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Staff of the Student Counseling Center at Texas Tech University

Counseling Staff

Richard Lenox, Ph.D.

Director

Licensed Psychologist since 3/15/1996

Graduate Training: Counseling Psychology, University of Akron, 1994

Internship: Counseling & Psychological Services, Ball State University, 1993-94

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral

Professional Interests: LGBT-related issues, Training/Supervision, Meditation/Mindfulness

Approach to Therapy: My therapy conceptualization is greatly influenced by the Buddhist concepts of ego and identity, attachment, and their relation to suffering. As a result, my approach to therapy leans toward the cognitive and behavioral, albeit in a fairly non-prescriptive manner. My hope is to create an environment in which clients can gain a different perspective on their difficulties, resulting in increased self-awareness and a decrease in suffering.

Approach to Supervision: Because there are so many different ways to conceptualize psychological difficulties, my hope is to help supervisees to fully hone their conceptualization and their subsequent treatment decisions. While direct guidance/suggestion is sometimes necessary, I tend to prefer an egalitarian atmosphere for supervision. I always take the developmental level of my supervisee into account and may shift my approach somewhat to accommodate this (e.g., moving toward less client/session review and more toward a consultative approach as the supervisee develops).

Staff at SCC since 1994

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Lisa Viator, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Director of Clinical Services

Licensed Psychologist (since 6/1/1991)

Graduate Training: Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1991

Internship: University of Maine, 1989-90

Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered

Professional Interests: Eating Disorders, Trauma Survivors, Group Therapy

Approach to Therapy: I approach therapy from a combination of cognitive-behavioral, client-centered and interpersonal orientations. The best way to briefly describe cognitive behavioral therapy is that if you as a client can change your thoughts and change your behaviors, your feelings will follow. My role as a therapist is to guide this process. "Client-centered" means that I am committed to developing a positive relationship with my clients in which they feel safe, understood and accepted. This atmosphere helps set the stage for emotional healing and change. Finally, an interpersonal approach lends itself to giving appropriate, therapeutic feedback to clients based on our relationship. The theory is that if a set of dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, or behaviors happens within the therapeutic relationship, it could also be happening in other relationships outside of therapy. My job is to share my observations, explore the history of the pattern, and encourage new ways of approaching relationships. While I generally use a combination of all three of these approaches, my emphasis on one over the others varies depending on the presenting problem and client goals.

Approach to Supervision: I take a developmental approach to supervision, making sure that fundamental skills (empathic listening, developing a therapeutic alliance) are solid before moving on to more advanced skills. I believe it is important to respect my supervisee's theoretical orientation and give him or her room to continue to develop his or her own unique style. At the same time I provide opportunities to learn about my own approach to treatment as well as techniques for helping clients gain insight and reach their goals.

Staff at SCC since 2008

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Marie Moerkbak, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Director of Intern Training

Licensed Psychologist (since 6/1/1991)

Graduate Training: Clinical Psychology, University of Texas, 2006

Internship: Geisinger Medical Center, 2005-06

Post-Doc: Harbor Medical Center, UCLA, 2006-07

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral

Professional Interests: Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Behavioral Medicine

Approach to Therapy: My therapeutic orientation is an integration of person-centered concepts (such as therapist congruence (genuineness), empathy , and unconditional positive regard ) and CBT. By integrating these two orientations I seek to foster a safe environment that allows clients to explore their problems as well as challenge their own understanding of their situation/problems.

Approach to Supervision: My supervision framework is loosely based on my therapeutic orientation. I take an equalitarian stance, applying client centered concepts and a CBT framework to promote an environment where supervisees will feel comfortable bringing in both successes and difficulties from their therapy work and which will allow them to meet challenges in a confident manner.

Staff at SCC since 2007

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Amanda Wheeler, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Coordinator of Outreach Services

Graduate Training: Texas Tech University, Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program, 2011

Internship: Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center, 2010-11

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (Client-Centered, Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral) with a focus on the interpersonal process approach

Professional Interests: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation-related issues, Sexual Issues, Group therapy, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness in therapy.

