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Meet the Staff

Megan Kersting

L. Megan Kersting, LMHC, PsyD.

Associate Dean and Director


Megan is a licensed psychologist and licensed mental health counselor with over 25 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.

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 Wynter

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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Ruby Yarmush, M.A.

Ruby Yarmush, M.A.

Full-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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Leah Manzella

Leah Manzella, LCSW

Full-Time Counselor

Leah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of experience in the Social Work and Education field. She received her Masters in Social Work from Springfield College and her Bachelors of Social Work from Plymouth State University. Leah has extensive experience in work with adolescents and young adults with Language Based Learning Disabilities, with a focus on Social Thinking, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Leah has also been a member of Simmons University adjunct faculty online MSW program. Outside of work, Leah enjoys reading, crafting, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Angelica Emery Fertitta

Angelica Emery Fertitta, LCSW

Part-Time Counselor

Angelica (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) raised in and around Boston, MA. Angelica graduated from Hampshire College with a bachelor’s degree in Trauma Psychology as well as Visual Arts and Dance and her master’s degree in Social Work at Bridgewater State University. Her past work experience is with young adults in residential care, youth in K-12 settings as well as families experiencing homelessness.

In addition to social work and mental health counseling, she also teaches yoga in 1:1 and group spaces, focusing on trauma healing, choice making, and embodiment. Angelica believes in the power of integrating a wide range of empowerment focused approaches into care and treatment, including Peer Support and Restorative Practices. She is interested in liberatory, trauma informed, body conscious healing practices that are informed by evidence-based practice as well as social justice. Angelica spends her free time engaging creatively through movement and art (dance, yoga, and drawing) or in nature. When she is at home she likes to spend time with her friends, family, and with her cats (Chili and Pepper).

Mary Xatse

Mary Xatse, LPC-A

Counselor / Diversity Specialist

Mary is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate (LPC-A) raised in Worcester, MA.  Mary graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University.  She has experience working on a college campus doing counseling outreach and programming.   Clinically, she has an integrative approach combining Mindfulness Based Practices, Person-Centered Approaches, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.   She enjoys working with college students and assisting them with the various transitions and challenges that they may encounter in life.  Mary loves being creative (specifically by painting, drawing, and writing), reading, putting together furniture (strange, but true), and hanging out with family and friends.

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cutler-counselingDr. 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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Yauris Romero

Yauris Romero, M.A.

Advanced Practicum Trainee (Multicultural Track)

Yauris (Pronounce: Jowdy) is currently in her third year at William James College where she is pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.A. in psychology with minors in political science and public health from Keystone College, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from William James College. At this time, Yauris’s clinical interests include crisis work/evaluations, trauma, depression/anxiety, Latinx/ Military mental health and sports psychology. Furthermore, she has a special interest in serving marginalized groups and a commitment to social justice.  On the side, Yauris enjoys spending her time traveling, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and of course, her dog (Champ).

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Emma Tem

Emmanuella (Emma) Tem

Clinical Intern (Multicultural Track)

Emma is in her final year of her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Program at Fitchburg State University after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology.  Emma has a passion for working with minority populations and aims to create a  warm,  respectful and inclusive atmosphere in her work,  bearing in mind that each person is unique  and valuable. She lives daily by the principal “treat others the way you would want to be treated”.  Emma has experience working  with  youths in a variety of settings including  schools, churches and residential programs.  In her spare time, she loves watching Netflix shows, cooking, dancing and spending time with friends and family.

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Matt Eisner

Matthew Eisner, M.S.Ed.

Advanced Practicum Trainee

Matthew Eisner (he/him/they/them) is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at William James College. He received a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Matt’s passionate about working with college students and has specific interests in working with the LGBTQ community, anxiety, depression, substance use, relationships, and how physical health affects mental health. Matt has an interest in serving marginalized individuals and is committed to social justice. In their spare time, Matt enjoys hiking with his partner, cooking, and spending time with his cat, Demeter.

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Khalaf Alanzi

Khalaf Alanzi, M.A.

Advanced Practicum Trainee

Khalaf Alanzi is currently in his third year at William James Collage where he is pursuing his PsyD in Clinical Psychology. He graduated from Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud University with a bachelor’s degree in General psychology. He earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bay Path University. He has worked as a full-time counselor with youth and emerging adults at Behavioral Health Network Inc (BHN) in Springfield MA. In her spare time, He love socializing, going out with friends, cooking, and enjoy the university activities. Khalaf loves joining friends in outdoor activities such as exercises, jogging, and hiking.”

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Alex Childs

Alexis Childs, M.A.

Advanced Practicum Trainee

Alexis Childs is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Fordham University. Alexis has experience working in a variety of settings, including a substance use residential program, an acute psychiatric inpatient hospital, and a public school system. Her specific clinical interest includes posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, and moral injury. In her free time, Alexis enjoys training in Krav Maga, reading, and spending time with her two cats.

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Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison

Administrative Assistant

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Matthew Morrison is usually the Counseling Center’s first contact with student clients, individuals in crisis, parents, faculty, and staff. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Worcester State University. He has more than 16 years of experience in higher education administration, working in Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Counseling Services. Matthew is a self-taught guitar player and songwriter. A devoted father and an avid comic book collector, Matt enjoys live music, theater, and film.

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.)