The TWU Counseling Center (TWUCC) is the only campus agency designated to provide students with psychological services. These services are designed to help students:
- Achieve their educational goals
- Learn the process of problem solving and decision making
- Develop the capacity for satisfying relationships
- Learn to make full use of their potential for continued growth beyond their educational experience
Who We Are
The TWUCC senior staff is a diverse group of psychologists who are invested in promoting student success, personal growth, and emotional well being.
Our Denton campus location also houses our Psychology Training Programs. These training programs consist of select groups of psychologists-in-training who are supervised by licensed staff. They are invaluable in providing psychological services to students.
Dr. Denise Lucero-Miller is the center's Director. Dr. Lucero-Miller began at the center in 1996 and has served in a variety of roles. Prior to assuming the Director role, she served as the Assistant Director and Director of Training for 11 years. Dr. Lucero-Miller received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She completed her doctoral internship training at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. Dr. Lucero-Miller's professional interests include women's issues, trauma recovery, multiculturalism, and supervision/training.
Dr. Carmen Cruz is Assistant Director and Director of Training. Dr. Cruz has been part of the Counseling Center team serving in different capacities since 1997. Dr. Cruz completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her doctoral internship training at the Texas Woman's University Counseling Center. Dr. Cruz's professional interests include training/supervision, the psychology of gender, sexual orientation identity issues, multicultural psychology, cultural/spiritual development, existential theory and the impact of the stigma of psychotherapy.
Dr. Nina Belfrom is a Staff Psychologist and the Group Therapy Coordinator. Dr. Belfrom began her career with the center as a post-doctoral resident. She received both her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Belfrom completed her doctoral internship with The Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium where she split her time between the Louisiana State University Mental Health Services and Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System. Dr. Belfrom's professional interests include group therapy, multiculturalism/diversity, women's issues, trauma, identity development, and existential theory.
Dr. Kim Jorgensen is a Staff Psychologist and the Cultural Diversity Liaison. Dr. Jorgensen began her career with the center as a doctoral intern. Dr. Jorgensen completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota and received a Master's Degree in Clinical Science from the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Jorgensen's professional interests include cultural identity development, sexual health, severe mental illness, forgiveness, couples counseling, and multicultural training.
Dr. Marshall Bewley is a Staff Psychologist and the Outreach Coordinator. Dr. Bewley began his career with the center in August 2012. Dr. Bewley received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University. He completed his doctoral internship training at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Counseling Services. Dr. Bewley's professional interests include advocacy and outreach, LGBTQ issues/wellness, couple’s & group therapy, training & supervision, and multicultural & diversity awareness.
Dr. Martha Bergen is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Practicum Training. Dr. Bergen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. She completed her doctoral internship at Miami University's Student Counseling Service in Oxford, Ohio and she completed a post-doctoral residency at the Counseling Center at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Bergen's professional interests include gender issues, diversity and multiculturalism, outreach and advocacy, and supervision and training.
Dr. Kelly Caver is currently the center's post-doctoral resident. Dr. Caver received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University and completed her doctoral internship training at the University of Missouri Kansas City Counseling Center. Dr. Caver's professional interests include trauma treatment and prevention, group therapy, multiculturalism, supervision, anxiety disorders, and relationship concerns.
C.C. Cassell, M.A. is currently one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Cassell completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminal Justice and obtained her master's in Community Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently completing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Atlanta. Ms. Cassell's professional interests include trauma (especially sexual trauma, prolonged childhood trauma, and community violence and combat related trauma), multiculturalism, spirituality, interpersonal relationships, and dialectical behavior therapy.
Kari Leavell, M.A. is currently one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Leavell received her B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University, and her M.A. in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi where she is also completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Leavell's professional interests include grief counseling and anxiety disorders, vocational psychology and career issues, sleep hygiene, teaching, and supervision.
Sheila Pogge, M.A. is currently one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Pogge obtained her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University where she is also completing her Ph.D. Ms. Pogge's professional interests include health psychology, especially issues pertaining to chronic illness, disability, palliative care, and quality end-of-life hospice care, trauma and traumatic-stress based disorders, gender issues, and relational-Gestalt theory.
Jill Vahl is currently the center's Senior Secretary. Ms. Vahl has been with the center since April 2011. She relocated to Texas from South Dakota and enjoys the area. Ms. Vahl's personal interests are caring for her 2 children, attending her son's sporting events, and exploring the area.
Audrena Kelley, BGS is currently the center's Secretary and Webspinner. Ms. Kelley has been with the center since June 2007. Ms. Kelley obtained her Bachelors of General Studies degree with concentrations in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Texas Woman's University. She is also working on obtaining her master's in social work from University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Kelley's personal interest are caring for her 3 children and being a great support system for her friends and family.
Dr. Linda Louden is a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Louden has been with the center since 2004. After serving as the Cultural Diversity Liaison, she transitioned to the Dallas Counseling Center. Dr. Louden received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, and her doctoral internship training took place at the TWU Counseling Center. Dr. Louden's professional interests include university student development, women's issues, trauma recovery, spirituality, multiculturalism, and supervision and training of future psychologists.
Dr. Gayla Sahl is a half-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Sahl has been with the center since May 2010. Dr. Sahl received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and completed her doctoral internship at Allendale Association. Dr. Sahl's professional interests include women’s issues, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, sexual orientation identity issues, parenting concerns, and training/supervision.
Dr. Betty Duson is a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center campus. Dr. Duson has been with the center since 2004. Dr. Duson received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin where she also served an internship at the U.T. Counseling Center. In addition to being licensed as a psychologist, she is also a marriage and family therapist and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Duson's professional interests include multiculturalism, relationship issues, managing stress and depression, and support for students in the health sciences.
Dr. Sharanya Udipi is a half-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center campus. Dr. Udipi has been with the center since January 2012. Dr. Udipi obtained her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Udipi's professional interests include identity development, the integration of spirituality and psychology, academic skills, compassion fatigue and burnout, women's issues and diversity.
Helen Johnson is the center's secretary as well as the Student Life Office secretary. Ms. Johnson provides support to the center's psychologists as well as to the Coordinators of the Office of Student Life. In both of her positions she interacts with students, faculty and staff giving professional, yet caring service. Ms. Johnson has been privileged to work at TWU since 2001.
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