Counseling Center

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling Center is to foster students’ psychological development and emotional well-being and to support students in attaining their academic and personal goals. Our multidisciplinary staff work with students, faculty, staff, families, and administration to support students and to create a healthy, diverse, supportive and inclusive multicultural learning community. This is accomplished through counseling and psychotherapy, preventive and educational programming, consultation and outreach. We also strive to contribute to the training and development of multi-culturally competent mental health professionals.

The Counseling Center exists within and has responsibility to the academic institution. Given this unique relationship, the Center attends to the academic imperatives of the institution in all of its programming and functions. Toward this end, Center staff members serve on university committees, provide consultation to faculty and staff regarding mental health concerns around students, faculty and staff, and provide limited instruction within academic courses.

The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Inc. (IACS) and provides all services within the guidelines adopted by this agency.

Counseling Staff

Doha Chibani, MSW, LCSW-C

Case Manager

Doha is a magna cum laude undergraduate alumna of UMBC’s psychology program. She went on to graduate with a Master’s in clinical social work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Prior to joining the counseling center, Doha provided therapeutic services to individuals on the Autism Spectrum, refugees, survivors of torture and trauma, as well as victims of sexual abuse. In addition to direct clinical practice, she has spent several years involved in mental health and social services research. Doha espouses an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates trauma focused cognitive behavioral, developmental and existential components within a solution focused brief model. She has a strong interest in supporting the multicultural and international students, the transfer, commuter and non-traditional returning student body, as well as the LGBTQ population. Doha is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Susan Han, Ph.D.

Assistant Director/Mental Health Promotion, Outreach and Evaluation

Dr. Han is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Yale University and earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University. She completed her Pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) in addition to a residency year at Cornell University CAPS. Dr. Han is integrative in her approach to therapy, drawing upon humanistic and cognitive-behavioral theories in conceptualizations. Her special interests include cross-cultural counseling, multicultural identity, and the college adjustment process.

Bruce Herman, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Health & Counseling

Dr. Herman graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has been working in Higher Education for over 30 years and has worked extensively in the areas of mental health and health promotion. He came to UMBC in July 2012. Before UMBC he worked at Towson University Counseling Center from 1999-2012. Prior to that, from 1991-1998 Dr. Herman worked as a Psychologist at Loyola College in Maryland. Dr. Herman has also taught in the Psychology and/or Education Departments at Towson University, Loyola College and University of Illinois. He is interested in campus health promotion and and in providing services that reach, serve and support the success and health of UMBC's diverse population.

Soonhee Lee, Ph.D

Dr. Lee is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Counseling Center and then worked at the University of Delaware as a staff psychologist before joining the UMBC. Dr. Lee uses a mindfulness-based integrative approach in therapy that includes modern brief psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Her special interests include couples/relationship issues, multicultural/diversity issues, anxiety-spectrum disorders, life transition, grief, supervision and training.

Bruce Regan, M.D.

Psychiatrist Consultant

Dr. Regan graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Social Relations and the University of Maryland Medical School with a medical degree. Dr. Regan is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has held positions as Assistant Professor at UMAB, staff psychiatrist at the Baltimore VA Hospital, Psychiatric Residency Training Director for the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration, Acting Clinical Director of Springfied Hospital Center, Superintendent of Spring Grove Hospital Center, Medical Director of Queen Anne's County Mental Health Center and Medical Director at Way Station, Inc. Throughout his career he has maintained a part-time private practice.

Kris Sagun, Ph.D.

Associate Director/Coordinator of Clinical Services

Dr. Sagun is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Temple University with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. In addition to her training and professional experiences in college counseling at a variety of institutions, Dr. Sagun has experience working in other college student affairs settings such as disability services, health promotion, and residential life. Dr. Sagun maintains an integrative focus towards therapy that utilizes a humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic orientation. Her special interests include college adjustment, group counseling, anxiety issues, LGBT identity development, and working with student athletes.

Patricia Wick, Ph.D.

