Staff

Aftin Gillespie, MA, NCC, LPC

Director, Counseling Career and Accessibility Services

Aftin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and the Director of Counseling, Career and Accessibility Services at Adams State. Aftin is an EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner and an AcuDetox (ear acupuncture) specialist. Aftin understands the anxiety and fear associated with transition and change and offers a safe, non-judgemental setting where self discovery and growth can be facilitated in a therapeutic environment.

Angela Heersink, MA, NCC, LPCC

ADA Coordinator and Mental Health Counselor

Angela completed her MA here at Adams State and is a National Board-Certified Counselor. She previously worked in K-12 Education where she helped students navigate academic and social emotional challenges. She enjoys holding a non-judgmental space for her clients and believes that people are doing usually doing the best they can with the tools they have at the time.

Megan Crosby

Intern

Megan Crosby is studying to obtain her MA degree in Clinical Mental Health here at Adams State University. She received her BA in psychology and her BA in studio art with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is excited to be on her final year of her Master’s. Before moving to Alamosa in 2019, Megan gained a lot of experience through multiple volunteer adventures including a camp for children with cancer and their siblings, crisis advocating at Safehouse -Boulder, and being part of a mental health helpline at the university. Megan strives to create a safe and open space through creating positive and supportive relationships with her clients, hoping to aid them in their journey to becoming their fullest and most authentic selves. She loves to hang out with her dog, Franklin, dances whenever possible, and enjoys paddling the rivers within the San Luis Valley.

Brianna Johnsen

Intern

My name is Bree and I’m a second year in the Counseling Department. I’m excited to be an intern at the counseling center this semester and work closely with ASU students. I look forward to working with a diverse population and assisting our students anyway that I can. I thrive to have a welcoming and safe environment for my clients where they feel comfortable and free of judgment. I’m here for my clients and helping them navigate their goals to the best of my ability. I have worked with a wide range of ages from 3 year olds to 60 year olds and a variety of situations such as domestic violence, sexual assault, health issues, behavioral issues, and life stresses. In the future I would like to work with trauma survivors whether it be with war veterans or sexual/domestic violence survivors. I am also interested in addictions, art therapy and wilderness therapy. In my spare time I like to hike, kayak, read a book or watch a good movie. I can’t wait for the semester to begin and help the ASU community in anyway that I am able to. I look forward to meeting new people and helping them with their narrative.

Melissa Moeller

Intern

My name is Melissa Moeller and I am a second-year student in theCounselor Education program completing my Internship this 2020-2021 school year. I love Adams State University and our students! I worked in the Counseling Center last year and enjoyed meeting and getting to know our students. I cannot wait to see our students on ASU’s campus again. Our students are what makes this university so great!

I have a good listening ear. I do not pretend to have the answers but together will work with you to figure out what it is you are struggling with. I feel strongly in the counseling process in that everyone needs someone to simply listen to them. It is nice to have a non-judgmental and non-biased place to turn to. I would love to be that place for you!

Jennifer Pearcy

Intern

As an intern at the Adams State University counseling center, I am excited to support our students through their life journey. One reason I love working at the counseling center is getting to hear all of the different life paths of our students and helpingthem determine where they are wanting to go and how to navigate that. As a counselor, my goal is to provide the space and support to help my clients navigate adversity and work towards living life in a way that is meeting their wants and needs as well as possible. I seek to provide a safe zone for acceptance, processing, and finding what solutions are going to serve each individual person best. I have participated in the safe zone training provided by the university to help expand my ability to support theLGBTQ+ community. I have worked with college students of many ages and levels of education on issues such as stress, adjustments struggles, relationship issues, struggles with identity, and much more. In the future I wish to work with military members, veterans and their families. I have had several years of interaction with the military community and have focused much of my research on their unique counseling needs. A few fun things about me are that hiking and playing video games are some of my favorite pass times. Life can be full of ups and downs and I look forward to walking with our clients through that journey.