Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center


Our staff members are professionals trained in psychology and other mental health fields. We are interested in students and college student development. We may be seen on the campus in a variety of settings including conducting workshops in the residence halls and teaching classes. We especially enjoy working on projects to support a campus culture that is safe, respectful and accepting of the racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, sexual, gender, and ability diversity of all its members. A few examples of our recent work include:

  • Cultural adjustment readiness workshops for students participating in Loyola’s social justice living-learning trips abroad;
  • MAP (Multicultural Awareness Program) Orientation presentations;
  • Participation in Sister-to-Sister meetings;
  • Regular meetings with Disability Support Services to coordinate support for students with disabilities and to targest policy changes that will improve the environment for all;
  • Let’s Talk section in the ALANA Anthem which offers tips for healthy adjustment, managing stress, and better relationships;
  • Co-creators of Loyola’s Safe Zone Training;
  • Participation in Women of Color Reading Group;
  • Training student leaders to recognize and interrupt situations where sexual assault, harassment, and relationship violence could happen and;
  • Co-leadership of development and dissemination of results of recent Campus Climate survey


Jason A. Parcover, Ph.D.


Jason completed his doctorate in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University.  Jason enjoys working with relationship difficulties (including relationship with self), family concerns, men's issues (and women's issues too!), and grief and loss.  He has specialized training working with those who have experienced trauma, therapy groups, and enjoys outreach presentations, supervision, and teaching. Jason is an ally of ALANA Services and Spectrum and is committed to providing culturally sensitive services and to issues of social justice.  His clinical and supervisory approaches draw from psychodynamic, interpersonal, and feminist/multicultural theories, and mindfulness techniques.  On a personal level, Jason enjoys playing piano, reading almost anything, working out, spending time outdoors, and playing with his family.

Sheila V. Graham, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Sheila received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University.  A Black-Latina, Sheila strives to understand the emotional experiences of marginalized groups while working with privileged communities to create culturally safe environments. Her clinical work is founded in the principles of Relational Cultural Theory with mindfulness based interventions.  Sheila enjoys working with students to increase their understanding of relationships and healthy connections with others, as well as with themselves. She is also passionate about social justice issues, interpersonal development, racial/cultural identity development, first generation college students, and multicultural competence.  In addition to connecting with family, friends and loved ones, Sheila likes to spend time crafting, quilting, listening to audio-books, playing board games and watching political thrillers. 

Thomas J. Fillion, Ph.D.

Senior Psychologist

Tom is a part-time staff member. He was educated at Johns Hopkins and Yale, and served on the staff at Sheppard Pratt for seven years before joining us. He has special expertise working with students experiencing anxiety and depression, and also with issues of self-esteem and relationships. His outside interests include hiking, art, and cooking. He has a private practice in Towson.

Jennifer Stevens, LCSW-C

Assistant Director

Jennifer received her masters of social work degree from Salisbury University. She completed clinical internships at the Life Crisis Center of Salisbury, Md. and Salisbury University Student Counseling Services. Jennifer also has experience in community mental health and has special interest in the areas of trauma, women's issues, and relationship concerns. Through her background in sociology and social work, she has developed a passion for social justice, seeking the expansion of choice and opportunity for all cultural groups. Outside interests include spending time with friends and family, reading, and playing with her dog, Stella.

Aaron T. Barnes, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

Aaron received both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Towson University Counseling Center. Aaron is interested in identity intersectionality,  and his research has focused on the intersection of Christianity and sexual orientation.  In addition to helping clients with issues including depression and anxiety, Aaron is passionate about making counseling a safe place for all people to explore who they are and who they would like to become. Aaron draws from relational-cultural, feminist, and interpersonal framework in his work.  In his free time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family (including two cats, Nutter Butter and Snickers), traveling, nerdy board games, music and theatre, and laughing as much as possible.

