Staff Bios

 

Beth Bean

Credentials:

  • 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

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Biography:

Beth was previously a student at PSU and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees here.  Beth has experience working in private practice and community mental health. 

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. 

Beth has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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

Credentials:David Bouchard

  • 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

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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.

Dave has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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.

Jen Burke

Credentials:

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • M.Ed. — Plymouth State University, New Hampshire
  • B.A. — Elmira College, Elmira, New York

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Biography:

Jen came to PSU as a part-time counselor in September 2011, and is now a full-time clinician at the Counseling Center.  She is originally from New York State and moved to New Hampshire in 1999.  She has worked as a mental health counseling for over 10 years and during her graduate studies, became interested in the practice of yoga.  Jen became a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and has worked teaching classes, assisting in yoga teacher trainings and continues to obtain education in the therapeutic approaches of yoga in mental health.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Jen’s approach to counseling derives from emphasizing a client centered approach and Relational Cultural Therapy.  While she specializes in mindfulness, meditation and yoga techniques she also utilizes traditional therapeutic strategies such as cognitive behavior restructuring and motivational interviewing.

Jen has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Interests:

Jen enjoys hiking, yoga, comic books, art, spending time in nature and walking her dog.

Barbara Gramuglia

Credentials:

  • M.S. Southern New Hampshire University (Mental Health and Mental Health Counseling)
  • LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor) New Hampshire and Vermont
  • MLADC (Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) New Hampshire and Vermont

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Biography:

Barb joined the Counseling Center at the beginning of the 2021 fall semester after working in emergency services and community mental health. Barb has experience doing individual and group therapy, and implementing novel programs involving community collaboration to support individuals.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Barb follows a client-centered approach, and enjoys helping clients make progress as they discover unrecognized capabilities and underutilized sources of strength. She employs Motivational Interviewing, Motivation Enhancement Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and other forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Barb has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Interests:

Barb has traveled extensively, and enjoys cooking and being active in nature. One of her best adventures was an oar-powered raft trip through the Grand Canyon.

Hannah Kivikoski

Credentials:

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • M.S.W University of New Hampshire (Social Work) 2011
  • B.F.A Endicott College (Creative Arts Therapy) 2007

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Biography:

Hannah joined the Counseling Center at the beginning of the 2021 fall semester. She has experience working in community mental health and day treatment facilities. Hannah has experience as an individual and group counselor. She created and facilitated the first Creative Arts therapy group at the community mental health center in Concord, NH.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Hannah has particular interest in group therapy. She believes that personal growth is often attained when moments of self-discovery are explored and shared with peers. When working with clients individually, Hannah believes in a client centered approach. She believes the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship between counselor and client. In her therapy, she is eclectic and utilizes strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. She is trained in creative arts therapy and believes in the power of expressing thoughts and feelings non-verbally. Hannah has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Interests:

Hannah enjoys adventuring with loved ones and caring for her various animals. She enjoys trail running and hiking. She has recently learned to weld and has enjoyed the artistic freedom that comes with a welding torch. She paints, builds sculptures with nature materials, and generally likes to get messy within the natural world. She plays Dungeons and Dragons, participates in two book clubs, and she enjoys cooking.

Robert (Rob) Orf, Director

Credentials:

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, 2014
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, 2012
  • B.A., Psychology, Bard College, 2009
  • New Hampshire Licensed Psychologist since 2015
  • Training Coordinator at the Counseling Center since 2019
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association

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Biography:

Rob joined the Counseling Center in 2014 as a full-time staff member.  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.  Rob served as the Training Coordinator, supervising unlicensed practicum and internship trainees, from August 2019 to June 2021.  Rob began serving as the Director of the Counseling Center in June 2021.

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.

Rob has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Interests:

Rob enjoys bowling, skiing, hiking, fishing, tennis, reading, listening to music, watching movies, collecting comic books, and spending time with others.

Jennifer L. Turner

Credentials:

  • MS, Mental Health Counseling, Springfield College
  • English Education, post-undergrad, Lyndon State College
  • BA, English, minor in psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC through National Board of Certified Counselors)

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Biography:

Jennifer grew up in North Carolina and moved to northern NH to be a wilderness counselor in 1990. She worked with that organization for over eight years as a group counselor, trip leader, ropes course instructor, canoeing instructor 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 and became a fulltime staff member in August 2018.

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 foundation through a solid support system, life balance, daily purpose, a healthy routine, and future dreams. “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.”

Jennifer has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Interests:

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

Robert (Rob) Ulman

Credentials:

  • 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)

Preferred Pronouns:

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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.

Rob has experience working with diverse populations including people of color and people of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Interests:

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

Juan Bruno

Credentials:

  • Graduate student, clinical mental health counseling, Plymouth State University
  • B.A. in Film and Media Studies, The University of Oklahoma
  • Student member of the American Counseling Association

Preferred Pronouns:

  • he/him/his

Biography:

Juan joined the PSU Counseling Center at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. He has experience working in diverse mental health treatment facilities, such as residential psychiatric and 12 step recovery. He is a counseling intern pursuing his master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Plymouth State University. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Juan has an interest in trauma focused therapy. He believes in helping facilitate client growth in navigating difficult emotions and experiences. He comes from a person-centered approach, allowing the client the space to explore what’s at issue and focusing on the therapeutic relationship. Rather than having a particular approach, he believes in having a more eclectic stance in facilitating growth. He uses strategies from both motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Interests:

Juan enjoys writing poetry and reading horror/suspense fiction. He has a background in film studies, and he enjoys watching and discussing films. He likes exploring different cities on his time off and enjoys trying new foods. Juan comes from a cultural background of Latin X and Native American descent, and he is very close to and proud of his roots. He enjoys visiting back home in “Oklahoma” and going to pow wow and ceremony.

Leah Palmiter

Credentials:

  • Graduate Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Plymouth State University
  • M.Ed. in Special Education, Plymouth State University
  • B.A. in Spanish, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Student member of the American Counseling Association

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Biography:

Leah joined the PSU Counseling Center as a practicum trainee in January of 2022; she is now an internship trainee. She is working on finishing her master’s program in clinical mental health counseling at Plymouth State University. Leah has 25 years of experience in the field of special education and has worked with children and adults with special needs in a variety of academic, community based and recreational settings. Leah has also worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Leah uses a strengths-based, solutions focused approach. By helping clients tap into what they are doing well she helps them develop strategies to create change by recognizing unhelpful thoughts and behavior patterns and replacing them with new thoughts and behaviors. Leah also recognizes that all human beings are unique individuals and that we are all seeking self-acceptance as well as meaning and purpose. She helps clients to recognize their unique strengths and interests and to pursue what brings them joy and satisfaction. Leah believes deeply in the importance of a holistic approach to counseling. She believes that relationships with the self and others as well as physical health have a significant impact on mental health. She encourages movement, time spent outside, and good nutrition as essential components to achieving balance and satisfaction in life.

Interests:

Leah spends a lot of time outside year-round. She enjoys cross country skiing, snow shoeing, skating, walking hills, hiking in the mountains, cycling, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. She also enjoys lifting weights, dancing, and yoga. Leah loves to cook and is passionate about promoting good nutrition.  She also loves to watch movies and stand-up comedy and enjoys learning about neuroscience.  

Joan Andresen

Program Support 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.