Meet the StaffAt the ASU Counseling Center, we have a diverse group of therapists. Please read about some of the counselors below or come in to say hello!
Carol Cotter, LCSW
Interim Director, Counseling and Career Center
Carol Cotter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Interim Director of Counseling and Career Services at ASU. She obtained her BA in Psychology and a Master of Social Work with the University of Houston. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adams State University. She is certified in EMDR and Acudetox (ear acupuncture) and has 15+ years of clinical experience working with a variety of client populations.
Aftin Gillespie, MA
Interim Assistant Director / Accessibility Coordinator
Aftin Gillespie has completed her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at ASU where she also received her BA in Sociology. Aftin has experience working in domestic violence advocacy and restorative justice as well as in the enrollment management offices on campus. She understands how to navigate registration, billing, financial aid and other processes that can be overwhelming for students. Aftin believes people are only as good as their situations allow them to be and through self awareness they can grow to be their best selves.
Lenore Reinhart is studying to obtain her MA degree in Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. Lenore is an Alumni of ASU, graduating in December 2016 with a BA in Psychology. During her undergrad study, Lenore developed a training on Deepening Self-Compassion. Her training won The International Honor Society in Psychology (PSI CHI) Regional Research Award; this was the first time an ASU Psychology PSI CHI student has received this award. Lenore believes we all have a story to tell and she trusts that change can occur when you share your story in an encouraging and compassionate environment. She values the benefits that compassion and mindfulness can have in the therapeutic process and believes that change is inevitable when you have the desire and support.
Madi is a graduate student at Adams State University, pursuing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Madi received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Texas State University. Madi understands that everyone faces unique challenges! She believes that forming a meaningful relationship with her client is an important part of understanding and addressing those challenges. Madi’s passion is to create a space where her client can express themselves authentically and explore themselves fully.
InternAnnelise Allen is a student at ASU studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Annelise received a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University Idaho. She has always had an interest in the human mind and believes everyone has something unique and special to offer. She often finds herself in awe at the challenges and experiences individuals can face and still persevere. She believes healing can be found in an endless number of ways and is different from person to person. She believes that her role as a counselor is that of a "fellow traveler" where those coming in for counseling are equals whom she gets to follow on their journey, and she is honored when others share their experiences and struggles with her.
Jim is in his last year of the master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from University of Louisville. He is a U.S. Army veteran. Prior to graduate school, Jim had a career as a Real Estate Broker. His passion for helping people led him to the clinical mental health program. His past military and life experiences working with people help him in understanding how life’s ups and downs can affect us. Jim believes from time to time everyone needs support in getting over the bumps in life. He believes by exploring yourself in a safe environment you can achieve your goals.
Julie Ann Tailleur
Julie Ann Tailleur is pursuing her MA in Mental Health Counseling here at ASU, where she earned her BA in Psychology as well. Julie has a passion for and experience in working with individuals who are affected by trauma, grief and loss. Her approach to counseling is deeply rooted in a multicultural perspective. Julie believes in honoring what makes her clients unique, as they work to create the lives they envision for themselves.