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Meet the Staff

Megan Kersting

L. Megan Kersting, LMHC, PsyD.

Director

1-508-793-7678
mkersting@clarku.edu

Megan is a licensed psychologist and licensed mental health counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She received her doctorate in psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), and holds her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. In addition to her twelve years of clinical and administrative work at a community mental health agency (Riverside Community Care), she has held psychology internship positions in the counseling centers at Salem State College, Simmons College, and Boston University , as well as after-hours crisis management at Harvard University Mental Health Services. Areas of clinical interest include relationship issues, resilience, mindfulness, crisis management, transition to adulthood, and trauma. Outside of work, Megan enjoys hiking with her funny looking Labradoodle, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends.

erica Beachy

Erica Beachy, PsyD.

Director of Wellness Education

EBeachy@clarku.eduu

Erica works as the Director of Wellness Education within the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from Colorado State University and then went to Springfield College to earn her masters in Athletic Counseling and doctorate in Counseling Psychology.  After working for years as a licensed psychologist in various college counseling centers, her passion for prevention and holistic wellness deepened. She became a certified yoga teacher and began incorporating all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit into helping college students grow and thrive. At Clark, she is passionate about her goal of promoting student wellness and cultivating a culture of health and wellbeing. Outside of work, Erica loves spending time with her friends, family, and sweet dog and loves maintaining an active and outdoors lifestyle, enjoying the beautiful New England nature.

 

Marcia Galvinhill, Ph.D.

Marcia Galvinhill, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Marcia is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience in providing psychotherapy. She earned her doctorate at the University of Cincinnati where she completed an internship at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan and is especially interested in working with students as they transition to college and adulthood. Areas of clinical interests include: mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, adjustment issues, diversity, identity development and trauma. Outside of work, Marcia enjoys taking walks and gardening with her husband, spending time with her children and friends, hiking and camping, playing with her dogs, and reading.

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Mikayla Winter

Mikayla Wynter, LMHC

Assistant Director of Diversity Programming and Multicultural Counseling

Mikayla is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) originally from Dallas, Texas. Mikayla graduated from Boston College with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and has experience working in community mental health and substance abuse counseling settings. She has a demonstrated passion with issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion with her history as an activist and organizational leader with student activism groups at Boston College. Mikayla looks forward to working with students of color as well as increasing help seeking behaviors in minority populations. In her free time, Mikayla enjoys singing, reading, listening to podcasts, watching her favorite TV shows and spending time with friends and family.

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Shawn McGuirk, M.A., CAGS

Shawn McGuirk, M.A., LMHC, CAGS

Counselor/Community Education Coordinator

Shawn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Counseling/Psychology. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree and CAGS at Fitchburg State College, and completed his Master’s level work at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He worked in higher education for 19 years before transitioning to do what he loves doing.. counseling others. Most recently, Shawn was an individual and family therapist for LUK, Inc. in Fitchburg for over 6.5 years. He has also done numerous trainings on personal well-being and mental health first aid. Shawn has a special interest in working with others on mindfulness, how their thoughts affect their feelings and behaviors, working through fear and shame, and existential/spiritual-related issues. When not working, Shawn is usually either reading, spending time with his 3 children or conversing over a good cup of coffee.

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zoe bryan

Zoë Bryan, M.S.

Counselor

Originally from Oregon, Zoë received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College before completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. In Baltimore, she worked in a low-income community counseling setting as well as a psychiatric hospital. It was in Boston that she found her passion for working with college students and has since gained experience at four campuses. Using a person-centered approach, Zoë’s areas of clinical interest include working with students who are dealing with relationship issues, confidence, body image, diversity, identity, and trauma. She sees clients individually, in couples counseling, and in group settings. When she’s not at Clark, Zoë enjoys fostering dogs, attempting to be handy around the house, and playing basketball.

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Ruby Yarmush, M.A.

Ruby Yarmush, M.A.

Part-Time Counselor

Ruby is a mental health counselor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology from William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional psychology), and bachelor’s in biology from Yeshiva University. He joins the team at the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth after two years of clinical work at High Point Treatment Center.  Ruby has held internships at Fisher College counseling center in Boston and Tides Family Services in West Warwick, RI. Ruby’s areas of clinical interest include Mindfulness, depression, anxiety, substance use, and transition to adulthood. Outside of counseling he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and following sports, and woodworking.

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cutler-counseling Dr. Alex Cutler

Staff Psychiatrist 

Alex is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a B.S. in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish from Bates College and an M.A. in medical science from Boston University.  He graduated medical school in 2009 from the Sackler School of Medicine/NY State American program in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He completed his adult psychiatry residency in 2012 at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Zucker Hillside Hospital Program and he completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship in 2014 at the same hospital.  His areas of clinical interest include sleep, mood disorders and anxiety.  In addition to his work at Clark, he is the college psychiatrist at Holy Cross, Assumption College and he has a private practice in Worcester.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, traveling and spending time with his family.

Jennifer Waldron

Jennifer Waldron, M.A.

