The Counseling Center staff is committed to promoting and affirming diversity, equity, and inclusion in its broadest sense. All students can access our services with the expectation of respect and support. We are a group of seasoned, interdisciplinary, multiculturally proficient professionals who are committed and actively engaged in the growth and development of compassionate mental health counseling, outreach, and training. We are mental health professionals experienced in working with a variety of mental health concerns common within a university setting.
Brenda Lenz, Licensed Professional Counselor - Director
Brenda Lenz is a licensed professional counselor and certified substance abuse counselor. She has been at the MUCC for 17 years working always as therapist, but also serving as the Clinical Director and most recently as the Director. In addition to college counseling, she has worked in community clinics and in private practice as a therapist for over 2 decades. In her role as an administrator, her primary oversight is on the delivery of evidenced based, culturally sensitive and trauma informed services the CC provides and is committed to creating a welcoming and safe space that allows students with varying identities and mental health needs to get help. As a therapist, Brenda has a special interest in working with students who struggle with more complex mental health issues, co-occurring issues, athletes, eating/body image and substance use concerns. She also works closely with the campus CARE team and in prevention/early intervention related to health/wellness promotion. Brenda uses a combination of motivational enhancement, strength based, and practical cognitive and behavioral strategies to help students resolve their concerns and meet their personal goals.
Katy Adler, Licensed Professional Counselor - Coordinator for Sexual Violence & Trauma Treatment Services
I was drawn to working as a counselor after attending my first psychology class at Marquette as an undergraduate student and hearing about the healing and relief that can come from treatment. I have spent my career doing anti-violence work, first in the community and then beginning in 2015, at Marquette. I previously held the role of Coordinator of Advocacy Services and Sexual Violence Prevention Education at Marquette, where I provided support to students who experienced sexual violence, stalking, relationship violence, or harassment. I joined the Counseling Center in 2022 and enjoy being able to serve students in this role. My approach to counseling is collaborative, solution-focused, and student-centered. I prioritize providing trauma-informed treatment that recognizes individuals' strengths while also acknowledging the challenges they may be facing. In my outreach area, I focus on increasing accessibility at the Counseling Center for survivors violence. I also collaborate with Advocacy Services and Sexual Violence Prevention and Education staff to raise awareness of and prevent violence on campus. I enjoy reading, tv, hiking (I am trying to visit all of Wisconsin's state parks), and spending time with my family.
Dr. Jodi Blahnik, Licensed Psychologist - Assistant Director
I was drawn to the mental health field as I have always had interest in assisting others to create meaningful change and live the lives they want to live. I love my job as a psychologist and deeply enjoy working with college students. College can be such a challenging and transformative time and it has been a privilege to play a role in the growth and development of students from a wide array of identities and backgrounds. In addition to clinical work, I oversee our center's training program and am passionate about training future psychologists. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the city with family and flexing my DIY muscles while perpetually renovating my 150-year-old house!
Stephanie Burrows, Counselor
My work at university counseling centers stems from my past experiences working as a career counselor with college students. I am eager to support students' mental wellness through a holistic lens, and i especially enjoy working with students on topics related to identity development, multiculturalism and diversity, life transitions, anxiety and career development. I also regularly engage in research that aims to support the development of students' personal and professional goals. In my free time, I love exploring the Milwaukee area and can be found spending time outside, hiking, bicycling, and honing my photography skills.
Dr. Deborah Contreras-Tadych, Licensed Psychologist - Coordinator for Underrepresented Students
I have chosen a career in mental health because I love seeing the resilience and strength in people. I enjoy working in college counseling because young adulthood is such a developmentally important and transformative time in the lives of individuals. My coordination area is working with underrepresented student groups -- first gen students, students of color, students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, international students, etc. I am bilingual Spanish-speaking and am able to provide therapy in both English and Spanish. I am from the south side of Milwaukee and am a three-time Marquette graduate!
Judy Evenson, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatry Services
I am an advanced practice psychiatric practitioner from The Medical College of Wisconsin providing psychiatric assessment and psycho-pharmacologic services at the Counseling Center. I have a special interest in working with college students as they adjust to and navigate college life. My treatment philosophy utilizes a patient-centered, collaborative, and evidence-based approach. During my free time I enjoy visiting my family and grandchildren in Kansas and hiking along the Ice Age trails with my husband.
Dr. Marla Guerrero, Counseling Psychologist - Diversity Coordinator
I was drawn to the mental health field after years of serving underrepresented college students in an academic advising/mentoring role and hearing story after story of how these challenges were influencing overall health and well-being. Given my own background as a bilingual/bicultural, first-generation college student, I often relate to students' personal experiences and struggles and aim to provide a supportive, safe-space for any student to make sense of, grow from the various challenges posed in higher education. As the diversity coordinator, my role is to engage with diverse student populations about mental health needs and to be involved with campus-wide diversity, inclusion, social justice, and advocacy initiatives. I also help to ensure the continual development of cultural and advocacy counseling competencies among staff through ongoing in-service training. On a personal note, I have two very young, energetic and sometimes naughty Shiba Inu dogs and they keep me very busy outside of work.
Dr. Marisela López, Licensed Psychologist
I am passionate about addressing cultural variables such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender and spiritual beliefs in therapy and working with students to address the intersection of these identities in therapy. Outside of individual counseling I am part of the University Committee on Equity and Inclusion and part of the Counseling Center's training team. I grew up in Florida and love theme parks.
Dr. Laura Lubbers, Licensed Professional Counselor - Groups and Career Counseling Coordinator
I was drawn to the mental health field because I believe that everyone should have access to high quality mental health care. It is an honor in my role as a psychologist to provide a safe, trusting and empowering space for people to express themselves openly without fear of judgment. It is a privilege to sit with students, and help them develop new skills and strengths, and make positive and lasting changes in their lives. Outside of individual counseling I am responsible for coordinating our group therapy program, as well as our career counseling efforts. Outside of MU I enjoy adventuring with family and friends, listening to podcasts, and dabbling in interior design.
Melissa Schneider, Licensed Professional Counselor - Coordinator of Eating Disorder Treatment Services
I was drawn to the Counseling Center, as I really enjoy working with the college age population using a multi-cultural lens to address a diverse array of personal challenges. It is a joy to be able to assist and empower students to make meaningful changes in their lives. In my coordination role at the Counseling Center, I facilitate the interdisciplinary Eating Disorder Treatment Team meetings with the Marquette Medical Clinic, and I coordinate programming and outreach for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week on campus. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being physically active and outside, traveling, thrift store shopping and watching a good TV show or movie.
In addition to our full-time staff, advanced doctoral students also provide counseling services as part of their practicum training. Practicum students are closely supervised by senior counseling staff.