Holly Harmon, LCSW - Counseling Center Director and Therapist
Holly is the director of the Counseling Center and a licensed clinical social worker. She has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in various clinical settings. Prior to joining RMU, she was employed at Western Pennsylvania Institute and Clinic (WPIC) and specialized in treating children and adolescents with depression and anxiety. While at WPIC, she was trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and helped to train Doctoral and Masters level interns. She also participated in several NIMH funded studies examining treatments for anxiety and depression. Prior to her work at WPIC, she was employed at a residential treatment home, and at Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master's degree with a specialization in Direct Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Holly has experience providing individual, family and group therapy in the areas of depression, anxiety and abuse. She is certified by PCADV as an advocate in domestic violence.
Tiffany Hartz, LPC, NCC - Therapist
Tiffany is a full-time therapist in the Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor. Prior to joining RMU, she was employed as a therapist at Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Inc. for adults with substance use and mental health diagnoses. Earlier in her career, Tiffany interned at the Carlow University Counseling Center and worked at Family Behavioral Resources as a Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) for children and adolescents with special needs. She completed her undergraduate education at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, and she earned her Master’s of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. Tiffany has experience providing both individual and group therapy and has volunteered as a sexual assault crisis counselor on the helpline for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR).
Jill Kazour, LPC, NCC - Therapist
Jill is a part-time therapist in the Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor. In addition to her duties at RMU, she provides mental health assessment and therapy at Bower Hill Pediatrics and operates a small private practice. Prior to joining RMU, she worked at Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, providing individual and group therapy to adolescents at high risk for suicide. She also has experience in mental health research, as well as community based mental health intervention with children and families. She completed her undergraduate education at Penn State University and earned her Masters of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Beth Lucas, BS - Secretary II
Beth serves as the front line staff member for the Counseling Center, assisting students and other clientele who visit the Center. She is also responsible for the administrative functions of the office and provides support for the Counseling Center’s many projects and outreach efforts on campus. Prior to joining RMU, Beth was an Administrative Assistant and Project Coordinator for Edgeworth, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm. She has an extensive background in office organization and project management. Beth earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.
Bethany McLaughlin, LSW- Wellness & Crisis Counselor/Mental Health Educator
Bethany is the Wellness & Crisis Counselor/Mental Health Educator in the Counseling Center and has her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. Before coming to RMU, Bethany was an academic advisor at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she used her background in counseling to work with many of the school’s most academically at-risk students. Bethany is a native Pittsburgher and worked as a master's-level therapist with children, adolescents, and families at Glade Run Lutheran Services before transitioning to the higher education field. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and worked for many years as a case manager with the elderly population in Pittsburgh prior to completing her graduate degree.
Dara Sakolsky, MD, PhD - Consulting Psychiatrist
Dr. Sakolsky is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is a board-certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience assessing and treating youth with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Sakolsky provides clinical care through several specialty programs at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic including the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Center and the Child Adolescent Bipolar Services (CABS) program. Dr. Sakolsky has served as a co-investigator on several NIMH funded studies examining the phenomenology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. She is currently the principal investigator at the University of Pittsburgh for the Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Extended Long-term Study (CAMELS) which examines the long-term outcomes of youth with anxiety disorders.
Eva Sarwar, MPH - Online Wellness Coach
Eva is the part-time Online Wellness Coach in the Counseling Center and has her Master’s in Public Health from California State University, San Bernardino. She was a Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellow for Snowline Joint Unified School District in California, where she worked towards creating a Healthy Snowline Community. Eva also interned with the Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County in their Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program (ADAPP) and Child Passenger Safety Program (CPS). After graduation, she worked as a Health Educator for the City of Fontana’s Healthy Fontana, a CX3 (CX3 – Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention) grant funded project; where the primary focus was to create awareness within the local residents about the importance of eating healthy, and leading healthier lives by incorporating physical activities and making healthy changes in their neighborhoods. Eva has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Nevada, Reno in Computer Science; and has worked as a Software Engineer at International Game Technology (IGT) in Reno, NV, for almost 6 years. Currently, she is a Ph. D. student in Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University with interests in Hospital Ethics Committees and International Research Ethics.
Chris Wilson, MA - Intern (Therapist)
Chris is a part-time mental health doctoral trainee at RMU. Chris completed an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then relocated to Pittsburgh to complete a professional doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) at Chatham University. Chris previously completed practicum with the Minneapolis Department of Public Health, providing mental health therapy at a school-based clinic serving adolescent clients. Chris has a particular interest in treatment of anxiety disorders and is involved with research on treating individuals who have co-occurring depression and anxiety.
Lauren Yurish, MA - Intern (Therapist)
Lauren is a part-time mental health doctoral trainee with six years of clinical experience. She received her MA in Community Counseling at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Lauren was a Mobile Therapist for Wellspring Family Services in Morgantown, where she provided in-home individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She spent a summer as a Behavioral Coach with Wellspring Camps in La Jolla, CA, specializing in behavioral weight management techniques while providing individual/group counseling to women. Lauren returned to Morgantown and worked as a Mobile Therapist for a community treatment team at Valley Health Care System. She relocated to Pittsburgh in August 2014 to pursue her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University, and is currently in her second year. Her previous doctoral internship experience was at UPMC Department of Neurosurgery, where she administered neuropsychological evaluations to patients who underwent neurosurgical intervention. Lauren's dissertation topic focuses on well-being in student-athletes. She is passionate about holistic treatment that helps others reach optimal mental, physical, and spiritual health. She plans to specialize in neuropsychology upon graduating.