Counseling Staff

Erica Wade, M.S., LCPC, ACS is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), approved clinical supervisor (ACS) and the Director of the Health & Student Counseling Center at Governors State University. She has over 14 years of professional counseling experiencing consisting of: university counseling, an adjunct instructor, crisis counselor, correctional therapist, substance use counseling, private practice, and as an HIV prevention specialist. She also has 7 years’ experience providing supervision and training to professional staff, graduate assistants, externs and doctoral interns. Areas of specialization and interest are group therapy, multicultural concerns, anxiety concerns, interpersonal violence concerns, grief and loss, relational concerns, substance use, training and supervision. Her research interests are impostor phenomenon, counselor self-efficacy, racial identity development, creative practices within supervision, diversity, and student athletes. Outside of being a counselor, she enjoys watching movies and running. Her favorite movies are: Gladiator, Love and Basketball, Pretty Woman, Joy Luck Club, Moonlight, Star Trek, Any Marvel comics movie, Fast and Furious, Matrix, Coming to America, Boomerang, Good Will Hunting and Shawshank Redemption. Moreover, she really enjoys supporting students and feels honored and privileged when she can be a part of their academic journey!   

Dr. Katherine Helm is a licensed clinical psychologist and the primary clinical supervisor of the counseling interns for the GSU Counseling Center. Dr. Helm provides individual and couples counseling. Her areas of interest encompass couples, sexuality issues and education, multicultural issues in counseling, clinical supervision, the treatment of trauma for childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault, depression, anxiety, and family of origin issues. Dr. Helm has both clinical and consultative experience in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health, college counseling centers, and other mental health agency settings. In addition, Dr. Helm has been with GSU for over 15 years. 

Counseling Interns 

Bethany Mendoza, B.A., Extern is a third-year Clinical Psychology Doctoral student from Adler University. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. Beth has previously worked as a diagnostic extern in both a hospital outpatient settings where she has gained experience in helping adults with a variety of mental health and medical concerns. Moreover, she has led support groups for survivors of a stroke, and worked as a volunteer with Mental Health America, where she has assisted individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness with skill-building and creating positive social interactions. Her specific areas of clinical interest include, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment to illness, relational concerns, work/life balance, and self-esteem concerns. Additionally, she is passionate about the bonds between humans and animals, where she has an interest in animal-assisted therapy. Outside of her professional work, Beth enjoys laughing with her friends and family, trying new resturants, reading true crimes novels, and spending time with her four beloved dogs. 

Lorrie Simington, M.A., Extern is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate from Midwestern University. Lorrie has previously worked as a diagnostic extern in a rehabilitation treatment facility for alcohol and substance dependent individuals and as a therapy extern providing individual therapy and skill building groups for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness. Her specific areas of interest include death and dying, grief and loss, bereavement, working with ethnic and racial minorities, and members of the LGTBQIA+ community. 

Ashley Wilk, M.A., Extern is a third year Clinical Psychology student from Midwestern University. Ashley previously was a diagnostic extern in a neurology office and hospital working with individuals with brain injuries, cardiovascular problems, memory loss, psychopathology, and dementia. Additionally, she volunteers as a victim advocate working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Ashley completed the 60-hour domestic violence and sexual assault training, and currently works as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence in the hospital. Ashley's areas of interest are supporting individuals impacted by sexual assault or domestic violence, working with athletes and individuals suffering from co-occurring medical illness, and working with people who are struggling with anxiety, or depression.                                                                                                                           

Brittany Yacko, B.A., is a third-year graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is working towards her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. In 2015, she received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lewis University, where she worked full-time as a tutor and provided academic support to college students of diverse backgrounds, personalities, and majors. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, bullying and peer conflict, self-esteem and relational concerns. For fun, she enjoys spending quality time with my friends and family, and cuddling with my cat, Oliver. She also enjoys playing video games, reading celebrity memoirs, and participating in cupcake crawls. So much, that she loves visiting the best cupcake bakeries and sampling the best cupcakes in Chicago!                                                                                                          

Medical Staff 

Cassandra Brooks, APN-FNP, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of experience as a registered nurse. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Truman State University in May 2005 and gained experience providing direct patient care as a Clinical Nurse III/Senior Nurse at Rush University Medical Center. Nurse Brooks earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Governors State University in December 2015 and now looks to bring her years of quality nursing experience back to Governors State University as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Advocate. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International. 

Support Staff 

Agnieszka Tulowiecka, B.A., is a Coordinator of Counseling and Wellness for the Health & Student Counseling Center. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Governors State University with concentrations in pre-clinical psychology. She is currently working towards her Master's of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Governors State University. In her free time, she enjoys being physically active, such as hiking, cooking good food, spending time with her family and friends and traveling to new places. In addition, she is fluent in the following languages: Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, French, German, and Italian. 

Graduate Assistant 

Zaira Carvajal, B.A.