About UCC Staff

 

Dr. Peter Emerson, Ed.D., LPC-S

Director

 

Dr. Peter Emerson

 

Dr. Emerson received his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University and his Master’s in Counseling and Doctorate in Counselor Education from Idaho State University.

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 from 1988-90 to work on CACREP accreditation for UNO which 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 is Director of the University Counseling Center and is also teaching in the Counseling Program.

Emerson’s 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, first by Governor Buddy Roemer and then Governor Edwin Edwards. While on the LPC Board he was elected Chair for six one-year terms.  He served as Executive Director of the American Association of State Counseling Board for two years and was then elected President of the Board. Dr. Emerson 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 also served on the American Counseling Association’s National Ethics Committee and started the Louisiana Journal of Counseling of which he served as editor/co-editor until 2020.

Dr. Emerson has worked as a counselor at a home for multi-problem male youth, as a counselor in an alternative school and has also been in private practice, primarily marriage and family counseling.  He served as the director of a drug prevention program for junior and senior high school students, and while working on his doctorate, served as co-director of the Idaho State University Parent Education Program.

Dr. Emerson has five children, twelve grandchildren and a wonderfully understanding wife of thirty-eight years. His specialty areas are marriage and family counseling, professional/personal development of the counselor and supervision.

 

 

 

 

Annette Newton-Baldwin, M.A., LPC, LMFT

Assistant Director of LION UP Recovery and Intervention

 

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Annette Newton-Baldwin is the Assistant Director of the LION UP Recovery Program (Collegiate Recovery Program) and Intervention. She has been employed at Southeastern Louisiana University since 2003. She is a LIcensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

In 1997, Annette earned a Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She has a special interested in trauma, substance missuse as well as helping with long term recovery for substance missuse and process addictions. Annette is ARISE Trained with Arise Continuing Care as an interventionist.

Annette has worked in a variety of settings including Bancroft Neurohealth Rehabilitation Center in Covington and New Orleans, Straight and Narrow Treatment Center of Baton Rouge, and Lifestreams Behavioral Center of Leesburg, Florida.

Annette has worked as grant coordinator with Transforming You in Recovery, National Highway Safety Commission and Tobacco-Free Living. She has also served as TRACC Coalition Chair, Terrell Conference Chair, as well as President of the Junior Auxiliary of Hammond. She has recently helped launch Collegiate Recovery Programming at Southeastern Louisiana University. LION Up Recovery launched in Fall of 2019. It is the first collegiate recovery program for students in recovery at a public university in the State of Louisiana. Annette continues to work with the LION UP Collegiate Recovery Board to promote sustainability of LION UP Recovery.

Annette is a native of Slidell,Louisiana

 

 

 

Paige Lebleu, M.S., LPC, LMFT, NCC

Assistant Director of Athletic Mental Health and Wellness

 

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Paige LeBleu Moody is an Assistant Director of the University Counseling Center, and the Director of Mental Health and Wellness for the Athletic Department. Paige is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with extensive training and clinical experience in the therapeutic modalities of E.M.D.R. , and Brainspotting. Paige is a native of Moss Bluff Louisiana. She received her B.S. in Psychology from McNeese State University and her M.S. in
Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Louisiana. She is a former executive secretary of the Louisiana Counseling Association and a former member of Chi Sigma Iota. Paige is currently a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Louisiana Counseling Association, Louisiana College Counseling Association, and Southeast Brainspotting Institute. Paige enjoys working with individuals and couples as well as groups. She also enjoys public speaking and has been a speaker for Women Mean Business, Lake Charles Mayors Commission for Women, and Jump Start Your Health Conference for Women.

 

 

 

 

Courtney Williams, M.A., LMFT, LPC

Assistant Director of Clinical and Crisis

 

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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 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, M.S., LPC, NCC

Coordinator of Outreach 

 

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Marcela Spicuzza is a full time Counselor and Coordinator of Outreach 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 Licensed professional Counselor (LPC) 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.

 Kayleigh Underwood, M.S., LPC

Crisis Coordinator

 

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Kayleigh Underwood is a full time Counselor and Crisis Coordinator at the University Counseling Center. She graduated from Southeastern in 2013 with a BA in Psychology with a minor in French. She completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Addiction Studies at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2015. She also completed a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southeastern in 2018. Kayleigh is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and holds a National Counselor Certification (NCC). She has experience working with substance use, brain injuries, trauma, and crises which she works with through an existential lens. Kayleigh received training in Brainspotting Phase 1 and utilizes this modality.

 

 Wes Errington, M.S., LPC

Mental Health Counselor

 

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 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 families, children, and adults of all ages.  Wes has continued interest in working anxiety and depression, and helps coordinate support and psychoeducational groups on issues such as anxiety and depression.  Wes is trained in Phase 1 Brainspotting, and currently working towards certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Wes also has had passion for working with trauma related concerns including survivors of assaults, abuse, as well as interest in working with military families and the traumas they encounter.

 

Dalina Dahlmans, M.S., PLPC, NCC

Mental Health Counselor 

 

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 Dalina Dahlmans is a full time Counselor at the University Counseling Center. She graduated from Southeastern with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and as well as a Master’s of Science in Counseling with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2021. Dalina holds a National Counselor Certification (NCC). Dalina has experience working with substance use issues among adult population, trauma, anxiety, body image, depression as well as serving the LGBTQ community. She is currently a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association and the
American Counseling Association.  

 

 Mauricio Salazar, M.S., PLPC, NCC

Mental Health Counselor

 

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  Mauricio Salazar is a full time Counselor at the University Counseling Center. He graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Master’s of Science with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Mauricio has experience working with students in a college setting who are experiencing concerns with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma as well as experience working with substance use issues among the adult population. Additionally, Mauricio holds a Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.) and a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) and is open to talk about spirituality concerns (if any) that students may bring to counseling.  He is currently a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, and holds a National Counselor Certification (NCC). 

 

Randi Ditta, M.S., LPC

Mental Health Counselor

 

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Randi Ditta is a full time, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) at the University Counseling Center.  Randi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Fine and Performing Arts from the Louisiana Scholar’s College at Northwestern State University in 2014 and graduated from Southeastern with a Master’s degree in Counseling in 2018. Randi utilizes a multiculturally-informed humanistic and existential approach to counseling and is passionate about working with trauma, neurodiversity, LGBTQIA+ issues, transitional concerns, and identity exploration.    Randi has completed training in Brainspotting Phases 1 and 2 and utilizes this modality with a variety of client concerns.

 

 

 

 

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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


Lauren Chandler

Operations Manager 

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