Staff are experienced in working with the personal and career concerns of college students. In addition, advanced doctoral students also provide counseling services as part of their practicum training. Practicum students are closely supervised by senior counseling staff.
Dinko Aleksandrov, Psy.D.
Dinko Aleksandrov, Psy.D., earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Advanced Adlerian training, at Adler University, Chicago. He has an extensive background in working with children and young adults on a wide range of issues. Dinko has received training in multiple psychotherapeutic approaches and is certified in Problem-Solving Therapy for Depression as well as in Advanced Adlerian Psychology. He has also trained in resolving attachment, depression, and other emotional conflicts. Having committed his undergraduate education to the liberal arts, at Bard College, NY, Dinko ensures to incorporate a variety of subjects from the arts, sciences, and humanities into his psychotherapy work. He believes approaching each therapeutic contact from a holistic standpoint is the best way to understand the complexities of human character and to help clients achieve their subjective level of life satisfaction. Outside of doing therapy, Dinko has a fascination for researching attachment issues, depression, relationship skills, and a unified theory of human psychology.
Jodi Blahnik, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Senior Psychologist/Coordinator of Assessment and ADHD Services Dr. Jodi Blahnik is a Marquette alum, receiving both her Master's degree and Doctorate from Marquette's Clinical Psychology program. She has worked at the Counseling Center since 2007 and currently serves as the ADHD Treatment Coordinator. Jodi deeply enjoys working with young adults, supporting clients around issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, career decision and transitions. Jodi views the counseling experience as a collaborative journey and uses a variety of short-term approaches to help the student achieve their goals. In addition to her clinical work, Jodi teaches several classes for Marquette's College of Professional Studies. Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family, reading books about history, and renovating her 140 year old Victorian house.
Deahdra Bowier, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Coordinator of Sexual Violence and Trauma Treatment Services
Dr. Deahdra Bowier is a psychologist who has been with the MUCC since August 2014. She graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL where she earned both her master's in counseling psychology and her doctorate in clinical psychology. Deahdra completed her doctoral internship at the University of California Merced and also has experience working in community mental health and private practice settings. Deahdra enjoys working with students who are struggling with relationships, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and body image and self-esteem concerns. She is particularly drawn to assisting those who are questioning their identity based on various factors including gender identity, sexuality, able-bodiness, socioeconomic status, religion and spirituality with regard to their place within various social, cultural, and relational environments. Deahdra considers it an honor to work with students to assist them in exploring and developing the skills necessary to be successful academically, in their careers, and most significantly, to set the foundation to flourish throughout their adult lives.
Mun Yuk Chin, M.A., LPC-IT
Mun is a counselor-in-training at MUCC and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to attending college and graduate school in the U.S., Mun lived in Malaysia and Singapore. Mun graduated with an M.A. in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Mun enjoys working with young adults in university settings and feels privileged to be able to join the Marquette community. Mun views her therapeutic work with her clients as collaborative projects and looks forward to facilitating their exploration and growth. She considers herself as an advocate of social justice and seeks to infuse her practice with a feminist perspective. Mun is an avid fan of food and adores playing with her dog.
Laura Gray, M.S.N. - Licensed Professional Counselor Counselor/Coordinator of Eating Disorder Treatment Services
Laura Gray is a psychotherapist who received her Master's in Mental Health Nursing at UW-Madison and her Bachelor's in Nursing from UW-Milwaukee. She has over 25 years of mental health experience in a variety of settings. Laura's nursing background gives her a unique perspective on the biopsychosocial approach to treatment. The benefits of this are especially effective in the treatment of eating disorders, an area of expertise for Laura for 20 years. She has worked almost exclusively with adolescents and young adults and finds her ability to connect on an authentic level to be highly rewarding, for both Laura and her clients. She uses primarily a cognitive behavioral approach with clients, guiding them toward healthy problem solving and strength building. Laura has enjoyed living in the Milwaukee area all her life.
Nicholas Jenkins, M.A.
Counselor/Coordinator of Mental Health Advocacy Nick Jenkins received his degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has been at Marquette University for the past 3 years. Nick considers himself to be a generalist and feels comfortable working with most mental health concerns and populations although has been focused on working with the college population for the past 6 years. Nick attempts to tailor counseling to the individual and uses an integrative approach that combines interpersonal, humanistic, multicultural and cognitive/behavioral counseling strategies. As the coordinator for mental health advocacy, Nick facilitates the suicide prevention training on campus, advising the student organization Active Minds and does programming to reduce stigma around mental health concerns at Marquette. Outside of his time at Marquette, Nick enjoys going to interesting restaurants around Milwaukee and makes the best mac and cheese in counseling center history.
