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.
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, Ph.D. - Psychologist
Training 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.
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.
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.