her research focuses on racial identity development in multiracial adults and adolescents.


Christiana Adu

Intern

Christiana Adu

Christiana Adu is a second year MSW student at Simmons College of Social Work. She received her MA and MPA from University of Ghana,Legon, Ghana, and MA in Regional Economic and Social Development from UMASS Lowell. She has experience working with people with severe and persistent mental illness. Christiana recent clinical experience has been an In -home-Therapist (Intern) working with children below the ages of 21 for a trauma focused and trauma oriented agency. Christiana is an advocate for social justice and has volunteered her time to work with other agencies to bring social justice to vulnerable people in communities. Christiana believes in participatory and interdisciplinary approach to therapy. She is interested in psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, trauma focus approach to intervention and she is culturally sensitive in approach in her provision of therapy