Staff Directory

Leigh Baker, PhD, Director

Leigh Baker, PhD, joined Stetson University Student Counseling Services in Fall 2017 as director. She is a Licensed Psychologist and has worked in college mental health at the University of Central Florida, Tarleton State University, Georgia State University and her alma mater, Florida State University. She also served as Assistant Director of the Student Counseling Center at Tarleton State University. Baker has supported students with a wide-range of concerns using a person-centered, collaborative, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive approach. As a first-generation college student and Honors student, she understands both the challenges and the gifts of higher education. Baker believes in the importance of mentorship support, wellness, and personal resiliency in students' academic success and personal growth. Therefore, she fulfills her role by supporting both individual Hatters at Student Counseling Services and our Hatter community through partnership in mental health and wellness initiatives across campus. "We all go to college for the degree, but what we are really doing is finding out who we are, what values we hold, and what we want our life to be about. My job is to help you access the supports and develop the skills you need to navigate this journey."

Contact Leigh at labaker@stetson.edu

Education

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology and School Psychology, Florida State University
  • BS, Biological Science and Psychology, Florida State University

Licensure/Training and Certification(s)

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Florida, PY9593
  • Qualified Supervisor, M.H.C.
  • EMDR Trained Therapist
  • BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening in College Students
  • Green Dot Bystander Intervention trainer
  • Global Citizenship Training at Stetson
  • Safe Zone Trainer
  • Mental Health First Aid Trained

Primary Therapeutic Approach(es)

  • Integrative
  • Humanistic
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Interest Areas

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use harm reduction
  • Trauma
  • Relationship and family concerns
  • First-Generation college students
  • LGBTQ+ Issues
  • ADHD/Learning Disabilities
  • Adjustment
  • Identity development
  • Personal growth
  • Self-esteem
Leigh Baker

Natasha Ramnauth, MA, LMHC, LMFT, Outreach Coordinator and Counselor

Natasha joined Stetson University Student Counseling Services in January 2016 and took on the role of Outreach Coordinator in May 2017. Her past work experiences include inpatient mental health programs, community agencies, and school based prevention programs. Natasha has experience working with individuals, couples, groups and families from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds dealing with various issues including self-esteem, equity issues, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, guilt and shame, stress, relationships and life transitions. As a first-generation college student of immigrant parents, Natasha understands both the importance and pressure of seeking a degree that will lead to a significant career. Her passion lies in helping others to identify their strengths and building the skills to lead a healthy and happy life. One of her favorite quotes is "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

In her role as Outreach coordinator, Natasha is responsible for coordinating all events, support and presentations provided to the campus by Student Counseling Services.

Contact Natasha at nramnauth@stetson.edu

Education

  • MA, Mental Health Counseling, Rollins College
  • BA, English, Communications Minor, Rollins College

Licensure/Training and Certification(s)

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Florida, MH11475
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Florida, MT2847
  • Qualified Supervisor, MHC, MFT
  • EMDR Trained Therapist
  • The Body Project Facilitator
  • Gottman Seven Principles Educator
  • Gottman Level 1 training
  • Global Citizenship Training at Stetson
  • Safe Zone training at Stetson
  • Adult and Child CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

Primary Therapeutic Approach(es)

  • Psychoanalytic (Jungian) Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Counseling, The Gottman Method
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Interest Areas

  • Family, Couples and Relationship Counseling
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Diversity and Cultural competence
  • Self-esteem and Body image
  • Strengths & Resilience
  • First-generation college students
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment
Natasha Ramnauth

Nicole Pizza, MS, LMFT, NCC, CPT, Training Coordinator and Counselor

Nicole joined Stetson University Student Counseling Services in February 2019 and took on the role of Training Coordinator in March 2020. She originally interned with Stetson University Student Counseling Services in 2014-2015 while she was earning her Master’s Degree in counseling. Her counseling experiences include a children and adolescent Baker Act receiving facility, adult crisis stabilization units at Halifax Psychiatric Center, private practice with families in New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange, suicide screenings with male inmates at the Volusia County Jail, and adolescent substance abuse and human trafficking survivor treatment in a residential facility through Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Health. Aside from counseling, Nicole is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Powerlifting Coach. She tries to bridge wellness between the mind, body and spirit for a holistic approach. Nicole understands the hardships and excitements of college as she changed majors and schools numerous times before she ended up where she is today.

In her role as Training coordinator, Nicole is responsible for facilitating the training of the Student Counseling Services Graduate Counseling Interns.

