Meet Our Clinicians and Staff
Allison Collazo, MA, LPC, Director of Counseling Services
Allison Collazo earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. Allison received training on strategies for trauma awareness and resiliency, trauma’s effects on the brain, and attachment and neuroscience. Allison has also attended multiple seminars on theoretical and clinical implications of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis. Allison explores a wide array of therapeutic approaches and utilizes each in an intentional way to meet the need of each student. More specifically, Allison values and utilizes psychodynamic and existential theories to guide her as a clinician. Allison believes that each individual’s needs are unique, and thus, the counseling approach should adapt to those specific needs.Her view of counseling is to provide a safe environment without judgment, a place to edify truth, provide a voice for one’s own story, and to pave the way for healing and transformation. Her personal interests include hiking, health, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with friends, family, and her dog.
Jennifer Cline, PhD, LPC, ACS, Clinical Supervisor of Counseling Services
Hello! My name is Jennifer Cline and I am the Clinical Supervisor of Counseling Services. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (2001) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (2009). I received my doctorate in Counseling and Supervision from James Madison University. I have twenty years of clinical experience, working in private practice with children, adolescents, individuals and couples. In addition to my supervisory role with Counseling Services, I am an Assistant Professor in the MA in Counseling department at EMU. Prior to joining the EMU counseling department, I worked as an adjunct graduate instructor at JMU for eleven years. I have been engaged in clinical supervision for over fifteen years, through my department responsibilities at EMU and JMU, in addition to supervising more than twenty residents for Virginia licensure in my private practice. I have served as a trainer of Clinical Supervision for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia and have presented at a variety of national, regional, and state conferences on topics ranging from supervision to social media.
Melissa Fisher, Graduate Student Intern
Hello! My name is Melissa Fisher and I am in my third year in the Masters of Counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. I'm also a trained Swahili interpreter and an advocate for local refugee families. Prior to beginning my Masters at EMU, I worked as the Director of the Collins Center, a local organization offering trauma-informed care for survivors of sexual violence. While exploring a variety of therapeutic approaches in my training, I have come to view the quality of the relationship between counselor and client as essential to the growth and transformation that therapy can provide. I'm a former student athlete who experienced many ups and downs throughout my own undergraduate career, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with college students in the EMU Counseling Center. I view our growth and struggles along life’s journey through lenses of social justice, cultural, racial, and gender identity, and in connection with the world around us and within us. My interests include grassroots community-based projects in and around Harrisonburg, running on trails, and chasing after my two young sons.
Sam Swartzendruber , Graduate Student Intern
My name is Sam Swartzendruber, and I'm a second-year student in the Master of Arts in Counseling program here at EMU. Born and raised in Iowa, I came to the Valley as an undergraduate student, and liked it so much that I couldn’t leave. I’m happily married and we have one skeptical and moody child named Benni - a bearded dragon. In my free time I love to read, watch entertainingly terrible movies and run long distances. I’m very excited to be with Counseling Services this school year. College is a time for unprecedented growth, when you learn to develop an independent identity, a refined worldview and a life direction. As in other times of growth, it isn’t uncommon to feel doubt, fear and existential uncertainty. I feel honored to be a part of this beautiful unfolding, particularly during this relatively unprecedented period of worldwide crises. I’m a strong believer in the idea that a crisis of any kind, while incredibly painful and challenging, serves as fertile soil in which real change and transformation can take root. I also believe in the transformative power of relationships, entailing enormous potential for the counselor-client alliance unique to therapy. I look forward to meeting and learning from you!
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!