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Counseling Staff

Tricia Besett-Alesch, PhD

CAPS Director, Training Director

Licensed Psychologist
MA, University of Northern Iowa
PhD, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Specialties
  • Women's Issues
  • LGBTQA+
  • Cultural/Spiritual Identity
  • Depression
  • Trauma/Grief/Loss
  • Eating Disorders/Body Image
  • Relationship Issues

Tricia joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys her time with her family, playing the piano, singing, vacationing (especially Estes, CO) and reading.

As a member of a diverse CAPS team, Tricia’s professional journey includes interweaving her role as a leader into her work as a trainer and psychologist. She uses she/her/hers pronouns. Tricia works with students by taking in all diversity components and listening to the client’s worldview and considering various contextual factors. She meets clients where they are at in their journey. She sees her own cultural humility as being an essential aspect in her work with students and clients.

Alice Mitwaruciu, PhD

CAPS Assistant Director

Licensed Psychologist
M.Ed, University of Idaho, Moscow
MS, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
PhD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
    Specialties
  • International and Immigrant Mental Health
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Suicide Prevention, Assessment & Management
  • Crisis Intervention & Management
  • Mindfulness

Alice joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, cooking Kenyan food (especially chapati, pilau and beef stew), traveling to visit friends and family.

Joseph (Joey) Walloch, Psy.D.

CAPS Assistant Director

Licensed Psychologist
MA, Arizona State University
MA, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco
PsyD, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco
    Specialties
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and Management
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Eating Disorders (Bulimia and Binge Eating)
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Middle Eastern Cultural Issues
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Joey joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2020 as an assistant director to aid in the operations and management of CAPS. In his free time, Joey enjoys working out, cooking, traveling, reading, learning world languages, watching movies, and listening to electronic dance music (EDM) and Arabic music. Joey can speak French fluently and can converse conversationally in Egyptian and Lebanese Arabic.

Everyone is part of multiple systems which all have powerful influences over how we collectively experience the world. Joey therefore considers issues of diversity as multifaceted and in context, whereby he helps students see how the different environments in which they live do truly impact and shape their sense of self and their unique understanding of the world. With LGBTQ-identified students specifically, he often educates them about internalized oppression as a systemic consequence which often has lead to many of their current concerns.

Summer Bleich, MA

Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
MA, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine
MA, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County
    Specialties
  • Trauma
  • Attachment and Family Dynamics
  • First Generation College Students
  • Former Foster Youth Students
  • Identity Exploration

As a mental health clinician who holds different intersecting identities of diversity, Summer works to integrate each student’s unique cultural variables when engaging in the therapeutic process. Summer strives to balance the dynamics of diversity by understanding each student’s experience with power, privilege, and oppression to assist in accessing their internal resources. Through this process, students can develop resiliency, self-awareness, and insight.

Mun Yuk Chin, PhD

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
MA, Northwestern University
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Specialties
  • Identity Exploration (e.g., social class, faith/spirituality, gender, sexual identity, race/ethnicity)
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Family-of-Origin Concerns
  • Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Group Counseling
  • Supervision and Training

Mun joined CAPS in 2020 and integrates psychodynamic, feminist, and multicultural perspectives in her work with clients. She also enjoys engaging in social advocacy and contributing to the training of mental health professionals. Outside of work, Mun is often found trying new foods, reading young adult fiction, and spending time with loved ones.

Mun strives to be culturally responsive and congruent in her work with students. This approach includes understanding students’ worldviews, beliefs, and experiences in the context of systemic marginalization and privilege. Mun’s goal is to use her relationships with clients to affirm and empower them to explore new ways of being in our complex world by trying them out with herself and others.

Duke Engel, MA, LADC

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Specialties
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Crisis Intervention

Duke joined Counseling and Psychological Services in October 2013 to help promote alcohol/drug services on campus. He works an eight month schedule that makes him available when the majority of students are on campus. Duke spends time with family and friends and enjoys travel, biking, paddling and hiking.

