About UCC Staff

 

Dr. Peter Emerson
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Dr. Emerson received his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University and his Master’s in Counseling (MCoun) and Doctorate in Counselor Education from Idaho State University. His counseling experience includes working as a counselor at a home for multi-problem male youth, as a counselor in an alternative school and has been in private practice, primarily marriage and family counseling. He has also served as the director of a drug prevention program for junior and senior high school students Additionally he served as a co-director of the Idaho State University Parent Education Program as a doctoral student at ISU prior to coming to Southeastern. His University work experience began with Upward Bound and Special Services at Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University), where he was Director of those programs for four years. He came to Southeastern in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in Counseling. He went to the University of New Orleans form 1988-90 during which time he worked on CACREP accreditation for UNO and it was accredited prior to his leaving. He returned to Southeastern and worked to revise the counseling program from 36 to 48 hours and gain CACREP accreditation at Southeastern. Currently, he has been appointed Interim Director of the University Counseling Center and is also teaching in the Counseling Program. His professional involvement in Louisiana started with his appointment to the Louisiana Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, where he was appointed for two consecutive four year terms by Governor’s Roemer and Edwards. While on the LPC Board he was elected Chair for 6 one year terms.  He is a Past President of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (and also served as their Executive Director for two years prior to his election).  He is a Past President of the Association for Adult Development and Aging and served as their first Journal Editor and as their Newsletter Editor. He has served on the American Counseling Association’s national Ethics Committee. He started the Louisiana Journal of Counseling and still serves as co-editor. He has five children, eleven grandchildren and a wonderfully understanding wife of thirty-three years. His specialty areas are Marriage and Family Counseling, professional/personal development of the counselor and supervision.

 

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Emily Moïse-Fontenot is the Assistant Director and a Mental Health Counselor at the University Counseling Center. She graduated from Southeastern in 2007 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in French. In 2012, Emily received a MEd in Counselor Education, concentrating in Community Counseling, also from Southeastern. Emily has been at the UCC since 2012, was promoted to crisis case manager in 2016, and to Assistant Director in 2017. Emily is nationally certified (NCC) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and board-approved supervisor (LPC-S). She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Additionally, she has received phase 3 training in Brainspotting (a brain and body-based relational trauma-focused therapy) and is currently working towards certification. Emily has a special interest in childhood trauma, sexual abuse and violence, and utilizes a variety expressive arts therapies and brain-body techniques.

 

Annette Newton

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Annette Newton-Baldwin is the Assistant Director of Programming and Outreach as well as a full-time counselor at the University Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Annette is a native of Slidell, Louisiana. In 1997, she earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She has a special interest in substance abuse recovery counseling as well as working with clients who have PTSD. Annette has worked in a variety of settings including Bancroft Neuro Health Rehabilitation Center in Covington and New Orleans, Straight and Narrow Treatment Center of Baton Rouge, and LifeStreams Behavioral Center of Leesburg, Florida. Annette has been employed at Southeastern since 2003. She is a past member of Chi Sigma Iota. Annette also serves as the President of Junior Auxillary of Hammond.

 Paige Moody

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Paige LeBleu Moody is a three-quarter time counselor at the University Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a National Certified Counselor and is also certified in EMDR. Paige is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1989, she earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Paige has been employed at Southeastern Louisiana University since 1989. She has a special interest in adjustment disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety and couples counseling. Paige was previously employed by Charter Hospital. She is a current member of the Louisiana Counseling Association and a past member of Chi Sigma Iota and the American Counseling Association. Paige served as past executive secretary for the Louisiana Counseling Association.

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Curtis Meyers, Jr. is a full time Mental Health Counselor at the University Counseling Center. Curtis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). In 2010, he graduated Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Human Resources Management. In 2013, he graduated from Southeastern with a Master's of Education, with a emphasis on marriage, family, and couples counseling. Other counseling experiences include substance abuse, school, children and adolescents.

 

interns

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The University Counseling Center also serves as a practicum/internship site for Master's level students completing graduate work in Counseling. These students are an integral part of the clinical work at the UCC as they hone their counseling skills.

 

Administrative Staff


 

Brenda Sciortino
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Brenda currently serves as Administrative Assistant II or the "Office Manager" for the University Counseling Center. She has been employed at Southeastern Louisiana University since 1993. She graduated from Southeastern in 2008 with an Associates Degree in Office Administration and a Bachelors Degrees of General Studies in 2012, emphasizing Family Consumers Sciences (Applied Sciences); with minors in Business and Applied Behavioral Sciences.Brenda is a native of Baton Rouge. Brenda also serves as the Treasurer and Scholarship Chairperson for the Junior Auxillary of Hammond.

Josie Thomas
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Josie currently serves as Administrative Coordinator I for the University Counseling Center. She has been employed at Southeastern Louisiana University since 2005.