The Catholic University of America

 The Counseling Center clinical staff includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and psychology and social work graduate student counselors. While some of our staff have particular areas of expertise, each staff member is trained to assess and treat a wide variety of concerns. 

 

Staff Clinicians

 

Sarah Godoy, Ph.D. 

Staff Psychologist and Director of Externship Training (American University)

 

 

Dr. Sarah Godoy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University in 2014. She completed her doctoral internship at the Catholic University of America and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. In therapy, Dr. Godoy uses an integrative approach with a feminist, multicultural foundation and incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and has particular clinical interests working with trauma survivors, students who self-identify as members of historically oppressed/marginalized groups, and students who have eating/body image concerns. Outside of work, Dr. Godoy enjoys running, yoga, reading, and brunching.

 

 

 

 

Michael Helfer, Ph.D.  

Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Group Therapy (Seattle Pacific University)

 

Dr. Michael T. Helfer received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University in 2011.  He has been a staff psychologist at CUA since 2018.  Previously, he spent the past few years counseling students at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  He views therapy as being a collaborative approach, with the goal of promoting healthy and positive changes in one’s life.  He believes each individual has their own unique life experiences, values, and culture, and is respectful of these differences, and wants to help others in a way that feels right for them.  He views therapy as a way to learn new skills, change problematic behavior, explore attitudes and values, and to have a safe space to discuss and manage any of life’s challenges.

 

He has experience working with individuals, couples, and groups.  He supports students experiencing anxiety, relationship issues (romantic, family, or social), men’s issues, trauma, spiritual concerns, and other issues that students typically have to face while in college. His theoretical approach is integrative and dynamic, drawing on cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, mindfulness-based, and relational-cultural influences.

 

 

Outside of his time at CUA, he enjoys being physically active, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with his family.

 

Mark LaSota, Ph.D. 

Staff Psychologist and Director of Internship Training (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) 

 

 

Dr. Mark LaSota received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. He has been a staff psychologist at the CUA Counseling Center since 2010, serving as the Director of Outreach until the fall of 2017 when he took on the role of Director of Internship Training. His theoretical orientation most closely resembles an integration of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapies, while incorporating aspects of mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. LaSota’s clinical interests reside in understanding and treating anxiety, with a specific emphasis on perfectionism, in addition to considering masculinity and aspects of privilege. Outside of work, in addition to spending time with his family and enjoying recreational offerings of the DC-Baltimore area, Dr. LaSota follows Chicago sports teams, especially the historically underachieving and 2016 World Series Champion Cubs.

 

 

 

Lizzy Mass, L.I.C.S.W.

Staff Social Worker (Catholic University of America) 


Lizzy Mass, LICSW received her Master’s of Social Work from the Catholic University of America in 2016 and completed a Post-MSW Fellowship at Emory University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Lizzy is an intentional integrationist, and utilizes multiple theories to conceptualize and intervene in therapy, including cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. As a social worker, her clinical work is client-centered, trauma-informed, and is guided by the multicultural, strengths, and person-in-environment perspectives. Lizzy’s clinical interests include anxiety, stress, adjustment, identity development, self-compassion, and working with clients from historically marginalized populations. 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Miller, L.I.C.S.W. 

Staff Social Worker (Washington University)

 

 

Karen Miller, LICSW received her Masters of Social Work from The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999.  She has been a staff member of the Counseling Center at Catholic University since January of 2008.  Prior to her work at CUA, she specialized in working with at-risk children, youth, and families.  Karen works with clients from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective, though she integrates aspects of relational and humanistic theories as well.  Her style is straight-forward and direct and she is strong believer of utilizing humor in therapy. Karen also supervises advanced graduate students in social work and psychology.  Her particular areas of clinical interest are trauma, issues related to family of origin, individuation, relationships, and building self-awareness.   

 

 

 

 

Ali Phillips, PMH-NP 

Staff Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Vanderbilt University)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D. 

Director, Counseling Center (University of South Carolina) 

 

 

Dr. Monroe Rayburn received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology in 1998 from the University of South Carolina. He has been on the CUA Counseling Center staff since 1998, having served as the Director since 2003.  He utilizes an integrative style in his clinical practice.  He incorporates humanistic/existential elements as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches in his work as a therapist for CUA student clients as well as a supervisor for advanced graduate students in psychology and social work.  His clinical interests include depression, anxiety (including OCD, panic, and phobias), trauma, and family of origin issues.  He has been affiliated with the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington since 2001, has served as the unofficial coordinator of the Washington Metro Area Counseling Center Directors (WMACCD) since 2005, and has served on the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) Board of Accreditation since 2012 and Board of Directors since 2015. 