Joe Layde, M.D., J.D.
Joe is a psychiatrist and attorney who has worked as a psychiatric consultant at the Marquette University Counseling Center since 2011. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied German, Medicine, and Law. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and the Medical College of Wisconsin. He's a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He's married; he and his wife have two adult children. He currently concentrates on treating university students.
Brenda Lenz, M.S., L.P.C., S.A.C.
Associate Director of Clinical Services Coordinator of Alcohol & Drug Treatment Service Brenda Lenz is a licensed professional counselor and certified substance abuse counselor. She has been at MUCC for 10 years working as therapist, the clinical director and with students with both mental health and substance use issues. In addition to college counseling, she has worked in community clinics and in private practice working with college aged students for the past 20 years. Brenda has a special interest in working with students who struggle with eating problems, more complicated mental health issues, athletes, and substance use concerns. Brenda uses a combination of motivational enhancement, supportive and practical cognitive and behavioral strategies to help students resolve their concerns and meet their personal goals.
Laura Lubbers, Psy.D. - Psychologist
Career & Group Coordinator Dr. Laura Lubbers earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University, and enjoys remaining part of the Marquette community in her role as psychologist and coordinator of the groups and career counseling programs at MUCC. Laura is passionate about working in a university setting because of student's resilience, openness, creativity, and unique and diverse worldviews. She works collaboratively with students by utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches to help them become empowered to explore their difficulties, develop new strengths and skills, and make positive and lasting changes in their lives. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors, exploring Milwaukee with her family, and playing with her two Labrador Retrievers.
Lynn O'Brien, M.S.S.W. - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Counselor Lynn received her BA in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and her graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She participated in post-graduate studies at the Family Therapy Training Institute here in Milwaukee as she worked to obtain her license in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been at Marquette since 2009. Lynn utilizes a competency based approach to counseling; helping clients to focus on their strengths and resiliency as a means to addressing current difficulties. Lynn has extensive experience in treating trauma especially trauma related to sexual assault and relationship violence. She is currently working on a certification for yoga as a treatment approach for anxiety and depression. Lynn enjoys yoga, camping and spending time with her family.
Allayna Pinkston, Psy.D. – Psychologist
Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Allayna Pinkston earned both her masters and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and she has been with the MUCC since August 2015. Allayna is particularly passionate about working with students around issues associated with reproductive health, complex trauma, self-esteem, and grief. She is drawn to working with college students due to her interests in identity development and how cultural context informs students’ approach to relationships and existential issues inherent in the college experience. Allayna is interested in the interaction between individuals and their systemic context, keeping an ear out for the ways privilege, oppression, and discrimination/microaggressions influence what an individual has come to expect from others and the world. As a social justice advocate, Allayna works to empower students both within and outside of the therapy room through outreach and teaching that creates a safe, attuned environment for minority students on campus.
Melissa Schneider, MA, LPC, CIR
Counselor/Coordinator of Eating Disorder Treatment Services
Melissa Schneider is a psychotherapist who earned her Masters of Counseling degree from Marquette University and Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Eau Claire. She has specialized training, experience and expertise in treating eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder in multiple levels of care including private practice, intensive outpatient programming and residential treatment facilities. Melissa enjoys working with young adults who also struggle with depression, life transitions, relationship difficulties and adjustment concerns. She offers a highly individualized approach tailored to meet each person’s needs and provides a supportive environment that promotes insight and growth. Melissa practices from a cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy model that is solution focused and highlights an individual's unique strengths.
Michael Zebrowski, Psy.D. - Licensed Psychologist
Director Dr. Mike Zebrowski is a Marquette alum who later received his Master's degree from Duquesne University and his Doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He has been at MU for over 20 years and the Director since 2004. Mike is well versed in working with mental health disorders with the college population, especially anxiety and depression. He has a special interest in working with students who are having trouble connecting with others or those with complicated mental health issues. He also is interested in the development and understanding of social and cultural identities such as those related to race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Mike uses a combination of insight, practical cognitive and behavioral strategies and supportive counseling to help student to be more successful.