Our staff consists of professional counselors whose education and interests prepare them to offer counseling and other programs relative to a variety of personal, social, and academic-related issues.  In addition, carefully selected graduate students frequently join us on a part-time basis as in-practicum students or volunteers and further enhance the variety and scope of services we offer.

James Mandala, PhD

Mandala_008-200x300 aDirector of the James A. McClintock Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; NJ Licensed Psychologist; Holloway Annex 21 (adjacent to the Health Center across from the University Commons) 973-408-3398 Email: jmandala@drew.edu

My approach to college counseling starts with a commitment to community psychology. Students and their problems need to be understood in a context that includes not only their own individual selves, but also the family and community systems that they are a part of. Clinically I practice individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy. Though rooted in an existential-phenomenological framework, my approach to therapy is integrative – informed by developmental, psychodynamic, interpersonal, experiential, cognitive behavioral, and systems theories. I believe in treating people, not diagnoses or disorders. Special interests: cross-cultural issues; abuse and trauma survivors; eating disorders; depression; anxiety disorders; severe psychopathologies/crisis management;  family systems, including couples work; burnout prevention; religious and spiritual issues, therapist training; conflict resolution and mediation.

Audra J. Tonero, Assistant Director of Outreach and Education, MS Ed, SAC, LPC, LCAD

Coordinator of Substance Awareness and Educational Programs; NJ Licensed Professional Counselor; NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor; Holloway Annex 21 (adjacent to the Health Center across from the University Commons)  973-408-3318 Email: atonero@drew.edu

My primary function on campus is to assist students who believe they have a substance abuse issue. I provide assessment and education to students who self-identify or who are identified by other members of the Drew community. I offer education and training to staff, faculty and administrators in the process of identifying substance abuse problems and raising awareness about the use of drugs and alcohol. I provide support to deal with direct use, or on how a person is affected by another’s use. Substance abuse is such a hot topic recently that students are feeling scrutinized. I provide a safe, judgment free environment respecting each person’s individuality. My counseling style incorporates different theories. I employ the tenets of cognitive behavioral theory, client-centered, and reality therapy. This provides a person the ability to start and run therapy at their own pace while using a factual approach to identify self-defeating behaviors and making necessary and appropriate changes.

George-Harold Jennings, MS, PhD

ghj_photo1AClinical Psychologist; Sycamore Cottage 101; 973-408-3392 Email: gjenning@drew.edu Personal Website: http://www.users.drew.edu/~gjenning/

My counseling is primarily based on the tenets of humanistic, existential and transpersonal (i.e., spiritual) psychologies. I embrace the idea of interacting with the client in a way that helps the individual self-actualize. My work with the client is aimed at promoting greater comfort with the inner sense of one’s self in relation to the wholeness of one’s being, and her or his place in the world. I am very aware of the spiritual dimension in human nature, and I encourage the interested client to explore this aspect of her or his being. I also employ techniques that serve to help the individual explore his or her values, particularly as these may relate to one’s sense of identity, one’s relationships and/or one’s interest in healthy and purposeful living. Dr. George-Harold Jennings is also a professor in the Department of Psychology at Drew University where he teaches the following courses: Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Small Group Dynamics, Introduction to Psychology, a College Seminar, and a Senior Seminar.  Dr. Jennings’ current research is in response to the following question, “Is there a difference between struggling with a spiritual crisis and having a mental illness?” .

Carol Gernat, PhD

carol-150x150Staff Counselor/Psychologist; Holloway Annex 21 (adjacent to the Health Center across from the University Commons) 973-408-3984 Email: cgernat@drew.edu

Something I remember from my early counseling training is that counseling psychologists “deal with the messy problems of living.”  The reason this has stayed with me, I think, is because so many factors (internal to the self and external in the environment) shape well-being, and I see a good part of my work as connecting non-judgmentally with students so they can tell their own stories, process thoughts and feelings, and heal. I consider myself a generalist, and I have worked with students who present to counseling with a range of concerns such as acute psychological crisis, panic, anxiety and depression, as well as the effects of trauma, and coping with loss. In the years that I have been at Drew (since 2004) I have become more interested and involved in sexual assault awareness, prevention, and support of survivors. I also have a strong interest in meditation and its use as a stress-reduction tool, and I have conducted open groups on campus focused on mindfulness skills.

Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident

Jonathan Murakami, Psy.D. 973-408-3154 Email: jmurakami@drew.edu

When working with clients, I focus on developing a mutual understanding of how a client views themselves, views their relationships and views their position within the community. I value the expression of needs, desire and goals as well as acknowledge how difficult and scary it can be to recognize and verbalize them. While my counseling style is mainly informed by psychodynamic and interpersonal theories, I also draw from family systems and cognitive-behavioral theory. Special interests: relationship issues, including couples, families and friends; anxiety disorders; LGBTQ issues, including relational issues and identity development; crisis management, and how internet/online activity influences identity formation, relationships and psychopathology.

Counseling Interns

Mervette Jebara Counseling Intern, Teachers College, Columbia University;  Holloway Annex 21 (adjacent to the Health Center across from the University Commons) 973-408-3398 Email: mjebara@drew.edu

Alison Tripptree Psychology Practicum Trainee, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University;  Holloway Annex 21 (adjacent to the Health Center across from the University Commons) 973-408-3398 Email: atripptree@drew.edu

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Scotti

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Work Study Assistant

Chelsea Jackson

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