Wayne Assing, Director
Wayne is deeply committed to students and to their holistic mind-body-spirit health and well-being. His understanding of human behavior is informed by his life experiences and his understanding of developmental, psychodynamic, relational, and socio-cultural theories. He values contemplative practices such as poetry, photography, watching clouds and listening to birds – practicing mindfulness in the present moment while enjoying the simple things in life. Read more about Wayne.
Tracy Greenfield, LMHC, Associate Director
Tracy is interested in the integration and healing power of spirituality in psychotherapy and supporting people toward actualizing their potential in all realms of life. She is bilingual (English-Spanish), and has a wide range of interests including liberation-focused healing, women's health, working with the LGBTQIA+ community, anxiety, depression, sexuality, relationships, divorce, trauma work, and culture. Read more about Tracy.
Ellen O’Neill, Administrative Assistant
Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in Education/Human Services from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Before joining the Counseling Center staff, she has worked with a state-run agency which assisted in giving individual school placement to students with different learning abilities as well as supporting the school-based programs in which they were enrolled. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys baking, live music, movies, and spoiling her beagle Mable. Read more about Ellen.
Rose Marsh, LCSW, University Counselor
Rose takes a relational approach, believing in the importance of understanding how relationship dynamics impact one’s mental health. She recognizes that each student comes with a differing level of experience with therapy and works with students to identify goals and a pace best suited for them. Rose welcomes working with all students and has particular passion working with students navigating sexuality, family and relationship dynamics, eating concerns, trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. Read more about Rose.
Edward Yates MSW, LCSW, University Counselor
Edward’s approach to counseling is centered around mindfulness while empowering students to drive their experience during each session. He is bilingual (Spanish and English) and has been trained and has a passion for restorative justice which also influences the approach to his practice. Some areas of focus are trauma work, impacts of acculturation, family and relationship dynamics, anxiety, and depression. Read more about Edward.
Nasya Smith, Staff Counselor
Nasya’s professional approach is to provide a collaborative therapeutic space, she aims to empower students through a whole-person, trauma-informed approach. She is passionate about helping clients develop skills to establish and maintain healthy boundaries. She holds a broad range of clinical interests, which include: shame reduction, self-esteem/self-compassion, mind-body connection, socio-cultural-political context and mental health, destigmatization of mental health in BIPOC communities, spiritual identity exploration, and stress management. Read more about Nasya.
Thylia Duporte, Graduate Student Intern
Thylia is a clinical intern pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work at Bridgewater State University. Thylia started her clinical experience at The Home for Little Wanderers Safe at Home Boston program where she provided age-appropriate, culturally sensitive in-home therapy services for clients and families. She worked to advocate for families and to help parents build advocacy skills, as well as to identify and utilize community resources that support the growth of children and families. Outside of interning and writing papers, Thylia enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and shopping.
Malaika Palacios, Graduate Student Intern
Malaika Palacios earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Binghamton University and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Clinical Social Work at Boston College. Prior to joining Boston College, Malaika spent her time at the Billerica House of Corrections, Therapeutic Mentor Network, and Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery Program, building trusting relationships with the individuals and connecting them to care, eliminating barriers, and advocating for systemic changes.
Malaika is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a first-generation college graduate. Malaika’s family immigrated from Trujillo, Honduras. Malaika’s experience as being part of the 1.5 generation influences her desire in seeing the power of collaborating with individuals in their context, learning about them on their own terms and in their own communities. During Malaika’s leisure time you will catch her spending time with friends, listening to music, or watching her favorite shows.
Jordyn Piccirelli, Graduate Student Intern
Jordyn is a graduate student at William James College, where she is obtaining her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Previously, she attended SUNY Farmingdale State College where she received a degree in Applied Psychology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Jordyn is committed to serving underserved communities but has a special interest in working with the LGBTQIA+ community. Her unique experiences, both personally and academically, have contributed to her passion for learning and practicing theoretical orientations that aim to empower, encourage, and support the strengths within each individual she has the opportunity to work with. When Jordyn isn’t working or tending to school requirements, you can find her listening to music, eating, or outside- sometimes all at once!