Staff Biographies

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Biographies of each CAPS counselor are listed below in alphabetical order. To see the staff photos click here.

Abby Bilderback, Ph.D.

Abby identifies as a feminist therapist who focuses on the lived experiences and intersecting identities of the individuals she works with. She integrates interpersonal, relational, emotion-focused and Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) theories and interventions. While Abby values working with a diverse caseload in regards to presenting concerns and identities, she focuses on working with individuals who present with concerns related to body image, food issues, and/or disordered eating, as well as victims/survivors/thrivers of sexual assault and trauma. In addition to individual therapy, Abby provides a DBT-skills-based therapy group called “Life Skills” as well as a Women’s process therapy group. She is passionate about training and utilizes a developmental approach and collaborative style within supervision. 

Jaime Clark, Ph.D.

While Jaime likes working with a diverse caseload of clients presenting with a variety of issues, she is particularly interested in working with clients recovering from trauma, interpersonal relationship difficulties, eating disorders, and chronic mental health difficulties. She also has research, assessment, and clinical experience working with student-athletes and students who have ADHD or learning difficulties. She likes to look at each individual through a multicultural lens, taking into consideration their unique experience and culture in order to increase my understanding of their circumstance. She draws from a number of theoretical interventions and perspectives, but tends to draw heavily from Interpersonal Process theories and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Stephanie Duckworth, M.S.Ed. NCC, LCPC

Stephanie Duckworth, an alum of SIUC earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with a specialty in School Counseling in 2004.  Stephanie has experience working in a mental health residential setting and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services.  Her clinical experiences and interests include anxiety and mood disorders, and harm reduction. Stephanie has an eclectic therapy orientation often incorporating Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused interventions. 

Alec Eshelman, Ph.D.

Alec values working with a wide range of clients and presenting concerns, and he particularly enjoys working with clients presenting with interpersonal difficulties, substance use concerns, mood and anxiety concerns, and trauma histories. Alec works from an integrative perspective that draws from person-centered, emotion-focused, interpersonal, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) perspectives. He also strongly believes in the importance of systemic factors and incorporates feminist and multicultural perspectives into his work as well. 

Christy Hamilton, M.S., LCPC, CADC

Christy values working with individuals who have life experiences that differ from her own, and she strives to create a safe, respectful, supportive, and empowering environment. Her clinical interests include anxiety, grief, trauma recovery, sexual health, relationships, identity, holistic wellness and LGBTQ-affirming care. She is influenced and looks at individuals through a multicultural lens and a feminist world view. She uses an integrative style guided by the client’s needs. Approaches she coalesces most often include Interpersonal Process and Cognitive Behavioral. 

Magnolia Hood, M.S.Ed. NCC, LCPC

Magnolia Hood, a Chicago native and first generation college graduate; is an alum of SIUC receiving her Master of Science in Counselor Education with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in May of 2012.  In the past five years of work in mental health, Magnolia has worked in both private and community mental health settings.  Her clinical experiences and interests are in anger and stress management, grief work, and trauma-informed treatment for both youth and adults.  Her research interests include those that focus on exploring the cultural implication of minorities seeking mental health services, and reducing stigma in mental health. Magnolia also enjoys working with couples and families and faith-based therapy models. Her therapy style is client-centered and incorporates a number of theoretical interventions and perspectives. 

Cindy Johnson, M.S., LCPC

Cindy Johnson received her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  She has diverse clinical experiences in substance abuse, crisis intervention, sexual assault, and mental health.  She has held her clinical licensure for several years and has served as a supervisor and also an auditor for community mental health agencies throughout the state of Illinois.

Roy Joy, Ph.D.

I enjoy working with clients from various backgrounds and with a broad variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety and mood disorders, personality and character disorders, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, survivors of abuse and other forms of trauma, and impulse control and emotional regulation difficulties. I like working in a consulting role within social systems to address the needs of individuals, groups and organizational systems. I also have a strong interest in assessment and enjoy doing psychological and forensic evaluations. I appreciate the writings of integrational theorists and the work and writings of couples’ therapists. My own clinical work draws upon relational and psychodynamic therapies, cognitive behavioral and social learning theories, and multicultural psychology. In addition to providing supervision and training I maintain a professional private practice.

Chris Julian-Fralish, M.S.W., LCSW, CADC

While Chris works with students presenting with a variety of issues, he specializes in addressing challenges regarding substances use, ACOA (growing up in a family where addiction is prevalent), and compulsive behaviors (gambling, internet, etc.). He also has experience and interests working with individuals concerned with mood and anxiety symptoms, trauma, identity development, masculinity, spiritual exploration, and relationship issues. He engages with clients through a multicultural and person-in-environment lens, with a diverse theoretical orientation based on interpersonal psychotherapy, person-centered therapies, cognitive behavior therapy, harm reduction philosophy, and a strengths perspective.

Frank Kosmicki, Ph.D.

Frank enjoys working with a wide range of clients and has particular interests in working with individuals with interpersonal problems, trauma histories, attachment issues, personality disturbance, and impulse control problems. His therapy approach tends to be primarily relational and dynamic. He also has interests in psychological assessment and forensics.

Don Mullison, Ph.D.

Don works with clients struggling with relationship issues (e.g., with family, partners, friends, roommates, or people they work with). He sees a large number of “survivors”, defined broadly to include adult children of alcoholics, physical and/or emotional abuse survivors, and incest survivors-essentially clients from a wide variety of dysfunctional families. While he does a great deal of individual work, he also very much enjoys working with couples and groups. Finally, he enjoys working with students from a variety of diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic minorities, GLB, and international students.

Louisette C. Plath, Ph.D.

Louisette (Loui) Plath has a background in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and is involved with the DBT program at CAPS. She has experience in working with individuals who have difficulty managing their behavior when experiencing intense emotions as well as those who have experienced trauma (including intimate partner violence), and issues associated with brain injury or learning disability. She combines cognitive/behavioral strategies with acceptance/mindfulness skills and encourages clients to utilize sessions as an opportunity for self-expression and learning while practicing new or modified strategies in their life outside of the office.

Rich Scott, Ph.D.

Rich enjoy working with a variety of clients and presenting concerns. His main interests include training/supervision, LGBTQ identity/wellness, multicultural psychology, suicide prevention, trauma, identity development, first generation and non-traditional college students, Latino psychology, and the impact of stigma on therapy. Rich’s work with clients incorporates developmental, interpersonal, multicultural, emotion-focused, and person-centered approaches.