Counseling and Health contacts

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Elisa Castillo, PhD
Elisa Castillo is the director of counseling and health services. A licensed psychologist, she earned her BA in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and her MA and PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has more than 10 years of experience working with college students, dealing with personal, relational and mental health concerns. She is interested in multicultural counseling, brief therapy, existential and relational therapy, and clinical supervision. She provides services in English and Spanish.

Karen Hruska, MA, LMHC
Karen Hruska is the assistant director of counseling and health services. She specializes in substance abuse counseling, health and wellness psychology, relationship issues, and helping students transform stuck behaviors. She is known for her energy and enthusiasm in helping students set and achieve their goals. Having taught at the college level for years, she understands what it takes to be successful in and out of the classroom. Along with individual counseling, she does presentations for classes or student groups.

Christine Williams

Christine Williams, PhD

Christine Williams is the training director for counseling and health services. She has worked as a counselor at the University of Akron, the University at Buffalo – SUNY, and University of Massachusetts – Boston. She has also taught at Northeastern University and Newbury College. She specializes in helping students learn to manage their stress and balance multiple responsibilities while in school. She also likes working with students who come to college with more serious mental health issues, and to help them be academically successful and get the most out of their college experience. Christine also continues to be interested in research and quality improvement.

Squire Paige

Squire T. Paige, MA, LMHC  
Squire is the staff counselor in counseling and health services. He received his BA in sociology from Franklin and Marshall College and his MA in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University. He has worked almost exclusively in his counseling career with adolescents and young adults in educational settings, and is interested in issues around identity and in facilitating self-actualization. He characterizes his clinical orientation as eclectic, primarily mixing client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and existential counseling styles.


Kimberly Daly, BSN, MSN, FNP
Kim Daly, our health services coordinator, is a family nurse practitioner and associate director of counseling and health services. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, and earned a master's degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has worked in internal medicine, pediatrics and at a high school-based health clinic. Her interests lie in working with adolescent and young adult populations to promote responsible choices and healthy lifestyles.

Joan Sweeney, MSN, FNP 
Joan Sweeney is a nurse practitioner in counseling and health services. She also coordinates the immunization compliance program. She joined counseling and health services in 2004 after working in a community health setting. She attended the University of Southern Maine where she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and later completed a master's degree in family and community health nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Her professional interest is women's health.

Patty Wheeler Shea MS, ANP-BC

Patty Shea is an adult nurse practitioner who joined counseling and health Services in 2009. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After working for eight years as an ICU nurse she completed a master’s degree in adult primary care and occupational health from Simmons Graduate School. As an occupational health nurse practitioner she provided care to employees at various corporations and medical centers for many years. She continues to work per diem at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare in occupational health services. She has taught undergraduate nursing students as well.  She especially enjoys working with students in the college setting. 

Kalei Ensminger, MS, FNP-BC

Kalei Ensminger is a family nurse practitioner who joined the counseling and health services center in the fall of 2013. She attended Regis College in Weston, MA where she received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing. Prior to that she received her bachelor's degree in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Her clinical specialty area of interest is dermatology with an emphasis on teaching students about the dangers of tanning and good skin care. Her other experiences include family medicine and adolescent college healthcare. Working in college health is of particular interest to Kalei as she hopes to help students maximize their college experience, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and make more informed healthcare decisions for their future. 

John Beaulieu, MD
John Beaulieu is the supervising physician in counseling and health services. He attended Salem State and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He has worked here since 1990, and his professional specialty is internal medicine.

Cecile Gagne

Cecile is the medical billing specialist for counseling and health services. She joined the staff over the summer of 2013. She has many years of experience in medical office support and medical billing. She is responsible for facilitating the billing and coding process for health services. She can also assist students with questions regarding health insurance coverage and eligibility.

Juliet Carty Greene
Juliet Carty Greene is an administrative assistant for counseling and health services, and has worked at Salem State since 2006. She came to us with a background in office support from her experience at a community health center. As one of our administrative assistants, Juliet coordinates patient intake and assists with the daily operations of a busy healthcare facility, handling confidential patient health information with sensitivity and care. Juliet is working towards a degree in medical office administration.

Channa Vieng

Channa Vieng is an administrative assistant of counseling and health services. She has joined our staff after graduating from Salem State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Before attending Salem State, and continuing during her college career, Channa worked with a local primary health care facility. As one of our administrative assistants, Channa coordinates patient intake, assists with daily operations of our busy center and handles confidential patient information. Channa prides herself on offering all visitors to counseling and health services excellent customer service.


Counseling Graduate Trainees for 2013 - 2014

Paige Carambio is an advanced clinical intern returning to counseling and health services for a second year. She received an AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a BA in psychology from Simmons College and she was awarded her MA in professional psychology from MSPP. She is currently a fourth year doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with diverse populations across the lifespan in a wide variety of settings since beginning her graduate work in 2009. She primarily utilizes a positive, strength-based model that focuses on identifying and cultivating innate skills and past experiences to help students overcome stress and anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma, among others.

Dericka Canada is a pre-doctoral intern at counseling and health services. She is a Diversity Fellow and a third-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at Boston College. She earned both her master’s degree in counseling psychology as a University Fellow, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors from the University of Louisville located in Louisville, KY. She is the coordinator of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) research team at Boston College. Her interests include understanding racial and ethnic identity development, socialization, and psychosocial well-being among Black/African Americans as well as other individuals, families and communities of Color. Her research interests also include exploring the intersectionality of gender, racial, and ethnic issues surrounding Black/African American women. Dericka’s clinical interests involve using an integrated orientation, including person-centered approaches and cognitive behavioral and relational-cultural therapies, through a multi-cultural lens in working with individuals from underserved communities, particularly communities of Color. Dericka has worked as a psychology intern at Wellesley College Stone Center Counseling Services as well as a clinical practicum student at St. Bernard Catholic School, Seven Counties Specialized Family and Child Services, and Central State Mental Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Bryan Koesler received his BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and was awarded his MA in professional psychology from MSPP.  He is currently a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Prior to his graduate studies Bryan worked for several years as a mental health counselor on an adult inpatient dual-diagnosis unit. Also during this time Bryan worked on both adult and adolescent psychiatric units. In the first year of his graduate studies he was trained in applied behavioral analysis, which he utilized in the treatment of children with Autistic Disorder and severe cognitive and social deficits. Last year Bryan worked at Wheaton College's counseling center where he provided individual counseling services and participated in outreach programs on campus.  He uses an eclectic array of therapeutic techniques and styles to help those meet their individual needs and goals.

Patti Clayman is a clinical intern in counseling and health services. She received her BS in nursing from Boston University, her MA in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco and her PhD in counseling psychology and school psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of interest are broad and include depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, health psychology and learning style differences. She uses an eclectic approach emphasizing client centered and strength based models as well as cognitive behavioral, multicultural and positive psychology approaches.


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