Approach to Therapy: I take a primary interpersonal process approach in my approach to therapy, while also using other techniques such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused techniques. I explore the relationship patterns my clients are involved in, including relationships between the clients and their family, friends, co-workers, and themselves. Through congruence, honesty, and empathy, therapy becomes a safe place to allow clients to challenge their relational patterns, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

Approach to Supervision: My approach to supervision is through a developmental model. I work with my supervisees based on where the supervisee is at with their own therapy skills. Like my approach to therapy, I spend much of my time in supervision discussing the relationships between the client and therapist, as well as the supervisee and myself. I also work with my supervisees based on their strengths in building their growth edges.

Staff at SCC since 2011

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Nancy Robinson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Coordinator of Practicum Training

Graduate Training: University of Denver, Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, 1990
Respecialization in Clinical Psychology, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, 1997

Internship: Worcester Youth Guidance Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1996-1997
(With a rotation at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics)

Theoretical Orientation: I believe that different approaches work best for different presenting problems and circumstances. My strengths lie in cognitive-behavioral, client-centered and interpersonal approaches to therapy. Thus, my focus is on thoughts and emotions and the behaviors associated with them, providing a supportive and safe place to explore one's identity, and understanding patterns of interactions with others and how to improve them. In combining these approaches, I seek to understand where clients are in their development of self and relationships with other, and then work together to explore what types of changes best suit their individualized goals and improve their current situation.

Professional Interests: Life-span development, self-compassion, parenting, stress and coping, mindfulness/mediation, relationship skills, social support, family dynamics, anxiety and depression, recovering from trauma, and autism.

Approach to Supervision: My approach to supervision takes into account the developmental stage of the supervisee as well as their interest in learning more about certain aspects or approaches to therapy. I strive to develop a trusting and mutually respectful relationship that allows me to provide support as well as teach and consult, so that supervisees may have room to develop their own unique style.

Staff at SCC since 2011

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Bobbi Britton-Stroud, LBSW

Senior Administrator/Case Manager

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker since 1994

Under-Graduate Training: Social Work / Psychology, Texas Tech University, 1992

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered

Professional Interests: Case management, motivational interviewing, substance abuse and co-occuring disorders

Staff at SCC since 2009

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Mary Lauren Taylor, LPC-Supervisor, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,
Licensed Professional Counselor

Staff at SCC since 2018

Theoretical Orientation: Systems, Cognitive Behavioral

Professional Interests: Trauma, Grief, Self-Compassion

Approach to therapy: I work primarily from a system's model. I believe that distress is often due to a combination of circumstances, relationships, and experiences. When conflict is present in multiple aspects of one's life it can become difficult to function. I believe that change in one area can effect changes in all aspects of life and healthy change and coping can lead to a less distressing state of being. I work with clients to heal from the things they have experienced in life, create healthy relationships and boundaries, and learn skills to cope with the stress of life. For clients that have experienced trauma such as abuse, sexual assault, or other traumatic events I approach counseling by using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Through this technique the client is able to find healing from the trauma they have experienced.

Approach to supervision: Through supervision I aim to help the trainee learn to be the best version of themself as a therapist and a person. I work with the trainee to gain skills, strengthen their self-efficacy, and give themself grace when they fall short of their expectation.

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Samuel Farley, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Graduate Training: Oklahoma State University, 2018

Internship: Indiana University, 2017-2018

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative Approach (Interpersonal, Relational-Cultural, and Cognitive Behavioral)

Professional Interests: Eating Disorders, Trauma, Men and Masculinity, LGBTQIA+

Approach to Therapy: I incorporate numerous theoretical orientations into my clinical practice, but place a large emphasis on building a good therapeutic alliance with clients. This allows for a strong foundation to assist any work clients wish to begin. During the first two meetings, I collaborate with clients on identifying the issues and goals they have and deciding the best route to beginning to work on these concerns. I am trained as a generalist and able to work with clients who are experiencing a wide array of concerns.

