Meet the Staff

Gregg Elliott, MA, LPC
Director, Counseling and Career Services

Gregg Elliott has been the director of Counseling & Career Services at Adams State University since 2006. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Gregg practices from an Existential/Humanistic frame of reference and he also provides clinical supervision to the graduate assistants who work in Counseling & Career Services. Gregg is an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) trainer, and he's spoken at national and regional conferences on campus behavioral intervention and threat assessment. Gregg also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association.

Laurel Carter, MA, LPC
Suicide Prevention Outreach Coordinator

Laurel Carter's role in the ASU Counseling Center is two-fold, as she works individually with college students in a prevention outreach and case management setting. Laurel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works with students carrying the belief that each student holds within them the strength to live the life that they would like. Laurel also works heavily on suicide prevention, partnering with students, faculty and community members to increase awareness of suicide prevention on college campuses. Laurel is an ASIST and safeTALK trainer, and is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Consumer/Survivor Committee.

Christina Harrell, MA, NCC
LPC Candidate

Christina is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a graduate of ASU's Counselor Education program. Christina values creating a supportive environment where students can explore themselves and speak their truth. She operates from the belief that a strong therapeutic relationship with the client is essential; learning and healing opportunities become possible within the context of the relationship. She believes that when clients have an openness and willingness to engage and examine their current life experience, they can begin to reach their full potential. Christina enjoys working with the university campus population because she is in an environment where individuals are in the process of improving their lives and if she can support that further, she is grateful.

Shauna Ianson
Counseling Center Intern

Shauna is a graduate student enrolled in the Mental Health Counseling program at ASU. She has been an intern at the ASU Counseling and Career Center since August 2013. Shauna is originally from Canada but has lived in the San Luis Valley for the past 12 years. Through life experience she brings a calming presence and a multicultural sensitivity to her counseling. She enjoys working with clients to accomplish their goals and understand their life history with empathy, compassion, and coherence. Shauna views her role in the counseling relationship as a therapeutic guide and facilitator of personal change tailored to each client's needs and disposition. She enjoys working with young adults, parents, and children.

Tora O'Brian
Counseling Center Intern

Tora is a student intern for the Counseling Center working on her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has worked as a crisis counselor with the homeless in Chicago, as a suicide counselor in Hawaii, and as a drug and alcohol counselor with adolescents and young adults in Denver. Tora's goal is to provide students with a safe, supportive and trusting atmosphere where they can explore life challenges, learn new skills and develop a greater appreciation and understanding of themselves.

Alexia DeLeon
Counseling Center Intern

Alexia is a student intern for the Counseling Services, finishing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her BA from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tx. She believes in meeting the client where they are and helping them to get “un-stuck” in their journey. She works hard to establish a strong therapeutic alliance, along with challenging clients to reach their full potential. She has a strong passion to further her knowledge in addictions counseling and love working with the college-aged population.