Counseling provided to focus on personal or academic concerns of students. Has worked in the public and private sectors, in a variety of clinical and supervisory positions. Education: Master of Social Work from Michigan State University.
Atefeh E. Jenrow, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC
I received a master’s degree in counseling with a post master’s specialization in mental health counseling from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in 1999. I am a fully Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Limited Licensed Psychologist (LLP) in the State of Michigan. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
I have worked as a therapist in different settings, including Harbor Oaks Hospital, New Baltimore, Michigan, Pioneer Counseling in Clinton Township, Michigan, Northland Clinics in Farmington Hills and Rochester, Michigan and The Guidance Center in Southgate, Michigan. My experience has been working with people facing various acute, emerging and/or ongoing mental health challenges. My internship in mental health counseling at Oakland University Counseling Center included working with students and community members on mental health and career counseling, using psychological testing and assessments when necessary.
In my professional life I have worked with adults and families, but have specially enjoyed working with college students both as newly independent adults and members of the university family facing their own unique trials and allowing me to be a member of their support team as they navigate potential career options, mental health issues and life stages.
Brooke Oliver-Hempenstall, MA, LPC
Director, Sexual Aggression Services
I have worked in the field of sexual aggression and domestic violence since I was an undergraduate student, volunteering with SAPA (Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates) at Central Michigan University for three years. I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from CMU and began my work as a Domestic Violence Advocate for nearly eight years with a women’s shelter in Northern Michigan. During that time, I completed my Master of Arts Degree in Professional & School Counseling from Central Michigan University. Since receiving my Masters, I have worked at both CMU as the Sexual Aggression Dedicated Counselor and Associate Coordinator of Sexual Aggression Services and as the Director of a Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault shelter, River House, Inc. I have advocated for creating positive systems change to develop and enhance services, policies and procedures that impact the lives of those who have been effected by sexual assault and domestic violence. I believe that through education, a sense of safety, understanding and support, survivors and victims of sexual assault and domestic violence can be empowered to reclaim their power, rights and voice.
Ross J. Rapaport, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Ross has provided counseling services to college students in university counseling centers for over 37 years. From 2000 - 2017 he served as director of the CMU Counseling Center. He is working half-time in the Counseling Center during the 2017-2018 academic year. In his counseling Ross incorporates holistic, cognitive behavioral, strength based, and solution focused perspectives. The counseling issues he works with include: adjustment, stress management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, substance abuse, procrastination, performance/test anxiety, LGBTQ concerns, and relationship problems. Ross believes the counselor’s role is to help individuals identify their own goals, build on their strengths, learn from their experiences, and strengthen coping and problem solving skills. Prior to coming to CMU in 1983 he completed an American Psychological Association approved pre-doctoral counseling internship at The Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Services and worked for three years as a Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of Iowa’s Counseling Services. Education: B.A. Social Sciences, Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D. Psychology (Industrial/Organizational with a minor in Counseling Psychology) from The Ohio State University.
Lisa Sheffert, MA, Ed.S., LPC
I worked in community mental health and private practice in the Mid-Michigan area for 10 years before beginning work at CMU in 2005. I have experience addressing concerns specific to a college environment including stress management, adjustment to college, and career indecision. I also have experience treating various personal concerns, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, domestic violence, emotional, sexual and physical abuse, grief and loss concerns, LGBTQ concerns, and other developmental issues. I will work to create a trusting environment in which you’ll feel safe and respected sharing your thoughts, ideas, and feelings. I welcome the opportunity to work together with you to identify concrete goals and solutions, and to strengthen your problem-solving and coping skills.
Megan Varner MA, LLPC
Associate Director Sexual Aggression Services
Sexual Aggression Dedicated Counselor
It is my belief that providing an environment of trust and a sense of safety are of vital importance to a developing a successful counselor- client relationship. No two people share the exact same experiences, and I welcome the opportunity to work with each individual as they work along their own chosen path. My experience with sexual aggression began and expanded during my eight years working with Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates (SAPA). Throughout my time in the field of sexual aggression, I worked to improve the advocacy services provided and worked within the campus community to build better connections and unified survivor-centered approaches. I earned both my Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University.
Clinical Pyschology Advanced Practicum
Casey Roca, BS
My approach to practice incorporates aspects of a
cognitive-behavioral perspective, as well as mindfulness and acceptance-based
therapies. I strongly encourage collaboration throughout the entire process of
treatment, so I will work with you to develop and master skills that you can
use outside of sessions. I also attempt to create a supportive and
non-judgmental environment where clients can safely express their thoughts and
I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychological
Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of
Florida in 2014. I am currently in my third year at the Clinical
Psychology doctoral program here at CMU. I'm currently working as a
clinician-in-training under the advisement of Dr. Frank Kuo, Ph.D.,
LLP, LPC. My previous experience includes working with depression, anxiety, and
James Simms, BA
I approach therapy from a cognitive-behavioral perspective
and utilize mindfulness and acceptance-based techniques to encourage clients to
take an active role in therapy. I believe it is important to work together in
choosing treatment goals, employing positive coping strategies, and evaluating
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014
at the University of Louisville, and am currently going into my 3rd
year of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at CMU. At the CMU Counseling Center,
I am a therapist-in-training under the supervision of Frank Kuo, Ph.D., LLP,
LPC. Prior to graduate school I worked as caseworker resettling refugees from
conflict zones around the world, a life skills trainer for people with
traumatic brain injuries, and in a myriad of social justice/community conflict
Counselor Education Intern