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Counseling Center Staff

The staff of the Counseling Center is interdisciplinary. We represent the fields of psychology, social work, and psychiatry. We train interns in counseling, social work, and psychology. Our common commitment is to the emotional, physical and spiritual development of undergraduate and graduate students. All staff are trained to address a wide range of presenting concerns and are licensed mental health professionals. The interns are graduate students in counseling, psychology, and social work. Each of us has our own unique interests and have developed counseling styles that best enable us to connect with the students in a way that is most helpful.

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Sherri Ettinger, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.


Sherri Ettinger, Ph.D., LICSW., began working in the Simmons College Counseling Center in the fall of 2000. She has worked with adolescents and young women for more than 25 years, focusing on life-transitions, self-development, and resilience. Areas of particular interest include sexual identity, trauma, eating problems, parenting, and the impact of oppression on development and self-esteem. In addition to providing clinical services to Counseling Center clients, Sherri supervises interns and serves on various committee at Simmons. Sherri received her B.A. in Sociology and Women's Studies at Brandeis University and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at the Smith College School for Social Work where she is a member of the adjunct faculty.

Donna Mathias, M.D.

Psychiatric Consultant

Donna Mathias, M.D., the consulting psychiatrist at the Counseling Center, is an integral part of our counseling team. As the psychiatric consultant, Donna meets with staff and clients to develop counseling plans appropriate to clients' needs, with a special emphasis on the role that medication can play in assisting clients to cope more effectively with their concerns.

Leslie Langston, L.I.C.S.W.

Staff Social Worker

Leslie Langston, L.I.C.S.W., is a graduate of Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with women struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship and family problems, as well as individuals struggling with trauma and obsessive compulsive issues. Her areas of interest and practice incorporate feminist-oriented psychotherapy, issues particular to multicultural and minority populations, as well as the field of mind/body stress reduction and anxiety management. Leslie also provides outreach to the larger Simmons Community.

Lisa Corrin, Ed.M., L.I.C.S.W.

Staff Social Worker

Lisa Corrin, Ed.M., L.C.S.W. is a graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lisa joined the Counseling Center first as a graduate intern in 2002 and then joined the staff in 2005. Her professional experience includes a leadership role in an educational setting where she provided support to families, faculty and young children. She also has experience with women's health issues and worked with individuals and groups to assist with adjustment to and management of chronic and life threatening illnesses. Lisa offers an integrative approach to help students who struggle with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, adjustment and identity issues, as well as loss and grief and family and relationship issues.

Elizabeth Alvarez-Nyante

Staff Social Worker

Elizabeth Alvarez-Nyante, M.S.W, L.I.C.S.W. is a graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work, and also attended Simmons College as an undergraduate. Elizabeth joined the Counseling Center first as a graduate intern in 2005 and returned as a staff member in 2013. She returns to Simmons to continue in her interest of young adult development, feminist theory and trauma. Her professional experience includes a background in community mental health (South End Community Health Center, Advocates, and Wayside Metro West). Over the past 7 years she has worked with children, adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, as well as loss and trauma. In addition to providing clinical services to Counseling Center clients, Elizabeth supervises interns and is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Simmons College School for Social Work.

Angela M. Borges

Psychology Fellow

Angela M. Borges holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Theory and is a Doctoral Candidate at Boston College in the Counseling Psychology program. She has done counseling with underrepresented groups since 2007, specializing in the effects of trauma across the lifespan and the psychological impact of societal oppression. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, food and substance addiction issues, and many other mental health challenges. Previously, she worked as a domestic violence victim advocate. She is the co-author of a number of peer-reviewed publications on violence prevention and intervention and the intersection of social justice and mental health issues and has worked as a consultant on these issues with local colleges and agencies. Angela is also a Lead Trainer with Prevention Innovations at the University of New Hampshire, where since 2003 she has helped adapt the Bringing in the Bystander© sexual assault prevention program for more than 30 national and international non-profit organizations, universities, and military organizations.

