Sandy L. Colbs, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist
1988, Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University
Sandy became Director of the Student Counseling Services in 2001. Prior to coming to the University, she served as Associate Director/Clinical Director at Georgia State University, and worked as a Staff Psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University for more than a decade. Her primary clinical "passion" is in the area of group psychotherapy. Additional interests include creative visioning for counseling center leadership, campus safety and management of high-risk students in a campus environment, leadership development for counseling center professionals, and campus climate for GLTB students, faculty and staff. In her free time Sandy enjoys traveling with her partner to see family, watching independent films, working on her family tree, and doing small projects in their Victorian style home.
Allyson Hawkins, Ph.D., Lisenced Clinical Psychologist
Associate Director of Programs
1996, Counseling Psychologist, University of Missouri-Columbia
Allyson has been a staff member at SCS for 10 years. Prior to joining the staff at SCS, Allyson was a staff psychologist and Director of the Women’s Resource Center at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Throughout her career, Allyson has combined a love of therapy and a commitment to prevention and outreach. She worked extensively in sexual assault prevention in graduate school and in her first position, and served as Outreach Coordinator at SCS for several years. Currently, Allyson serves as the Associate Director for Programs and helps coordinate the center’s various outreach and prevention efforts. Clinically, Allyson identifies as an integrationist. Her early roots were in psychodynamic theory (interpersonal and self psychology); but Allyson also incorporates CBT strategies. More recently, Allyson has become very interested in mindfulness and Buddhist psychology and is working to incorporate these philosophies into her personal life and her work with clients. Her interest areas include interpersonal trauma, grief and loss, and interpersonal issues. Allyson is a strong believer in the power of group therapy and enjoys co-leading with interns. Allyson also enjoys helping interns refine their clinical skills and has been a consistent member on the Training Committee. Outside of work, Allyson enjoys an active family life.
Carrie Haubner, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Associate Director of Clinical Services
2008, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Carrie joined Student Counseling Services in 2011. Prior to becoming a staff member at SCS, she worked at several other university counseling centers around the Midwest. She obtained both her Master’s degree and Doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Some of Carrie’s clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, body image concerns, trauma, identity development, and training and supervising developing professionals. Her approach to therapy is integrative and incorporates interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, developmental theories, and multicultural lenses. Away from work, Carrie enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, entertaining, and being active outdoors.
David F. Adams, Ph.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
2014, Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
David joined Student Counseling Services in the Fall of 2017. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University's APA-accredited psychology program, with an emphasis in couples and family counseling. He completed an APPIC-accredited pre-doctoral internship in psychology at The University of Iowa's University Counseling Service. David also earned his Master's in Community Counseling from Ball State University's CACREP-accredited counseling program. Prior to joining SCS, David served as a staff psychologist at The University of Iowa for two years, where he directed an embedded office at the College of Dentistry. He later worked in private practice in Peoria, IL, as well as taught undergraduate and graduate classes in psychology and counseling. David values inclusiveness and acceptance, and he adopts a holistic perspective to meet the needs of a diverse student population. David is committed to social justice and multicultural initiatives on and off campus. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends, traveling, hiking and being outdoors, as well as reading.
Lisa Albaugh, M.S., Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
2004, Clinical Counseling, Illinois State Univeristy
Lisa came to SCS as a master’s practicum student in 2003 and is now at SCS providing individual therapy on a part-time basis. Lisa’s approach is client-centered with a somewhat cognitive-behavioral slant. Her clinical interests include: eating disorders, body image, religious and spiritual issues, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and career issues. During her time away from SCS, Lisa stays busy with her two sons and her husband.
Danielle D. Beasley, M.S.W., L.S.W.
Staff Counselor/Case Manager
Danielle joined Student Counseling Services as staff counselor and case manager in the fall of 2016.
Charles Titus Boudreaux, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Crisis On Call Coordinator
Information Systems Coordinator/Technical Liaison
2001, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota
Charles first came to the SCS as a pre-doctoral intern in 1996. Charles is a generalist, working from a Rogerian base and drawing heavily on cognitive-behavioral, family systems, feminist, multicultural, and developmental frameworks in his work with clients. Dr. Boudreaux has worked with a wide variety of client concerns, with a preference for individuals with interpersonal or family-related issues, chronic illness, survivors of sexual abuse, and student veterans. Charles loves to co-lead general therapy groups and enjoys working with couples when the opportunity arises. He has some expertise in career counseling, teaching, supervision, assessment, human resources, and information systems/computing.
Charles currently coordinates the information systems, Crisis On Call, and assessment areas for the SCS. He also enjoys providing clinical supervision. Charles is happily married to a research psychologist and is the father of a delightful high-school senior boy who is enthralled with music (especially the euphonium), theater, speech, and Scouting. Charles is grateful that his parents now live in town.
Emma Bucher, Psy.D.
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
2018 Regent University
Emma joined Illinois State University as a staff psychologist in the fall of 2018. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and she completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Her clinical interests include body image concerns, LGBTQIA+ concerns, religious/spiritual issues, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and depression. Emma utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that draws from cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and psychodynamic theories. Emma is also especially interested in learning more about the diversity variables of each client and how cultural background impacts one’s identity development. Outside of work, Emma enjoys oil painting, hiking, playing soccer, reading fiction, studying theology, and spending time with her husband, kids, friends, nieces and nephews, and her dogs.
Megan (Shiou-Feng) Gu, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
2008, Counseling Psychology, Purdue University
Megan joined Student Counseling Services in Fall 2017. She is originally from Taiwan and received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University. She enjoys working with college students because of their energy, openness, and resiliency. Her clinical interests include mood and generalized anxiety disorders, stress and adjustment issues, acculturation and coping particularly for international students, group psychotherapy, and supervision/training. She uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamics, and solution-focused within a multicultural framework. She can provide bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin Chinese). Away from work, Megan enjoys spending time with family, cooking, painting, and gardening.
