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The Counseling Center

2nd Floor
Health and Counseling Centers at Ward and West

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2512

Mailing Address

The Counseling Center
Health and Counseling Centers at Ward and West
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001


Counseling Staff

Brett Davis, Psy.D.
Referral Coordinator / Staff Psychologist

Hired: 2014

Psy.D., 2005, Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland
M.S., 2001, Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland
M.S., 1997, Psychology, Shippensburg University
B.A., 1994, Psychology, Susquehanna University

Theoretical Orientation: Integration of Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, & Object-Relations; Solution-Focused

Professional Interests: LGBTQ concerns, Addictions/codependency, Depression, Anxiety, Personality disorders

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, appreciation and support of the arts (film, music, theater - I love all of it), laughter and really good conversation.


Jaime Fenton, Ph.D.
Assistant Director / Director of Clinical Services / Staff Psychologist

Hired: 2007

Ph.D., 2005, Counseling Psychology, Penn State University
M.S., 2001, Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University
B.S., 1998, Psychology, Penn State University

Theoretical Orientation: Feminist-Psychodynamic, Relational

Professional Interests: Eating and body image concerns, issues most pertinent to women, being an ally to the LGBTQ community, group therapy, supervision

Personal Interests: Exercise, yoga, meditation, time with family and friends


Betty A. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist / Externship Program Coordinator

Hired: 1993

Ph.D., 1982, Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan
M.A., 1977, Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan
B.A., 1973, Psychology, Oberlin College

Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic with attention to socio-cultural influences on development and behavior

Professional Interests: Women's issues, relationship issues, minority student concerns, African-American language styles and identity, supervision and training

Personal Interests: Reading, crossword puzzles, jazzercise, family activities


Allison Frey, M.S.

Health Educator, Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Hired: 2011

M.S., 2004, Community Health, Towson University
B.A., 1997, Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Theoretical Orientation: Stages of Change, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Multiple Intelligence Learning Theory

Professional Interests: Health education particularly with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, outreach, community engagement, peer education, intern guidance, supervision, and training

Personal Interests: Family, animals, hiking, gardening, cooking, music


Sheila Graham, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Outreach and Diversity / Staff Psychologist

Hired: 2012

Ph.D., 2010, Counseling Psychology, Columbia University
B.A., 2003, Psychology & Black Studies, Amherst College

Theoretical Orientation: Relational Cultural Theory

Professional Interests: Social justice issues, interpersonal development, racial/cultural identity development, first generation college students, multicultural competence

Personal Interests: Crafts, quilting, interior decorating, social justice issues, connecting with friends and loved ones


Mollie Herman, Ph.D.

Associate Director / Director of Training / Staff Psychologist

Hired: 1994

Ph.D., 1992, Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland
M.A., 1989, Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland
B.A., 1987, Psychology, Wesleyan University
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Feminist

Professional Interests: Women’s issues, treatment of anxiety disorders, training of psychologists, group therapy, use of mindfulness in therapy

Personal Interests: Reading for pleasure,hanging out with my family, cooking for friends and family, playing with my dog and cats, watching movies, making and selling jewelry and other crafts, attending every craft fair and yard sale I can


Dan Isenberg, PhD.

Staff Psychologist / Groups Coordinator

Hired:  2012

Ph.D., 2012, Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University
M.Ed., 2009, Counseling & Human Services, Lehigh University
B.S., 2004, Psychology & Criminology/Criminal Justice, University of Maryland College Park

Theoretical Orientation: Integrationist, Humanistic, Multicultural, Interpersonal

Professional Interests: Group therapy, college counseling & student development, clinical expertise, multicultural psychology, social justice & systemic change, psychotherapy process and outcomes

Personal Interests: music, movies, technology, exercise and fitness, watching the Yankees win, watching the Cubs lose


Greg Reising, Ph.D.

