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. 

NCSSM Counseling Services is also committed to being brave, bold, and intentional in our efforts to impact real and sustainable change. We will combat the acts of violence, hate, prejudice and discrimination against Black and Brown people and other marginalized groups. We are and will continue to be active participants in the change that must occur.

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Royall Center, 2nd Floor

Office Hours: 

Monday-Wednesday 8:30am - 7:30pm

Thursday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30 pm

919.416.2835 (phone)

844. 929.1420 (fax)

itMatters

NCSSM has adopted itMatters for NCSSM students for this academic year. itMatters: Student Well-Being is an online, evidence-based behavioral intervention designed specifically to promote well-being among students by sharing healthy behavioral strategies and tools that will empower students' in high schools and colleges to make well-informed decisions. Find the fall schedule here: itMatters Schedule.




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

Dean 

Royall 216

919.416.2838

Pam Oxendine

Program Assistant

Royall 208

919.416.2835

Gina Burger

Wellness Counselor

Royall 213

919.416.2834

Carissa Trotta

Wellness Counselor

Academic Accessibility Specialist

Royall 211

919.416.2832

Justine Davey

School Counselor

Royall 215

919.416.2690

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: LeVau-

Posadas-Saldana

Seniors: McBrayer-Shin

Scott Schwartz

School Counselor

Royall 209

919.416.2840

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: Adali-Dowden

Seniors: Agarwal-Goli


Janice Webster

School Counselor

Royall 214

919.416.2831

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: Pramanik-Zmijewski

Seniors: Simpson-Zhu


Lamia Younes

School Counselor

Royall 212

919.416.2837

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: Downs-Lei

Seniors: Gordon-Maxwell


Dasni Lakpriya

Case Manager

Royall 210

919.416.2682

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

Ricardo Phipps

Wellness Counselor Program Specialist

Royall 101

919.416.2633

Damon Toone

Wellness Counselor Program Specialist

Royall 217

919.416.2704

Appointment Calendar 

15 Min. Virtual Meetings

Calvin Craig

Wellness Counselor Program Specialist

Royall 213 

Appointment Calendar for Tuesday & Wednesday 

5:30pm-7:30pm

Maria Mileti

UNC-CH Counseling Intern

Royall 216A

919.416.2849

Appointment Calendar for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

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.

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