Contact Nicole at npizza@stetson.edu

Education

  • MS, Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling, Stetson University
  • BS, Psychology & Business, University of Central Florida
  • AA, Psychology, Daytona State College

Licensure/Training and Certification(s)

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Florida, MT3400
  • National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, 629139
  • Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine, 1180239604
  • Club Coach, USA Powerlifting
  • EMDR Trained Therapist
  • Play Therapy Certification, Stetson University
  • PREPARE/ENRICH Relationship Inventory Facilitator
  • Gottman Level 1 training

Primary Therapeutic Approach(es)

  • Systems Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Play Therapy and Expressive Therapies
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Interest Areas

  • Family, Couple and Alternative Relationship Issues
  • Behavior Modification (Implementing & Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle)
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma
  • Personal Development
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment
Nicole Pizza

Keith L. Sims, MA, LMHC, Counselor

Keith joined Stetson University's Student Counseling Services in March 2015. A Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Keith has extensive experience working with a vast array of performers, including athletes, actors, vocalists, and musicians, experiencing mental performance barriers. Keith also has extensive experience working with specific organizations and athletic teams to optimize interpersonal dynamics and universal performance. Additional areas of focus include medical illness/injury and physical disability. As with all Student Counseling Services therapists, Keith is trained to assist individuals experiencing most mental health conditions including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, and trauma response.

The cornerstone of Keith's practice is an individualized acceptance process that leads to an uncovering of one's true self. In his own words, "Backwards is often the way forward."

Contact Keith at ksims@stetson.edu

Education

  • MA, Mental Health Counseling, Rollins College
  • BS, Physical Education, University of Central Florida

Licensure/Training and Certification(s)

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Florida, MH12684
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, BAP 85
  • Global Citizenship Training at Stetson
  • Safe Zone training at Stetson

Primary Therapeutic Approach(es)

  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy

Interest Areas

  • Performance Issues
  • Medical Illness/Injury
  • Physical Disability
  • Athletic Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment
Keith Sims

Erika Lohmus, MA, LMHC, Counselor

Erika joined Stetson University Student Counseling Services in August 2016. She has worked in a variety of settings including community agencies, schools, inpatient mental health programs and a rehabilitative juvenile justice facility for males. For almost 20 years, Erika has assisted individuals and families affected by mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, behavior disorders, substance use, grief/loss, trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Outside of work she is passionate about sports (as both a participant and spectator), music, cycling, the outdoors, social justice and quality time with family, friends and her fur babies. "College was the best four years of my life, and through its ups and downs it played a significant role in me becoming the person I am today. I hope to support students through their own developmental journey of self-awareness, resiliency and success."

Contact Erika at elohmus@stetson.edu

Education

  • MA, Counseling, Webster University
  • BA, Psychology, Minor in Sociology, University of Central Florida

Licensure/Training and Certification(s)

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Florida, MH13934
  • Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, University of Central Florida
  • Global Citizenship Training at Stetson
  • Safe Zone Trainer
  • Adult and Child CPR/First Aid/AED Certified
  • Mental Health First Aid Trained

Primary Therapeutic Approach(es)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Wellness Counseling
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Expressive Therapies

Interest Areas

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Wellness
  • Athletics
  • Substance Use
  • LGBTQ+
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Mindfulness
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
Erika Lohmus

Nicole Currie, Administrative Specialist III

Nicole joined Stetson University in October 2011 as a part-time office assistant with Health Services, working with immunizations records for all incoming students. Nicole then joined us as our administrative specialist, providing a professional welcoming environment as the first contact within Student Counseling Services, maintaining and protecting confidential records, facilitating communication, maintaining budget and supplies and working alongside our professional staff. She is also the Administrative Assistant for Wellness and Recreation, monitoring and maintaining the daily office budgets for all areas within Wellness and Recreation since February 2012.

Nicole enjoys student contact and helping direct them to the proper resources to better assist them. She is also the Founder of the Hatters Helping Hatters Food Pantry, which is located in our office at Griffith Hall and serves on the Poverty and Homelessness Committee at Stetson.

Contact Nicole at ncurrie@stetson.edu

Education

  • LMT, Licensed Massage Therapist, Lakewood School of Massage
  • AS, Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Licensure/Training and Certification(s)

  • Licensed Massage Therapist, State of Florida, MA 59929
  • Global Citizenship Training at Stetson
  • Safe Zone training at Stetson
  • Adult and Child CPR/First Aid/AED Certified
  • Mental Health First Aid Trained
Nicole Currie

Stephanie Mohammed, BS, Pre-Practicum Trainee

Stephanie joined Stetson University Counseling Services as a Pre-Practicum Trainee in November 2020 to assist with Outreach. Stephanie has volunteered with the Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor for nearly 4 years gaining experience in basic counseling skills and training. Through volunteering her time helping others in crisis, she has found an interest in working with the college population. As a person of color, she understands the importance of diversity and inclusion in both outreach and counseling services on college campuses.

Education

  • MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rollins College (in progress, anticipated May 2023 graduation)
  • BS, Psychology, University of Central Florida

Training and Certification(s)

  • Trained Crisis Counselor – Crisis Text Line
  • CALM – Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
Stephanie Mohammed
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