Counseling Staff

 

Counseling Staff

Our Staff

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.

 

Audra J. Tonero, Director  MS Ed, LPC, LCADC

Coordinator of Substance Awareness and Educational Programs, NJ Licensed Professional

Holloway Annex 21 (in the same building as the Health Center up the hill from the University Commons)
973-408-3318
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.

Carol Gernat, PhD

Staff Counselor/Psychologist

Holloway Annex 21 (in the same building as the Health Center up the hill from the University Commons)
973-408-3984
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.

Therese Zimmer-Farid, MSW, LCSW, DRCC

Staff Counselor/Social Worker

Holloway Annex 21 (in the same building as the Health Center up the hill from the University Commons)
973-408-3398
tzimmerfarid@drew.edu

As exciting as this time is in one’s life, it can also be stressful and overwhelming. Today’s student is more attuned to the importance of understanding mental health and overall well-being in his or her life. Together, we can address depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship or family dynamics, or trauma that may have been experienced and that may be affecting where you are in your life right now. My approach is integrative with attention to Solution-Focus and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, along with a Mindful approach of how to manage your challenges and reclaim your strengths.

Michelle Taylor, MSW, LCSW,DRCC

Staff Counselor/Social Worker

Holloway Annex 21 (in the same building as the Health Center up the hill from the University Commons)
973-408-3398
mtaylor3@drew.edu

I am an experienced mental health clinician dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment plans to students experiencing acute mental health issues with an overall aim of supporting individualized education goals, increasing social connectedness within the college community, and enhancing personal development. My therapy style is eclectic, bridging the tenets and techniques of multiple action-oriented theories. Through the use of a warm and playful environment, my goal is to help you develop and enhance skills so that you may achieve optimal greatness with confidence and maximize your college experience. Special interests include severe psychopathology, disaster response crisis counseling, and the prevention of human trafficking.

BIPOC part-time staff in the process of licensing. 

 


 

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Scotti

973-408-3398
rscotti@drew.edu