CAPS 2021 Graduate Student Trainees

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Rachel Arnold

Rachel Arnold joined the CAPS team in 2021 as part of her doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at VCU. She earn

ed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio in 2016 and spent several years working at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore assisting research projects related to substance use, PTSD, health education, problem gambling, and serious mental illness. As a clinician, Rachel uses a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the unique needs of each student. She has experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy.

When not at work, Rachel is usually doing puzzles, listening to true crime podcasts, or relaxing with one of her two cats.

 

Lian Currie

Lian Currie is joining the University of Richmond CAPS team for her practicum and internship placements for the 2021-2022 academic year. She is currently a full-time academic advisor for students studying bioinformatics at Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked for VCU for 4 years. Prior to her transition to higher education student support, Lian worked in marketing and communications for multiple industries but felt called to work with college students on a deeper level. She is in the last year of her Master of Education, Counselor Education program with a concentration in college counseling and student affairs and is excited to get to know the students of U of R. She is a member of the research team for The Women's Lifespan Development Research Lab under the founder and director, Dr. Mary Hermann. Clinically, her interests include college student neurodiversity, sexuality, anxiety, depression, adjustment, women's development, and group psychotherapy. 

 Lian approaches her work with college students with compassion and a strengths-based lens. From a theoretical perspective, she is guided by a core belief that students are the experts on their own experience and uses an approach that integrates person-centered, narrative, feminist, and solution-focused brief therapy to accomplish student goals. Lian enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, and is a collector of hobbies. Some of these hobbies include knitting, baking, playing piano, painting, and reading.

 

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Whitney Hyatt

Whitney Hyatt received her Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia in 2018. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at West Virginia University. Her clinical experience involves working in a university counseling center, outpatient clinic, and within the K-12 public school system. She has provided mental health services to clients with various presenting concerns, such as anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, homesickness, grief and loss, relationship concerns, sexual identity, gender identity, attachment problems, complex trauma and PTSD, racial violence, sexual violence, disordered eating, self-injury/harm, suicidality, substance abuse problems, personality concerns, and familial dynamics. Her main clinical interests comprise of relationship concerns, violence-based issues, self-injury/harm, and suicidality. Along with implementing dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) interventions, she offers multiculturally-sensitive care using emotion-focused therapy (EFT). Additionally, she has experience in applying mindfulness techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and self-compassion strategies with her clients.

Whitney was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and loves exploring local restaurants in RVA. She enjoys spending time with her partner and their labradoodle, as well as their cat. When she’s not providing therapy, she can be found watching sports (Go ‘Hoos!) or practicing yoga.

 

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Carine Leslie, M.S. 

Carine graduated from Lehigh University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. After college she spent two years in Columbus, OH where she worked as a research assistant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and volunteered as a hospital advocate for sexual assault survivors. Currently, she is working towards her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research mainly focuses on the association between dating violence and post traumatic stress symptoms across adolescence and emerging adulthood. 
 
In therapy, Carine utilizes evidence-based cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches when working with students. Her primary clinical interest involves working with survivors of trauma (e.g., sexual assault, dating violence, abuse, etc.) and is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy. However, she also enjoys working with students who present with a variety of other concerns. Additionally, Carine is Safe Zone trained and aims to provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for students of all backgrounds.
 
Carine is excited for the opportunity to work at UR CAPS this year as she continues her doctoral training. Outside of her time spent in graduate school, Carine enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and eating tacos.

 

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Amber Livingston

Amber Livingston began working at UR CAPS in January 2020 as a graduate intern. She received her Master of Education in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in College Student Development and Counseling. Amber is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision and is a LPC Resident in Counseling. 

Amber has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and mindfulness-based counseling. She believes in building a warm, collaborative, accepting, and culturally sensitive relationship with others that sets the foundation for an individual to feel empowered and safe to create the change they want to see within themselves. She is passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and giving individuals the tools they need to help them in their journey throughout life and become a stronger version of themselves. 

In her free time, she enjoys reading, seeing live music, listening to podcasts, being with loved ones, and most of all, spending time with her cat Lily.

 

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Melanie Maddox

Melanie Maddox is a native of Richmond and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Anderson University in South Carolina. While there she was a member of the soccer team, serving as team captain in both her junior and senior years and earning All-SAC (South Atlantic Conference) Honorable mention multiple years. She is currently pursuing a Masters’ of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winthrop University in South Carolina.

Melanie enjoys all sports, but she especially loves playing soccer and developing young soccer players. She spent two summers as a member of the Charlotte Eagles Women’s Semi-Pro team in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she played competitively and ran soccer camps for young children. In addition to her love of sports, she enjoys reading, hiking and being outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.