Kourtney Bennett, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Kourtney completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Prior to joining the Loyola University Counseling Center, Kourtney worked in community mental health, college counseling, and career development center settings with children, adolescents, and adults. She implements an integrative approach to counseling, based upon the person’s needs and the therapeutic relationship, which is often informed by relational, humanistic, and multicultural perspectives. Kourtney’s clinical and research interests include multicultural identity and intersectionality; interpersonal relationships; trauma; adolescent health and development; vocational development; social justice and advocacy. In her free time, Kourtney enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with family and friends. 

Kirsten Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kirsten earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky.  She completed her doctoral internship at the Towson University Counseling Center.  Kirsten has a special interest in the areas of identity development, multiculturalism, LGBTQ identities, religion/spirituality, relationship and interpersonal concerns, adjustment difficulties, depression, and anxiety.  Kirsten is passionate about social justice work and is dedicated to ally and advocacy efforts to promote a more inclusive and affirming community for all.  Kirsten draws from Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Multicultural frameworks, as well as positive psychology and mindfulness-based techniques in her clinical work.  In her free time, Kirsten enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, knitting, watching Kentucky basketball, and spending time with her family and cat, Simba.

Joshua Ziesel, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joshua completed his undergraduate studies at New York University and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University.  He has worked in several college counseling centers and has a strong interest in working with LGBTQ+ students, international students, and third-culture kids. He works primarily from interpersonal and systemic perspectives, and he is passionate about both individual and group therapy.  He has a special interest in areas including multicultural identity formation and development, relationships, family issues, men’s issues, acculturation, and transitional difficulties.  Joshua loves to read and listen to podcasts on his commute, and he’s always up for playing a board game (or two!)

Esther Finglass, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Esther is a part-time staff member.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University and completed a clinical internship at the University of Maryland Hospital. Esther has expertise working with students with problems with anxiety, mood, and relationships.  She comes with extensive experience performing psycho-educational evaluations and is particularly attuned to the ways in which attention and executive disorders and learning differences affect a student’s happiness and adjustment to college.  Esther incorporates psycho-dynamic and cognitive-behavioral elements into her work.   She has a private practice in Owings Mills.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, exercise, and travel.

Randi Miller, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Randi Miller received her Ph.D from George Washington University. She did a post-doctoral fellowship at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and worked at the Sexual Disorders Clinic of Johns Hopkins Hospital for 6 years. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviors, with a special emphasis on self-esteem and how that affects relationships. She is a certified Imago Singles Counselor, focusing on the work of Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.  In her spare time, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, and spending time with her dog Murray.

Julie Phillips, LCSW-C

Staff Psychologist

Julie is a part time staff member.  She received her MA in Counseling from New York University, specializing in college student health and wellness. She received her MSW from Columbia University, focusing on clinical counseling and women’s issues. Her internship experiences were at Goldwater Memorial Hospital in the HIV Unit, Mt Sinai Hospital’s Rape Crisis Center, and Columbia University’s after hours emergency response team. She worked at Seton Hall, Barnard College, and Columbia University focusing on college student health and mental health, and then spent 5 years in the NYC Public Schools as a School Social Worker. In her practice she is particularly interested in women’s issues, trauma, and mindfulness. She is happy to return to college student mental health at Loyola. Certified as a yoga instructor for adults and children, she is passionate about yoga and mindfulness. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading, and running, as well as spending time with her two daughters and husband. 

Dina Sokal, M.D.


Dr. Sokal is a board certified psychiatrist in both adult psychiatry and adolescent/child psychiatry, having completed medical school and the adult psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland.  The child psychiatry fellowship was completed at the University of Maryland and Sheppard Pratt.  She has a private practice in Owings Mills, and has worked at student counseling centers, schools for children with emotional issues, treatment foster care agencies and community mental health centers.  She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, running and singing in a choir.

Becky Cassell

Program Coordinator

Becky graduated from Loyola in 2009 with a B.A. in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies; and she is very happy to return to the Loyola community as a member of the Counseling Center team.  Becky enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her two boys.  She is a Baltimore Ravens fan as well.

Linda Kraft

Office Assistant/Receptionist

Linda answers the phones, sets up appointments, and greets people who visit the Counseling Center. Linda enjoys walking, reading, and activities with her family.