Jennifer Hamilton, M.S., L.C.P.C.
1988, University of Central Texas
Jennifer joined Student Counseling Services fall semester 2016. She graduated from the University of Central Texas in 1998 with a Master in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys working with those presenting with depression, anxiety, trauma and adjustment concerns. She also has experience helping those who have a military background. Her approach is cognitive-behavioral and is heavily influenced by solution-focused and Dialectical Behavior therapy treatment modalities. When away from work she enjoys time with loving friends and family, nurturing her love of photography and walking with her dog, Uma.
Angie House, M.S., Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
2010, Illinois State University
Angie joined SCS in Fall 2012. She received her Master in Science degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University in 2010 and has a Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Angie utilizes a client-centered approach to therapy, and also draws from cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused approaches as well. She has experience in providing individual and group counseling in both community mental health and substance abuse treatment settings. She has received specialized training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, and clinical hypnosis. Her clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, adjustment issues, and relationship difficulties. Angie grew up in Bloomington-Normal and is proud to be a part of ISU. Outside of work she enjoys gardening, shopping, spending time with friends and family, and attending conferences and trainings with her husband, who is a clinical psychologist.
Samantha Kurkjian, Psy.D.
2015, Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix
Sam joined Illinois State University in the Fall of 2016 after completing a Clinical Sport Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC). She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) and earned her Psy.D. in Clinical and Sport Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix in 2015. Sam's primary focus at ISU is working with student-athletes, both individually for clinical and/or sport performance concerns and developing mental skills for performance enhancement in a team format. She uses an integrated approach to clinical services, incorporating psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral theories and interventions to address a wide range of presenting concerns facing student-athletes, from depression and anxiety to sport-injury and retirement issues. Sam also has a background in treating substance use and eating concerns. Outside of the office, Sam spends her time supporting Redbird Athletics with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Gina Meyer, Ph.D.
2012, Western Michigan University
Gina Meyer joined ISU as a full time staff psychologist in August of 2012. She has a Master’s degree in counseling from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. Her special interest areas include woman’s issues, relational difficulties, identity development, body image concerns, anxiety, trauma/sexual assault, college adjustment issues, supervision and training, and LGBTQIA+ concerns. Gina utilizes an integrated approach to counseling that draws from person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal perspectives. She also believes that it is important to attend to one’s multiple forms of diversity as well as the sociopolitical context in which one lives. Outside of work, Gina likes to spend time with family and friends, take her boxer Hope on walks, paint pottery, spend time at Lake Michigan, shop for antiques and jewelry, try different types of food, and explore new cities and towns.
Stacy Parton, M.A., L.C.P.C.
1995, Illinois State University
Stacy joined the Student Counseling Service staff Fall 2016. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University in 1995. She has experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, LGBTQIA individuals, families formed through foster care and adoption, as well as people experiencing depression, anxiety, and self-concept issues. Her approach to therapy incorporates person-centered, cognitive behavioral, trauma-focused, mindfulness, and EMDR therapies. Outside of work, Stacy enjoys spending time with her wife Lindsay and their fur babies, and hanging out with family and friends. She loves to knit and crochet for relaxation.
Dakesa Piña, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
2006, Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
Dakesa joined Illinois State University in the fall of 2010. She completed her doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Dakesa enjoys working with a diverse client population although she specializes in working with students who have experienced domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, spiritual issues, family of origin problems and relationship difficulties. As an Approved American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, Dakesa provides supervision to counselors seeking to increase their knowledge of family systems theories and how systems theories might inform their clinical work. Dakesa also enjoys providing trainings on a variety of different topics including cultural competency, childhood trauma and domestic violence. When not working, Dakesa spends time with her husband, two children, and church family.
Jillian Richardson, Psy.D.
2016, Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Jillian first joined Illinois State University as a pre-doctoral extern in 2018. She continued at ISU as a pre-doctoral intern in 2015 and as a Staff Psychologist in 2016. She obtained a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a Master's degree in Sports Psychology from ISU. Jillian takes an integrative approach to counseling, utilizing a holistic framework that incorporates behavioral, cognitive, Adlerian, psychodynamic, interpersonal, multicultural and humanistic elements. Some of Jillian's clinical interests include trauma, grief and loss, work with Veterans, attachment issues, relationship difficulties, mood and anxiety disorders, and religious and spirituality concerns. She also enjoys working with the ISU community and currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator. While away from SCS, Jillian enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her children's schools and in the community, participating in and watching sports and reading.
Shawn Soule, M.S., Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
1997, Counselor Education, Illinois State University
Shawn has been employed at Student Counseling Services since August 2007. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1997 with a Master in Science in counselor education and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Shawn has a private practice in the Bloomington/Normal community and is an approved provider for most major insurance plans. His experience includes Substance Abuse counseling and Community Mental Health. He has been married to Suzie since 2000 and has three children. As a family, he enjoys activities with his wife and children including traveling, sporting events, concerts, and just playing with and enjoying the children.
Jenni Thome, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
2004, University of Illinois, Urbana
Jenni joined the ISU staff in the fall of 2006. She completed her masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also worked as a clinical counselor for several years prior to moving to Bloomington-Normal. Her clinical interests include eating disorders and disturbances, body image concerns, exercise, health psychology, first-generation college student needs, and the use of EMDR for the treatment of trauma and test anxiety. Jenni enjoys her involvement in outreach, training and supervision, as well as providing individual, couples, and group counseling. Her theoretical model is integrative and draws upon interpersonal, Gestalt, psychodynamic, and developmental theories. She practices with a feminist philosophy and multicultural framework. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying physically active, and learning more about the Bloomington-Normal community.