About UCC Staff

Dr. Peter Emerson


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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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 trauma. 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 has worked as grant coordinator with the Transforming Youth in Recovery, National Highway Safety Commission and Tobacco free living grants. Annette has also served as TRACC coalition Chair as well as President of the Junior Auxiliary of Hammond. Annette is ARISE Trained with Arise Continuing Care with Intervention. She recently helped bring Collegiate Recovery Programming to Southeastern Louisiana University.  LION UP Recovery is the first support program for students in recovery at a public university in the state of Louisiana.  Annette continues to work with BRSS-TACS mentorship network and the Collegiate Recovery Board members to promote sustainability of LION UP Recovery.

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Paige LeBleu Moody is the Assistant Director of Athletics as well as full-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 currently seeking certification in Brainspotting, a brain and body-based relational trauma-focused therapy, and has completed Phase 3 training. 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.




Courtney Williams serves as an Assistant Director with a focus on clinical areas of the UCC, and she serves as a full-time counselor at the University Counseling Center.  She graduated from Southeastern in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in French.  She completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2016.  Courtney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  She has previous experiences working in Juvenile Drug Court, Supervised Visitation, and Substance Abuse.  She is currently a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association, Louisiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and American Counseling Association.  Courtney has received training in Brainspotting Phase 1 and 2, as well as certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Courtney has a special interest in working with families, couples, and young adults.




Marcela Spicuzza is a full time Counselor at the University Counseling Center.  She graduated from Southeastern in 2013 with a BA in Spanish.  She completed her Master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage, Family, and Couple's Counseling at Southeastern in 2017.  Marcela is a Provisional Licensed professional Counselor (PLPC) and holds a National Counselor Certification (NCC).  She has experience working with substance use issues among adult and adolescent populations, LGBTQIA+ youth, trauma, and employs an existential/ humanistic perspective in therapy.  Marcela received training in Brainspotting Phases 1 and 2 and utilizes this modality with a variety of clients and issues. She is currently a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association and American Counseling Association.




 Wes Errington is a full time Mental Health Counselor at the University Counseling Center.  He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and as well as a Master's of Science in Counselor Education.  Wes is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  He has previous experience working in the University setting, as well as in-home therapy working with peoples of all ages.  He is currently a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association.  Wes has continued interest in working with young adults, military veterans, as well as family members of military veterans.




Amanda Anderson is a double graduate from Louisiana State University and a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master's in Counseling in May 2017. Now a full-time counselor at the UCC, Amanda has experience working in college settings in addition to inpatient psychiatric units and intensive outpatient programs. Amanda is passionate in providing services to those suffering with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, self-esteem, and body image as well as with the LGBTQ community. She is currently a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association. Amanda's goal with therapy is to create a comfortable and empathic space where one can learn how to cope with thoughts and emotions while also creating a values-driven life. 



Jacqui Hayes (pronounced like Jackie) is the Crisis Coordinator as well as a full time counselor at the University Counseling Center. Jacqui is a current member of Louisiana Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association as well as a past member of Chi Sigma Iota. Jacqui is also helping to serve during this pandemic as a COVID 19 Contact Tracer. She has worked at Southeastern since 2009 across the Division of Student Affairs. Jacqui's preferred pronouns are: Ms., She, Her. 
Jacqui is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in multiple states, including Louisiana. Jacqui graduated from Southeastern in 2012 with a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Sciences, minor in Human Resources/Business. She later earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselor Education with emphasis in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling from Southeastern in 2015. Jacqui is currently a doctoral candidate (PhD) in Marriage and Family Therapy at University of LA Monroe (ULM). 
She has extensive training and experience in trauma related issues and is a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP-I) and is EMDR trained. Jacqui has many years of counseling experience in a wide range of mental and emotional health concerns such as anxiety, depression, addiction,LGBTQIA+, low self-esteem/self worth, career confusion/discontentment, marital discord, family conflict, unresolved trauma, grief/loss and overall daily challenges of life. She uses both a systems and strengths based perspective in counseling and life.



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




Lauren started her time at the University Counseling Center as a student worker in 2018, and she currently serves as Interim Administrative Coordinator 3 for the University Counseling Center.  She is a resident of Baton Rouge, and she is currently a Southeastern student with plans to graduate in Fall 2020 with a Bachelor's in General Studies.  Lauren has a passion for helping children with special needs.




Coryn currently serves as Administrative Assistant II for the University Counseling Center. She graduated from Nunez Community College in 2019 with an Associates Degree in General Studies, Emphasizing Business Administration. She is continuing her education at Southeastern with a Bachelors degree in General studies in hopes of graduating in fall of 2021, Emphasizing in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in business. Coryn is a native of New Orleans.