Approach to Supervision: My approach to supervision aims to provide a developmentally safe and supportive atmosphere for supervisees to discuss potential issues or concerns during their training experience. I seek to help supervisees identify relevant training goals and help provide guidance on working towards those goals. Additionally, I seek to provide feedback and challenges to elp facilitate supervisee's growth in their approach to working with clients and developing their professional identity.

Staff at SCC since 2018

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Greg Johnston, Ph.D., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Staff at SCC since 2017

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John Purcell, MS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Graduate Training: Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2017

Professional Interests: Romantic relationships, Sexuality, Gender, Trauma

Theoritcal Orientation: I utilize an integrative approach to therapy that draws primarily from family systems and social-constructionist theories including:

  • Narrative Family Therapy
  • Symbolic-Experiential Therapy
  • Feminist Family Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy

Approach to Therapy: I view therapy as, at its core, a collaborative approach to improving relationships. Through therapy we can purposefully work toward changing the relationships we have with ourselves, with the problems bringing us to therapy, with peers, with partners, with families, and with our larger culture.

Staff at SCC since 2017

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Kyle Schindler, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Coordinator of MindSpa Services

Graduate Training: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University
M.A., Psychology, Texas Tech University

Internship: Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center

Theoretical Orientation: Person-Centered, Interpersonal, Emotion-focused

Professional Interests: Mood disorders, trauma, supervision and mentoring, men and masculinity

Approach to Therapy: I work from person-centered theory. I believe people generally know what they need to do to function, but that they seek therapy because these mostly-helpful strategies aren't working currently for some reason. Thus, my role is to help each person determine the possible ways their current strategies, environment, or experiences can be modified to manage their difficulties better. I find that learning about the benefits of emotions and emotional experience, determining different ways of relating to others, and challenging unfair beliefs about ourselves and our worth are often most helpful to consider and I tend to discuss these areas most as a result.

Approach to Supervision: My approach to supervision is largely developmental. I believe it is important to balance the supervisee's sense of autonomy and their perception that they are supported and guided by their supervisor. This balance also changes as the supervisee develops and gains more skills and experience. I believe that less experienced supervisees typically require more guidance and support as they learn fundamental skills. I also believe experienced supervisees typically require a more consultatory relationship, with somewhat increased autonomy as they process more complex issues (e.g. choosing a theoretical orientation) and develop a professional identity.

Staff at SCC since 2017

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Austin Wade, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Coordinator of Group Services

Graduate Training: Clinical Psychology, University of Indianapolis, 2017

Internship: Wichita Collaborative Psychology Internship Program, Wichita State University, 2016-17

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (Interpersonal, Client-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral)

Professional Interests: Mood disorders, trauma, supervision and mentoring, men and masculinity

Approach to Therapy: I work from person-centered theory. I believe people generally know what they need to do to function, but that they seek therapy because these mostly-helpful strategies aren't working currently for some reason. Thus, my role is to help each person determine the possible ways their current strategies, environment, or experiences can be modified to manage their difficulties better. I find that learning about the benefits of emotions and emotional experience, determining different ways of relating to others, and challenging unfair beliefs about ourselves and our worth are often most helpful to consider and I tend to discuss these areas most as a result.

Approach to Supervision: My approach to supervision is largely developmental. I believe it is important to balance the supervisee's sense of autonomy and their perception that they are supported and guided by their supervisor. This balance also changes as the supervisee develops and gains more skills and experience. I believe that less experienced supervisees typically require more guidance and support as they learn fundamental skills. I also believe experienced supervisees typically require a more consultatory relationship, with somewhat increased autonomy as they process more complex issues (e.g. choosing a theoretical orientation) and develop a professional identity.

