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, Director of Counseling Services

Lisa Spatafore, Psy.D.

Director of Counseling Services
Campus Center 204
267-341-3222
counselingcenter@holyfamily.edu

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

Anne Spencer, LPC

Staff Counselor
Campus Center 202
267-341-3222
counselingcenter@holyfamily.edu

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.  

Sheilah McIntosh

Administrative Coordinator for Wellness Services
Campus Center 202
267-341-3222
smcintosh@holyfamily.edu
 

Sheilah has joined the Wellness Services team as the Administrative Coordinator. In this role she anchors the Counseling Services department through her welcoming and helpful presence, manages the administrative functions of the department, and supports our University Community when they contact or access Counseling Services.
 
Sheilah graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Most recently she worked as a Program Coordinator at the Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health, and brings experience in program and staff development to Holy Family University.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Intern Counselor 
Campus Center 202
267-341-3222
counselingcenter@holyfamily.edu

I am very pleased to announce the addition of Ashley Johnson to the Counseling Services Department Team. She began on June 2, 2022 and will be with us from now through the 2022-2023 academic year. Ashley is part of the department’s Internship in Counseling Experience.

She is a Master’s level intern who comes to us from Chestnut Hill College as a member of their Masters of Clinical and Counseling Psychology Degree Program. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at William Paterson University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree with a specialization in Diverse and Underserved Communities. Ashley plans to complete this program in the spring of 2023. 

Ashley has experience working as a Case Manager, and Group Therapist working with mentally ill and chemically addicted adults, intellectually disabled individuals, and has worked in various educational settings. Her most recent experience as an academic advisor intern, helped identify her true passion to work in a college setting with those who struggle with mental health difficulties. On a more personal note, in her free time, Ashley enjoys attending concerts and plays, bowling, going to the beach, hiking, and playing board games. Additionally, Ashley believes strongly in the importance of self-care, therapeutic humor, spirituality, and having a dynamic support system. 

Taylor Golkin, Intern Counselor

Taylor Golkin

Intern Counselor
Campus Center 204A
267-341-3222
counselingcenter@holyfamily.edu

Taylor Golkin- a 3rd year counseling intern studying at Holy Family University for her Doctorate in Psychology of Counseling. She completed her Master's Degree at the University at Buffalo in School Counseling. Taylor has experience working with a range of different aged populations in various educational and private settings. She has worked with professional athletes, children, adolescents, and adults utilizing a person-centered approach to counseling.

Taylor utilizes CBT and other third-wave modalities in treatment and is dedicated to helping students thrive in both their academic and personal endeavors. Her approach to counseling utilizes interventions related to motivation, goal-setting, and challenging current thinking patterns in a holistic manner.

Taylor has a passion for helping others become the best versions of themselves and tries to create a space that is compassionate, empathic, and judgment-free. Taylor grew up in Western New York, and because of it, loves spending her time playing and watching winter sports and will always cheer for her Buffalo Bills!

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.

Our staff can be contacted via email at counselingcenter@holyfamily.edu or 267-341-3222. In case of an emergency, please contact Public Safety at 267-341-3333.