Staff Bios

 

Beth Bean

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  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor since March 2012
  • M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from PSU May 2009
  • B.S., Psychology from PSU, May 2006
  • Member of the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association
  • Member of the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselor’s Association

Biography:

Beth is new to joining the community at PSU and the counseling center as a staff member, starting in August 2018, however she was previously a student here and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from PSU.  Beth has experience working in private practice and community mental health. This will be her first experience working on a college campus and she is excited about this opportunity.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Beth’s treatment approach is Eclectic and includes solution-focused, psychodynamic, client centered and cognitive behavioral therapies from a strength-based perspective. In her work with individuals, she often utilizes mindfulness and meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her approach to therapy is direct, compassionate and collaborative, recognizing that the therapist and individual work together with a shared vision of the individual’s needs and goals and changes needed to meet those goals.

Interests:

Beth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, swimming, reading, playing cards and board games, meditating, camping and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

David Bouchard

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  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • MSW (Master of Social Work), University of New England, 1990
  • BA, University of Maine at Orono (Psychology and French), 1981
  • Junior Year Abroad University of Paris (Sorbonne), 1978-79
  • Member, NASW, ACSW

Biography:

Dave joined the Counseling Center in 2005 as part time staff member, and is now a full-time counselor. When not on campus, Dave oversees several community based mental health services (access to care, emergency service and an outpatient practice) that are all part of an outpatient mental health clinic. In addition Dave has direct counseling and therapy work experience in outpatient settings as well as liaison roles with local hospitals and the university . He is a member of a regional leadership team for Public Health promoting mental health resources and he participates actively in community education on mental health topics. At different times Dave also provides supervision to social work candidates for licensure.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

When working with students at the counseling center, Dave’s approach to therapy and counseling offers a collaborative approach to problem solving and also helping students consider often overlooked strengths that can assist them with better self-understanding , healing and/or pursuing goals for personal growth.

Interests:

Any time spent with family and friends; over the past several years Dave has enjoyed running. Besides running, he likes activities that take him out of doors: snowshoeing and biking and hiking;  He also has an interest in the cinema, especially documentary films and American History.

Robert (Bob) Hlasny, Director

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Credentials:

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Ottawa, 1979
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Xavier University, 1974
  • B.A., Psychology, Boston College, 1972
  • New Hampshire Licensed Psychologist
  • Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA)
  • Registrant, National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)

Biography:

Bob joined the Counseling Center at Plymouth State University in 1998 part-time. He became the full-time Clinical Coordinator in 2003, was the Associate Director and Director of Clinical Services from 2011 to 2015, and became the Director in 2015. He was an Adjunct Faculty member in the graduate Counselor Education (and School Psychology) department from 2002 to 2013, focusing in his teaching on such areas as Consultation, Counseling, Psychopathology, Crisis Intervention and Trauma. He also taught at PSU in 1982 as an Adjunct Lecturer in the graduate program in Health Education, and in 1997 in the undergraduate Department of Psychology. Bob has maintained a private practice for over 25 years, where he continues to work part-time. He previously held clinical and administrative positions in both inpatient psychiatric and community mental health settings in New Hampshire and Ohio.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Bob has a special interest in Humanistic/Existential, Relational, and Cognitive Therapy approaches to psychotherapy and counseling, as well as clinical supervision. In the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship, his approach is an evolving process, tailored to what the client needs, and it can include a variety of approaches, from self-exploration and discovery to diagnostic clarification to help in learning skills to cope more effectively. He continues to be awestruck by the power and resilience of the human spirit, and he finds much fulfillment in facilitating clients’ navigating their way through complex challenges of life and finding their own meaning and direction.

Interests:

Bob enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, music, and spending valuable time with family and friends; he loves being outdoors, and he especially values New England’s lakes, mountains and coast.

Michael Major

 

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  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • MS, Community Mental Health Counseling, New England College
  • BA, Psychology, University of NH

Biography:

Michael has spent many years working with people from all walks of life in many different community settings. For the last several years he has focused on helping young adults with loss, trauma, substance use and recovery, as well as in making healthy life choices and transitions.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Essential to Michael’s approach is the establishment of safety and trust in the counseling relationship.  Michael places a great deal of emphasis on honesty and a willingness to work together toward identified goals in treatment using a Strength Based and Solution Focused perspective.

He has spent many years helping young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, and issues related to using alcohol and drugs in a non-judgmental and compassionate manner.  Mindful Meditation, journaling and Motivational Interviewing techniques as well as a supportive collaborative approach have been successful in his practice.