 

 

Kristin Zauel, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist (Virginia Commonwealth University)

 

 

Dr. Kristin Zauel received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. She completed her doctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Warm Springs Counseling Center and Training Institute in Boise, Idaho. After 10 years in private practice in Boise, Dr. Zauel was thrilled to return to the D.C. area and join the staff of the Catholic University Counseling Center. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and has a particular interest in working with students with eating/body image concerns, anxiety disorders, and self-esteem issues. Dr. Zauel uses a relational approach with clients, while also incorporating elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and self-compassion. In her free time, Dr. Zauel enjoys traveling, horseback riding, reading, and volunteering at her children’s school. 

  

 

Bradley Bryk, M.A.

Doctoral Intern (Loyola University Maryland)

 

Bradley Bryk is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate at Loyola University Maryland and received his Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. He utilizes an integrative approach in therapy, incorporating third wave cognitive approaches with interpersonal process, to best meet the needs of each client. Bradley’s clinical interests include working with individuals diagnosed with OCD and Panic Disorder, along with student-athletes and/or coaches. He has had clinical experience working within a college counseling center at the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen Development Center, a private practice at the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland, and a community mental health setting at Loyola Clinical Centers. Outside of work, Bradley enjoys playing and watching a variety of sport activities, reading, and is an avid New York Jets fan.

 

 

 

 

 

Becca Kim, M.A.

Doctoral Intern (American University)


Becca Kim is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate at American University where she is a member of the Stress and Emotion Lab. She received her Master’s Degree in Psychology from American University. Her research focus is on the impact of poor sleep on emotion regulation in young adults and teens. Becca uses an integrative approach in her clinical work, incorporating both interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic orientations. Her clinical interests include family of origin, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, and the impact of stress on mental health and emotion regulation. In her free time, Becca enjoys musicals and ballet, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frances Mallari, M.Phil.

Doctoral Intern (George Washington University)

 

 

Frances A. Mallari, MPhil is currently in George Washington University’s Clinical Psychology PhD Program. Her clinical experience includes The Meltzer Center for Psychological and Community-Based Services and The Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy. She takes an integrative, collaborative approach to therapy, using empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral treatments with humanistic-existential elements. Multicultural issues are a passion of hers — both personally and professionally, and she is constantly searching for creative ways to adapt treatments and interventions to consider an individual’s multiple intersecting identities. She specializes in working with emerging and young adults who experience mood and anxiety disorders related to life transitions, identity exploration, relationship issues, and adjustment difficulties. In her spare time, Frances enjoys reading, exploring places through food, and creating playlists for very specific situations and moods.

 

 

Extern Clinicians

 

Merry Baronas

Merry Baronas is a Master in Social Work candidate at the Catholic University of America. Her clinical interests include the integration of humanistic and existential approaches with Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), and she has a particular interest in body image, eating disorders, and family therapy. Her experience includes community based treatment for older adults in Washington, DC as well as coaching for college aged students with disabilities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Brady

 

Jennifer Brady is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to starting her doctorate, she completed her M.S. at Villanova University in their clinical mental health counseling program. As a therapist, she practices from an integrated psychodynamic, interpersonal, and feminist lens. Her clinical interests include eating disorder/body image concerns, effects of discrimination and marginalization on well-being, gender-related identity development, family of origin issues, and anxiety. She has clinical experience at a university counseling center, a community-based mental health clinic for low-income populations, an outpatient hospital setting, and an intensive outpatient mental health center. Outside of work, Jen enjoys being outside, cooking, and finding new speakeasies in D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Connors

 

Andrew is a native of Rochester, NY by way of Los Angeles, where he worked as a musician for 6 years prior to beginning doctoral study at Catholic University. He currently conducts research on mindfulness and self-compassion practices and how they affect family systems. He also teaches general psychology and senior seminar undergraduate course. Andrew has worked at the Catholic U Counseling Center for two years; first as part of the front desk staff, and then as a practicum student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Goldfrank

 

Amy Goldfrank is obtaining a Master of Social Work at the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University. Amy practiced law in Washington for 15 years before returning to school and working toward her Master’s in Social Work. Amy is interested in working with students and focusing on issues such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression, family dynamics, and peer relationships. In her free time, Amy enjoys biking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Hain

 

Anthony Hain is an advanced year Master of Social Work candidate at Catholic University and is a professionally accredited coach. His clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, human sexuality and relationship issues. His past mental health experience includes facilitating psychoeducational groups for those with severe mental illness and addictions.  In previous careers, Anthony has helped hundreds of individuals and families navigate the decisions and life transitions associated with moving to a new home, and has managed public advocacy and public relations campaigns within the private, government, and non-profit sectors. In his free time, he enjoys reading, travel, exploring DC’s neighborhoods and hiking with his dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Klass

