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To contact us, please call (614) 287-2818 or stop into Counseling Services in Nestor Hall 010.

Ameena Mu'Min Dr. Ameena Kemavor, Director

Dr. Kemavor, Ph.D., L.P.C.C. is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and has been working in the field of mental health and community services for over 16 years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Kentucky State University, a MSEd in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University. Dr. Kemavor has served in a multitude of mental health and community service settings and has a wealth of experience working with persons with severe and non-severe mental health diagnoses and substance abuse issues. Dr. Kemavor has also taught at multiple levels of higher education and has served in the recent past on the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) Executive Board in previous leadership roles as President of a division and chapters of affiliated counseling associations. Dr. Kemavor has an impressive publication and presentation record and looks forward to sharing her expertise and talents with the CSCC community. "I am very passionate about mental health and wellness. I am sensitive to the needs of persons in this population and their loved ones and am working diligently through efforts of outreach and advocacy to ensure that the CSCC community continues to receive only the best in culturally competent, ethical, professional and quality mental health programming. I openly invite students to the Counseling Services center so that we can work together towards optimal academic and life performance."

 

Michael HicksMichael Hicks, Mental Health Counselor

Michael Hicks, M.S.Ed, L.P.C., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working in community mental health counseling for over eight years. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Employee Assistance Counseling from Franklin University and a Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton. Michael has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including: outpatient counseling with clients dealing with both mental health and addiction issues; vocational rehabilitation; and crisis intervention and stabilization services. Michael has experience teaching at the graduate level, volunteers his time to community organizations, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. “My philosophy is that everyone has the ability to make positive, affirming changes in their lives and reach their full potential by addressing difficult issues openly, overcoming stigma, strengthening self-esteem, and building a strong, healthy support system. I am here to guide students along this path toward positive growth.”

 

Jennifer PattersonJennifer Patterson, Mental Health Counselor

Jennifer Patterson, M.S., L.P.C.C., L.I.C.D.C.-C.S., is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton. Jennifer has worked in a variety of clinical counseling settings over the past 13 years, including addiction treatment facilities, dual diagnosis programs, and the juvenile prison system. "My goal is to establish a personal connection with students that helps make change possible."


 

Adam MillerTracy Thornton, Office Associate

Tracy Thornton, A.A.S. Tracy Thornton is a proud alumni of Columbus State Community College! She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Business Management. She has over 20 years of administrative office experience in both healthcare and education fields. Prior to working at Columbus State, Tracy provided direct services to secondary education students and a plethora of youth-serving community organizations throughout Franklin County. Obtaining her degree while working full-time and raising a family, Tracy can relate to the non-traditional student and the challenges and successes that accompany achieving an education; especially those students who are re-entering the classroom and college setting for the first time in years. “The only limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves.”