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Internship: Training Staff

 

  Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.
 

Executive Director of Counseling, Health and Wellness

  • 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.
  Jonathan Schmalz-Benson, Ph.D.
 

 Associate 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, neuro-developmental issues, religion and spirituality, trauma, men’s issues, and interpersonal/relational concerns.
  Jason Boothe, Ph.D.
 

Senior Psychologist and Outreach/Group Coordinator

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • 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.

  Alexandria Ambrose, Psy.D.
 

 Senior Psychologist and Assistant Training Director

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists 
  • Doctoral Degree: University of Hartford, Clinical Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship: Texas A&M University Counseling and Psychological Services

Dr. Ambrose has various clinical experiences working in university counseling, inpatient and forensic psychiatric hospital, and residential school settings. She approaches clinical work with an integrative approach, utilizing psychodynamic, relational, emotion-focused, and feminist theories.

Her areas of interests include grief, health psychology, coping with chronic illness, multicultural identity development, trauma, social justice advocacy, couples therapy, and intersectional feminist perspectives.  

  Amber Tempel, LMSW
 

Community Resource and Outreach Specialist

  • Licensed by: Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
  • Master’s Degree: Texas State University, MSW

Amber has over 5 years of experience working in community mental health, school based social work, and sexual violence prevention work. In these various roles, she has been able to provide clinical and non-clinical case management, crisis intervention, group facilitation, individual therapy, and outreach services. Amber is currently working towards obtaining her clinical social work license.

As a licensed master social worker, Amber approaches her work with clients from a holistic viewpoint including identifying how factors such as their environments, society, and systems contribute to a client’s overall well-being.

  Shavonne Fuller, M.A.
 

Staff Psychologist

  • Supervised by: Dr. Schmalz-Benson
  • Doctoral Degree: Adler University, Clinical Psychology (Anticipated Conferral September 2020)
    Doctoral Internship: University of Houston- Counseling and Psychological Services

Shavonne Fuller, M.A. has several years of experience working in college counseling centers providing individual and couples therapy, group therapy, and outreach. Shavonne has also gained professional and clinical experience within community mental health, group homes, and juvenile detention settings providing an array of services including program development. Shavonne has a passion for working with college students during various developmental stages in life and their subsequent matriculation through college. She views her clients through a multicultural lens utilizing Relational Cultural Therapy as her primary orientation. Shavonne incorporates various techniques to build rapport with her clients and advocates for the de-stigmatization of mental heath. Shavonne posits that authenticity, deepened empathy, establishing trust, and introspection are key to building and sustaining any relationship.

Clinical interests include working with Black women, students who have been impacted by racial, community, and trans generational trauma, persons who are survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and those wishing to explore their multicultural identity.

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-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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