Counseling and Psychological Services
About Counseling and Psychological Services
Emerson College Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) is an integral part of the Emerson community, providing services to both undergraduate and graduate students. It is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.
Counseling and Psychological Services clinical staff is composed of three licensed psychologists, two licensed clinical social workers, and two part-time consulting psychiatrists.
We offer brief individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and the option of group therapy. When appropriate, we also provide referrals to outside agencies/clinicians for longer term therapy and/or psychiatric evaluation.
Senior staff members consult regularly with the Residence Life staff and other College personnel regarding their questions and concerns about student behavior. Senior staff and trainees also provide outreach programming for students and staff members on a variety of topics (e.g., stress management, relationships, and computer addiction).
Mission and Philosophy
Our primary goal is to help students fully develop their intellectual, emotional, and social potential. We believe that your psychological development is affected by your personal history and the larger social, cultural, and physical environment. Our work is focused on helping students prevent, reduce, or eliminate emotional and psychological barriers that may interfere with this developmental process. It is a sign of strength to explore personal concerns and feelings in therapy, and we regard your concerns with respect, curiosity, and interest.
At ECAPS, we provide brief psychotherapy for students as individuals, couples, and groups, as well as consultation to faculty, staff, and concerned friends and family as needed. We provide training and outreach to the campus community to contribute to the creation of a healthy campus environment in which students can thrive. ECAPS is committed to creating and maintaining an open and accepting environment in which all clients feel welcomed and valued.
At ECAPS, we care about protecting your privacy, and believe that counseling is most effective when students feel comfortable speaking openly with their counselor. Under ordinary circumstances, no one outside ECAPS is given any information—even the fact that you have been seen here—without your written consent. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality that your counselor will discuss with you in your initial session. These typically refer to situations in which safety is a concern.
Counseling and Psychological Services Staff
All staff members are committed to using a developmental framework that validates the academic, social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and spiritual aspects of undergraduate and graduate students.
Elise Z. Harrison, Ph.D, LMFT
Elise Harrison is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. Elise is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She received her MS and 6th year degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, she earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from University of Connecticut. Elise has 17 years of experience in college counseling and recently joined Emerson from her previous position at Fairfield University in Fairfield Connecticut. Elise works from a Strength-based approach incorporating mindfulness and Brief Solution-focused therapy. She has worked extensively with eating disorders, substance issues, relationship issues, grief, and adjustment to life transitions. Elise majored in Anthropology in undergraduate school and continues to love experiencing different cultures, particularly world music and folk dance. She loves spending time growing food and flowers and getting out onto the water kayaking. Since arriving at Emerson, she is having a great time exploring Boston.
Patricia Challan, PsyD
Dr. Patricia A. Challan is the Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. She also serves as the Director of Training. Patty received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Patty has 15 years of experience in college counseling, as well as specific training in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Patty’s clinical interests include mindfulness, expressive art therapy, play therapy, and the personal and professional development of mental health trainees. Patty has been at Emerson since October 2003, and she is inspired by the creativity, passion, and talent of Emerson students. A native of New Jersey, Patty is a writer who enjoys reading, entertaining her energetic cats, being at the ocean as much as possible, and listening to music.
Jenn Brandel, LICSW
Jenn Brandel, LICSW, has been an Emerson College staff social worker since 2006. She received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. Jenn has worked with adolescents and young adults as both a clinician and a health educator for more than 15 years. Jenn’s clinical interests include work around harm reduction and Buddhist psychology; healthy sexuality; relationships; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues; STDs; and HIV. Jenn relies heavily on her sense of humor and spends much of her time writing, playing video games, watching The Daily Show and Adventure Time, and goofing around with her daughter.
Emily Inglesi, PsyD
Dr. Emily Inglesi has been with Emerson College Counseling and Psychological Services since August, 2011. She received her PsyD in clinical psychology from Argosy University, Washington, DC and her MA in journalism from NYU. Before working at various college mental health centers, Emily was a travel writer and interior design editor—experiences that have enriched her current clinical work with the creative Emerson community. Emily integrates mindfulness and humor into her therapy approach, and her clinical interests include relationship dynamics, working with international students, body image issues, anxiety and stress management, and helping clients navigate life transitions. In her leisure time, Emily loves taking her energetic dog on walking adventures, exploring places near and far, getting lost in art museums, and watching everything from indie films to Three’s Company reruns.
Kerri Murphy, PhD
Dr. Kerri Murphy is a staff psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services. She earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling and a PhD in counseling psychology from Boston College. Kerri has worked in various college mental health settings and acute residential and partial hospital programs, where she has enjoyed combining relational approaches with more mindfulness and behaviorally based therapies. Kerri also enjoys teaching and is an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Boston College. Her research focuses on the intersections of student engagement, career development, and mental health of underserved adolescents and young adults. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, who bravely let her try out new recipes on them; to spend time outdooors hiking and swimming; and traveling to visit family living overseas.
Maureen Crowley, BA
Maureen Crowley is the department’s clinical coordinator. She has been with Emerson since May 2006. She received her BA in social and rehabilitative services from Assumption College. Maureen spent more than 10 years as a healthcare recruiter and several years at Merrimack College before coming to Emerson. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running around Lake Quannapowitt, and exploring Boston by foot. She loves working in the Theatre District and being around the creative Emerson students.
Melanie Cadet is a graduate intern at Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services. Melanie received her MS in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and is currently a second year counseling student in the Counseling and School Psychology PhD program at University of Massachusetts Boston. She most recently interned in a dual diagnosis treatment program providing outpatient services for adults with substance abuse and mental health issues. Melanie’s research interests include exploring privilege and race-based trauma among minority populations. In her spare time she loves reading, spending time with her family and two little dogs, and exploring a wide variety of arts and crafts ranging from jewelry-making to painting.
William Jackson is an intern at Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services. William earned a BFA in Acting from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in 2005. He then spent six years as a Buddhist monk, learning and teaching meditation and mindfulness skills. William is currently attending the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, where he is obtaining his Psy.D. in Clinical Health Psychology. When he is not meditating, he can be found watching independent films or riding his bike around the city.
Julia Taddonio is a third year student at Antioch University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. Prior to that, she earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. Julia has experience working with underserved adolescents and adults in a community mental health center in South Boston, and most recently interned at a middle school in central Massachusetts. Julia’s research interests include clinical training, supervision, and professional development. In her spare time she is passionate about cooking and enjoys seeing live music, playing with her two cats, and leaving the city to go surfing, hiking, or skiing.
216 Tremont Street, Second Floor
8:45 am–5:00 pm
Closed 12:00–1:00 pm
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES
Contact us: 617-824-8595
After office hours, contact Emerson College Police at 617-824-8888, call 911, or go to your local emergency room.