The staff of the Counseling Center is well qualified and ready to assist you.
Magi McKinnies, Director, LMHCMagi has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a BS in Human Services from Lesley University. Using a holistic, creative approach she aims to assist clients to connect to their deepest selves, be present with each moment, and create integrated and authentic lives. She is interested in how culture and spirituality affect the ways we make meaning in our lives and feels that true transformation takes place in the context of a safe, mutual relationship. She has experience with trauma, loss, autism spectrum disorders, transitions, and sexuality and relationship issues. Magi taught pre-school for many years and has trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and sand tray therapy. Her interests also include creativity as a vehicle for self-expression and our relationship to the natural world.
Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in Education/Human Services from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Before joining the Counseling Center staff, Ellen worked in the entertainment industry as a management assistant. Her work consisted of managing social media, fan club, and day to day operations for a musician/actor. She has also worked with a state run agency which assisted in giving individual school placement for students with different learning abilities as well as supporting the school based programs in which they were enrolled. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys hiking, movies, and throwing theme parties.
Ellie is in her final year of her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College and she holds a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Studio Art. Ellie is interested in the adolescent to adult transition, identity formation, and seeking purpose. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship as a safe space to allow for self-exploration and growth. Ellie’s previous experiences include developing support services to address GLBT-specific concerns, such as coming out, transitioning, and developing healthy relationships. She has also lived abroad for several years in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jackie is in her final year of the Mental Health Counseling Program at Lesley University with a Holistic specialization. She has experience working with ADHD, low self esteem, anger, addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders and schizophrenia. Jackie is interested in holistic methods in counseling including narrative therapy, existential psychotherapy, meditation, yoga and other mind-body techniques. Jackie is dedicated in helping people reach their full potential in life and is a certified yoga instructor. She also loves to be outside and enjoys camping, backpacking, hiking, running, reading and hanging out with friends and family in her spare time.
Alice is in her final year of the Counseling Psychology MA Program at Lesley University, with a specialization in Professional Counseling. Alice has worked with college students for over ten years and is interested in providing a safe space to work on a variety of issues. Some particular areas of interest include helping clients with discovering, developing, and integrating racial, sexual orientation, and/or gender identities; managing stress and anxiety; and self-esteem. Her clinical interests also include the mind-body connection and mindfulness-based practices, and how childhood family dynamics can impact adult development. In her free time, Alice enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and blogging about her baking adventures.
Jim is in his last year of a Masters in Social Work program at Boston University. His previous counseling work includes two years at a residential recovery-oriented community for young adults, as well as doing mental health work in community-based clinics and medical settings. Jim aims to take a holistic and personalized approach to counseling, and draws on relational, developmental, and narrative frameworks. He is simultaneously completing a degree in religious studies, and has done work that integrates spirituality around questions of meaning, purpose and work. In the past, Jim has also been involved in environmental conservation organizations, and is interested in the connections between human and ecological well-being.
Jay is in his final year of the master’s Mental Health Counseling Program at Lesley University. He has worked as a Medical Case Manager at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Jay’s theoretical orientation draws from narrative and existential traditions. He is the playwright/performer of The Most Mediocre Story Never Told, a solo theater piece that explores the nature of personal narratives and the effects our stories have on our lives. Jay holds a BA in Theater Arts from West Chester University. He is interested in using group therapy techniques to guide traditionally marginalized populations to prepare their narratives for the stage. He believes honest exploration of our motivating stories and a fearless artistic expression of them can transform pain and weakness into joy and strength, and give voice where there once was silence.
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