Student Counseling and Life Development Staff | Webster University

Student Counseling and Life Development Staff

StackDr. Patrick Stack
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Dr. Patrick Stack is in his 32nd year as director of Counseling/Life Development. He received his BA in Philosophy from Suffolk University, Boston; MDiv from St. John's School of Theology, Boston; MEd in general counseling, from the University of Missouri–St. Louis; DMin from Eden Theological Seminary–St. Louis; Professional Certificate in Marriage and Family therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Patrick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and approved Missouri State supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and approved Missouri State supervisor, National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (CRAADC), and holds Clinical Status and Approved Supervisor Status in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Dr. Stack promotes Wellness as a clinician, author and speaker, and has designed and implemented a Wellness clinical assessment instrument. He and his wife Pamela (P.J.) Furrer Stack, who is a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), do conjoint marriage and family therapy in their private practice. Patrick and Pamela have two wonderful daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.

SippleSamantha Sipple
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Samantha Sipple, MSW, LCSW, is the Assistant Director of Counseling/Life Development and serves as the Sexual Offense Advocate for Webster University. Samantha received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and her Master's in Social Work with a mental health concentration from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She is a nationally rostered Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT) and has been trained in a variety of evidence-based practices including (but not limited to) Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Samantha's clinical interests include acute and complex trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders and personality disorders.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys hiking, biking, camping and traveling.

Carol HodsonCarol Hodson
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"If talk therapy uses one language, I am fluent in five others as well – drama, dance, visual arts, poetry, and music." Carol Hodson

As a therapist, Carol gently guides clients to listen to their body and mind through Expressive Arts Therapy techniques that offer alternative ways to explore and express hopes and struggles. Carol encourages each client to increase their somatic (bodily) awareness as a crucial counterbalance to the cognitive intensity of academic life, social media, and contemporary issues. Carol is especially interested in working with students, faculty, and staff for whom tradition talk therapy has been less effective and who are interested in increasing self-awareness through artistic expression and somatic awareness.

Carol has an MA in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy through Lesley University in Cambridge, an MFA in Sculpture and Performance Art from Tyler School/Temple University of Art in Philadelphia, a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She is currently a beginning level practitioner in Somatic Experiencing (SE), a body-based approach to trauma treatment. Carol is a recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Emerson Electric Teaching Award, and is a graduate of the Webster University Global Leaders Academy. In addition to working as a counselor at Webster University, Carol has co-facilitated groups of adults challenged with addiction and alcoholism.

When she is not on campus, Carol is in working in her art studio, getting muddy in her overgrown garden, or spending quality time with her 17-year-old daughter.

Alfred AbotsiAlfred Abotsi
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My name is Alfred Kwashie Abotsi. I am from Ghana. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from University of Ghana–Legon. After college, I taught Social Studies in High School for three years before moving to United States. A full time staff at Emerson Library and a Clinical Mental Health counseling student from Webster University.

My special interest areas are mental health and career counseling with college students. I am an avid gardener, both flower and vegetable. I enjoy walking, biking and reading. I am a soccer-crazy person, but other sports have a place in my heart, especially college basketball.

JJ MeyerJJ Meyer
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JJ Meyer is a doctoral student at University of Missouri, St. Louis, with focuses on counselor education, career, and clinical mental health counseling. JJ employs Narrative Therapy as her primary approach in individual therapy, and uses the Gottman's methodology for couples. In addition, she also applies mindfulness and attachment-informed practices while working with students. Prior to her transition to counseling, JJ enjoyed a career in pharmaceutical and biotech industries. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Washington University, and a Master in Counseling from UMSL.

JJ enjoys spending time with family and friends during the weekend, and does oil painting whenever time permits.

Rebekah LauerRebekah Lauer
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Rebekah Lauer is a graduate student at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, concentrating in mental health with a specialization in sexual health and education. Her previous academic experiences include earning her Bachelor's Degree from Knox College in Gender and Women's Studies, and studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the University of Palermo. After completing her undergraduate degree, Rebekah worked in College Counseling at a high school in Chicago for four years before pursuing her graduate studies. Rebekah is passionate about supporting students through their emotional, interpersonal and intersectional college experience. Rebekah implements a strength-based perspective and tailors her therapeutic approach for each individuals' goals for counseling.

In her free time Rebekah enjoys listening to music and podcasts, cooking, being outdoors and making pottery.

Warren FergusonWarren Ferguson
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Warren Ferguson is a graduate student at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and is completing his Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. Warren received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. He has worked over two years as a behavioral health specialist at McCallum Place for eating disorders and has interest in athletics, depression, anxiety, self-care, life management and trauma work. Warren believes that with awareness, one can bring about positive change. "If you can change your perspective you can change your outlook."

In his spare time Warren enjoys singing, dancing, basketball, listening to music, making music and traveling. He loves interacting with people from different areas and learning about different cultures.

Julia BietschJulia Bietsch
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Julia Bietsch is a graduate student at Lindenwood University studying professional counseling. She is completing her internship under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Stack. Prior to her time at Webster University, Julia earned a degree in elementary education from Lindenwood University. She spent five years as an elementary teacher in the St. Louis area. Julia's clinical interests include anxiety, stress management, substance abuse, life transitions, and trauma.

In her free time, Julia enjoys playing with her two dogs, traveling, reading, doing Pilates, and playing board games.

Carlos BurgosCarlos Burgos
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Carlos Burgos, PLPC, is the Assistant Director of Advancement at Thomas Jefferson School. He received his BA in Educational Studies and his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Webster University. Carlos ran a respite program for kids with autism shortly after graduating with his Masters. Carlos believes "it is the relationship that heals" when working with clients and/or students.

Carlos has a passion for traveling. "Being able to experience different cultures and to get out of my comfort zone brings me great joy". Carlos also plays in a Hispanic baseball league during the summer.