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Meet Our Clinicians and Staff

Clinicians 2021-2022


Nicole Dovel, Counseling Services Lead Counselor



Katherine Gwaltney

Katherine Gwaltney, Resident in Counseling

Katherine Gwaltney, M.A., (she/her/hers) is a Resident in Counseling with a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development with focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Her areas of interest and experience include: family systems; life stage human development and psychosocial adaptation; substance use and co-occurring concerns; serious mental illness; mood and anxiety; trauma-informed treatment; interpersonal effectiveness; group and individual work with children, adolescents, and adults. Katherine’s intention is to support individuals and families with developing effective, authentic coping and communication skills to promote overall health and resilience.

Anna Cooke

Anna Cooke, Graduate Intern


Drew Nussbaum, graduate intern

Drew Nussbaum, Graduate Intern

Drew Nussbaum (he/him/his) is a graduate intern in the Master of Arts in Counseling program here at EMU. Drew was born and raised in Kidron, Ohio and since then has also lived in Kansas, Indiana, and the Netherlands, before settling here in the valley to continue his education and study to be a counselor. He loves the game of soccer and also spends time at EMU as an assistant coach with the Men’s soccer team. Go Royals! Drew has a person-centered approach to counseling with a focus on the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the counselor. He believes that college is a time of incredible growth and discovery for every individual, but along with that growth and discovery can also come a lot of questioning, challenge, and pain.

Ha Pham

Ha Pham, Graduate Intern

NgocHà (Ha) Pham (she/her/hers) is a graduate intern in the EMU Master of Arts Counseling department. Hà has a degree in nursing and psychology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. Ha practices a holistic-mindfulness approach to counseling. The most significant achievement she has received is the valuable lessons she learned from serving the people in developing countries. Accompanying the marginalized and excluded has taught Hà deeper gratitude and respect towards life and a greater appreciation for the resilience of the people. Hà enjoys long walks in nature, playing tennis, traveling and learning languages and cultures.

Sindhu Elagandhala, Graduate Intern

Sindhu Elagandhala, Graduate Intern

Sindhu Elagandhala (they/them) is a counseling intern in EMU Counseling Services from the JMU Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program. They previously completed their
practicum at the JMU Counseling Center. They engage in creative therapies that recognize how individual experience, meaning-making, traumas, relationships, and overarching systems shape identity and the ways that people move through the world. They employ intersectional frameworks in all their work and are dedicated to supporting marginalized individuals and communities. Therapy is a process and a journey that can be challenging in many ways; they feel lucky to be able to witness, work with, and walk alongside clients who are undertaking that journey.

Natalie Realubit

Natalie Realubit, Graduate Intern

Natalie Realubit (she/her/hers) is a Counseling Intern in EMU’s Counseling Services, as well as an Adult Outpatient Intern at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board. She is in her final year at JMU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and completed her practicum at JMU CAPS. Natalie employs person-centered & systems approaches in working with her clients, and strives to meet every person right where they are at. She is immensely grateful for the opportunity to connect with each person that walks through her door. Therapy is a space where individuals have the opportunity to make sense of life's challenges, create goals for well-being & learn new coping skills, and to be genuinely heard. Being honest with ourselves opens new paths for discovery, and counseling provides a place to explore our vulnerability safely. 


Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell is the Front Desk Attendant in Counseling Services.  She graduated from EMU in 2007 and benefited greatly from the support of the Counseling Center during her time at the university.   Now she is grateful for the opportunity to be in a role that allows her to welcome and support students who will benefit from these services today.  When she’m not at her desk, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with her goats/chickens/calves/cat/etc., supporting her church, and reading when she can squeeze it in.  Remember that you’re welcome to stop by Counseling Services for any reason - we weren’t meant to go through life on our own!  


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