Staff at SCC since 2017

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Lisa Whitfield, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Graduate Training: Regent University, 2017

Internship: Utah State University, 2016-17

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Client-Centered)

Professional Interests: I consider myself to be a generalist and enjoy working with a wide range of different presenting concerns. However, some of my areas of interest include anxiety disorders, self-esteem and identity development, relationship and family-of-origin concerns, self-compassion, and supervision and training.

Approach to Therapy: I consider it a great privilege to work with students at Texas Tech as they navigate the many challenges of this unique season of life. My therapeutic approach is integrative and tailored to the needs and goals of each client. I believe the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of therapeutic change, and I aim to create a relationship where my clients feel safe, cared for, and appreciated. I also strive to be attentive and affirming toward the unique identities, life experiences, and values of each client with whom I meet. I enjoy incorporating interpersonal process, emotion-focused interventions, and skills from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into my therapeutic work. I work to make therapy a collaborative process where my clients and I explore thoughts and experiences, process emotions, understand and change unhelpful patterns that may contribute to emotional distress, and identify effective coping skills.

Approach to Supervision: I very much enjoy providing supervision and supporting trainees at various developmental levels. My supervisory approach is similar to my therapeutic approach in that the supervisory relationship is foundational. I desire for supervision to be a place where my supervisees feel safe to share authentic reactions and struggles without fear of judgment. I strive to be a supervisor who encourages and empowers my supervisees to take risks, grow, learn, and develop their own therapeutic approach. I adopt a developmental approach to supervision that takes into account the unique strengths, interests, needs, goals, and growth areas of each supervisee. In supervision, I value utilizing interpersonal process and normalizing concerns through self-disclosure when appropriate. It is my sincere hope that my supervisees will leave supervision feeling understood, supported, and more confident to continue their personal and professional development.

Staff at SCC since 2018

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Rob Wozniak, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Group Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy).

Professional Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and Trauma

Approach to Therapy: I operate with a non-judgmental approach that meets the client where they are at. I believe in empowerment of the client to foster an environment that healing and growth can take place. My theoretical orientation is typically based on what can best help serve the client. I believe we are all capable of being the best versions of ourselves. I feel very honored and privileged to be part of this process and look forward to working with anyone in need of help.

Staff at SCC since 2018

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Kim Thornton, M.Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Graduate Training: Texas Tech University, M.Ed. in Counselor Education, 2012

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, DBT, & MBCT)

Professional Interests: Relationships, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Addiction

Approach to Therapy: I practice from an integrative approach by focusing on the current needs, goals, and abilities of the client. Building the therapeutic alliance is a priority in the beginning stages of therapy. When clients are given a safe nonjudgmental environment to process and work through their concerns, change becomes possible. In therapy I focus on assisting clients gain self-awareness and self-control. I believe this can be accomplished through recognizing how their thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors contribute to their concerns and how learning and implementing new positive coping strategies can elicit new outcomes.

Staff at SCC since 2019

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Administrative Staff

Maria Vega
Administrative Business Assistant, Staff at SCC since 2005

Debbie Ashley
Senior Business Assistant, Staff at SCC since 2015

Tamara Ebeling
Senior Business Assistant, Staff at SCC since 2019

Doctoral Interns: 2019 - 2020

Lauren Garza, M.A.
Fielding Graduate University

Russ Jackson
Brigham Young University

Austin Johnson, M.A.
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Trevor Ludington, M.S.
California Lutheran University

Practicum Students: Summer 2020

Travis Brace, M.A.

Jacob Daheim

Gabriela Manzo

Matthew Sharkey

Michael Vitro

Supervision Disclosure Information

The Student Counseling Center provides training opportunities for graduate practicum students, doctoral psychology interns, and post graduate trainees. Per Texas state law, it is out responsibility to inform our clients of the trainee status and provide the supervisor contact information for each unlicensed therapist.

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