Center for Counseling & Well-Being - a Division of Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma

Staff

Julia Reed, MSW, LCSW

Director, Center for Counseling and Well- Being 

Julia joined CCWB in April 2014.  A 1993 graduate of the OU School of Social Work, she is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in administration and leadership in nonprofits, in clinical practice settings, and as a consultant.  Her social work life includes a focus on mental health and wellness, trauma, child and family development, disaster response and clinical supervision.

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Cassie Murphy, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Director, Clinical Training

Cassie received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Sociology, with a minor in Family Relations and Child Development and her Masters of Social Work degree, with a clinical emphasis, from the University of Oklahoma. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working in inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities, public schools, residential treatment, and community mental health settings.  These provided her with the opportunity to provide services to a diverse population of clients and work with a variety of mental health issues.  Her experience also includes teaching as an assistant adjunct professor in the OU Masters of Human Relations program and providing outreach and guest lectures for various departments at UCO.  Currently, she is a board member for Oklahoma Counselors in Higher Education and a member of the Healthy Campus Initiative at UCO.  Cassie coordinates our practicum training program as well as being a clinician.  She has extensive experience in program oversight, training and supervision. She has been at UCO since 2014.

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Alex Russell, MSW, CPT 

Assistant Director, Health Promotion 

Alex received her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She is a NASPA certified peer educator trainer, certified personal trainer and certified therapy dog handler to UCO’s therapy dog, Kevin the Greyt. Alex started as a practicum student in CCWB in 2015 and was hired on as staff in 2016. Alex manages UCO Health Promotion and Outreach programming and oversees the UCO Peer Health Leadership program and UCO’s therapy dog program, Broncho Barkers. Alex serves as co-chair for UCO Healthy Campus (https://sites.uco.edu/wellness/hf/healthycampus/) and brings education related to the 8 dimensions of wellness, interpersonal violence prevention, substance and alcohol abuse prevention and suicide prevention. In her spare time, Alex enjoys getting to know people, adventuring the world, eating good food and spending time outdoors.

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Anna Doughty, MSW

Mental Health Counselor

Anna received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and her master’s degree in English Literature with an emphasis in creative writing from UCO.  She completed her MSW through Louisiana State University in 2018.  Anna’s experience includes teaching Freshman Composition I and II at UCO, over 12 years in a business setting where she developed extensive organizational and management skills and a two-year internship as a counselor with the UCO Center for Counseling and Wellbeing.  Anna provides case management, counseling with an emphasis on trauma recovery, and outreach to former foster youth attending UCO.  Anna is a certified yoga teacher and provides EMDR therapy to support clients struggling with anxiety, depression, phobias, compulsive behaviors and symptoms related to trauma.  Anna is passionate about helping former foster youth develop peer connections and support systems on campus.  She assists students to work toward total wellness through physical health, stress management, consistent access to healthy food, reliable housing, financial support, organization and time management, and treatment for behavioral and mental health concerns.  Anna enjoys reading, watching British detective series, spending time outdoors, playing with her Bassett Hound and four cats, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

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Allison Behrenburg, MHR

Administrative Assistant

Allison earned her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Psychology, with a minor in Family Relations & Child Development in 2002.  She went on to complete a Master’s in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma in 2008.  Allison has a background of over 12 years in the field of Human Resources with focuses on benefits and employee relations.  Now an Administrative Assistant at UCO with the Center for Counseling & Well- Being, Allison is dedicated to supporting UCO students and the CCWB counselors and staff and curating a safe and mindful environment for all that come through the door.  She loves pugs and going on adventures with her husband and six-year-old son.

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Carlie Stout, MPH 

Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, Health Promotion

Carlie graduated from UCO in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and went on to obtain a Master’s in Public Health in 2017 from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Carlie began her work at UCO in November 2017. She enjoys working with students in helping them find balance and have an amazing college experience like she did at UCO. Carlie develops and facilitates educational programs around the 8 dimensions of wellness, interpersonal violence prevention, substance and alcohol abuse prevention and suicide prevention. Carlie also serves as the Peer Health Leadership Program Advisor.

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David Pfaff, M.Ed., LPC, NCC 

Mental Health Counselor

David is an Oklahoma licensed, nationally certified professional counselor and Oklahoma board approved clinical supervisor.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and Master’s in Licensed Professional Counseling from Oklahoma City University.  Additionally, David is in the process of completing a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands.  Professionally, David began his counseling career at Red Rock Behavioral Health Services.  Serving a diverse population consisting of youth and adults, David worked as a therapist and crisis unit administrator in promoting mental health, wellness, and cessation from addiction for clients across Oklahoma.  During this tenure at Red Rock, he received advanced training in trauma-focused care, suicidality, multiculturalism, therapeutic intervention, and forensic competency evaluation.  David also provided seminars on matters of multiculturalism in conjunction with the Oklahoma Counseling Association’s annual professional conferences.  Now a therapist at the University of Central Oklahoma, David provides counseling services and outreach within the student population, all while continuing to grow as a therapist, person, and member of the mental health community.  In furthering these aspirations to contribute and grow, David teaches and mentors up-and-coming professional counselors through instruction and clinical supervision.  As an adjunct professor within the professional counseling program at Oklahoma City University, David teaches courses on multiculturalism, advanced counseling techniques, career counseling, and marriage and family therapies. 

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Jade Bennight, MSW, LCSW

Mental Health Counselor

Jade Bennight received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Social Work in 2011. She went on to complete a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. Jade is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has experience working in outpatient community mental health, school, and home-based settings. Her professional focus prior to coming to The University of Central Oklahoma has been working with children and adolescents struggling with behavioral and emotional concerns. She has served as a crisis intervention specialist providing support to suicidal youth and has experience in working with children, youth, and adults with significant trauma histories. She has a passion for assisting adolescents and young adults in maximizing their potential and believes in the therapeutic process of meeting an individual where they are in their recovery process and providing collaborative treatment that promotes a holistic approach to wellness.  Jade has been at The University of Central Oklahoma since 2014 and has had opportunities to continue to expand her therapeutic skill set in areas of mindfulness-based treatments and dialectical behavioral interventions.

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Jeff Jones, MA, LPC, LADC

Mental Health Counselor

Jeffrey Jones grew up in Edmond, OK and completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma. Upon completing his Masters in counseling degree in 2010, Jeffrey completed his internship and started work in community mental health where he served populations living with severe mental illness, homelessness, and addiction for the next several years. During this time, Jeffrey completed annual intensive training in trauma-informed care, co-occurring treatments, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based treatments. While working in community-based settings, Jeffrey also trained his colleagues and coworkers in motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based treatments while also providing mindfulness-based training seminars at two annual conferences. Today, Jeffrey serves the student population at the University of Central Oklahoma as a therapist and continues to develop skills and training to enhance his focus on mindfulness-based recovery and looks forward to serving the metro area communities.

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Megan Fletcher, MS, LPC, NCC

Mental Health Counselor

Megan Fletcher grew up in the Oklahoma City area and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oklahoma State University. Megan completed her Master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2014. Megan has worked in a variety of settings since then including work in a youth counseling center and a community mental health center in a rural setting working with clients dealing with severe mental illness and substance use concerns. Megan has completed training and further consultation to provide EMDR, CBT, ACT and other forms of therapy. Megan currently works at the University of Central Oklahoma as a therapist serving the student population as well as doing work in private practice to serve adolescents and adults.


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