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Meet the Counselors

Benjamin Smith

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Benjamin E. Smith is a new member of the Center for Community Counseling and Development clinic, joining as a Master’s level intern from Central Michigan University Counseling Program. During his training and coursework he has developed knowledge and skills related to counseling theory, multicultural issues, religion, and human development. Benjamin also has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in psychology from Central Michigan University.  Benjamin’s goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be explored.  


Danielle McIlrath


Heather O'Farrell 


Reaunna Brushaber 


Silkya Puckett 

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Silkya Puckett is a second-year graduate student at Central Michigan University's Counseling Program. Silkya received her Bachelors of Science at Wayne State University. Silkya's related experiences began as a young teenager. She began as a youth leader for a large group of teens. Her skilled areas include planning, organizing appropriate youth, community programs, promoting youth interests, and providing advocacy. She has been passionate about this field for many years. Silkya has over 15 years of experience in working with adolescent children 10-19 years of age. Silkya has also worked as a Family Preservation Specialist. Silkya is a member of CMU Mu Kappa chapter of Chi Sigma Iota and Golden Key Honors Society. She has many interests including Anxiety, Children Stress, and Trauma, Women's Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Health Issues, Grief and Loss, and Relationship Building. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, watching classic movies and learning a new language.

" I am striving to help support health, wellness, and mental illness within individuals and families. Working with individuals to help support a different mindset of learning. Teaching how to educate themselves  better will be my contribution to society. I plan to settle into private practice or practice abroad reaching one individual at a time".


Casey Marshall

College of Education and Human Services | Central Michigan University | ehs@cmich.edu | 195 Ojibway Ct | EHS 426 | Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 | (989) 774-3079