Winthrop University: Meet the Counseling Staff

Counseling Services

Meet the Counseling Staff

 

 
 
 

Gretchen BaldwinGretchen 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.

 

Shannon Berger, M.Ed., NCC, LPCA

Staff Counselor for the Office of Victims Assistance

 

headshot of Beverly HolbrookBeverly 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.

 

Headshot of Jessica HudgensJess Hudgens, MA, NCC, LPCA

Outreach Coordinator, Staff Counselor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headshot of Amy KulbokAmy Kulbok, LPC, BC-TMH

Staff Counselor for the Office of Victims Assistance

My general approach to therapy is eclectic but largely incorporates elements of brief psychodynamic, attachment, and systems theories.  I utilize psychoeducation to inform and elicit change, as well as talk therapy to seek patterns of behavior that are evident in relationships and personal narratives.  I also use art and experiential interventions to create insight and encourage expressiveness.  The basis of my therapeutic philosophy is rooted in the promise of hope.  I believe that we are all capable of moving toward healthier versions of ourselves that can result in more functional emotional responses, deeper, more satisfying relationships, and redeemed living.  My goal is to be a helper that provides a safe place to begin to move toward positive change.  I am trained in EMDR,  credentialed in telemental health, have a certification in traumatic stress studies from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, and have extensive training in yoga for mental health.  I believe in a holistic approach to wellness and strengthening the relationship between mind, heart, and body. 

 

Headshot of Kwabena SankofaKwabena Sankofa, MS, EdS, PhD

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. 

 

Elizabeth K. Tate, M.A., LPCA

Telemental Health Coordinator, Staff Counselor

I am a graduate of UNC Charlotte (class of ‘19) in clinical mental health, and I am thrilled to be working in the college setting! My background in sociology (Appalachian State University class of ‘16!) gives me a unique, systemic lens to pair with my interpersonal and psychodynamic theoretical orientation. I am interested in the ways we form relationship patterns with others and the ways those patterns are influenced by marginalization and privilege. I also utilize ACT, which focuses on accepting our thoughts and emotions and committing to the actions that best support our values. Mindfulness is one of my favorite strategies! I am always honored to go on client’s journeys with them and hear their stories – it is the great honor of being a counselor! Some of my professional interests include counseling LGBTQ youth and young adults, couple’s counseling, and telemental health.

 

Headshot of Jackie ConcodoraJackie Concodora, LPC

Director of Health and Counseling Services

 

 

 

Last Updated: 10/17/19