Meet Our Clinicians and Staff
Pam Comer, Interim Director of Counseling Services
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, 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, 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 (they/them) is a counseling intern in EMU Counseling Services from
the JMU Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program. They previously completed
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.
Greetings! My name is Rachel Farrell and I am one of the Front Desk Attendants in Counseling Services. I graduated from EMU in 2007 with degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Education and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. After a year of teaching in a classroom setting I realized I wanted to work with people more one-on-one and to commit more time to my church and local community. I have particularly enjoyed working with people in difficult life circumstances at Our Community Place through a variety of roles over the last decade. Now I am grateful for the opportunity to work in the counseling center and to offer welcome and support to the students here at EMU! When I’m not here, I enjoy working for my church, spending time with my family, and reading anything I can. Remember that you’re welcome to stop by Counseling Services for any reason - we weren’t meant to go through life on our own!