Interests:

Michael has an immense love and appreciation for many different types of music and art.  He is a dedicated dog owner, having once trained and owned a Registered Therapy Dog and enjoys riding his motorcycle.

Robert (Rob) Orf

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  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, 2014
  • New Hampshire Licensed Psychologist
  • Training Coordinator
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, 2012
  • B.A., Psychology, Bard College, 2009
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association

Biography:

Rob joined the Counseling Center in 2014 as a full-time staff member, following the completion of his APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University at Albany.  He became a New Hampshire licensed psychologist in June 2015.  Rob has experience working at three college/university counseling centers, a community-based counseling center, a hospital setting, and a substance detoxification/transitional living facility.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Rob is highly influenced by Humanistic/Existential and Cognitive Behavioral theory in his approach to psychotherapy and counseling. Rob finds it meaningful to get to know the students he works with, listen to and understand them and their stories, and to collaborate with them in order to work towards their goals.   Rob values the importance of harnessing the individual strengths and skills that those he works with possess as resources for healing and meaningful change. He believes in the importance of working with students to help them understand their challenges and provide supportive guidance as they work towards personal growth.

Interests:

Rob enjoys bowling, skiing, hiking, fishing, tennis, reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with loved ones.

Beth Shehadi

Credentials:

  • MSW – Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, 1987
  • BA in Psychology from Albright College, Reading, PA, 1973
  • ACSW – Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • LICSW – New Hampshire Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Biography:

Beth joined the Counseling Center part-time in Fall 2004 and became a full-time counselor in 2007.  She also has taught as an adjunct faculty in the PSU Social Work Department.  Before coming to PSU, Beth worked both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings in both clinical and administrative positions with children, teenage and adult populations.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

She enjoys the privilege of working with students who are seeking personal growth and understanding.  She works with multiple issues including relationship issues, disordered eating and eating disorders, anxiety and emotional distress, through cultivating a mindful approach to living, as well as using cognitive behavioral strategies.

Interests:

When not on campus, you can find Beth swimming, running or biking training for a triathlon.  Or you might find her singing in the church choir.

Jennifer L Turner

Credentials:

  • New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC through National Board of Certified Counselors)

Biography:

Jennifer has a Master’s of Science degree with a Concentration in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College/2007, post undergraduate work in English Education from Lyndon State College/1997, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a minor in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro/1989.

Jennifer grew up in North Carolina and moved to northern NH to be a wilderness counselor in 1990 and worked with this organization for over eight years as a counselor and a teacher. She taught high school English in the northeast corner of Vermont and then spent nine and half years as a LCMHC in community mental health working with clients of all ages/diagnoses. She joined our staff in August 2016 as an adjunct counselor.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Jennifer believes that relationships are key and she sees all people in therapy as a work in progress, understanding that change and transitions are often difficult but necessary and positive. She has worked with teenagers and young adults since 1990 and enjoys this age group the most as they are often under-supported/under-served. She believes therapy should be client-centered and works with her clients to find their desired focus and goals. She also believes in helping her clients to build a sound foundation through a solid support system, balance, purpose, and a healthy routine. “We all need therapy at some time in our lives. It doesn’t have to continue forever. We work through our issues and move on with our lives.”

Interests:

Jennifer enjoys British and American Literature, writing, photography, travel, visiting family, long walks, biking, motorcycling, cross country skiing, and canoeing.

Robert (Rob) Ulman

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  • M.Ed., Counselor Education, University of Maine at Orono
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Maine at Orono
  • Masters Level Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (MLADC)
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (member)
  • New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association (member)
  • New Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals (Peer Review Committee/Oral Examiner)
  • Horizons Counseling Center Board of Directors (Past President)

Biography:

Rob came to PSU in 2000 as an Adjunct Faculty.  Rob is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate Counselor Education Program, focusing in the area of diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders.  He joined the Counseling Center part-time in the Fall 2009, and he is now a full-time clinician.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

His main treatment approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing/Motivational Enhancement Therapy.  He has worked with a variety of populations over the course of his career including those with acquired brain injuries, developmental disabilities, fetal alcohol syndrome/affect, autism spectrum, as well as those with substance dependence and substance abuse disorders.  Rob enjoys the challenge and rewards of assisting students to increase their self-awareness, develop coping skills and maneuver the many transitions they face.

Interests:

Rob’s interests include spending time with family and friends, reading, playing the euphonium, and relaxing in Maine.

