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Counseling center staff

Our Mission

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.

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Staff Bios

Denton Campus

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 Licensed 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. Marshall Bewley is a Licensed Psychologist and the Cultural Diversity Liaison.  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. Rakhi Sen is a Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Counseling Center. Dr. Sen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She completed her doctoral internship at Arizona State University's Counseling & Consultation in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Sen has over 15 years of experience working in college counseling centers. Her professional interests include diversity issues, identity development, gender issues, trauma concerns, interpersonal psychotherapy, use of stories and metaphor in therapy, spirituality issues, role and nature of counseling in non-western cultures, supervision and training.

Dr. Cheronda Steele is a Licensed Psychologist and also serves as the Outreach Coordinator at TWU Counseling Center. Dr. Steele began her career with the center in June 2016. She received both her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Steele completed her doctoral internship training at the Texas Woman's University Counseling Center. Her professional interests include grief and loss, mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, prevention and outreach, stress management, multiculturalism, and existential-integrative theory.

Stephanie Dykema, M.ED. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Dykema obtained her B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from Hope College. She completed her M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling form Teacher's College Columbia University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. Ms. Dykema's professional interests include trauma and recovery, intersectionality of cultural identities, wellness, relationship issues, and positive coping among college students.

Douglas Knutson, M.Ed., M.T.S. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Mr. Knutson obtained his B.A. in Theology and Ministry and B.A. in English Literature from Southern Nazarene University. He completed an M.T.S. in Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at Boston University School of Theology and an M.Ed. in Applied Behavioral Studies with Professional Counseling at Oklahoma City University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Mr. Knutson's interests include gender identity and diversity; sexual/affectional orientation; multicultural competence; microaffirmation; international student issues; education, teaching and training; and advocacy and outreach.

Kiran Mirchandani, M.A. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Mirchandani obtained her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Visual Arts, from Loyola University New Orleans. She completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is currently completing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Mirchandani's professional interests include: multiculturalism/diversity, advocacy, expressive arts therapy, gender based issues, trauma, relationship dynamics, self-esteem, depression, coping with medical difficulties, grief/loss, and body image concerns.

Dallas Campus

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.

Houston Campus 

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.

Dr. Julie Whitney is a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston campus. Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and her doctoral internship training was completed at the University of Houston Counseling Center. Dr. Whitney's professional interests include diversity/multiculturalism, health promotion, medical psychology, life transitions, university student development, trauma recovery and women's issues across the lifespan.

 

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Denton Counseling Center
West Jones Hall
P.O. Box 425350
Denton, TX 76204-5350
Phone (940) 898-3801 
Fax (940) 898-3810
Summer Hours: M-F 8a-5p
Spring Hours: M-W 8a-7p, Th/F 8a-5p

TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center
5500 Southwestern Medical Ave
Suite 8300
Dallas, TX 75235-7299
Phone (214) 689-6655
Fax (940) 898-3810
Hours: M 8a-7p, T-Th 8a-4p, F 9a-5p

TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center
6700 Fannin
Suite 2250
Houston, TX 77030
Phone (713) 794-2059
Fax (713) 794-2018
Hours: M-F 8a-5p

Crisis Contact Info:

Call 911 or the campus police during regular business hours.
Denton:
940-898-2911
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Houston: 713-794-2222

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