SCS Staff 2016-17

Staff Member

Biography

Kitty Brougham, M.S., LMHP, Counselor

Kitty received her degree in Counseling with specializations in MFCC, Career and College in 1994 from San Francisco State University and received her Mental Health Professional license in Nebraska in 1999.  She joined Counseling Services in 1997.  Kitty is the Drug and Alcohol Counselor and enjoys working with students in recovery.  She is comfortable working with either an abstinence or a harm-reduction model and is available for confidential consultations regarding drug or alcohol use.  Kitty's clinical interests include cultural identity development including immigrant, bicultural and cross-cultural issues, women's empowerment, GLBTQ issues as well as identity and career work with artists.  She has training in DBT and mindfulness and has a special interest in holistic health, nutrition, weight and wellness.

Kitty is an exhibiting artist, a cellist, and an avid reader and traveler.

Ashley Burke, M.A., PLMHP, Counselor

Ashley Burke received her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012), after earning her bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has served the University of Creighton community in Counseling Services in several temporary positions and officially joined the staff as a full-time counselor in 2016. She is a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. Ashley is a generalist clinically whose therapeutic approach includes interpersonal, cognitive, mindfulness-based and acceptance and commitment therapy theories and techniques. Her professional areas of interest include identity development, relational issues, family issues, anxiety, self-esteem, and life transitions.

Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, sports, and exploring new places.

Ben Erbes, M.A., Pre-doctoral Intern

Ben Erbes is the pre-doctoral intern at the Center for Health and Counseling. He has master's degrees in Clinical Psychology (2014) and Theology (2009) from Wheaton College and will graduate with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in August 2017. Trained as a generalist, Ben typically works from an existential/humanistic framework integrating interpersonal and strength based perspectives. Additionally, Ben draws upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and mindfulness approaches. His clinical areas of interest are anxiety, identity development, existential concerns, spirituality, relationship problems, and multiculturalism. Ben's area of research is self-compassion and job burnout amongst human service providers.

Ben enjoys running, playing the piano, attending concerts, and spending time with his family.

Allison Harlow, Ph.D., Director & Psychologist

Dr. Harlow received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron (2007), after earning her bachelor's degree at Creighton University. She joined the Counseling Services staff in 2007. She is a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. Her clinical interests include relational and family issues, depression, identity development, LGBTQ issues, supervision and training, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, and multicultural counseling. Dr. Harlow is a generalist whose therapeutic approach includes interpersonal, developmental, psychodynamic, cognitive, and attachment-based theory and techniques.

Allison enjoys reading, listening to NPR, watching college football, and spending time with her family.

Michael Kelley, Ph.D., Psychologist


Dr. Kelley earned a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology in 1972 from DePaul University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1976 from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles (now Aliant University). He was licensed as a  psychologist in Nebraska in 1977. Dr. Kelley joined Counseling Services in 1980.  His clinical interests include developmental issues of college students; grief; family influences on mental health; suicide prevention and management of psychological crisis.  Dr. Kelley served as the Senior Director of Student Counseling Services from 2005 until 2016.

In leisure time, Dr. Kelley is a student of ceramics.  You might see some of his pots sitting around the office.

Sangeetha Kumar, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Director for Student Care and Outreach

Ms. Sangeetha Kumar is a licensed clinical social worker.  She originally hails from eastern Iowa, went to college at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and obtained her Bachelors of Arts in English Literature.  Ms. Kumar then went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa, receiving her Masters of Social Work. She has lived in Omaha, NE for the past 13 years and worked with people from every walk of life, but focused her work with HIV/AIDS clients and adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She is now working with college students as a crisis manager for Creighton University.

When Ms. Kumar is not managing crises, she is finding fun adventures to be a part of with her partner, 2 stepsons and new puppy!

Nicole Lozano, Ph.D., PLP, CDWF, Post-doctoral Intern


Nicole is the post-doctoral intern at the Center for Health and Counseling. She considers herself to be a generalist. She uses shame resilience theory as the backbone to her work, along with person-centered, feminist, and cognitive orientations. She really enjoys working with depression, relationship problems, and people being overly critical of themselves. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in August 2016 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


In her spare time, Nicole fiddles with her camera taking pictures, plans parties, crafts, and bakes. She enjoys reading long form articles and talking about them with anyone who will listen. Also, and this is important to note, she is a Hufflepuff.

Rebecka Tompkins, Psy.D., Training Director


Rebecka Tompkins, Psy.D., L.P. is a Staff Psychologist and Training Director at Creighton University's Student Counseling Services. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology-Twin Cities Campus (2013). Prior to joining Creighton University, Dr. Tompkins completed her training at the University of Minnesota's counseling center and Indian Health Board in Minneapolis. She is a generalist clinically and uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy, including multicultural, interpersonal and mindfulness-based theories. Her professional areas of interest include trauma, grief/loss, multiculturalism, gender identity & sexual orientation, relationship problems and anxiety/depression. She also completes diagnostic evaluations for Attentional and Learning related disorders.

Rebecka enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and traveling whenever possible. 

Practicum/Field Placement Students

Sutha, M.A., Field Placement Intern

Sutha is a doctoral student in counseling psychology. She also has a master's degrees in counseling as well as a master's degree in higher education and student affairs. In addition to about three years of experience counseling college students, Sutha has experiences working with college students as a career advisor, teacher of undergraduate courses, and supervisor. Sutha primarily views psychotherapy from person-centered and emotion-focused lenses, where she believes in the inherent good of people and the utility of emotion in developing one's authentic self. Areas of practice and research interest for Sutha include college students' holistic development, role of attachment and emotion in development of psychopathology, and effective supervision.  


Sutha enjoys watching sports (college football, basketball, and baseball as well as soccer and Formula One), watching movies and TV shows, creating and cooking new recipes, traveling to undiscovered locations, and spending time with family and friends.

Maddie Moore, B.A., Field Placement Intern

Maddie Moore earned her undergraduate degree from Creighton University, and is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (M.S.) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, expecting to graduate in May of 2017.   In addition to being a practicum student at Creighton, she is also the Graduate/Research Assistant in the UNO Counseling Department.  Prior to working in these settings, Maddie worked in the community as a Teen Program Facilitator at Girls Inc. and as an AmeriCorps member working for College Possible at Omaha South High School.  Maddie has an eclectic, integrative approach to counseling and pulls from many different theoretical perspectives including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and humanistic.  Her clinical interests include young adult and adolescent populations, crisis and trauma-informed care, multicultural-feminist interventions, and working from a holistic, wellness model.


In her leisure time, Maddie enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling, playing tennis, drawing, cooking, and watching Netflix. Also, Maddie is a big-time animal lover, especially dogs, so her office is a safe place to swap pet photos and brag about your favorite animals.

Jihan Najjar, M.A., PLMHP, Field Placement Intern

Jihan received her master's in counseling from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Before joining Creighton's counseling team, Jihan was a counselor at a crisis center for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Jihan works from a therapeutic framework that includes interpersonal, shame-resilience, and multicultural-feminist theories. She especially enjoys utilizing self-compassion interventions in therapy. Her areas of interest include sexual assault and intimate partner violence, gender identity and sexual orientation, immigrant and refugee mental health, multiculturalism, and family and relational issues.

Jihan enjoys knitting, gardening, going to concerts, hanging out with her cats, and being outdoors. 

Support Staff

Michelle Overfelt
Terri Faga

Terri and Michelle are the Support Staff for Center for Health and Counseling. They welcome students when they come to the Center for Health and Counseling, make sure they fill out the necessary proper paperwork, and assist students in gaining access to the help they need.

Meet Cocoa

Cocoa is a two year old chocolate Labrador.  She is a friendly canine member of Counseling Services staff. She proudly wears her Therapy Dog vest as she visits groups on campus.  Cocoa completed three six-week training courses in basic obedience skills and then did an internship of ten visits to nursing homes, to earn her license as a Therapy Dog, under the auspices of Love on a Leash, a national Therapy Dog licensing group.  She belongs to Dr. Michael Kelley, a psychologist in Creighton's Counseling Services.

Cocoa is very friendly, loves to be petted, and will sit for long periods to receive the hugs and affection of anyone.  She loves to chase squirrels and rabbits.  She loves to chew bones, or anything else, valuable or not, that seems interesting.  Her sensitive nose is very curious.  

Currently Cocoa is holding office hours in Skutt Student Center near the fire place, at the Paws to Talk greeting event counseling staff does every Wednesday afternoon 1:00-2:00.  She also comes to campus when she is invited to a special event.  

Come to Skutt on Wednesday afternoons or greet her on campus when you see her.  She is always ready to say Hello.