Counseling Services Staff

Dr. Marie Shaw, Director/Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University Tennessee-Knoxville
M.A., Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A., Psychology, Binghamton University
Licensed Psychologist & Health Services Provider
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Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (APA); Association for University & College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCD)

Anita Smith, Assistant Director/Counselor
Ed.S., Counselor Education, University of Virginia
M.Ed., Counselor Education, University of Virginia
B.A., Psychology, University of Virginia
Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor
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Areas of Interest: Life transitions, racial and sexual identity, cultural stress, grief, anxiety and depression, and relational concerns. Utilizes a counseling approach that draws heavily from cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to highlight self-awareness, balance, acceptance, and positive change.
Professional Memberships: Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC); Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS)

Bruce Nelson, Counselor
M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Clinical Psychology with Counseling Minor, Appalachian State University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
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Areas of Interest: Trauma, loss, and life transitions; student adjustment issues; anxiety disorders; applying a "strengths-based" approach to the growth of individuals and critical incident management
Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Chris Troxler, Counselor
M.A., English Literature, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Clinical Psychology, California State University at Sonoma
B.A., Swarthmore College
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
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Areas of Interest: Couples counseling, crisis intervention, rapid problem-solving techniques, psychology of creativity, and learning disabilities
Professional Memberships: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Dr. Christine Borzumato-Gainey, Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling & Counseling Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., Community Counseling, Rollins College
B.A., Philosophy, University of Central Florida
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Areas of Interest: Family and interpersonal relationships, identity development, interpersonal violence, mood and anxiety management, substance use/abuse, grief, self-esteem, and personal growth. She is strengths-focused, empowering, and LGBTQ+ affirmative.
Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association; Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling

Jennifer Brigman, Counselor
Ed.S., Couples & Family Counseling, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.S., Counseling, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Music-Vocal Performance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor
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Areas of Interest: Diversity, spiritual/transpersonal psychology, relationships, and women’s education, health, and empowerment.  She comes with a strong background in family systems theories and currently co-facilitates the Mindful Elon programming on campus and is a leader for the Mindfulness Employee Resource Group. Feel free to reach out to her for more information on Mindfulness at Elon or to request outreach for your class, group, or organization.

Missy Mellinger, Care Coordinator
M.Ed, College Student Affairs Administration, University of West Florida
B.B.A, Marketing, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Dr. Cris Saffo, Counselor (Fall 2017)
B.A., Psychology, Wellesley College
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, William James College
Licensed Psychologist

 


Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (APA), North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA), American Academy of Bereavement (AAB), and Association for Death and Education Counseling (ADEC)