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Counseling Services

Meet the Counseling Staff

Dr. Gretchen Baldwin

Gretchen Baldwin, Psy.D.

Clinical Coordinator for Counseling Services, Licensed Psychologist

I am a proud Winthrop Eagle (Class of 2000!), and I earned my Psy.D. from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.  I am licensed as a Psychologist in South Carolina.  I love working in Counseling Services, because it is a unique opportunity to work with college students of many ages and many walks of life.  I love to hear people’s stories and share in their journey.  It’s amazing to walk through the counseling process with clients as they move from a place of pain to a place of thriving and satisfaction with life.  In my practice, I primarily use dynamic, interpersonal, and object relations ideas to understand a client’s development and cognitive behavioral strategies to work toward change.  My practice is also heavily influenced by Mindfulness and Acceptance strategies.  Professionally, I am very interested in how Mindfulness and Acceptance strategies aid in management of strong emotions.

 Dr. Kwabena Sankofa

Kwabena Sankofa, M.S;. Ed.S.; Ph.D.

Training Coordinator, Staff Counselor

My love for counseling is manifold.  I enjoy helping students to confront and overcome their disabling academic and emotional life challenges thus enabling them to graduate with their self-created inclinations to fulfill their professional and life’s goals.  I relish the special expression on students’ faces when they achieve an in-the-moment enlightenment and complete self-awareness of the problems that have long undermined their emotional health – “I finally got it.”  I just love it when my clients are about to graduate or have graduated and communicate their appreciation for the help their therapy sessions have provided them.  In counseling, I use Analytical, Narrative & Person-Centered Therapies.  I find it particularly enriching designing mental health-related intervention programs and working on policy development.  I recently discovered that training and supervision at times rival individual therapy as one of my top five professional interests. 

Courtney Leak

Courtney Leak Nesbitt, LCSW, LISW-CP

Outreach Coordinator, Staff Counselor

I received my Masters of Social Work from Winthrop University in 2009. As a Winthrop Alum, I have a very special place in my heart for this university and it’s students. In my therapy approach, I try to utilize direct honesty wrapped in humor in order to spread the message of living a life full of purpose and courage.  Through my own experiences and the experiences of the numerous individuals, couples, and families that I have worked with over the years, I have developed insight into the struggles of everyday living and how they are often compounded by the history and patterns of pain that so many people are living with today.  My fundamental belief is that everyone is naturally equipped with what they need to find and meet their purpose but it is often hidden under fear, hurt, and negative views of ourselves.  However, if we are willing to own our story, minus the fear and shame, we can embrace our true selves and live abundantly in our purpose.

Beverly Holbrook

Beverly Holbrook, LISW-CP, VSP

Staff Counselor for the Office of Victims Assistance

I earned my BA in Social Work and Master of Social Work at Winthrop University.  College-age clients are just beginning their journey to independence and maturity.  Counseling is a perfect opportunity to walk along side of them and allow them an opportunity to learn who they are and who they want to be while also figuring out healthy ways of dealing with life and the struggles they face.  My clients always amaze me as I watch them develop healthy coping skills, come to terms with their own identity and explore personal issues that facilitate their growth and development.  In counseling, I specifically use family systems theory as a foundation to understand how a client sees life, manages themselves, and copes with difficulties.  Many of my clients have been harmed either as children, as adolescents and/or as young adults.  I count it a privilege to hear their stories and to help them make meaning of their losses.  I especially enjoy watching these clients move from being a victim of a crime to a victor over their difficulties and to see them begin to advocate for others who have been mistreated, demand that their voices be heard, and move into a healthier lifestyle where they learn how to care for themselves first!  I enjoy learning!  I want to stay up to date on new methods and new ideas that help clients deal with trauma, loss and grief.  The more I know, the more able I am to assist clients in their quest for emotional health.

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Jackie Concodora, LPC

Director of Health and Counseling Services

 Dr. James Lee

James Lee, MD

Psychiatrist

My journey started in Atlanta, GA after attending and graduating from Morehouse College. I then traveled to Nashville, TN where I graduated from Meharry Medical College.  Afterwards, my training landed me in Columbia, SC where I completed my Psychiatry Residency. After leaving Columbia, I completed a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Tulane University. After moving all around the Southeast, I landed in Rock Hill, SC to establish Ascension Behavioral Healthcare, a private practice specializing in General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry. A few years later, I jumped at the opportunity to work with the Health and Counseling Center at Winthrop University. It has been very fulfilling to assist young adults as they begin to assert themselves and navigate the issues within the world. My role as Psychiatrist is to assist from a biological approach, utilizing medication management to help to alleviate troubling and problematic symptoms.

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