The staff of the Counseling Center is interdisciplinary. We represent the fields of psychology, social work, and psychiatry. We train interns in counseling, social work, and psychology. Our common commitment is to the emotional, physical and spiritual development of undergraduate and graduate students. All staff are trained to address a wide range of presenting concerns and are licensed mental health professionals. The interns are graduate students in counseling, psychology, and social work. Each of us has our own unique interests and have developed counseling styles that best enable us to connect with the students in a way that is most helpful.
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Sherri Ettinger, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.
Sherri Ettinger, Ph.D., LICSW., began working in the Simmons College Counseling Center in the fall of 2000. She has worked with adolescents and young women for more than fifteen years, focusing on life-transitions, self-development, and resilience. Areas of particular interest include sexual identity, teenage parenting, trauma, eating problems, and the impact of oppression on development and self-esteem. In addition to providing clinical services to Counseling Center clients, Sherri supervises interns and is a member of the Simmons College Sexual Assault Response Team. Sherri received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at the Smith College School for Social Work where she is a member of the adjunct faculty.
Donna Mathias, M.D.
Donna Mathias, M.D., 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, L.I.C.S.W.
Staff Social Worker
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, Ed.M., L.I.C.S.W.
Staff Social Worker
Lisa Corrin, Ed.M., L.C.S.W. 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 was appointed as a staff member 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, M.S.W, L.I.C.S.W. 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.
Counseling Center Interns
Kimberly Yee is a second year master's student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Boston College. She received her B.A. from Smith College, where she studied Sociology and Psychology. Her prior work experience at an outpatient hospital for adult internal medicine informed her of the mind-body connection, and increased her interest in psychology. Kimberly's areas of interest include the intersectionality of identities (related to race, class, sex, and gender), issues of class and privilege, and cross-cultural transitions. She is drawn to feminist, existential, and psychodynamic therapy. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their goals.
Monica Torreiro-Casal is a fourth-year PhD student in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University. She earned her M.A. in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy with Latino Emphasis from Santa Clara University in California where she worked as a bilingual clinician. She is originally from Spain and lived in The Netherlands for five years. She is fluent in four languages. Monica's primary clinical and research interests relate to women's health and underserved populations facing systemic barriers. Monica's research is contextualized from a feminist ecological framework as a theoretical model. She has counseled children, adolescents, couples and families from different cultural backgrounds, gender and sexual orientation. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, art, dancing, biking and reading.
Megan Shaughnessy-Mogill is currently a second year MSW student at the Smith College School for Social Work. She has worked as a community organizer and as an advocate and therapist for children and youth. Her interests in include somatics, trauma and resilience, intersectional feminist theory, and transformative justice.
Susan Putnins is a second year MSW student at Simmons School of Social Work. Previously she has worked to improve health care education, volunteered as a community organizer working with trauma survivors, and interned as a counselor at a halfway house for those with substance dependence. She is interested in issues related to social justice, sexual identity, trauma, addiction, and cultivating community.
Sriya Bhattacharyya, is a second year Ph.D. student and Diversity Fellow in the Counseling Psychology Program at Boston College (BC). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida where she worked for the Center for Arts in Healthcare and was a 1-800-SUICIDE counselor and Crisis Responder. Sriya co-founded Rwanda Sustainable Families, a microcredit loan program in Gisenyi Rwanda for genocide survivors. She has created and conducted two expressive art projects in Rwanda: Peace & Unity and Dream Out Loud, and more recently created an advocacy initiative Don't Meet Hurt With Hate: Love Islam in response to the discrimination towards foreigners after the Boston Marathon bombings. In the past, Sriya served as an Orbis Institute Fellow in Bhubaneswar, India where she researched youth leadership development and taught a United Nations Millennium Development Goals curriculum. Additionally, Sriya serves as a Young Ambassador through the U.S. Department of the State, has been nominated a Changemaker! by the Ashoka Foundation, and is a Student Affiliate of the American Psychological Association. She currently conducts research at Boston College and is interested in social-justice advocacy, multiculturalism, human rights, and well-being in international development. Sriya is dedicated to peace building, empathy development, and ally development in both domestic and international settings. She believes in working in partnership with clients to navigate their lives in a way that aligns with their context and strengths.
Hilary Marck is in her final year in the MSW program at the Simmons School of Social Work. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Stonehill College and spent the following year volunteering in a school in the Dominican Republic. Hilary has had previous experience interning as a school counselor in both middle school and high schools. Some of her particular interests include issues of body image and self-esteem, as well as using mindfulness techniques and breathing exercises to reduce stress and anxiety. She recently presented at an International Conference in Uganda on the topic of mindfulness, and has a passion for travel and the outdoors.
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During the academic year, the Counseling Center is open during the following hours:
Monday through Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm