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The theoretical orientation of the Counseling Center is varied. A healthy mix of interpersonal, systems, dynamic, feminist, cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches is practiced. Following is a list of current senior staff, their orientation and interests. This is followed by a list of Adjunct Training Faculty and recent interns.  You can see staff members’ self description by clicking on their names

Permanent Staff

April J. Boulier, Ed.D. (West Virginia University, 1989); Licensed Psychologist;  Cooperating Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. Humanistic orientation. Individual, couples and family therapy. Special interest in identity and career counseling, eating disturbances, weight loss and exercise, self-esteem, health psychology, gender issues, outreach and supervision.

Holly Costar, Ph.D. (University of Maryland, 2007); Licensed Psychologist; Assistant Training Director. Interpersonal orientation.  Special interest in mindfulness, treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, and health psychology, anxiety disorders.

Brent D. Elwood, Ph.D. (The University of Texas at Austin, 2001); Licensed  Psychologist; Group Coordinator. Systems-oriented and psychodynamic orientation informed by feminist and hermeneutic perspectives.  Individual, couples and group therapy, with special interest in group therapy, organizational consultation, trauma, career, and gender issues.

Douglas P. Johnson, Ph.D., C.G.P. (The Pennsylvania State University, 1992); Licensed Psychologist; Director. Existential-Humanistic orientation integrated with Developmental, Dynamic-Interpersonal and Systems Theory. Nationally Certified Group Psychotherapist.  Special interest in Systems-oriented Group Psychotherapy and organizational consultation.

Kelly Shaw, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013); Touchstone Coordinator and Clinical Psychology Resident. Integrative therapeutic approach with a Family Systems lends. Special interests in identity development and healthy relationships.

Michael Lyman, Ph.D. (Brigham Young University, 2013); Clinical Psychology Resident. ACT and Humanistic-Existential therapeutic approach.

Adjunct Training Faculty

Jeff Astin, Ph.D., Psychologist, Bangor Mental Health Institute
Alan C. Butler, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist; Founding Training Director, UMaine Counseling Center
Patty Counihan
, M.Ed., Director, Career Center
Robert Dana, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs
Jeanne Dorland, Ph.D., Psychologist in Private Practice
Keith Hutchinson, M.D., Psychiatric Consultant to the Counseling Center
Joshua Lawrence, Ph.D., Psychologist, Acadia Hospital
Judith Martin, M.S.W., Director of Multicultural Affairs, University of Maine, Orono
John Yasenchak, Ed.D., Clinical Supervisor, Program Director Penobscot/Wabanaki Health Dept.

Recent Interns*


Kathi Butler Hepler (University of Montana)

Michael Lyman (Brigham Young University)

Kelly Shaw (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)


Matt Colon (Wright Institute)
Meghan Nash(Florida Institute of Technology)
Brian Ward (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)


Rachael Kerns (George Fox University)
Jeff Walter (University of Minnesota)
Samantha Wheeler (Western Michigan University)


Jessica Mijal (University of St. Thomas)
Innocent Okozi (Seton Hall University)
Michael Starkey (University of Minnesota)


David Dahlbeck (University of Memphis)
Kelly Russo (Fielding University)
Jory Smith (George Fox University)


Andrew Cole (Yeshiva University)
Robert Fasman (Arizona State University)
Adam Fenske (George Fox University)


Holly Costar (University of Maryland)
Claude Dotson (Spaulding University)
Salena King (Auburn University)


Kylie Cole-Zakrzewski (University of Tennessee)
Juan Pablo Kalawski (University of North Texas)
Kirsten Michels (University of Georgia)


Terri Elofson Bly (Argosy University/Twin Cities)
Russell Phillips III (Bowling Green University)
Ariela Reder (Wright State University)


Kristin Ljungberg (Argosy- Honolulu)
Stephanie Poplock (Northeastern)


Nancy Hartsock (George Washington University)
Aaron Krasnow (Clark University)


Jeanne Dorland (The University of Akron)
Richard Jazdzewski (Minnesota School of Professional Psychology)
Ronald Young (James Madison University)


Jay Coughlin (James Madison University)
Jennifer Fife (Boston College)
Kristine Karl (Minnesota School of Professional Psychology)

*Some intern alumni names may be omitted if we were unable to contact them or if they requested that their names not be listed on line.

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Contact Information

The Counseling Center
5721 Cutler Health Center
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1392 | Fax: (207) 581-4975
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System