Meet Our Staff

Our role is to support students and to provide short-term individual and group counseling. The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed professionals.

Counseling Center Staff

Dr. Luciano Lima is a licensed psychologist, Staff Clinician and Coordinator of Training and received his degree from National Louis University in Chicago. He completed a predoctoral internship at Montana State University and prior to joining Emmanuel was a Staff Clinician at Montana State University. Luciano’s approach to therapy emphasizes building a safe and supportive environment where students feel free to explore issues important to them. Luciano strives to be genuine and empathic while valuing students as individuals of unconditional worth, and sees himself as helping guide students in their unique journeys. His clinical interests include working with anxiety, depression, trauma, multicultural concerns, identity development, and mindfulness. In his free time Luciano enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, dancing, singer-songwriting, and meditating.

Courtney Nugent is a full-time clinician and coordinator of the EmmanuWell initiative. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her Master of Social Work from Boston College. Prior to working at Emmanuel, Courtney worked in a local therapeutic day school with youth and adolescents experiencing learning, social, and/or emotional challenges. Her therapeutic style is relational and client-centered, fostering a safe environment in which students can explore areas of strength, resilience, and growth. Courtney’s clinical interests include social determinants of health, intersectionality, identity development, and concerns related to mood/anxiety. When not at work, Courtney enjoys finding and trying new recipes, playing tennis, and exploring green spaces in and around Boston.

Sarah Schermerhorn is a full-time staff clinician at the Counseling Center. She received her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge. Prior to her role at Emmanuel, Sarah worked for a local non-profit organization, engaging in community and family-based mental health treatment. Her early therapeutic experiences involve interning at various college campuses throughout New England, where she emphasized working with and exploring the mental health of student-athletes.

Additionally, Sarah advocates using yoga and meditation as complementary practices to mental health treatment and self-actualization. She trusts immensely that with a structured, supportive space, all individuals can bring a sense of balance and connectedness to their way of being. Sarah’s clinical interests involve taking a mind-body and relational approach to working with student-athlete mental health, anxiety, trauma, and grief.

Sarah enjoys being active outdoors or relaxing with a good novel in her free time.

Amanda Snow is the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has received additional training in supporting LGBTQ+ students, incorporating mindfulness and meditation work into therapy and motivational interviewing skills. Amanda enjoys working with students needing support in their adjustment to college, identity development and developing coping skills. Prior to joining the Emmanuel College Counseling Center in the summer of 2021, Amanda worked in the Counseling Centers at Endicott College and Pine Manor College. Amanda and her family enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons and share a passion for Boston sports.

Colleen Williams has been a staff clinician at the Counseling Center since 2018 and takes on the role of Senior Clinician and Group Treatment Coordinator. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor receiving her Master’s Degree from William James College. Prior to starting at Emmanuel she worked at Stonehill College and UMASS Lowell Counseling Centers. She uses a strengths-based approach to tailor her therapeutic style to each individual’s clinical needs and cultural differences. She has special interests in identity development, relationships, stress management, and mindfulness. Outside of work, Colleen prioritizes self-care by spending time outdoors, reading, and traveling whenever possible.

Michael Collins is one of the staff interns at the counseling center. He is in the third year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at William James College. Prior to working at Emmanuel, he worked in community outreach and family based mental health treatment as well as a counselor at a local middle school. Mike’s approach focuses on strengths-based approach to allow student to explore their individual experience in a supportive environment. In his free time Mike enjoys hiking, rock climbing and soccer as well as relaxing with good food and friends in his free time.

Polly Merck graduated from Bates College in 2014 and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After graduating, Polly explored her interest in the mental health field by working at an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents. In 2018, Polly obtained her Master’s of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University. Polly found a clinical interest in working with obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders while working at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. Polly is now a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student at William James College. When she is not at work or in class, Polly is spending time with her dog, running, or skiing.

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