Assistant Director/Training Director

Dr. Wick is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Stony Brook University and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, FL. Dr. Wick completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Eating and Mood Disorders at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and then worked in the Sheppard Pratt Health System for six years. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Miami and Towson University and supervised clinical students at Towson as well. Prior to coming to UMBC, she worked in the Student Health and Counseling Center at Goucher College. Dr. Wick has maintained a private practice in the Baltimore area for over 20 years.

Counseling Center Doctoral Interns

Vicki Anagnostopoulos, M.A.

Vicki is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at American University, located in Washington, DC. She has previously worked with college and graduate students, adults, and veterans within counseling center, private practice, as well as hospital settings. She primarily focuses on an interpersonal, relational style of treatment, however she works collaboratively with each client to provide individualized care that might be most effective. Across all of her work, she provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where clients can develop insight to better understand and possibly change behavioral or relational patterns that interfere with their well-being. Her clinical interests include life transitions, anxiety, student-athlete concerns, interpersonal difficulties, and multi-cultural and diversity issues.

Clinton Lewin, M.A.

Clinton is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. He is passionate about collegiate mental health and has previously worked in university counseling centers, private practice, and community mental health. As a multicultural therapist, Clinton strongly values the role one’s identities play in experience, including broader systems of privilege and oppression. Because he believes that stress is a part of life, Clinton views therapy as an opportunity not only to examine the parts of ourselves that facilitate and hinder our reactions to stress, but also to make meaning of life’s challenges. Clinton considers the therapeutic relationship integral to the process of moving towards a more satisfying emotional life and more fulfilling connections with others. His clinical interests include anxiety, depression, relationship and interpersonal concerns, adjustment issues, and identity development.

Kristen Pinto-Coelho, M.S.

Kristen Pinto-Coelho is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She has experience working with undergraduate and graduate students and adults, providing individual and group therapy in college counseling center, low-fee community clinic and outpatient hospital settings. Kristen's goals are to work with clients to alleviate distress, leverage strengths, enhance problem-solving abilities, and improve well-being. She believes that collaborating with a trusted counselor eases the process of developing new perspectives and ways of coping. Kristen strives to build strong therapeutic relationships with clients based on mutual respect and openness, creating a safe space in which clients feel accepted and understood. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, multicultural identities, and mindfulness.

Other Counseling Center Trainees

Psychology Externs

Yun Lu, M.A. – Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

Yun earned her master's degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. Yun has experience providing counseling services to college students and community outpatient clients presenting with varying levels of psychological distress, mental health concerns and adjustment difficulties. Yun believes that people heal through experiencing and changing themselves in an authentic relationship. Yun also believes that people's self-concept and ways of connecting with others often stem from past relationships, as well as the internalization of oppression and disempowerment. Yun's special interests include racial identity development, immigration and acculturation issues, international student adjustment, and career development issues for non-traditional students. Yun is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Pamela Rakhshan - Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Pamela graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Psychology and is currently a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at UMBC. Pamela has experience conducting diagnostic as well as cognitive assessments with adolescents and young adults. Previous to UMBC, Pamela worked with individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Pamela’s research interests include diversity and multiculturalism in individuals who are at clinical high risk for psychosis. She believes in an integrated approach to therapy, drawing on CBT, mindfulness-based, humanistic, and multicultural treatment models.

Robyne Rivers – Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Georgia School of Professional Psychology

Robyne graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Psychology and is currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She has previous clinical experience providing individual psychotherapy in a college counseling center. Additionally, she has experience conducting psychological and psychoeducational assessments with adolescents and adults. Robyne’s clinical interests include academic and emotional concerns of college students. Her doctoral clinical research project focuses on post-secondary academic success in students with dyslexia.

Social Work Intern

Martin Caldwell, Master’s Candidate, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Martin is a Masters in Social Work student at University of Maryland: Baltimore, School of Social Work. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Music. Martin has years of experience working with young children in the Gettysburg community, and has also recently completed an internship for school social workers at Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore City. Martin is interested in promoting mental health awareness in adolescents and young adults in efforts to help end the stigma behind mental health issues in the United States. In 2017, Martin will graduate from the School of Social Work program with an MSW and LGSW and hopes to continue his work with young adults and their families.

Counseling Center Administrative Staff

Ms Cynthia Moore

General Associate

Ms Schanell Hurt

Administrative Asst. II

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