John Goldrich, MSW

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
BGA, University of Kansas
MSW, University of Kansas
    Specialties
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Couples Therapy
  • Trauma
  • Anger Management

John joined Counseling and Psychological services in June of 1994. He has worked as a counselor who focuses on providing struggling students with support. He is well versed in providing support in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationship concerns and school issues. In the past he has provided counseling for our student athletes here at UNL. Currently he provides supervision for several of the staff who work for Nebraska College Preparatory Academy. John is a member of both the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color and the African and African American Leadership Caucus. He is a pastor at Newman United Methodist Church.

John views diversity through the lens of inclusive excellence and cultural humility. It is a perspective in which all people and all voices matter to him. He is aware of the impact that biases and discriminatory actions have on the landscape in which we exist in here at UNL and the broader community. He works at developing strategies to help students overcome those barriers by helping them to create new methods to navigate through them. He is constantly mining for new information to help the students overcome their struggles associated with being a member of a marginalized population.

Mandy Hansen, MA

Care Manager

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Certified Professional Counselor
MA, Doane University
    Specialties
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Suicide Risk Assessment & Management
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Trauma
  • Anger Management/Behavior Disorders
  • Phase of Life Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Military/Veterans

Mandy joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019 as the Care Manager. She comes to the field of college mental health after 15 years working with at-risk children, adolescents and families. Mandy's personal interests include reading, cycling, spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking and baking, singing karaoke, and spending time with her two dogs, family and friends.

Mandy strives to practice cultural humility, as well to maintain awareness of her own cultural identities and how they influence the counseling relationship. She has worked with clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and values every opportunity to meet individuals whose cultural experiences differ from hers.

Jennifer Holt, MA

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
MS, Doane College
    Specialties
  • Recovery from Violence/Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Coping Skills and Techniques
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Family Issues

Jennifer joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019 as a Counselor. Her past experience working in corrections created a passion for working with a variety of issues including working with first responders and veterans. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, her pets, and watching Netflix in her free time.

Jennifer is very open about cultural issues in sessions with students. She truly enjoys hearing about individual/family traditions and customs! She tries to stay informed on relevant cultural issues, as well as the heavy challenges that continue to prevail in this country. Like so many others, she has been humbled and horrified by the ongoing issues that are still being endured by people of color. Jennifer is committed to continually educating herself, being a strong advocate for positive changes, and encouraging new ideas/options for making these necessary changes more pervasive and permanent!

Falesa Ivory-Horton, PhD

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
MA, Fielding Graduate University
PhD, Fielding Graduate University
    Specialties
  • Diversity Issues
  • Racial/Spiritual/Cultural/Gender/Sexual Identity Exploration
  • LGBTQA+ Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Phase of Life
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

As a therapist, Falesa views therapy as a journey. The path on this journey of life is twisting and winding with many detours, and it can be not easy to navigate on your own. She strives to create a therapy experience unique to each client, being mindful of how each individual’s social identities interact to make them unique. Falesa appreciates individual differences and strives to create a space that understands and respects the client’s needs and cultural values, a safe space with no shame, where people can give voice to their unique stories.

Kristin Jagels, MA

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
MA, Texas State University
    Specialties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Difficult Transitions

Kristin joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019. She enjoys working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship issues. She loves learning about different cultures and traveling when she has the chance. In her spare time, Kristin likes to spend time with family, read, watch movies, and binge watch sitcoms and dramas.

Kristin believes there are many factors contributing to each individual’s cultural identity and that she cannot assume that she knows how these factors affect the individual in front of her nor their mental health. Kristin is curious and open to learning each person’s view of how these factors have affected them and continue to affect them. Particular cultural areas of interest are Latinx and Hispanic cultures, as well as Asian cultures.

Mark Lukin, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
    Specialties
  • Crisis Management
  • Risk/Threat Assessment/Management
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Group Therapy
  • Anger Management

Mark Lukin is a licensed psychologist who joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2020. In his spare time, Mark enjoys cooking, history, travel, photography, antiques and music.

Mark is a licensed psychologist with lots of experience but relatively new to working with international students. He loves to travel and has been to Italy, Spain and Mexico. His family has hosted an exchange student from Oxaca, Mexico and one of his daughters studied abroad in Merida, Mexico. Mark loves history and culture and is looking forward to meeting you and helping you find success at UNL.

Jenifer Manstedt, MS

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha
    Specialties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Body Image
  • Disordered Eating

Jenifer joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019 as a Counselor. In her spare time, Jenifer enjoys spending time with friends and family, spending time with her dog, watching her husband coach football and being active outdoors.

