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Meet Our Clinicians and Staff

Clinicians 2021-2022


Nikki Dovel

Nicole Dovel, Counseling Services Lead Counselor

Nikki Dovel, LPC, obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from James Madison University, and completed her graduate studies right here at EMU in the MA Counseling Program in 2013. She has served as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Shenandoah
Valley for the last several years in various settings to include community based services, crisis response, and clinical leadership and supervision. Nikki is a strengths based clinician that serves from a person-centered approach with the understanding that relationship and connection are impactful and transformational. Walking alongside others in their journey in a way that empowers reflection and self-awareness is a humbling gift. She works with clients to identify their goals for treatment and promotes empowerment through use of evidenced based techniques and screening tools. She strives to provide a safe space where all feel accepted, understood, heard, and to take an active role in their healing and growth. She enjoys providing clinical supervision as well and supporting the growth of budding clinicians to bring to the field of counseling their own expertise, experiences, and unique gifts. Nikki’s personal interests include time with family, being in the sunshine, art and music, watching sports, and engaging in
community activities.

Drew Nussbaum, graduate intern

Kim Bloom, Graduate Intern

Kim Bloom (she/her/hers) is a graduate intern in the EMU Master of Arts Counseling department. Kim has a Master of Divinity and worked previously as an educator, pastor, chaplain, and spiritual director. Kim’s interests include the whole person, mind/body/spirit
connections, and identity development across the lifespan. She has worked with people in various stages of life transitions. She has deep interest in how life narratives and identity form during times of change. Kim enjoys the outdoors, walks, Pickleball, baking, and time with family and friends.

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Coral Collins, Graduate Intern

Coral Collins (she/her/hers) is a graduate intern from EMU’s own Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. A Virginia native, Coral grew up in Stuarts Draft, and attended Mary Baldwin University for her Bachelor’s education. Coral uses a person-centered approach in therapy, appreciating the unique qualities in every individual she meets, and works collaboratively to find creative approaches to challenges. She focuses on the powerful change that can occur within the counseling relationship, and believes strongly in the resilience of every person. Coral is grateful for every opportunity to walk beside, witness, and empower individuals as they travel their life paths.


Alicia Harpine, Resident in Counseling

Alicia Harpine (she/her/hers) is a master’s level clinician, currently working as a Resident in Counseling to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Alicia has a Master of Science in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University. Her undergrad degree is from Mary Baldwin University in which she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Alicia utilizes a variety of theories to aid her clients in addressing their needs and achieving their goals. Alicia enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, and researching. 

Melissa Hinton, Graduate Practicum Student  

Melissa (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in the EMU Master of Arts Counseling department. Melissa, raised in New England, moved to Virginia eight years ago. She previously worked in construction before entering the counseling program at EMU. Melissa shifted to counseling, from working in construction, as she is drawn to working alongside individuals as they navigate life experiences. She believes everyone can benefit from counseling as every individual has worth and value. Melissa takes a person centered approach when working with clients and strives to create a safe, empathic and trusting relationship with every client she works with. Melissa spends her free time enjoying the outdoors, walking her dog Elsie, creating art, reading and exploring local eateries with friends.

Sarah Johnson, Doctoral Intern  

Sarah Johnson (she/her/hers) is a doctoral intern from JMU’s Doctor of Philosophy Counseling and Supervision program. Sarah has her Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Lynchburg. She uses a mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy, feminist theory, and a humanistic approach. She strives to collaborate with clients in creating a safe space where they can develop and grow in meaningful ways. Sarah’s free time is spent reading for fun, being outdoors, and spending time with loved ones.  


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’s not at her desk, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with her goats/chickens/cows/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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