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.
Psychologist/Post Doctoral Fellow
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 working with children and young adults on a wide range of issues. Dinko 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 coordinates ADHD services. Jodi deeply enjoys working with young adults, supporting clients around issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and transitions. Jodi views the counseling experience as a collaborative journey, attending to a student’s unique social and cultural identity to assist in empowering students to achieve their educational and life goals. In addition to her clinical work, Jodi has taught numerous classes at Marquette and contributes to various institutional assessment initiatives. Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family, reading books about history, and perpetually renovating her 140 year old Victorian house.
Deahdra Bowier, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Coordinator of Sexual Violence and Trauma Treatment Services
Dr. Deahdra Bowier has been with 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.
Marla Guerrero, Ph.D. - Psychologist
Dr. Marla Guerrero has been with the MUCC since March 2016. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology (minor in multicultural education and diversity training in higher education), masters is counseling, and bachelors in journalism (minor in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies) all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Marla has over 10 years of experience working with diverse and underrepresented college students and clinically has experience in both university counseling centers and community mental health settings. She is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Mexican American) and has particular expertise working with Latinx college students. Marla's approach to counseling is student-centered using an interpersonal process that is grounded in a multicultural approach. Her clinical interests include relationship/interpersonal issues, family of origin, identity development, anxiety, depression, and college adjustment. Marla has particular interest and specialized training in multicultural counseling working with underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, gender, ability, first-generation college students, religion, citizenship status, etc.), campus climate issues, social justice, and advocacy. In 2014, Marla was named as one of UW-Madison's Outstanding Women of Color award recipients for her service to the campus community in social justice advocacy for a wide range of historically underrepresented students to pursue higher education and community advancement.
Nicholas Jenkins, M.A.
Counselor/Coordinator of Mental Health Advocacy
Nick Jenkins is a counselor who has been with the Marquette University Counseling Center for the past 5 years. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Having been at several clinical settings including multiple universities, Nick has worked on building a strong knowledge base of college mental health concerns and specializes in addressing issues with anxiety, depression, cultural identity, grief/loss and career/major indecision. Nick tailors his counseling to each individual person 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, advises the student organization Active Minds and does programming to reduce stigma around mental health concerns at Marquette. In addition to mental health advocacy, Nick has a strong social justice focus and is passionate about fighting for the rights of the underserved and underrepresented within Marquette and the Milwaukee community. This social justice focus has led him to be the coordinator for the Diversity Advocates program on Marquette’s campus. 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 from all cultural backgrounds.
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, Ph.D. - Psychologist
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 a Psychologist and the Training Coordinator 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 grounded in a multicultural framework to help them become empowered to explore their difficulties, develop new strengths and skills, and make positive and lasting changes in their lives. She is committed to understanding and respecting the richness of individual’s identities and cultural backgrounds and strives to foster respect for diversity and cultural competence both in her personal and professional roles. Additionally, she is committed to being involved in social justice and advocacy initiatives both on campus and within a broader scope. She strives to make the counseling experience a positive, safe, and respectful experience for all students she has the privilege of working with.
Natalie Petrovich, Psy.D.
Psychologist/Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Natalie Petrovich's areas of professional interest include identity development, family of origin, relational concerns, life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, assertiveness and empowerment, and complex trauma. Dr. Petrovich holds a master’s degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University. Dr. Petrovich has received training in a variety of clinical settings serving diverse populations, including college counseling centers, private practice, and an inpatient behavioral hospital. Prior to coming to Marquette, Dr. Petrovich completed an internship at the University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Petrovich’s approach to therapy is integrative that blends interpersonal-process, attachment theory, and family systems. In addition, Dr. Petrovich draws from a multicultural lens in order to uniquely understand each individual’s social and cultural identities with the intention for students to feel connected and understood. Dr. Petrovich focuses on the therapeutic relationship and provides a safe and collaborative space for students to gain insight and make changes in order to live an authentic life. Dr. Petrovich hails from the Chicago area and is stoked about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series! Dr. Petrovich has a guilty pleasure of watching Saved by the Bell and the OC.
Jeff Roche, Ph.D. - Psychologist
Group and Career Program Coordinator
Dr. Jeff Roche is a psychologist who has been with the MUCC since August 2016 serving as the groups and career coordinator. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a doctorate in counseling psychology and a doctoral minor in applied statistics and research methods. Drawing from his work in several university counseling center environments, Jeff likes collaborating with undergraduate and graduate students through use of relationally-oriented, culturally/contextually focused, and strengths-based approaches to therapy. Jeff enjoys working with students in both individual and group therapy on matters related to attachment and relational dynamics, adjustment and identity concerns (e.g., identity formation, internalized oppression, and chronic minority stress), depression, anxiety, eating and body image, grief and loss, housing and social class challenges, trauma and resiliency, self-esteem, as well as general self-exploration. Jeff feels privileged to bear witness to and help facilitate others’ identity and values formation, career exploration, ownership of strengths, and triumph through struggles.
Nina Sathasivam-Rueckert, Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Nina Sathasivam-Rueckert earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to coming to MUCC, Nina worked in inpatient psychiatric, women’s health and college counseling settings as well as in the VA. She has experience in treating individuals with trauma histories, complex mental health presentations and difficulties with adjustment. She also has an interest in working with individuals who are examining various aspects of their identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation) and managing issues related to attachment. Nina utilizes a relational-cultural, psychodynamic and client-centered approach in her clinical work. She works collaboratively with students to help them develop skills that assist in facilitating success in multiple areas of their lives.
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. Melissa believes it is important to treat the whole person with specific consideration of multicultural components in therapy.
Michael Zebrowski, Psy.D. - Licensed Psychologist
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.