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Counseling Staff

Counseling Services Staff are here to support your counseling needs and facilitate your success as a University student. All staff members are licensed by The North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors or The North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Board and several are also Board Certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Learn more about our counselors below:

Dr. Mary-Jeanne (MJ) Raleigh, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Executive Director of Counseling Services
3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 329
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

On June 1, 2017, Dr. Mary-Jeanne (MJ) Raleigh started work at High Point University as the Executive Director of Counseling Services

Dr. Raleigh comes to High Point University from UNC-Pembroke, where she was the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. She brings 30 years of experience in college mental health and several other areas of student affairs. Twenty three of those years have been spent at four institutions of higher education as either a director of counseling services, director of health services or a director of a wellness center.

Dr. Raleigh, who earned a Ph.D. in environmental studies at Antioch University New England, has considerable experience in counseling and leadership in higher education.

“I’ve worked at universities large and small, urban and rural, public and private,” she said. “I’ve worked in student housing, health, wellness education and judicial services.” Dr. Raleigh has very diverse interests in the field of human-environment interactions, college mental health and higher education leadership.

A graduate of Castleton University in Vermont, Dr. Raleigh earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and another master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook in 20th century Irish poetry.

Her research spans several areas, including the relationship between children’s exposure to nature and the development of coping skills for anxiety during college.

“My doctoral program was completed jointly in counseling and environmental studies,” she said. “What I found is that children exposed to nature develop more active coping skills and are less vulnerable to anxiety as they grow older and face college stresses.”

Dr. Raleigh’s other research and publications concern mental health ethics in higher education, threat assessment, and human development. She also has taught at Johns Hopkins and Antioch universities and at New England College, where she instructed graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Raleigh is active in professional organizations. A past president and national board member of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), she is also on the national board of Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.

She is a nationally certified counselor with licenses in clinical professional and mental health counseling. Dr. Raleigh received a Presidential Honor in 2010 from the ACCA and an Outstanding Professional Leadership Award from the ACCA.

Nicola Aguilera, M.S., LPC, NCC

Board Licensed Clinical Counselor

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

Nicola earned a Master’s degree in Agency Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors 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 coaching.

Dr. Brenden Hargett, Ph.D., LPC,  LCAS, NCC 

Board Licensed Clinical Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 326
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Dr. Brenden A. Hargett has over 25 years of experience in the mental health and addictions field, having worked in a variety of public and private settings.  Dr. Hargett’s area of expertise is in addiction, complex trauma, mental health disparities, social and emotional development, and psychiatric disabilities.  He is a North Carolina Board Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Dr. Hargett holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC.

Emily Jennings, M.Ed., LPC

Assistant Director & Board Licensed Clinical Counselor
3rd Floor Slane Center – Rm 330
Phone: (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax: (336) 888-6306
Mail: One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC 27268

Emily earned a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Clemson University in South Carolina. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. Emily has a background in having worked in community mental health agencies, as well as private practice work with children, adolescents and adults. She believes her role in therapy is supporting students to make choices that align with their goals. Her professional interests include developing self-identity, transitional challenges, relationship issues, depression and anxiety.

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

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

Amber earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Development with a specialty in School Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, 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, grief/loss and holistic approaches to wellness, including mindfulness, meditation, horticulture, and the use of the creative arts in therapy.

Tiffany Longjohn, M.S., LPC, NCC

Board Licensed Clinical Counselor & Prevention Specialist
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

Tiffany earned a Master’s degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Tiffany has experience working in a community mental health agency settings with children, adolescents, and adults in both office and community settings. Tiffany’s areas of professional interests include depression, anxiety, prevention, and relationship concerns.

Carley R. Niland, MS, LPCA, NCC

Board Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 327
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Carley earned a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Carley has extensive 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 her/his/their strengths. Carley’s areas of professional interest include anxiety, depression, identity development, self-compassion, mindfulness, interpersonal relationships, and trauma.

Cynthia Palmer, LMFT

Board Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 327
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Cynthia  earned her BA from North Carolina State University in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a systemic and holistic approach to wellness. She is a level 2 trained EMDR clinician. She comes to High Point University with over 20 years of experience working in community mental health centers, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and private practice. She has been serving children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Some of her areas of interest are with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, relationship challenges, grief and loss, life transitions, learning differences, identity development, addictions, and the practice of mindfulness.

Jamison Y. Lord, RN, DNP

University-Contracted Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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 Ms. Lord’s services.

Hillary Dyer-Paschall

Administrative Assistant

Hillary is our Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire!  She is the friendly face that you see when you enter Counseling Services and the kind voice on the end of the line when you give us a call.  She recognizes that it’s the small moments, brief encounters and the little things that matter when helping others.   She is available to help you schedule your appointments and can answer many of your questions about what services we offer.

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