Counseling Center Staff
Who we are...
Counseling Services is committed to providing professional and confidential mental health and wellness services to our University Community. We also serve as a resource to students seeking help for a friend, and for faculty and staff seeking information on how to help students in distress find mental health services and support.
Lisa Spatafore, Psy.D.Director of Counseling Services
Campus Center 204
Lisa Spatafore, PsyD received her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University, an APA approved Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program, in 2006. Her specialty concentration was Serious and Persistent Mental Illness. Additionally, Dr. Spatafore completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island, NY and an APA accredited post-doctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center in NY. She has worked in College Counseling since 2004.
She is currently Co-President of the Board of the NJ College Counseling Association and has served as a Board Member since 2015. College Counseling is her passion, and she has functioned as a clinical staff member at four different universities before joining Holy Family University. Her areas of expertise are adolescent development and emerging adulthood..
Dr. Spatafore’s approach to counseling is integrative with psychodynamic underpinnings (an appreciation for attachment and internal working models as well as relational dynamics) which are used to deliver a strategic and targeted skills-based approach combining CBT and other third wave therapeutic techniques (e.g. ACT, DBT informed, MI).
Additionally, she considers the current sociopolitical and contextual realities of each individual’s experience. She sees individuals as having tremendous growth potential and believes that every person has strengths, inner resources, and the ability to heal and thrive in life. She uses genuineness and authenticity to create a safe space for students to explore their internal world and all of the intersecting aspects of their rich identities in order to grow.
Her current clinical interests include constructs such as resilience, compassion, flourishing, mindfulness, acceptance, emotional intelligence, post traumatic growth, and strength-based approaches.
Anne Spencer, LPC, began her career as a High School history teacher graduating from Kutztown University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Rider University, an approved CACREP accredited program in 2017. Her speciality area in graduate school was adolescent and young adult mental health. Anne has worked in college counseling as well as an intensive outpatient treatment center. She is core trained in the foundations of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Anne is currently certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and is an active member of the American College Counseling Association. Her passion is working within education systems particularly higher education. Her clinical focus is on teaching client’s the skills to master emerging adulthood.
Anne’s approach to counseling integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as other third wave therapeutic modalities (e.g. ACT, MI). CBT is a theoretical approach which focuses on the links between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. DBT has a strong focus on tangible skills, which assist in emotional regulation, the practice of mindfulness, distress tolerance, and effective communication. Her passion for these theoretical approaches relates to their effectiveness in supporting people of diverse backgrounds.
Additionally, Anne practices from a strength based mindset with emphasis on fostering resilience, skill implementation, and self-compassion within a collaborative, supportive, non-judgmental environment.
Where we are...
Counseling Services is located on the second floor of the Campus Center in Rooms 202 and 204. To schedule an appointment, visit: Making An Appointment.
Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Counseling Center is available during the fall and spring academic semesters and is closed on weekends, holidays, and summer months.