When navigating diversity-related issues, Jenifer believes it is important to gain understanding of how another defines their differences and what that means to them. Jenifer is aware of the systemic components that can contribute to diversity-related issues and finds it helpful to provide guidance on ways someone can manage related difficulties. She specialize in eating disorders and has found that these disorders do not discriminate. Through her work at CAPS she has learned how diversity and acculturation difficulties can be underlying contributing factors of eating disorders. Jenifer is committed to learn more about cultural humility, to continue having conversations and learning from others, educating herself on how eating disorders affect individuals across different cultural backgrounds, and how we can increase open dialogue about diversity-related issues on campus.

Danielle Parrish, MS

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
Marriage & Family Therapist
MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Specialties
  • Relationship issues
  • Couples Therapy
  • Life Transitions
  • Identify Development
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Danielle joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2016. She enjoys baking, reading, listening to podcasts/NPR, playing sports and spending time with her family and her dog in her free time.

One of Danielle's favorite parts of working at CAPS is that she has the opportunity to interact with such a diverse population of students who bring different cultures, areas of interest and study, and social perspectives into the therapy room. It allows her to constantly grow and develop in her understanding of others and herself. As a provider, she operates from a narrative therapeutic stance, which assumes that there are multiple truths in the world and lends itself well to the continual evolution of human interaction and overall well-being.

Mariah Petersen, MS

Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
MS, Friends University
    Specialties
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Couples Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions

Mariah joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019. Her clinical interests include areas related to couple and family issues, anxiety and trauma. Through Mariah’s training in Marriage and Family Therapy, Mariah addresses each client’s presenting problems by considering their familial, cultural, and societal influences. Mariah believes that it is critical to consider these influences in a way that guides treatment in the most safe and effective way for each individual client. Mariah believes that therapy progress can only be made when a client truly feels comfortable in the therapy room, which is why Mariah’s priority is focused on building therapeutic alliance and focusing on individual needs, as this can look very different for each client. Mariah continues to challenge herself to gain knowledge in diverse and cultural backgrounds, challenging biases, and remaining curious about each client as their own individual self.

Xiping (Kylie) Qiu, MS

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
MS, Nanjing Normal University (People’s Republic of China)
    Specialties
  • Chinese Cultural Issues
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Disordered Eating/Eating Disorder
  • Personality Issues
  • Attachment Issues

Kylie joined Counseling and Psychological Services in August, 2014 and focuses primarily on working with Chinese and other international students. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, Chinese traditional tea ceremonies, and exploring and learning about new cultures. By both engaging with her Chinese tradition and cultures from a different lens, Kylie is very much aware of the unique parts of her racial, gender, ethnic and her other background, as well as the “here and now” interactions. She is committed to check her bias, prejudice, wholeheartedness to believe, and embody cultural humility by embracing conversations and learning from others.

Brigham Scott, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist
Alcohol and Other Drug Services Coordinator
MA, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County
PsyD, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County
    Specialties
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Brigham joined Counseling and Psychological Services in August 2014 as a psychology intern. In his free time, Brigham enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, cooking and attending various sporting events.

A keystone of Brigham’s approach to therapy is understanding how every individual is unique and has been shaped by many demographic and cultural influences. Brigham has thoroughly enjoyed working at a university setting, which has provided him with several opportunities to meet people from varying backgrounds. Part of cultural competence is also awareness of his own identity and how that interplays with clients with whom he works. Cultural humility and being open to different perspectives that are not naturally his experience is another principle that he values and finds useful in working with others. He aims to continue to enhance his experience in this area and would welcome working with any and all individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Kylie Surmeier, MS

Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
MS, University of Nebraska-Kearney
    Specialties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Family Issues
  • Trauma

Kylie joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019. Kylie's clinical interests include working with people from a variety of backgrounds. She has experience working in the areas of trauma, anxiety, life transitions and family of origin difficulties. In her free time, Kylie enjoys watching musicals, traveling, reading and attending sporting events.

Scott Winrow, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
MS, Northwest Missouri State University
PhD, University of North Dakota
    Specialties
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
  • Coming Out Issues
  • Native American Issues
  • Diversity Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Test Anxiety

Scott joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2002. In his spare time, Scott enjoys reading, watching movies and biking.

