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Counseling and Psychological Services Staff

Counseling and Psychological Services staff is made up of experienced clinicians committed to providing compassionate and professional care to students and to following best practices in collegiate mental health. To that end, throughout the year, therapists participate in continuing educational opportunities (seminars, conferences, small group work) both on and off campus on a variety of topics including but not limited to diversity and multicultural issues, gender and sexuality, developmental issues, psychopharmacology, ethics, college mental health, and others. Therapists at Psychological Services have experience and/or special interest in working with young adults in the arts, exploring identity development, LGBTQI-affirming psychotherapy, ethic/racial minority mental health, social justice/anti-oppression approaches in mental health treatment, and working with underrepresented and underserved populations. The Psychological Services clinical staff is diverse with regards to gender, cultural background, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, theoretical orientation, and intervention approaches. The clinical staff includes a psychiatrist and several psychotherapists with backgrounds in social work and psychology. Please read the staff bios below for more information. 

 

Samia Abbass
Samia Abbass
Mental Health Counselor/Psychotherapist—Multicultural and Diversity Specialist

Samia Abbass (she/they) completed their MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Goddard College, where they built their own curriculum focused on multicultural counseling and community-based approaches to therapy. Samia is passionate about community liberation and decolonizing mental health work to create systems of care that uphold collective wellbeing. She self-identifies as a person of color, multiracial, and multiethnic with roots that wrap around the world and deep into the earth. 

call samiaabbass@bennington.edu
Lisa Carton
Lisa Carton
LICSW

Lisa (she/her) embraces a very holistic approach to working with people, which encompasses exploring all aspects of ourselves. She incorporates cognitive/behavioral strategies as well as insight work in exploration of patterns that are causing distress. Lisa is trained in EMDR, and teaches relaxation techniques, breathing, and visualization exercises, as well as basic meditation practices to assist people in building space for transformation in their daily lives.

call lisacarton@bennington.edu
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Kat Daley
LICSW; Director of Psychological Services
Student Health Center

Kat (she/her) received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and MA in Social Service Administration (Social Work) from the University of Chicago. She has postgraduate training in EMDR, play therapy, DBT, and TF-CBT. Kat also practices, studies, and teaches yoga, health coaching, and mindfulness.

call katdaley@bennington.edu call 802-440-4447
Dorothy Mack
Dorothy Mack
LICSW

Dorothy (she/her) graduated from Trinity University in Washington DC with a Major in History and minors in Elementary Education and Women's Studies. She later graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a Master's in Social Work. Her work history includes a rape crisis and domestic violence center, a Crisis hotline, outpatient therapy and an urgent care program. Dorothy is trauma informed and often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT skills and Solution Focused Therapy.  

call dorothymack@bennington.edu
Penny Owen
Penny Owen ’87, LMHC
Psychotherapist
Student Health Center

Penny (she/her) received a BA from Bennington College and a Masters degree from the Antioch New England Graduate School. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. She has a special interest in mindfulness based practice.

call powen@bennington.edu call 802-440-4449
Ethan Therrien
Ethan Therrien
Psychotherapist

Ethan (he/him) received a BA in psychology and Master of science in clinical mental health from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland Vermont, He has postgraduate training in TF-CBT, DBT informed and the ARC model. His recent work history includes working with humans in crisis, domestic violence victims, Individuals with autism, and students with learning differences.  

call ethantherrien@bennington.edu