About the Counseling Center

Who we are...

The Counseling Center is committed to providing professional and confidential services to our University Community for growth, development, health, and empowerment in life and academics. We also serve as a resource to students seeking help for a friend, and for faculty and staff seeking information on how to refer a student for assistance.

 Karen Daddona, PhD, LPC - Staff CounselorLisa Spatafore, PsyD
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 new wave techniques. 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.

Karen Daddona, PhD, LPC - Staff CounselorKaren Daddona, PhD

Staff Counselor
Campus Center 202

Dr. Daddona earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in 2009, and prior to that majored in Psychology and Women’s Studies at Drew University. Throughout her training, Dr. Daddona has worked in a variety of mental health settings with children, adolescents and adults. She completed her psychology internship training in Pittsburgh at Allegheny General Hospital, where she received specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral therapy. Her therapeutic practice is client-centered and grounded in evidence-based care, drawing largely on a cognitive-behavioral approach. Dr. Daddona is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the American College Counseling Association. She lives in Bucks County with her husband, two children, and dog, where she enjoys gardening, photography and exploring the outdoors.


Where we are...

The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Campus Center in Rooms 202 and 204. To schedule an appointment, please use our online confidential scheduling site. Office hours are from 9 am to 4 pm 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. In case of an emergency please contact Public Safety at 267-341-3333.