Texas Tech University

Counselors Specializing in Diversity

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has formed a new partnership with Texas Tech University's Family Therapy Clinic to offer mental health services to students. As part of an innovative internship program, three Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students are available to offer one-hour therapy sessions every day of the week. In addition to these walk-in hours, counselors are also available by appointment. Students can reach out to the counselors to schedule an appointment or go to the walk-in hours. Dr. Nicole Springer is the Clinical Supervisor for the internship program. Please direct questions to Family Therapy Clinic at 742-3074 or Dr. Carol A. Sumner, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 742-7025.


Lauren Elizabeth Creger 

Lauren Elizabeth Creger moved to Lubbock from Boston, Massachusetts; before she lived there, she called Southern California home. As a daughter of a Naval officer she is no stranger to moving around, being far from family and having to make the most of a foreign place. As a dreamer and student of the world around her, Lauren has a passion for education and has worked with several alternative high school programs catered to justice system-connected youth, different learning abilities, medical challenges and other examples of human diversity. If any of these pieces resonate with you, she hopes to have the chance to work with you. When Lauren is not engaging with students, you will find her exploring minimalism, attempting to improve her cooking skills or planning her next adventure.


Kiarra Watts

Kiarra Watts is a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program here at Texas Tech University. Kiarra also received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech in Human Development and Family Studies. Kiarra is passionate about therapy and helping others, and she strives to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for all of her clients. She believes her role as a therapist is to give individuals the support, resources and warmth they need to overcome obstacles and, ultimately, heal. Kiarra's clinical interests are military and veteran families or individuals as well as trauma survivors.


Ryan Nies

Ryan Nies is a second-year master's student in the Texas Tech University Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program. He received his undergraduate degree in Community, Family and Addiction Sciences from Texas Tech University. His clinical interests include working with families dealing with addiction and recovery, the LGBTQIA population, families dealing with chronic illness and first-generation college students. Ryan is passionate about helping his clients get to the place where they want to be in their lives.

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