Bryan Haak

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  • Graduate Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Plymouth State University, Current
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), University of New Hampshire, 2012
  • Student Member of American Counseling Association

Biography:

Bryan joined the Counseling Center in the Spring 2019 semester as a practicum trainee, and is now an internship trainee.  Bryan is working on his masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Plymouth State University. At the Counseling Center he is practicing under the supervision of Robert Orf, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist.

Bryan has experience working with teens and young adults in a variety of settings from educational, residential, vocational, and case management.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Bryan understands that college can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, and that it is also a time of changing and transitioning. Bryan meets each individual at their starting point to help them process and navigate this change.

Bryan’s main treatment approaches are Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With a warm and friendly approach, Bryan focuses on the client’s goals and is active in each session remaining aware of those goals.

Interests:

Bryan enjoys playing strategy games (Hearthstone, and Magic the Gathering), as well as watching and playing sports. When Bryan is not gamming he enjoys reading, traveling, kayaking, and learning new things.

Alexandria (Lexie) Santry-Raptis

Credentials:

  • Doctoral Student, Fielding Graduate University, Current
  • M.A., in Psychology with an Emphasis in Clinical Psychology, 2019
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Rivier University, 2017
  • B.S., Plymouth State University, 2014
  • Student Member of NHPA

Biography:

Lexie joined the Counseling Center in 2018 as a practicum trainee from Fielding Graduate University and is currently practicing under the supervision and license of Robert Orf, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist. Lexie has experience as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Departments of Rivier University and Nashua Community College. She also has experience working as the Student Success Advisor, where she worked closely with students to help them develop skills associated with academic success. In addition, she has experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Lexie’s main treatment approaches are Humanistic and Experiential Therapy. She specifically appreciates the person-centered aspect of Humanistic Therapy and the focus on the “here-and-now” aspect of Experiential Therapy. She values understanding her clients’ unique attributes as a means to work with them from a holistic perspective. Additionally, such a focus allows for a recognition of clients’ individual resiliency factors. She values working with students that may be struggling with anxiety or adjustment to college.

Interests:

Lexie enjoys spending time with loved ones, spinning, reading, watching shows, theatre, walking her dog, running, hiking, road biking, and swimming.

Sarah Smolen

Credentials:

  • Graduate Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Plymouth State University, Current
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Saint Michaels College, 2010
  • Student Member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association
  • Chi Sigma Iota President at Plymouth State University

Biography:

Sarah joined the Counseling Center in the Fall of 2019 as a practicum trainee. She is working towards her Master’s degree at Plymouth State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a trainee, she practices under the supervision of Robert Orf, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist.

Sarah has spent the past eight years working in community mental health, as well as having experience in educational settings and residential programs.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Sarah is interested in the intersection of talk therapy with mindfulness. She works from the theoretical approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She values creating a space of warmth and empathy with the individuals she works with and strives to create a safe environment to explore their experiences. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Counseling Center and feels privileged to support PSU students.

Interests:

Sarah is a full-time dog mom and enjoys mountain biking, cross-country skiing, swimming, and spending time in the woods. When she is not outside, you can find her deepening her mindfulness practice, volunteering, or embroidering.

Joan Andresen

Administrative Assistant

Credentials:

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B.S.Ed, Secondary Physical Education, Keene State College, 1982

Biography:

Joan has had the great fortune to be part of Plymouth State since 1997. First as the purchasing agent in the Purchasing & Contracts Service department and then, beginning in August 2014, as an administrative assistant here in the Counseling Center. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work in a student-centered environment.

Joan has served on numerous campus committees including: Athletic Council, Welfare Committee, Professional Development, Safety Committee, Honorary Degree and Awards, and OS and PAT Observer.

Additionally, she has had the honor to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pemi Bridge House.

Interests:

Joan’s interests revolve around her three cats, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

She also loves to attend student events including art & graphic design shows, music, theater productions, athletic events, academic showcases and volunteers each year to “run student name cards” at Commencement.

Joan enjoys watching and participating in sports and is a member of the PSU bowling league.

Jessie DeBow

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Biography:

Jessie has been at PSU for nearly 14 years. Before joining the Counseling Center in August 2015, Jessie worked as a Program Assistant for the Global Education and Career Services Offices.

Student interaction has been the best part of working at Plymouth State University and Jessie is excited to have the opportunity to continue working with students in her new role as Administrative Assistant at the Counseling Center.

Jessie lives with her husband and dog “Manny”. They enjoy hiking and many outdoor activities.