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.


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

Claudia Coleman

Claudia Coleman Claudia is a second year MSW candidate at Smith College School for Social Work. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College and has since worked with children, adolescents, and families. Her previous clinical experience has included working in a therapeutic pre-school classroom at the Washburn Center for Children, as an adolescent counselor and advocate at ServiceNet, and most recently as a clinical intern at a residential/group-home program for children. She has experience providing long-term case management and individual, sibling, group, and family therapy. She is committed to practicing with an anti-oppressive, client-centered, and relational approach in therapy. Her primary interests in research and practice include psychodynamic theory and practice with both children and adults, as well as intergenerational, interpersonal, and systemic trauma and its impacts on the individual and the collective.

Tooba Fatima

Tooba Fatima Tooba is a second-year Mental Health Counseling student at Boston College, and a Fulbright scholar. She has worked in the development sector in South Asia for five years, where she was interested in fostering and measuring empathy and critical thinking through education and training programs. Her previous experiences include working as a student advocate at a high school in Dorchester, working with children with special education needs, and at psychiatric out-patient units. Her clinical and research interests include identity development, empathy, trauma, and resilience; particularly in emerging adults and college populations.

Emily Joyner

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.

Racheli Katz

Racheli Katz Racheli is a second-year Master's student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Boston College. She received her BA in psychology from the University of Maryland. Her previous clinical experiences include working as an advocate for a survivor of domestic violence, leading groups for children at a domestic violence shelter, and interning in the adult specialty unit at Sheppard Pratt. Racheli's clinical and research interests include identity development, trauma, gender, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Seana Peterson

Seana Peterson Seana is a second year MSW student at Smith College School for Social Work. She received her B.A. in Communications and Gender Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Her recent clinical experience includes providing individual, family, and group therapy for adolescents and young adults navigating psychosis, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Seana has an interest in exploring the many challenges related to college and emerging adulthood, including race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality identity formation, stress management, relationships, and issues related to marginalization and discrimination. In her free time, Seana enjoys dance, karaoke, supporting social justice initiatives and the occasional Netflix marathon.

Anne Zager

Anne Zager Anne is a second year MSW student at Smith College School for Social Work. She received her BA in Theatre and Communication from Truman State University; studied massage, Shiatsu and craniosacral therapy; and completed a two-year training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy. Anne has prior clinical experience in individual and group therapy at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and as a Peer Support person for Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Anne volunteered for the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Manhattan and interned at the Center for Young Women's Health at Boston Children's Hospital. Her clinical interests include body-centered trauma work, reproductive health issues, identity development, and integrating creativity and spirituality into therapy as a means of developing the whole person.