By training, Scott is a generalist and works with many issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and diversity. Scott has a specialization in working with members of the LGBTQA+ community. He recognizes that mental health is impacted by societal factors and prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization can negatively impact students. Each individual is shaped by both their individual and collective experiences and he approaches therapy through a lens of cultural humility. One of Scott’s goals of therapy is to affirm individuals and empower them to make positive changes in their lives.

Psychology Interns

Bahaur Amini, MS

Provisional Mental Health Practitioner
MS, California State University, San Bernardino
    Specialties
  • Trauma
  • Family/Relationship Dynamics
  • Life Transitions
  • Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss

Bahaur is grateful to be serving the UNL student community as a Doctoral Intern this year. Her therapy style is warm, collaborative and exploratory. She welcomes and embraces diversity in all forms and enjoys working with a variety of presenting concerns. Bahaur works with students to identify their goals in therapy, and she looks forward to being a part of everyone's unique journey towards healing and well-being. Off campus Bahaur is heavily involved in the American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy) advocating for and increasing awareness of mental health care for the Arab/MENA population. When she is not working she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, cooking, and improving her herb gardening skills!

Katie Meidlinger, MA

Provisional Mental Health Practitioner
MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Specialties
  • LGBTQIA+ Community Support
  • Identity Development
  • Trauma
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety

Katie has generalist training with an emphasis on working with LGBTQIA+ communities and with families who have experienced trauma. She strives to work collaboratively with clients with sensitivity to the intersections of identity, culture, and the past experiences of each person. Katie enjoys working with college students because of their tremendous creativity and potential, and highly values her role in supporting students through the growth and development that occurs in this phase of life.

Derrick Moeller, MA

Provisional Mental Health Practitioner
MA, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco
    Specialties
  • Depression
  • Disability-related issues (visible & invisible)
  • Diversity Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Exploration
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transracial/Transnational adoption
  • Trauma

Derrick strives to create an environment that invites all parts of a person into the therapy space. He recognizes how intersecting identities can shape and inform experiences and utilizes many different interventions based on the individual’s needs. Derrick has several years of experience working within the LGBTQIA+ community in various capacities. They have particular interest working with students around gender identity & sexual orientation exploration or issues. Outside of the office, Derrick likes to cook/bake, garden, and spend time with loved ones and his dog, Meiko.

Field Placements

Hannah Ahmad Ridzuan, MS

Provisional Mental Health Practitioner
MS, University of Kansas
    Specialties
  • Transitions and Acculturation
  • Discrimination Issues
  • Career/Vocational Counseling
  • Identity Development
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Strengths Development

Hannah is a second-year Counseling Psychology doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a therapist, she collaborates with students to empower them in their healing. She works with them to identify their needs, goals and resources, and to develop their strengths and resilience as they heal and grow from difficulties and traumas. Her experiences of living in several vastly different countries and communities (i.e., Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and several Midwestern states in the USA) helped her continue to widen her perspectives on the strengths and issues of acculturating, diversity and social justice issues, intersectionality, and the ways in which these impact mental health and well-being. Hannah recharges her mental energy by trying out different sweets and ice creams, spending time with family, taking naps and walks on cool sunny days, watching historical East Asian movies and series, and baking sweets!

Jessica Boyles, MS

Provisional Mental Health Practitioner
MS, University of Miami
    Specialties
  • Marriage and Family
  • Trauma
  • Depression and Anxiety

Jessica is very excited to spend her practicum year here at UNL CAPS. Her training has been in marriage and family, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Jessica strives to bring a collaborative experience in the therapy room. She views therapy as a relationship between the client and therapist and strives to bring a warm and understanding experience to the therapy room. She welcomes diversity in all forms and enjoys working with a range of presenting concerns. She appreciates and accepts students where they are in their journey. In her free time Jessica enjoys spending time with her two cats, cooking, or exploring Lincoln through the various parks and lakes. She also participates in social justice advocacy and sexual rights and sexual agency for all.

Support Staff

Annette Contreras

Office Supervisor

Shari Daehling

Office Associate

Hollie Michaud

Office Associate

Libby Poulsen

Office Associate