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Harold Washington College Wellness Center

The Wellness Center hosts a robust clinical training program for a number of local graduate schools, including Adler University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DePaul University, Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Graduate student interns and externs are supervised by licensed staff ​of the Wellness Center.​    
       
2019-2020 Graduate Student Interns and Externs       

  
       
Alese Bennett, Diagnostic Extern       
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Alese is in the second year of her clinical psychology doctorate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She previously worked at a Community Mental Health Center, where she was able to build her clinical skills working with all age groups and a variety of concerns. She is thrilled to be working with students in psychological assessment at Harold Washington College. She looks forward to assisting students in learning more about their strengths, options, and opportunities for personal growth. Alese loves spending time with animals, and her cat is her best friend. She also values comedy and greatly enjoys stand up. She believes that she can sometimes be funny, but is receptive when told that she is not.        
       
Jasmine Carrazco, Therapy Intern      
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Jasmine is pursuing her Masters in Social Work at DePaul University. She is a Chicago native and excited to work with students from across the city. She creates a safe and warm environment where you can express what is on your mind. She believes people are influenced by their environment and highlights the importance of cultural and intersectional identities.  She is laid-back, open minded, and bilingual. In her free time, she likes to visit local pop-ups, listen to podcasts, scooter around the city, and binge watch new shows.      

Jasmine habla español y todos son bienvenidos.       


 Hannah Daly, Therapy Intern      

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Hannah is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University. She has experience helping first-year college students navigate some of the various challenges that can get in the way of a student’s academic success and overall well-being. She understands that life’s challenges don’t stop or get easier just because you’re in school. She is passionate about working with college students and is excited to continue doing so with a diverse group of students at Harold Washington. She believes in providing a warm and inviting environment where you can explore what’s really going on for you without fear of judgment or rejection. In her free time, Hannah enjoys running, baking, reading, and listening to music and podcasts. 
       

Leatha King, Therapy Intern      
    

Leatha is a second year student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology pursuing her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She aims to match her multicultural counseling style to fit each student’s individual needs, while encouraging collaboration in counseling. Leatha focuses her work on the de-stigmatization of mental health care in the Black community and empowering minority LGBTQIA people. She also currently works with schools throughout Chicagoland educating children about bullying, social-emotional learning (SEL), and mental health. Leatha grew up in Los Angeles, but after 4 years considers Chicago her second home. She loves good food, good beer, and taking her two pups Shippo and MoonCake on long walks around the city.      
      
Suwilanji Kuezi-Nke, MSW, Therapy Extern     
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Suwilanji is in her third year of the Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis on community partnerships. Prior to returning to school, she worked as a discharge planner and assisted adolescents and their families find mental health resources in their home communities. Suwilanji immigrated with her family to the United States when she was a toddler and has lived in various places in the US, but calls Atlanta, Georgia home. Suwilanji loves 90s music, dinner with friends, and her Shi-Tzu Ralph.      
      

Franchezka Lapitan, MA, Therapy Extern     

    

Franchezka is a second-year doctoral student of Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University. Originally from Arizona where she explored her love for the outdoors and appreciation for nature, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in psychology. Before transitioning to psychology, she worked in various healthcare and psychology settings in serving people of all ages. With personal experience that college and career goals are not always a straight path, she provides a warm and compassionate environment to help students navigate through their lives and to help find a balance between life outside and inside school. Franchezka strives to be culturally informed and collaborative to help students improve their overall wellbeing. In her free time, she loves to cook, explore different neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area, go to trivia nights, and binge watch on Netflix shows.       
      
Emily Newman, Therapy Extern      

Emily is in her third year of the Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master’s degree in Sociology. Before transitioning to psychology, she worked with college students in an urban studies program that introduced them to Chicago’s diverse communities. Emily grew up in Indiana but has lived in Chicago for 15 years and considers it home. She loves community theater, live music, street festivals, all kinds of food, and long runs with her dog Hildie.      
        
    
Raechel Pierce, Therapy Intern    

Raechel is a second year graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). It was also at UIC where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. With advocacy experience working with survivors of domestic violence, Raechel has a sensitive yet empowering therapeutic style. She is trauma-informed and aims to cultivate a space for her clients to be seen and heard. In her down time she loves listening to music, practicing yoga (almost) every week, and frequenting thrift shops.    

 

Candace Robinson, Therapy Intern 
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Candace is a third-year graduate student, pursing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Roosevelt University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from DePaul University and has a background in working with youth with racial discrimination, communication, identity issues and building self-esteem. She like to consider herself a Chicagoan but also enjoys life in the West Suburbs. She provides a welcoming and open space to identify life stressors and concerns without judgment or looked down upon. In her down time, she loves listening to R&B music, cooking, trying new restaurants and is always down for a good time with friends and family.​

   
      
Priyanka Rao, Diagnostic Extern   
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Priyanka is a second-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Priyanka’s clinical interests include working with stress and trauma. As a Wellness Center diagnostic intern, she provides psychological testing to help students better understand themselves and further their academic goals. In her spare time Priyanka enjoys spending time with her dog, reading poetry, crossing things off her bucket list, and trying the vast number of restaurants that the wonderful city of Chicago has to offer.     

      

     

       

       
    

        


       


         
                
                


                     
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30 E. Lake St                                      
Chicago, IL 60601                                      
Room: 1041                                      

                         
Wellness Center Hours                                     
Monday 9:00 - 5:00            
Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00  (Closed 10-12 on Tuesday for staff meeting)           
Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00            
Thursday 9:00 - 5:00            
Friday  9:00 - 12:00 Noon ​