Counseling Services 

NCSSM - Durham Campus 

NCSSM Counseling Services is committed to creating an environment that celebrates the unique stories and voices of each member of our community, recognizing all dimensions of identity (e.g., ethnicity, culture, race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs and socioeconomic background). Our approach to mental health and wellness integrates physical, emotional, academic, spiritual, social, and cultural well-being. We support students’ adjustment to the NCSSM community, individual personal growth, academic endeavors, and transition to college or other life pursuits. 

Connect with us!

Royall Center, 2nd Floor

Office Hours: 


 8:30am - 5:00pm


8:30am - 4:30 pm

919.416.2835 (phone)

844. 929.1420 (fax)

How to seek support and connect with an NCSSM counselor:

Need to speak to someone after hours about an urgent mental health need?

Interested in finding a therapist?

Click here to learn about NCSSM's referral resources.

Have barriers to accessing therapy?

Click here to learn about ways NCSSM may be able to support you in paying for therapy. 

Meet the Staff of Durham's Residential Counseling Services

Lori Newnam


Royall 216


Pam Oxendine

Program Assistant

Royall 208


Gina Burger

Wellness Counselor

Royall 213


Carissa Trotta

Wellness Counselor

Academic Accessibility Specialist

Royall 211


Justine Davey

School Counselor

Royall 215


Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: TBA

Seniors: LeVau-Posadas-Saldana

Scott Schwartz

School Counselor

Royall 209


Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: TBA

Seniors: Adali-Dowden

Janice Webster

School Counselor

Royall 214


Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: TBA

Seniors: Pramanik-Zmijewski

Lamia Younes

School Counselor

Royall 212


Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: TBA

Seniors: Downs-Lei

Dasni Lakpriya

Case Manager

Royall 210


Damon Toone

School Counselor

Royall 217


Appointment Calendar  

Counseling Personnel.pdf

Welcome to Counseling Services!

School Counselors - All NCSSM students are assigned to a school counselor before they begin their junior year. Families and students can locate the name of their assigned counselor in Blackbaud. Counselors host introductory, small group meetings with their students at the beginning of every academic school year to introduce themselves and Counseling Services. School Counselors provide college and career planning, academic counseling, and personal counseling through individual, small and large group sessions.

Wellness Counselors - If a counselor or student believes that a student needs additional mental health support, the student’s counselor can refer them to a NCSSM Wellness Counselor. Wellness Counselors provide support for more significant chronic and acute mental health needs. They also assist in coordinating referrals to outside mental health services. School Counselors can also make these referrals.

Peer Counseling Coordinators

PCCs help orient students to the services provided by counselors, assist students with information related to the college process, scholarships, financial aid, and enrichment opportunities, and coordinate initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion and mental health.