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.
Kristie Miner, MA, LPC
Counseling provided to students focusing on internal as well as external issues. Making the decision to seek counseling is one of many first steps in facilitating positive change in a person's life. I tend to take a client centered and cognitive-behavioral approach in counseling, making sure that each session addresses the needs of the client. Education: BS in Psychology and Masters Degree in Professional Counseling both from Central Michigan University.
Ross J. Rapaport, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
I am a generalist counselor and have worked at university student counseling centers for over 39 years. My counseling work incorporates holistic, cognitive behavioral, strength based, and solution focused perspectives. From my perspective, the counselor's role is to help students identify their own goals, build on their strengths, learn from their experiences, and strengthen coping and problem solving skills. I strive to provide a safe non-judgmental space for students to talk about their thoughts and feelings; and encourage open, honest and direct communication. Prior to coming to CMU in 1983, I completed an American Psychological Association (APA) 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 University Counseling Services. I have a B.A. in Social Sciences from Michigan State University; and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology (Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Counseling Psychology) from The Ohio State University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan, National Board Certified Counselor, and served as director of the CMU Counseling Center from 2000 – 2017.
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, LPC
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.
Ashley Watters, MA, LLPC
As a counselor, I strive to create an environment that is safe, interactive and purposeful. Counseling is a collaborative process that involves you and me. I believe that counseling can lead to a person’s ability to grow and develop in several areas and I believe in your journey to creating positive change in your life. I place a high value in the therapeutic relationship and I will make every effort to understand who you are as an individual and learn about your life experiences. My primary role is to support your healing and growth, explore your strengths, and provide you with intentional resources to handle life’s challenges and stressors. I am a limited licensed professional counselor within the State of Michigan. My educational background includes a Bachelor in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Degree from Central Michigan University. I have experience working at two different university counseling centers, before coming back "home" to work at CMU!
Counselor Education Intern
Kevin Daum, BS
I am a counselor-in-training in my third year of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program here at Central Michigan University.
I use a collaborative, holistic, strengths-based approach to counseling. I don't presume to know what it's like to be you; you are the expert on your life. I aim to be fully present to you and create an environment of safety and respect in which we can explore what's bothering you and discover ways to harness your strengths to achieve your goals.
I am committed to social justice and strive to provide a supportive environment for all students, including those who are impacted by racism, sexism, hetero/trans-sexism, ableism, classism, religious discrimination, ageism, and other forms of oppression. I hold memberships in the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, the American Counseling Association, and the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association.
Margerae Jackson, BA
As a graduate assistant for the Counseling Center, Margerae has a zeal for change. She has a passion for individuals that seek transformation within oneself to reach their destination in life. With having a deep yearning for change, she believes that each person was designed to lead. She states that, "Individuals first must develop the true essence of themselves before putting their stamp on the world". She received her Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in Marketing from Saginaw Valley State University. She is pursuing her Master's Degree in Professional Counseling.
Her degree will be used to inspire others and instill hope for a successful future.