 

Jeremy Klass is an advanced-year Master’s degree candidate at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  Prior to pursuing his MSW, Jeremy practiced law for nearly 20 years, holding positions in the federal government, a Fortune 500 company and an Am Law 100 firm. Outside of work and school, Jeremy enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including running, cycling, skiing, scuba diving, and occasionally sitting still.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Kline

 

Kathryn Kline is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate at University of Maryland, College Park where she is a researcher at the Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab. She received her Master’s Degree at University of Maryland and her thesis examined therapist trainees’ experiences with ruptures in the therapeutic relationship. Kathryn primarily works from a psychodynamic orientation, meaning that she believes a strong therapeutic relationship and client self-understanding are key ingredients for meaningful change. Kathryn helps clients understand themselves and their environment as deeply as possible and then collaborates with clients about the changes they would like to make in their life based on this understanding. Outside of work, Kathryn loves going to concerts and performing arts events, exploring new places with friends, and anything involving good food.

 

 

 

 

Brian Piehl

 

Brian is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at CUA. He earned his M.A. in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2015 and his B.A. in Psychology from Saint Louis University in 2013. In the past, Brian has volunteered with a crisis line for suicidal adolescents in addition to helping conduct research regarding the effectiveness of crisis line follow-up programs with adult suicidal inpatient samples. Currently, he works in the Suicide Prevention Lab under the supervision of Dr. David Jobes and has been trained in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Additionally, he has a research interest in classifying suicidal individuals into typologies to better inform treatment. In his free time, Brian enjoys playing basketball, watching Green Bay Packer football games, and exploring the history of Washington D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany Rivero

Brittany is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in DC. Brittany received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School. Prior to beginning graduate school, she received her B.S. from Virginia Tech. Brittany's previous experience has included work in the juvenile justice system, neuropsychology testing, and therapy in a college counseling center. Her research interests surround body image and eating disorder symptoms in marginalized communities. In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with family and friends, touring DC, and anything related to dogs. 

 

 

 

Mehrit (Mimi) Tekeste

 

Mehrit (Mimi) Tekeste is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the George Washington University. She received her B.A. from American University. Prior to matriculating in graduate school, she worked at Avery Road Treatment Center researching medication-assisted treatment options for opioid dependence. Her research interest lies in identifying and working to reduce structural and psychosocial barriers to utilization of mental health services among minority populations in the United States. Her clinical interests include mental health conditions post major life transitions and adjustment difficulties, specifically the onset/relapse of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Mimi would like to adapt an integrative approach in her clinical work; currently she utilizes elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In her free time, Mimi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, online shopping, and playing with her niece and nephew.

 

 

 

Practicum Clinicians

 

Leslie Haddock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridget Lynn

 

Bridget Lynn is a doctoral student in Catholic University's Clinical Psychology PhD program.  She graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Psychology.  At CUA, she is currently involved in research examining family mindfulness practices.  Her clinical interests include mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-image.  In her free time Bridget enjoys being outside, reading, spending time with friends, and telling funny anecdotes about her dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Olivares

 

Michael Olivares received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Before joining the CUA community as a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Michael assisted research on suicide epidemiology at Columbia University and volunteered at a crisis hotline in New York. Currently, Michael is a member of the Suicide Prevention Lab, conducting research on suicide-specific therapies and the interplay between death concepts and suicidal thinking. In his work with clients, Michael draws from humanistic, interpersonal, and existential orientations. When outside of the office, he enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and listening to music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Pallathra

 

Ashley Pallathra is a 2nd year clinical psychology PhD student at CUA. She received her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, then worked for three years as a clinical research coordinator and behavioral coach for a NIMH-funded treatment study for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through this experience, she became familiar with implementing strategies based on cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and motivational interviewing. As a practicum student, Ashley looks forward to training in a variety of therapeutic modalities in order to best serve CUA counseling center clients. As a student researcher, her main interest lies in testing the efficacy of evidence-based interventions targeting social-emotional functioning in individuals with ADHD, ASD, and other developmental disorders. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys boxing, running, going dancing, and traveling.

 

 

 

 

Morganne Reid 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

 

The Counseling Center’s administrative staff are the people who visitors to the Counseling Center are most likely to first meet. They are responsible for coordinating schedules, appointments, and testing accommodations and can answer your questions about procedures and policies.

 

Tyler Johnson

Administrative Assistant (Towson University)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan McDonald, M.A.

Psychometrist (Catholic University of America)