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 31st 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), depression, anxiety, and relationships/interpersonal issues.

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

Carol HodsonCarol Hodson
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"I believe in the power of the arts to heal." Carol Hodson is a professional artist and a professor in the Department of Art, Design and Art History (DADAH) at Webster University where she teaches Creative Strategies, Performance Art, and Expressive Arts Studio. As a therapist, Carol is especially interested in working with students, faculty, and staff who are interested in increasing self-awareness through artistic expression. Carol has a BFA in Painting and Education from School of Visual Arts in New York City, a MFA in Sculpture and Performance Art from Tyler School/Temple University of Art in Philadelphia, and is currently working on a second masters in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy through Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Carol is a recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Emerson Electric Teaching Award, and is a graduate of the Global Leaders Academy.

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 14-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.

Laurie SturmLaurie Sturm
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My name is Laurie Sturm. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I am a graduate student at Webster University doing my Clinical Mental Health Counseling practicum work under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Stack. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University located in Lynchburg, Virginia. My areas of interest are in mental health, stress management, anxiety, coping skills, and substance abuse. I believe that every individual has a unique gift that can inspire others in life. Our personalities are different as well as our circumstances, yet we find connectedness with others through understanding.

I spend most of my free time with my children and family. I enjoy journaling, listening to music and comedy on Pandora, drama shows/movies, creative arts with photography, and various crafts.

Emily RobinsonEmily Robinson
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Emily Robinson is a graduate student at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, concentrating in mental health. Prior to her current studies, Emily earned dual degrees in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Emily is passionate about health and wellness mentally, physically, and emotionally. She believes that counseling and self-discovery allow individuals to foster growth and healing, and her clinical areas of interest include anxiety, depression, self-esteem development, interpersonal/relationship issues, and trauma.

In her free time, Emily enjoys creating and tasting healthy recipes, reading, biking, and taking long walks while listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

Desirae RowanDesirae Rowan
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Desirae is a graduate student at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and is completing her social work practicum under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Stack. Desirae is pursuing her master’s in social work with a mental health concentration and earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in music from Saint Louis University. Desirae’s previous work in suicide prevention, case management, and inpatient mental health treatment have allowed her to see the vast impact of human experiences and resiliency on opportunities for growth. Desirae is devoted to mental health education and advocacy and being present with students. Her clinical interests include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, stress management, coping skills, interpersonal issues, and trauma. Desirae is passionate about mindfulness techniques and ways to incorporate these into the growth process.

In her free time, Desirae enjoys reading, knitting, working out, doing yoga, meditating, and playing the bass.

JJ MeyerJJ Meyer
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JJ Meyer is a graduate student at University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL) with experiences in both career and community counseling. JJ is trained in Narrative Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is also interested in applying mindfulness and attachment-informed practices while working with students. JJ holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Washington University. Prior to JJ’s transition to Counseling, she worked at pharmaceutical and biotech industries for 25 years. As a counselor-in-training, she had competed internships at the Counseling & Social Advocacy Center (CSAC) at UMSL and at the Career Planning and Development Center (CPDC) at Webster University.
JJ enjoys spending time with friends and family, and indulges in oil painting during the weekends.