About Us About OCPDHours & LocationOur Staff The Regis University Office of Counseling and Personal Development (OCPD) offers a safe and accepting environment to grow in self-knowledge and understanding and develop effective strategies for handling mental health crises and persisting problems. A professional staff of licensed and qualified psychologists and counselors provide both short- and long-term individual, couples and group counseling. The OCPD provides educational and process-oriented groups, workshops, and presentations designed to promote development in the areas of communication skills, dating and relationship issues, adjustment to college life, assertiveness training, and other relevant topics upon request. Our consulting psychiatrist, Dr. Kevin Cowperthwaite, is available on campus one day a week to our clients (upon referral from an OCPD counselor), for medication evaluation and short-term treatment. Commitment to Diversity: At the OCPD, the term "diversity" affirms our faith-inspired commitment to build an inclusive community that values the dignity and contributions of all our members. In this community, all human beings thrive in a learning environment characterized by the Jesuit traditions of mutual respect and the pursuit of justice. Age, gender, race/ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, religion and other human differences contribute to the richness and vitality of our living community. Eligibility for Services: All services are free of charge and confidential to full-time students enrolled in land-based, traditional, undergraduate programs, as well as students enrolled in the Accelerated Nursing, CHOICE Nursing, Masters in Biomedical Sciences, Masters in Environmental Sciences, Doctoral Physical Therapy, Doctoral Occupational Therapy, or Doctoral Pharmacy programs. Students enrolled in the College for Contemporary Liberal Studies or those students not listed above as being eligible for OCPD services have access to sliding scale/low cost counseling through the Centers for Counseling & Family Therapy at the Thornton campus (303.964.5786) or at the Colorado Springs campus (719.264.7027).See our listing of Cost-Effective Counseling for further resources. Confidentiality: In order to protect the student's rights of privacy, all information disclosed in counseling is confidential and can ONLY be released to another person with the written consent of the student. In circumstances where imminent danger is present (i.e. client is a danger to self or others or is gravely impaired), confidentiality is waived. Office of Counseling and Personal Development Location: Coors Life Directions Center, Room 114 on Regis University's North Denver (Lowell) Campus. Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Phone: 303.458.3507 *After hours and weekends, our phone is answered by mental health professionals to assist you 24/7. Meet Our Professional Staff A professional staff of licensed and qualified psychologists and counselors provide individual and group services which include short-term counseling, long-term counseling when advisable, referral to consulting psychiatrist, where appropriate, and assessment of more severe psychological concerns. Melissa Auringer, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Interim Director Training Director Email 303.458.3510 Dr. Melissa Auringer received her Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago in Psychology and Biology with a Neuroscience minor in 2004. She received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in 2010. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Colorado. She has experience in a variety of clinical settings including university counseling work where she enjoys helping students in what can be both an exciting and difficult time of personal and interpersonal development. Her professional interests include diversity and multiculturalism, training and supervision, women’s and gender issues, interpersonal trauma, and social justice. Amy Ginsberg, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Staff Psychologist Email 303.964.3684 Amy Ginsberg received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 2010. Amy received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the University of Denver, where she specialized in working with young adults, couples, and people struggling with eating disorders. She also provided psychological assessment. Amy believes that therapy is a collaborative process and one in which personal growth and exploration should be nurtured. Her professional interests include serving the LGBTQ+ population, gender issues, identity development, relationship issues, and struggles with adjustment. Gina Carlson, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Staff Psychologist Email 303.458.4378 Gina Carlson received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Georgia in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Regis University in 2001. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from University of Denver. Gina is passionate about working with young adults to improve relationships, gain confidence through self understanding and learn healthy ways to cope with the stresses faced in life. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, relationship and adjustment issues. Laura Thompson, Ph.D., L.P.C., C.A.C.I Licensed Professional Counselor Substance Abuse Focus Staff Counselor Email 303.458.4228 Laura Thompson received her bachelor’s in Communication Studies/Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 1990. She earned a master’s in Counseling and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in College Student Development from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998. Laura completed her doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Addiction Studies at Syracuse University in 2015. Prior to coming to Regis University, Laura spent three years working in the Counseling Center at Syracuse University. She has worked with students in college settings, both nationally and internationally, since 1994. As a counselor, Laura maintains a humanistic and integrative approach, and is passionate about helping students navigate the many challenges inherent in the college experience. Her areas of interest include substance abuse, college student mental health, mindfulness and intercultural adjustment. Marsha Tafoya, Ph.D. Diversity Office Liaison Staff Psychologist Email 303.625.1245 Dr. Marsha Tafoya received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2006 at DePaul University in Chicago. She earned her Master of Sciences in Counseling Psychology from Utah State University in 2011. She received her Doctorate degree in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology with a Multicultural/Rural Psychology emphasis in 2016 from Utah State University, where she specialized working with Latinx community, 1st gen/students of color, Spanish-speaking individuals, domestic violence and trauma. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, working with children and families that have been impacted by sexual abuse and other complex traumas. Her approach to working with clients is through a Multicultural/Feminist theoretical orientation, that entails a collaborative and holistic approach to healing. Her interests include: Diversity/multiculturalism, social justice issues, acculturative stress, first-gen college students, identity development, outreach, supervision and training, complex trauma, and Latinx mental health. Rebekkah Goodman-Williams, L.C.S.W. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Outreach Coordinator Staff Counselor Email 303.964.5729 Rebekkah Goodman-Williams received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Carleton College in 2009. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver in 2013, where she specialized in working with anxiety disorders and interpersonal trauma. After completing her MSW, Rebekkah worked with severe and persistent eating disorders and co-occurring depression, anxiety, and trauma. Rebekkah has completed basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is excited to integrate trauma reprocessing into her work at Regis. Rebekkah believes that therapy is a collaborative, relational process that is nurtured by authentic interest, curiosity, and acceptance. Rebekkah’s professional interests include working with trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationship issues. Rebekkah also works with her registered therapy dog, Tanner, and believes in the nurturing power that animals can provide. Richard Rabbitt, M.A. Doctoral Psychology Intern Email 303.964.6018 Richie received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 2010 and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 2017. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Richie has experience working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, university counseling centers, and private practices. He utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, drawing from behavioral, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and humanistic principles. Richie is a big believer in the idea that the most meaningful therapeutic changes are driven by self-acceptance. He's also a pretty big nerd. Annie Richardson, M.A. Doctoral Psychology Intern Email 303.964.6220 Annie Richardson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in 2013. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Annie has experience in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, a substance abuse treatment center, hospitals, a primary care clinic, schools, and private practice. She often works from an integrative perspective, tailoring her approach to each individual and developing a counseling plan together with the client. She worked at OCPD during the 2018-19 year and is excited to return this academic year. Izzy Sanderson, M.A. Graduate Intern Email 303.458.3529 Izzy Sanderson received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Gender studies from Kenyon College in 2011. Upon graduating college, she moved to Portland, Oregon and worked with the adolescent population in community mental health. She then worked in a clinical capacity at Planned Parenthood in the Willamette Valley. Izzy is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver. She is absolutely thrilled to join the team at Regis’ Office of Counseling and Personal Development. She believes that vulnerability and genuineness are daily strivings that help us to foster deep connections with ourselves and with others. Izzy works from a compassionate and relational place and hope to meet each individual client exactly where they are, meaning that her therapeutic approach is integrative and multi-faceted. She believes that the therapeutic relationship has the power to be incredibly healing. Her goal in therapy is to help clients to come in contact with their internal worlds and find a sense of deeper self-cohesion. Izzy is excited to work with the Regis student community and support them during this significant period of their lives. Richard Williams, M.A. Graduate Intern Email 303.964.6219 Richard is a 3rd year doctoral student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He holds a BA in English Literature from Washington & Lee University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brown University. He moved to Denver from New York City, where he worked at The NYU Hospital RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation – Traumatic Brain Injury Program. In addition to neuropsychology, Richard’s professional interests include psychodynamic and systems theory, community psychology, and performance psychology. His approach to therapy is collaborative, collegial, and relational. He believes therapy should be challenging but even more so empowering. Prior to his experience in the field of psychology, Richard had an extensive career in film, television, and theater as a writer and director. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA. Tanner Tanner is a Registered Therapy Dog through Denver Pet Partners and is thrilled to be a part of the Office of Counseling and Personal Development at Regis. He believes in the healing power of unconditional acceptance and looks for opportunities to connect with people every chance he gets. He loves long walks, snuggling, and giving kisses. He can be found in OCPD on Tuesdays. Brenda Johnson Administrative Assistant Brenda has been at Regis for many years, and really loves working with our incredible team of counselors, and serving students in OCPD. When not at Regis, Brenda enjoys spending time with her large family, including her 4-legged family members.