Internship: Training Staff

UHCL Internship Training staff

  Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.
 

Executive Director of Counseling, Health and Career Services

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Doctoral Degree: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Counseling Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: Texas A&M University Student Counseling Services
Dr. Cook has been on staff at UHCL since 1999 as the clinical director and training director prior to becoming director. She has had prior training experiences in other counseling centers, military settings, and community mental health. Dr. Cook believes strongly in the importance of developing a collaborative relationship with clients.
 
Her approach to clinical work involves integrating a variety of approaches based on the needs of the client, often informed by Relational-Cultural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. Her interests include couples therapy and relationship issues, women’s issues, managing stress and anxiety, spirituality, vocational counseling, multicultural issues, and training and supervision.
  Kimberly A. James, Ph.D.
 

Associate Director and Clinical Director

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Doctoral Degree: State University of New York at Buffalo, Counseling Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Services
Dr. James has many years of experience in university settings as a licensed psychologist in counseling centers and experience as a student life dean focusing on the unique needs graduate students. Dr. James has additional clinical experience in a variety of settings that include primary and secondary schools, community mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric and Veterans Affairs hospitals. Dr. James’ primary theoretical orientation is Interpersonal Psychotherapy with the integration of Narrative Therapy, the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and linguistics & interpersonal communication.
 
Clinical interests include Clinical Administration, Organizational Management, Outreach & Consultation, Intercultural/Intracultural Relationships & Dialogues, Body Image & Self-Esteem, Health & Fitness and Supervision & Training. 
  Jonathan Schmalz-Benson, Ph.D.
 

 Assistant Director and Training Director

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Doctoral Degree: University of North Texas, Clinical Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: SUNY University at Buffalo Counseling Services
Dr. Schmalz-Benson has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in university counseling, outpatient community mental health, and VA hospital settings. His approach to clinical work is grounded in functional contextualism and is heavily informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Cultural Therapy. His clinical interests include LGBTQI issues, religion and spirituality, trauma, men’s issues, and interpersonal/relational concerns.
  Jason Boothe, Ph.D.
 

Psychologist and Outreach/Group Coordinator

  • Supervised by Dr. Cindy Cook, Ph.D.
  • Doctoral Degree: Fielding Graduate University, Clinical Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: University of Houston-Clear Lake Counseling Services

Dr. Boothe has trained and worked in numerous settings, including VA hospitals, where he completed specialty rotations in general mental health, spinal cord injury (SCI), and complex trauma/PTSD units; community mental health clinics dedicated to working with refugees and asylees from other countries; pain management clinics, and college counseling centers.  His approach to therapy consists of a clinical integration with psychodynamic perspectives (relational and contemporary object relations theories) as the dominant organizational frame. 

Clinical interests include working with disability and chronic health/medical issues, trauma, mindfulness, interpersonal and relational concerns, identity development/existential concerns, multicultural issues, and group therapy.

  Vanessa Battiste, Ph.D.
 

Psychologist

  • Doctoral Degree: Howard University, Counseling Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services
Contact
  • Counseling Services

    Phone: 281-283-2580
    Fax: 281-283-2602
    www.uhcl.edu/counselingservices

    SSCB 3103
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 331
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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