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.

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.



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.


Therese Borges, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr. Therese Borges is the Post-Doctoral Fellow at MUCC. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. Therese enjoys working with college students as they broach many of the issues that arise in emerging adulthood. Therese approaches therapy from an attachment based model and draws from relational, psychodynamic, and client-centered theories to inform her clinical work. She has a special interest in helping students navigate issues surrounding identity, relational concerns, family of origin issues, sexuality, trauma, and grief and loss. Therese understands that each individual is unique and multi-faceted. She is committed to treating the whole person, honoring the various aspects of one’s identity, and tailoring therapy to meet each client’s specific needs.




Marla Guerrero, Ph.D. - Psychologist

Diversity Coordinator


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., L.P.C.

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.




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 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.


Jeff Roche, Ph.D. - Licensed 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.



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.


C`u the Therapy Dog

Therapy Animal


Cu’ the Therapy Dog is a Great Pyrenees who was rescued by Dr. Mike Zebrowski in January of 2016 from a shelter in Illinois. He has been certified as a therapy animal since January of 2017. He has a special interest in helping those individuals who miss their pets at home while they are away at school here at Marquette. He is also interested in chewy bones, stuffed lobsters and belly rubs. He loves to meet new people so hopes that you can stop by during some of his “office hours.” You can contact the Counseling Center at 414-288-7172  or follow him on Snapchat to find out when he will be here.



































































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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is dedicated to promoting the psychological health of students at Marquette University. We offer mental health services to be able to respond to the emotional and career exploration needs of undergraduate, graduate and professional college students, and the prevention resources to reinforce healthy development.