WJC Consortium Intern

Jenni is currently in her fourth year at William James College where she is pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in philosophy from Suffolk University, and immediately pursued her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. After working in the field with mostly youth in residential/crisis settings, Jenni began her journey towards earning her doctorate from William James College in September, 2017. At this time, Jenni’s clinical interests include crisis work/evaluations, trauma, depression/anxiety, eating disorders, relational needs and family systems. After spending last year’s internship working at Becker College’s Counseling Center, Jenni realized that she found the perfect setting to work with a combination of all of her clinical passions and more. On the side, Jenni enjoys spending her time swimming, running, playing piano, spending time with friends and family and of course, her three cats (Cooper, Casper and Jackie Paper).

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Bridget Gerstel

Bridget Gerstel, M.A.

WJC Consortium Intern

Bridget Gerstel is a fourth-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College.  She completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and Communications at Manhattan College.  She worked as a research analyst and therapeutic mentor prior to her graduate training.  Bridget’s clinical interests include mood disorders, especially anxiety, identity development, and working with addiction.  She implements multiple treatment modalities including exposure and response prevention, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, relational, and mindfulness-based models.  In her free time, she enjoys trivia nights, paint by number, yoga, begging her landlord to allow her to get a dog, and spending time with her family.

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Quynh TranQuynh Tran, M.A.

Advanced Practicum Trainee (Multicultural Track)

Quynh Tran (she/her/hers) is a 4th-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) at Antioch University New England. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Premedical and Health Studies with a minor in Health Psychology at MCPHS University in Boston. Quynh has experience working in community mental health and patient-centered medical home settings. She has worked with a wide range of clinical concerns, including substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and people who struggle with low-income and homelessness. In her clinical work, Quynh is passionate about integrating cultural humility while maintaining a keen awareness of social justice and advocacy matters, mainly through a relational psychodynamic lens. She has experience and special interest in working with LGBTQ+ and Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC) communities, trauma, and interpersonal issues pertaining to relationships. In her free time, Quynh enjoys pleasure reading, watching stand-up comedy, playing video games, and practicing guitar.

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Ellen YangEllen Yang, M.A.

Advanced Practicum Trainee (Multicultural Track)

Ellen Yang (she/her/hers) is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at William James College (WJC). After graduating cum laude from Boston College with a bachelors of science in psychology, she worked in the mental health field in both hospital and school settings. Last year she trained at a community health center, liaising with the refugee clinic, office-based addiction teams and early attachment-based programs. She has a special interest in serving marginalized groups and a commitment to social justice. She aims to provide trauma-informed, integrated, high-quality, collaborative and culturally humble care to each of her clients.  At home, Ellen spends her time hanging with an adorable fluffy crew of two cats and a pup, perfecting her island in Animal Crossing, binge-watching Netflix shows, and axe throwing (not at the same time).

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Emily YangEmily Sargent, M.S.

Advanced Practicum Trainee

Emily Sargent is in her fourth year at Antioch University New England, pursuing a PsyD in the Clinical Psychology program. She recently earned her M.S. at Antioch and has a B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College. Emily’s professional background includes working with adolescents and emerging adults with a range of mental health concerns in university counseling and community mental health settings. She loves working with students to empower their exploration and growth in areas such as relationships, personal identity, spirituality, and self-compassion. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Emily enjoys exploring New England with her partner and their two lovely rescue dogs.

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allison elber

Allison Elber, M.A.

Advanced Practicum Trainee

Allison Elber is currently in her fourth year at University of Massachusetts Boston where she is pursuing her PhD in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in German, and from the University of Denver with an M.A. in sport and performance psychology. Allison’s professional experience includes working with athletes and performers in both individual and group settings, individuals with eating disorders, those struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, and other personal struggles. Her clinical and research interests include the intersection between multiculturalism and sport, including immigrant and refugee populations. In her spare time, Allison enjoys being with friends and family, and hanging out with her two cats.  Allison with be working primarily with the Clark student athlete population this year.

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Deanna Lozyniak

Deanna Lozyniak, M.Ed.

Advanced Practicum Trainee

Deanna is a fourth-year doctoral student of Counseling Psychology at Springfield College.  She earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2013 and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016.  She has worked with youth and emerging adults in a number of settings including residential programs and college counseling.  Deanna is passionate about working with college students and specific areas of interest include: identity development, relational work, trauma, anxiety, and outreach programming.  In her spare time, she loves to go on outdoor adventures (preferably with her dog), listen to audiobooks and podcasts, practice yoga, and pretend she knows how to cook (still working on that one).

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Ziyi Xiu

Ziyi Xiu, M.A., M.Ed

WJC Consortium Intern

Ziyi Xiu is currently in her fifth year at William James College where she is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has experience in providing psychotherapy and assessment services at schools, community centers, hospital programs, and university counseling services. She emphasizes on creating an accepting therapeutic environment that values each individual’s uniqueness and facilitates personal growth. Areas of clinical interest include multicultural experiences, identity development, relationship issues, mindfulness, group therapy, and dream analysis. In her spare time, she enjoys watercolor painting and spending time with her dog Bucky.

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Mary Hynes

Mary Hynes

Administrative Assistant

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Mary Hynes is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth. In this position, Mary provides administrative assistance for the CPG Director and numerous counselors. She serves as the primary contact for external offices, students and assists on special projects. Mary joined Clark in 2016. Prior to her position at the CPG, she served as an Insurance Specialist at Riverside Community Care. In Mary’s free time, she enjoys her family, dogs, Netflix and spending time at her cottage in Maine.

Contact Information

Center for Counseling & Personal Growth

Office Location
  • 114 Woodland Street,
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7678
Office Hours
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed from noon-1 p.m.)