Sarah Lusk

Staff Psychologist

Counseling Center Interns

Aliza (Lily) Appel


Aliza Appel is a second year MSW student at Simmons School of Social Work. She received her BA in psychology at the University of Vermont, and last year she interned as a guidance counselor in a K-8 school. Before attending Simmons Aliza worked in a middle school as a substitute teacher and therapeutic aide. Aliza is interested in mindfulness, and its positive impact on anxiety, depression, self-esteem and self-image. She has been practicing mindfulness for 10 years and has brought it into her work with children and adolescents. She is also interested in movement, somatic, and creative therapeutic techniques. In her free time Aliza enjoys making pottery, all types of dancing, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Liza Hoffman

Liza Hoffman is a second year social work student at the Simmons College School of Social Work. Prior to attending Simmons, she worked as a career counselor, case manager, and volunteer at non-profit organizations in South Africa and Vermont. Within these roles, Liza provided counseling and support to a culturally diverse group of individuals experiencing significant life challenges. Liza has a particular interest in anxiety and depression as well as adjustment and relationship issues. She utilizes a multi-faceted and collaborative approach that includes cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness practice.

Tangela Roberts


Tangela Roberts is a second year PhD student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  While she is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she received her MS in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BA from St. John's University in Queens, NY.   She has had experience interning at a center serving homeless youth, adjudicated youth, families and adolescents.  Primarily, she is interested in intersectionality, social justice, womanism, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ issues, self-harm, and relationships.  Tangela's research tends to focus on intersectionality in terms of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.  She utilizes feminist, critical race, and systems theories to explore the experiences of queer people of color.  Outside of research and counseling, she enjoys learning computer programming (Linux newbie), biking, reading, shopping, and playing board games.

Yoko Hisano


Yoko Hisano is a second year MSW student at Smith College School for Social Work. Her prior clinical experience was at an inpatient psychiatric facility for adults with severe mental illness as well as those in crisis and needed psychiatric assessment. There, she worked with both patients and their family members. Prior to entering the Social Work field, Yoko worked in higher education and provided support for international students and scholars as well as promoted intercultural awareness to campus community. Her areas of interest include mindfulness, appreciative inquiry, acculturation, third culture kid, and psychodynamic therapy. She values relational approach and meets individuals where they are. This has allowed her to be innovative during the collaborative process of discovering individual's strengths as well as addressing their challenges.

Joshua Mosquera Wilson


Joshua Mosquera Wilson is a second year PhD student and Diversity Fellow in the Counseling Psychology program at Boston College. His research interests include community-based services for low-income women, coping strategies and systemic barriers to services for single mothers. He is also interested in issues of class, race, and gender privilege and intersectionality in psychotherapy, as well as feminist therapy and emotion regulation and relaxation strategies. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Williams College and has previously worked with young children with autism who are transitioning to school. Joshua is originally from New York City and is the oldest of 4 brothers. He enjoys baking, swing dancing, playing and listening to music, and movies.

Allison Allyn


Allison Allyn is in her final year of the MSW program at Simmons College. She has previously earned a Masters degree in English literature and Irish Studies at Boston College focusing on gender and marginalized communities in literature. Allison has worked as a clinical intern at The Victor School and volunteers at MEDA running groups for adolescence with Eating Disorders. Allison has attended workshops on race and sexual exploitation. Her interests include, eating disorders and body image, gender and sexuality, and advocating for the sexually exploited community.

Amie D. Wells


Amie D. Wells is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and is a second year Master's student in the Mental Health Counseling Program at the Lynch School of Education of Boston College. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her professional experience includes bilingual services as an HIV counselor and community educator and Therapeutic Trainer and Support provider for Latino children, youth and families in the Boston and Brockton areas with Latin American Health Institute. She has most recently worked as a student advocate for underprivileged students at The Jeremiah Burke School in the inner-city of Boston. She believes therapy may come in many forms such as artistic expression, talk therapy and mindfulness activities. Her therapeutic approach is through a feminist ecological framework. Her particular areas of study are issues related to race, sexuality, gender and class. She considers herself an advocate for social justice and human rights and currently conducts research for the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. With the CHRIJ, she has recently co-developed a training workshop for community service providers who work with immigrant survivors of domestic violence and was the lead author of "Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence: A Training Resource Guide" which was distributed to local community organizations for their usage. Her personal interests include modern/interpretive and African dance fusions, written and spoken art forms and outdoor activities. She has traveled to over 10 countries exploring languages and cultures and is drawn to community organizing through art, empowerment and shared culture.

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One Palace Road
Room P-305
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02215


For Counseling Center inquiries, please send your questions/concerns to

Phone: 617-521-2455
Fax: 617-521-3091


During the academic year, the Counseling Center is open during the following hours:

Monday through Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm