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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 and several are also Nationally 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
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.

Allison Agresti, M.S., LPC, LCAS

Clinical Counselor
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

Allison earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Development from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Allison has a background working with college students and adults in community mental health and substance abuse outpatient settings. Some of her professional interests include addiction and recovery, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and identity development.

Stephanie Cartwright, M.A., LPC, NCC

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

Stephanie earned a Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from East Tennessee State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Stephanie has a background working in community mental health, school settings, and inpatient as well as outpatient substance abuse facilities with both adolescents and adults. Her professional interests include relationship issues, transition, grief/loss, depression, anxiety and stress management.

Emily Jennings, M.Ed., LPC

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

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 26 years of experience in a variety of settings, including Guilford County Schools, Charter inpatient psychiatric hospital, higher education, and 18 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 and the use of the creative arts in therapy.

Frank Mullins, M.A., LPC

Clinical Counselor
3rd Floor Slane Center – Room 315
Phone:  (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax:  (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC  27268

Frank earned a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. Frank has a background working in non-profit mental health agencies, as well as private practice work with children, adolescents, families, and adults. He believes in empowering each client to make the choices necessary to achieve their goals. His professional interests include developing self-identity, transitional challenges, depression, and anxiety.

Lynda Noffsinger, M.A. Ed., LPCS, NCC

Clinical Counselor
3rd Floor Slane Center – Rm 329
Phone: (336) 888-6352
Confidential Fax: (336) 888-6306
Mail:  One University Parkway, Campus Box 51, High Point, NC 27268

Lynda earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and has 24 years of counseling experience. Prior to coming to High Point University, Lynda worked at Charter Behavioral Health System for 6 years on the Substance Abuse Inpatient Unit, the Adult Psych Inpatient Unit and as Program Coordinator of Outpatient Services. Lynda also worked in the field of addictions at the New Dawn Recovery Program at Hoots Memorial Hospital assisting individuals and their families. She has had a private practice in counseling for the past 17 years in Winston-Salem. Lynda has experience working with individuals who deal with disordered eating and also enjoys helping individuals with relationship issues, sexuality issues, grief issues, depression and anxiety.

Kim Dansie, MD

University-Contracted Psychiatrist

Dr. Dansie is Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry.  She provides medication management for students, when medically appropriate,  who are actively engaged in a therapeutic relationship with a counselor in our Counseling Services. She will see students by appointment only.  Our counselors will coordinate appointments for Dr. Dansie’s services.

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