Director of the Counseling Center

Hired: 1983

Ph.D., 1981, Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University
M.Ed., 1975, Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University
B.S., 1973, Psychology, Colorado State University

Theoretical Orientation: Client-centered foundation, informed by psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-social conceptualization

Professional Interests: Psychotherapy and phenomenology of human experience, therapist development and developmental supervision, diversity and multiculturalism, counseling center administration, student affairs

Personal Interests: Music -- listening well and performing badly, personal reading, movies, home renovation & woodworking, getting organized


Michael Sawyer, Ph.D.
Drug and Alcohol Clinician

Hired: 2013

Ph.D., 2013, Counseling Psychology at The University of Memphis
M.S., 2009, Community Counseling at Minnesota State University Moorhead
B.A., 2006, Spanish/German at Concordia College

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral

Professional Interests: Alcohol and drug abuse, LGBTQIA issues, career counseling, teaching, and psychopharmacology

Personal Interests: Travel, spending time with my daughter, foreign language, running, and cooking


Jonathan R. Schettino, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist / Coordinator of Anxiety & Depression Services

Hired:  2013

Ph.D., 2012, Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 2007, Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., 2004, Psychology, Princeton University

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, Third Wave Behavioral (e.g., Acceptance-Commitment, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Professional Interests: anxiety disorders, depression, evidence-based practice, telemedicine, personality, psychological testing, psychosocial/cultural factors that impact treatment effectiveness

Personal Interests: meeting up with friends, exploring the city, hiking, the beach, playing tennis, science-fiction, history, anthropology, evolutionary biology, traveling, watching football, learning languages, cooking and eating good food


Emily Sears, M.S.

Manager - Substance Education, Treatment, and Prevention Services

Hired: 2007

M.S., 1995, Counseling Psychology, Loyola College
B.S., 1993, Psychology and English, Alma College (Michigan)
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Professional Interests: Addiction Treatment and Substance Use Education, Clinical Supervision/Training in Addictions Treatment, Treatment Program Development, and Outcomes/effectiveness research

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, walking our dog, reading, and scrapbooking


Nate Sharer, Psy.D.

Coordinator of Technology, Men's, Veterans, and Athletics Issues / Staff Psychologist

Hired: 2012

Psy.D., 2012, Clinical Psychology, Marshall University
Ed.S. & M.A., 2009, Community Counseling, James Madison University
B.A., 2006, Psychology, Shippensburg University
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Solution-Focused

Professional Interests: Men’s Issues, Student-Athletes, Veterans’ transitions, Psychology of technology & social media

Personal Interests: Supporting the Baltimore Orioles, golfing, finding exciting live music venues, any kind of gaming (board, video, trivia)


Maria Wydra, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Sexual Assault Services / Staff Psychologist

Hired:  2013

Ph.D., 2013, Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park
M.A., 2007, Clinical Psychology, Towson University
B.A., 1995, English Literature, Edinboro University
B.F.A., 1995, Painting, Edinboro University
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Social-Cognitive Theory, Humanistic, Feminist

Professional Interests: Women’s issues, social justice, positive psychology, identity development in diverse populations, family structure, and family of origin issues

Research interests: Treatment outcome research, the therapeutic relationship, identity development in diverse populations, communication in diverse families

Personal Interests: Socializing, laughing, playing recreational softball, checking out visual and performing arts exhibits and shows, dancing, reading, sweating it out in my Bikram yoga class, and dining out in Baltimore’s many fantastic restaurants


Administrative Support Staff

Joyce Clark

Office Manager

Hired: 2001

Current student at Towson University; Anthropology, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Professional Interest: Continue full time position managing the Counseling Center and pursuing a part time position in the Criminal Justice field

Personal Interest: reading, computer games, watching competition shows, animals, spending time at the beach, spending time with family


Claudia Harley

Administrative Assistant

Hired:  2014

B. S. 2008 Art History/Studio Design, Towson University

Personal Interests: Track and field, music, home decorating and travelling

Personal quote: “When you know better, do better” and “live simple”


Keisha Bownes

Administrative Assistant

Hired: 2004

B.A., 2004, Anthropology, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Towson University

Professional Interests: Continue working in higher education

Personal Interests: Movies, spending time with family & friends, enjoying good food, live theater & art shows, baking, and traveling


Jean Brune

Administrative Assistant

Hired: 2004

A.A. degree from Villa Julie (now Stevenson University)

Personal Interests: Reading, Walking and Aerobics, Spending time with grandchildren

Pre-Doctoral Interns

Beatriz Palma Orellana, M.S. University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Jessie Smith, M.A. University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Nina Weiss, M.A. Argosy University, Washington DC


Tracy Singer, M.A. Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Candace Waters, M.A. Argosy University, Washington DC

Sonya Bruton, M.A. Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC

Graduate Assistants

Alexandra Shiflett - BA, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Advises Sexual Assault and Body Image Peer Education programs

Mary Rosekrans - BA, Towson University
Advises Wellness and Drug and Alcohol Peer Education programs

Make An Appointment


Call 410-704-2512

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

or visit the Counseling Center

at Ward & West (map)






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