Center for Counseling and Personal Growth

Meet Our Staff

L. Megan KerstingL. Megan Kersting, LMHC, PsyD. — Director

Megan is a licensed psychologist and licensed mental health counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She received her doctorate in psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), and holds her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College. In addition to her twelve years of clinical and administrative work at a community mental health agency (Riverside Community Care), she has held psychology internship positions in the counseling centers at Salem State College, Simmons College, and Boston University , as well as after-hours crisis management at Harvard University Mental Health Services. Areas of clinical interest include relationship issues, resilience, mindfulness, crisis management, transition to adulthood, and trauma. Outside of work, Megan enjoys hiking with her funny looking Labradoodle, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends.



Michael HendricksonMichael Hendrickson, M.A. —Staff Counselor

Michael holds a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. Michael has provided mental health counseling to a wide range of populations and has found he is most inspired by working with college and university students struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, gender and sexual identity development, substance use, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. He is particularly influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and expressive approaches, but is a firm believer that each individual is the expert of their own life and enjoys tailoring therapy accordingly. Outside of being a therapist, Michael enjoys the performing arts, hunting down dogs to play with, snowboarding, and exploring the coast of New England.



ShaQuan Read, M.A. - Staff Counselor

ShaQuan Read received of Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and her Bachelor of Science from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is passionate about working with college students and has had the opportunity to support students in many different capacities at institutions throughout Massachusetts. She specializes in identity development, supporting survivors of trauma, and helping students manage relationships and the transitions of the college experience ShaQuan teaches courses in human development, abnormal psychology, critical thinking, and career and life planning. In her "spare" time, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, knitting and spending time with her family.



Kara MassieKara Massie, PhD. — Staff Counselor

Kara recently earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Suffolk University. She also holds a master's degree in general psychology from Villanova University and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. After leaving her home state of Wyoming, Kara has provided counseling to students from several colleges and universities including Butler University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Roger Williams University. Her clinical specialties include eating disorder treatment, mindfulness, and third-wave behavioral therapies. Kara has taught courses in general psychology and human sexuality, and has conducted research on sexual decision making within the college "hookup" culture. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, going to art museums, and caring too much about the performance of various professional soccer teams.



Alexandra Lash, M.A.— Clinical Intern

Alex received her Master of Arts degree in General Psychology from The New School for Social Research and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eugene Lang College at the New School University in New York City.  Alex has worked in clinical settings that range from public schools and university counseling to private clinics. Alex enjoys working with all populations but has great interest in couples work, trauma, substance abuse, as well as relationship issues. Alex prefers to use an eclectic approach but pulls from psychodynamic theory, humanistic psychology, and family systems theory. Alex believes that the therapist-client relationship is the most important dynamic in therapy. Outside of psychology and counseling, Alex is an avid cook, appreciator of indie and rock music, and lover of history.



Nicholas Kolasinski, M.A.— Clinical Intern

Nicholas is a clinical intern studying for his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at William James College. He recently received his Master of Arts degree from William James College and also holds his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University. Before coming to Clark University, he interned at Lowell Community Charter Public School, the Italian Home for Children, and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center's Partial Hospital Program. Clinically, he has interests in working with individuals through gender and sexuality development, life transitions and milestones, and managing anxiety, depression and stress.  In his down time, Nicholas enjoys spending time in local parks, hosting dinner nights with friends, and getting lost in museums.



Kaitlyn Gaudreau, M.A. — Clinical Intern

Kaitlyn is currently in her third year at William James College where she is pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Psychology and concentration in Biology. Kaitlyn's clinical interests include eating disorders, psychopharmacology, and the effect of media influence on body image and self-confidence in emerging adults. Her professional experience includes individual and group counseling with teens and adults in various treatment settings in the Boston and Worcester areas. She is a member of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) as well as a student member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP). In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys watching the Boston Bruins and catching up on intellectually stimulating (reality) television. 



Kaleigh Tierney, M.A. — Clinical Intern

Kaleigh is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Psychology Degree (PsyD) from William James College in Newton, MA.  She recently obtained her Master's Degree in Professional Psychology from William James College and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  She first began working in the mental health field during her time on Active Duty in the Air Force as a Mental Health/Substance Abuse Technician.  Outside of the military population, Kaleigh has clinical experience in working with the elderly and children/adolescents/family population in an in-home therapy environment.  Kaleigh's clinical interests include:  trauma, substance abuse, diversity, and adjustments/life transitions.  In her free time, Kaleigh loves to spend quality time with her family, participate in outdoor activities (kayaking, skiing, and beach bumming it) and deeply appreciates the loyalty of her couch to watch Law and Order SVU Marathons.