Counseling Center- Basic Information
Counseling Center Staff
|Kyoung deok Baik, M.S.|
Ms. Baik is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from University of Idaho and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from BGSU. Although she attempts to integrate various types of psychotherapy, her primary therapy approach is deeply oriented from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She values and emphasizes mindfulness and acceptance in her therapy work and everyday life. Currently, Kyoung is conducting an intervention study for insomnia and hopes to make contributions to the field. Kyoung is deeply passionate about many social and psychological issues and phenomena and some of them include providing sound psychological services to diverse population (e.g., ethnic minorities, LGBT, different SES groups, and etc.).
Scott Bischoff, M.S.
Mr. Bischoff is currently a psychology intern at the BGSU Counseling Center, and is completing his doctorate in counseling psychology through Ball State University. He received his master’s degree from IUPUI and has worked as a licensed mental health counselor in Indiana. He has previously worked with individuals who have experienced trauma and abuse, addictions issues, anxiety and depression disorders, and severe mental illness. Other areas of interest include grief and loss, therapist self-care, and mindfulness.
Laura Briscoe, M.S.
Laura Briscoe hails from western Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She went on to receive her Masters of Science degree at Oklahoma State University, and she is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the institution. Throughout her training, she has obtained clinical experience working with older adolescents, college students, and adult community members. Laura has served within counseling, instructional, mentor, and supervisory capacities in the university setting. She enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students and is currently a doctoral intern at the BGSU Counseling Center. She has special clinical and research interest in multiculturalism/diversity, gender and gender role identity, women’s issues, relational development, and underrepresented student populations.
Steven Caplan, M.A.
Mr. Caplan, is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. He moved to Southern California to pursue a master’s in psychology, and is in the process of obtaining his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University/Orange County Campus. Mr. Caplan is currently on his Pre-doctoral internship at the BGSU Counseling Center. Mr. Caplan conceptualizes and views change with clients from an integrative perspective. He draws upon psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and client centered perspectives to tailor his approach to meet client’s where they are. Mr. Caplan has previously worked at two counseling centers, which provided him experiences in psychological testing, reporting writing, individual therapy, group therapy, crises counseling, and dual diagnosis. Mr. Caplan is interested in working with individuals who face challenges with anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, and experiences with trauma. Furthermore, Mr. Caplan is sensitive to multicultural issues, and is an advocate for social justice for his clients and the BGSU campus. He has experience working with individuals from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and has a special interest working with LGBT populations.
|Victoria Carhart, B.A.|
Ms. Carhart is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at BGSU. She has concentrations in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, and has previous experience working with college students, community members, individuals in inpatient medical rehabilitation, and adults with developmental disabilities. Vicki particularly enjoys working with the college population and helping students adjust, cope with challenges, and grow in their time here. Vicki’s areas of interest include pain and chronic illnesses, somatic concerns, diversity issues, anxiety, depression, and adjustment. Her approach is influenced by acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and positive psychology.
|Kathy Geisbuhler |
Ms. Geisbuhler completed her full-time, thirty year career at BGSU, including twenty years in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. She since has chosen to come back to BGSU to work part-time in the Counseling Center. Kathy enjoys the student contact involved in her Counseling Center position, as well as reuniting with BGSU as a part-time employee. She is a lifelong resident of Wood County.
|Garrett Gilmer, Ph.D., Psychologist |
Director, Counseling Center
Associate Director, Center for Health
Dr. Gilmer received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University in 2006. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio and is responsible for the overall operations of the Counseling Center. Over the past eleven years, Garrett has provided counseling services to students at four different university settings across the country. His areas of special interest include depression, interpersonal relationships, identity issues, childhood abuse, group therapy, clinical supervision and outreach. Garrett enjoys working with a diverse student body, is actively involved in the Counseling Center’s Diversity Committee, and is a member of the Student Affairs LGBT Advisory Board.
|Jackie Haines |
Mrs. Haines enjoys meeting and interacting with students who visit the Counseling Center and various campus events. A lifelong Wood County resident, she lives on her family farm, raising cattle, wheat, soybeans, and corn. She has three children and enjoys camping with her family.
|Stefani Hathaway, Ph.D., Psychologist |
Liaison to Residence Life
Dr. Hathaway earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. She is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio, and since 2000 she has worked in university counseling centers in Missouri, Tennessee, and Ohio. At BGSU she serves as a Liaison between the Counseling Center and Residential Life, providing training, consultation, and programming for Res Life staff and residential students. She is also in charge of GA training in the Counseling Center. She works with students with a wide variety of presenting problems, and she is especially interested in women's issues, relational issues, and trauma. She enjoys working with diverse students and is involved with the National Coalition-Building Institute.
Anna Hawley, M.A.
|Patricia Helyer, M.P.H. |
Student Assistance and Advocacy Specialist
Mrs. Helyer received her Master of Public Health from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health in 2009. She has been a case manager since 2004 and has worked in social services and area mental health in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Ohio. Her areas of special interest include community resources, equalizing heatlh disparities, health initiatives, and community partnership building. Patricia enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds and is a fluent Spanish speaker and an amateur glassblower.
|Philip Hughes, B.S.|
Mr. Hughes received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at BGSU. Phil worked last year at the Counseling Center for his Practicum class and greatly enjoyed the experience. Some of Mr. Hughes' interests are working with depression, interpersonal issues, and the LGBT community.
Mallory Jefferson, M.S.Ed., LPC
Mrs. Jefferson received a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Developmental Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton. Currently, Mallory is a certified athletic trainer and a licensed professional counselor. With a diverse background in higher education, Mallory is passionate about providing counseling services to both traditional and non-traditional students, as well as consultation with faculty, staff, and coaches. Her areas of interest include health and wellness, academic performance enhancement, as well as athletic performance enhancement and the psychological recovery from injury and setbacks.
|Alicia Komives, L.I.S.W. |
Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Specialist
Mrs. Komives received her Masters in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and Bachelors in Social Work from BGSU in 1997. She has worked in the Social Work field in a variety of settings and specializes in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention, screening, and early intervention. Alicia enjoys working with diverse students who are interested in exploring their alcohol and drug use and supporting them in making the changes they want to make. She is on the Wood County Prevention Coalition as well as involved in BGSU and community outreach.
|Ellen Larabee, B.S.|
Ms. Larabee has her undergraduate degree in Education from BGSU and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ellen also volunteers at the SAAFE Center which helps victims of sexual assault with making informed decisions in regards to medical and law enforcement issues while providing emotional support. Having completed her Practicum at the Counseling Center last spring, Ellen enjoys working with a diverse span of interpersonal issues. Her specific interest areas include: adjustment and anxiety issues, depression, trauma and women’s issues.
Denise Litterer, Ph.D., Psychologist
Dr. Litterer received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in 2001 and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio. Denise has provided counseling services to students at Iowa State University, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Arkansas. She also worked as a psychologist for several years in a clinic specializing in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. At BGSU she serves as a liaison between the Counseling Center and the College of Arts and Sciences, providing training, consultation, and programming for Arts and Sciences faculty, staff, and students. Her areas of interest include eating disorders, body image, LGBTQ issues, abuse and trauma, grief and loss, women's issues, and spirituality. Denise enjoys working with a diverse student body and is a co-facilitator for the LGBT Resource Center Coming Out Support Group.
|Andrew Martin, Psy.D.|
Dr. Martin received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University in 2001, and is a licensed Psychologist in Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland. Dr. Martin has worked with clients in a variety of settings including private practice, university counseling centers, community hospitals, clinics, private institutes, and state hospitals. His specialties and areas of interest include compulsive pornography use and sexual behaviors, gambling addiction and compulsive behaviors, alcohol and other substance use, relationship and personality problems, spirituality issues, working with clergy and religious groups, and athletic performance.
|Darian Mitchell, Ph.D. |
Psychology Resident;Liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Mitchell earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at Bowie State University. He moved to the Midwest and earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. Darian enjoys working with college populations as he has had experiences as a career counselor, instructor, and an academic advisor working mainly with undeclared students. Darian's areas of interest include men's issues (with particular focus on African American men), anger management, domestic violence, and career decision making.
|Taylor Newlove, B.S.|
Suicide Prevention Grad Assistant
Ms. Newlove received her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education through the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. She is excited to work with the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Campus Suicide Prevention Grant as a Graduate Assistant for the Counseling Center.
|Carmen Oemig Dworsky, M.A. |
AOD Prevention Grad Assistant
Ms. Dworsky is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at BGSU with specializations in Behavioral Medicine and the psychology of religion and spirituality. She recently completed a one-year pre-doctoral internship at the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. This year Carmen is collaborating with others in a grant sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, focused on alcohol and drug abuse prevention. In addition to substance abuse prevention, Carmen's areas of special interest and training include trauma associated with combat, traumatic injury, and interpersonal violence; post-deployment adjustment; anxiety; depression; spiritual struggles; mindfulness and mind-body wellness. Her work is influenced by the mindfulness-based behavior therapies, especially acceptance and commitment therapy, and by spiritually integrated psychotherapy.
Juliet Russell, B.A.
Ms. Russell is a Counseling intern at BGSU. Ms. Russell received an Associate's degree in Health and Human Services from BGSU in 1993 and she received her Bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University in 2010. She is currently completing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at BGSU. She enjoys working with persons from a diverse background. The areas of depression, anxiety, personality disorders and interpersonal issues are of special interest to Ms. Russell.
|Diane Sauder Tinsman, M.S.W., L.I.S.W |
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Ms Tinsman received her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989. She has been on staff with the BGSU Counseling Center as a part-time Social Worker since 1993 and loves working with a diverse college student population. Her areas of specialty include family of origin issues, sexual abuse and trauma, eating disorders, depression and relationship issues. Prior to working at BGSU, Diane lived and worked in the Chicago area in community mental health and adolescent residential facilities. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is very active in the arts, music and drama community in her spare time.
|Craig Vickio, Ph.D. |
Dr. Vickio, a clinical psychologist at the BGSU Counseling Center. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University and has subsequently worked for 25 years in the BGSU Counseling Center. In addition to providing counseling, consultation, and crisis intervention services to hundreds of university students, Craig has taught 30 psychology classes, chaired or co-chaired numerous committees (including the University Committee on Vision and Values) and conducted more than 350 workshops. He has also published a variety of articles on topics such as preparing universities to respond to disaster, helping students to cope with transition and loss, orienting new graduate students to college, educating students about diversity, and promoting wellbeing among college student personnel.
|Elizabeth Yarris, Ph.D.|
Dr. Yarris received a Master’s in College Student Development (1977) and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (1983) from the University of Iowa. She is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio. Betty has provided counseling and other services at the University of Iowa, Illinois State University, and Cornell College and has been at the Counseling Center at BGSU since 1983. She also worked as a psychologist in private practice for many years. Prior to her retirement from full time practice she was very involved in the prevention of problems in college students (e.g., alcohol and drug abuse, sexual violations) and in the study and practice of college counseling. Currently she works part time providing counseling and psychotherapy to BGSU students as well as supervising and training psychology trainees. She continues to be interested in women’s issues, eating disorders, and the prevention of and response to abuse, harassment and discrimination.