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Meet the Center for Wellness Staff

  • Maura Mulligan, MSW, LICSW

    Associate Dean for Health and Wellness 

    Degrees 

    • Assumption College; Bachelor of Arts 

    • Boston University; Master of Social Work 

    Affiliations 

    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 

    • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) 

    • Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) 

    Professional Interests 

    • Substance Abuse, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 

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  • Michael Williams, C.P.T, CRSS

    Director of Fitness and Recreation

    Degrees

    • Bachelor of Arts, Health and Exercise Science, Furman University
    • Master of Science, Recreational Sports Administration, Indiana University

    Certifications

    • Certified Personal Trainer
    • Certified Recreational Sports Specialist
    • Boot Camp Instructor Certification
    • Cycle Instructor Certification
    • Nutritionist Certification (expected 2022)
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  • Amber Goulart, MS, NCC

    Associate Director of Health Promotion and Education

     Degrees 

    • Worcester State University, Bachelor of Science 

    • SUNY Plattsburgh, Master of Science 

    Affiliations 

    • American College Health Association (ACHA) 

    • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) 

    Professional Interests 

    • Sexual health education, sexual violence prevention, nutrition, exercise, body image, and substance-use harm reduction. 

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  • Marie Gabour 

    Prevention Specialist

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  • Emily Harlan, LICSW

    Associate Director of Counseling

    Degrees 

    • Master of Social Work from Boston College 

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland 

    Professional interests 

    • Anxiety, Depression, Suicide and Self Injury, Relationships, Identity Development 

    Clinical approach 

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing 

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  • Jalesa Frye, LMHC

    Assistant Director of Counseling

    Degrees 

    • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Bachelor of Arts 
    • William James College; Master of Forensic and counseling psychology

    Professional Interests 

    • Identity Development
    • Major life transitions
    • Stress management
    • Anxiety
    • Clinical Approach  
    • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
    • Positive Psychology
    • Solution- Focused Brief Therapy
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  • Loren Belforti, MSW, LICSW

    Counselor

    Loren Belforti holds a Masters in Social Work from Boston University and has worked with college students for three years at the Center for Wellness. Loren utilizes an integrative approach that combines skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). Loren emphasizes a strong focus on the mind-body connection, encourages physical health as it relates to mental wellbeing, and uses mindfulness to help with healing trauma that lives in the body. Her approach to the therapeutic process can be described as creative, down-to-earth, and collaborative. Here are a few topics that Loren has experience working with:

    • Adjusting to college
    • Anxiety/Depression
    • Body-focused Repetitive Disorders
    • Emotion Regulation
    • Family Conflict & Dynamics
    • Grief and Loss
    • LGBTQ+ Concerns
    • Major Life Transitions
    • Mindfulness
    • Relationship Concerns
    • Self-Injury
    • Sleep Hygiene
    • Stress Management
    • Suicidal Ideation
    • Trauma
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  • David Gaydos, MSW, LICSW

    Counselor

     Degrees 

    • Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science. 

    • Boston College, Master of Social Work. 

    Affiliations 

    • National Association of Social Work, Unified Protocol Institute. 

    Professional interests 

    • Substance Use Disorders, relationships, Anxiety disorders, Mindfulness/Meditation, Values Clarification, Emotion Exploration. 

    Clinical Approach 

    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Unified Protocol, collaborative, humanistic.  

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  • Rachael Goldfarb, LCSW

    Counselor

     Degrees 

    • Wellesley College, Bachelor of Arts 

    • Boston College, Master of Social Work

    Professional Interests 

    • Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, familial relationships and Identity formation, time management/goal setting and achievement
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Strengths Based

     

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  • Margarita Vargas 

    Office Coordinator for Center for Wellness, Certified Zumba Instructor FITWELL

      

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  • Daphne Preti, MSW Candidate

    Counseling Intern

    Degrees 

    • Skidmore College, Bachelor of Arts 
    • Boston College, Master of Social Work ‘23

    Professional Interests 

    • Identity development
    • LGBTQ+ Ally
    • Family Conflicts & Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Grief & Loss
    • Time management/goal setting and achievement
    • Mood disorders
    • Stress Management
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Strengths-based and trauma informed

     

    • Spanish speaking