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Office Of Counseling Services

Office of Counseling Clinical and Administrative Staff

The Office of Counseling Services Clinical Staff are here to support your counseling needs and facilitate your success at High Point University. Our diverse professional staff include North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors and a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Social Worker, several of whom are also Board Certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Amber S. Kelley, M.Ed., LCMHCS, NCC

Executive Director of Counseling Services

Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor

she/her/hers

3rd Floor Slane Center – Rm 333
Phone: (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax: (336) 888-6306
Mail: One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC 27268

Amber earned a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Educational Development with a specialty in School Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Specialist in Disaster Mental Health and Critical Incident Management. She has over 28 years of experience in a variety of settings, including Guilford County Schools,  inpatient psychiatric hospitals, higher education, and 20 years of private practice in the local community serving children, adolescents, adults, and families.  She has served on multiple national disasters across the country to provide critical incident stress debriefings.  Some of her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, disordered eating, grief and loss, and holistic approaches to wellness, including mindfulness, meditation, horticulture, and the use of the creative arts in therapy.

Nicola Aguilera, M.S., LCMHC, NCC

Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor

she/her/hers

3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 334
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Nicola earned a Master of Science degree in Agency Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Nicola has a background in working with adults in psychiatric hospitals as well as working in a community mental health agency serving adults and adolescents. Nicola’s areas of professional interests include depression, anxiety, mindfulness and wellness.

Tess Collins, M.Ed., LCMHC

Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

she/her/hers

3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 328
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Tess graduated from Temple University with a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology and completed a clinical internship at Drexel University Office of Counseling and Health.  She is a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She has worked in various behavioral health settings including, outpatient mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation, integrated behavioral health, and private practice.

Tess enjoys supporting individuals through making changes, developing healthier coping skills, and provides a safe, non-judgmental space to process thoughts and feelings.  She likes to help clients feel empowered and uses a variety of counseling techniques that best fit one’s needs and goals.  She works from an integrated theoretical approach using humanistic, existential, and cognitive theories. She has worked with clients on a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, mood swings, anger management, trauma, substance use, identity, self-esteem, relationships, and major life transitions.

Jill Hanson, MSW, LCSW

North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker

she/her/hers

3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 328
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Jill earned a Masters of Social Work degree from East Carolina University.  She is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of experience in the mental health field.   Jill has served all ages from teenagers to the geriatric population in community mental health settings.   She has experience in providing individual and group therapy.   Jill’s areas of interest include enhancing coping skills to manage depression and anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT skills, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing techniques to provide a non-judgmental safe space for individuals to process emotions and thoughts, strive for interpersonal goals, and develop effective coping skills.

Carley R. Niland, M.S., LCMHC, NCC

Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor

she/her/hers

3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 332
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Carley earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Carley has experience in higher education including mental health counseling, academic advising, and student services. She views counseling as collaborative relationship that focuses on the student and emphasizes strengths. Carley’s areas of professional interest include anxiety, depression, identity development, self-compassion, mindfulness, interpersonal relationships, and trauma.

Dr. Jamison Y. Lord, RN, DNP

University-Contracted Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Jamison Lord is a Board Certified Registered Nurse with a certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  Jamison earned a Master’s degree in Science in Nursing Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Post-Graduate Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from The University of Virginia at Charlottesville and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Western Carolina University in Asheville, NC.    She is recognized as a clinical expert and resource in mental health across the lifespan and is passionate about the health of our students.  She provides medication management for clients, when medically appropriate,  who are actively engaged in a therapeutic relationship with a Clinician in our Counseling Services. She will see clients by appointment only.  Our Clinicians will coordinate appointments for Dr. Lord’s services.

Clinical Counseling Interns:

Jailyn Jackson, B.A.

Jailyn is a Clinical Counseling Intern this year.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in Anthropology, from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently in her 2nd year at North Carolina A&T State University working toward a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jailyn has experience working with adults in intensive outpatient programs and in a group setting. Jailyn has experience in higher education including research, student services, and teaching. She uses an integrated theoretical approach that includes cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and strengths-based therapy with paired coping skills. Her areas of professional interest include personality disorders, anxiety, depression, self esteem, and substance use disorders. Jailyn is under the direct supervision of Jill Hanson, MSW, LCSW.

Katherine Van Dorsten, B.A.

Katherine is a Clinical Counseling Intern this year.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Art History, as well as a Master of Arts in Management, from Wake Forest University.  She is in her 2nd year at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro working toward a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Katherine has experience working with individuals in the Nicholas Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic to provide individual and group counseling, as well as crisis assessment and interventions. Katherine works to create a safe and culturally sensitive environment when working with clients and has completed Safe Zone training.  She has received training in Koru Mindfulness to help individuals incorporate mindfulness meditation and stress-management skills into daily routines.  Katherine is under the direct supervision of Carley Niland, M.S., LCMHC, NCC.

Administrative  Staff

Autumn Rector, Administrative Assistant

3rd Floor Slane Center – Front Desk
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Autumn is responsible for a wide range of tasks that ensure smooth office operations. Autumn works closely with the clinical team to assist with the daily functions of our clinic and is usually the first person you will come into contact with when you call or visit us. Autumn helps coordinate appointments and can answer many general questions regarding our services.  Autumn uses her knowledge of healthcare terminology and software applications to coordinate client appointments, answer the phones, respond to office email, compile medical records and charts, operate electronic medical record programs and office equipment, coordinate clinic referrals, and maintain supplies and the appearance of the office. She plays an important role in the client experience and is the friendly face and calm, reassuring voice that greets our visitors both in person and on the phone.

CONTACT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE

Our office is located on the third floor of the Slane Student Center. We are open daily from 8:30am – 5:00pm.

(336) 841-9231
(336) 841-4513 (fax)

E-mail: studentlife@highpoint.edu